YAY, Dr. Seuss! They are so cute!
A couple of my students during our classroom Read-In.
Our boys taking first at Regionals in honor of Lena!
Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday! I am holding my absolute favorite book of all time... Oh, the Places You'll Go (:
Our girls taking first at Regionals in honor of Coach Lena.
My little buddy and I cheering on the Comets!
The coaches: Lena's sister, oldest son, and grandson... and our principal with his daughter.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Photo: Chris and I borrowed the Walker's snowgo and went riding a couple of weeks ago.
It is almost April! I have decided that it is time for a new, happy post! (: The first few weeks of March seemed to drag on and be a bit draining; however, I think that this week will begin a quick downhill slope to the end of the school year! My students are pretty much ready for the third grade. Right now, they are singing Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry." It is amazing how different types of music can help set a tone in your classroom. They can even tell you that this is REGGAE music. lol. Teachers tend to teach things that interest them, imagine that! It is official- I will be returning to complete my second year of teaching next year in Chevak. I signed my contract without reservations. When I was first interviewed for the job I made a commitment to myself that I would stay for a minimum of two years. Well, I believe I am upping the ante and making it a minimum of three, easy! That is, if nothing significant changes in my personal life (;
Anyhow, I just ordered a Nikon camera (all you Canon lovers- back off! lol). I am SO excited to take pictures with better quality. Documenting my life out here is extremely important to me. I am still contemplating whether or not I will bring the Nikon with me to Thailand... I have heard stories of things getting lost or stolen and that would, of course, be a bummer (knowing me and my c'est la vie attitude, I will probably bring it!).
There is a small chance that we might be able to get my mom and the photography company she works for to come out here this fall and take our school pictures! That would be awesome! I would love for my mom to come and see where and how I live. As she has said before, "It will be a once and a lifetime opportunity."
At the beginning of the school year, I could easily stomach the school coffee, but after having many espressos at the Walker's and Bass' house, I have concluded that I am willing to make my own coffee. So, I have purchased a coffee maker/grinder and some beans from good ol' Alaskan Kaladis! That is one of my new gifts to myself for next school year. I will start my mornings in my classroom with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee and maybe invite someone in for morning chats (: Perhaps I am becoming a semi-coffee snob... Happy Spring to you all!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Photo courtesy of Chris Krejca
Photo courtesy of Cyndy Ussing
Yesterday I was informed that a friend was sent to Anchorage due to worsening health conditions related to lung cancer. Last night her grown son, Ulric, and her two high school boys (Kash and Conor) flew to the city to be by her side. Today she passed away around noon, surrounded by family.
Lena was a strong woman. She taught at Chevak School for many years. In fact, she was supposed to retire at the end of next year. She was wife to Harry and she was mom to Angelique, Ulric, Casey, Cody, Kash, and Conor. She was friend and mentor to many.
Lena was our "steam" partner out here. She loved taking steams and it was an honor to be invited. This was a relaxing time. A time where often I sat listening, not doing too much talking. It was here where she shared her culture, her heart, and her friendship.
It is amazing to me that people can be put in your life for even for a short time and make such a difference. Lena has been a significant piece in my short time here in Chevak. I loved that she cared about who I am and where I come from. She was a good listener.
So much of her journey reminds me of my dad. I think I appreciated her even more because she let me talk about my dad. And she knew that was good and she gave me hope for longings that I hold in my heart. Lena had a lot of faith.
I feel so privileged to have been a part of her life, even if only for a short while. She will always be a part of my life. Taking steams and berry-picking will never again be the same. But, in them she will be remembered and honored.
The community of Chevak will mourn for they have lost a pillar in their community. I am glad that she no longer suffers, but my heart is heavy for her family and friends. Life is too short and those we value and love should know it while they are here.
This is the fourth funeral we have had in Chevak since August, and I can't quite explain the grieving and mourning here. But, I am really thankful to be a part of this community. I am on a journey and sometimes it is bittersweet.
Lena, thank you for our "steams;" thank you for sharing your culture with me.
I found the following link just a few minutes after posting this blog. Every bit of it is true.