Last Friday, when Doods and my three nieces picked me up from where my carpool buddy dropped me off, a wonderful surprise greeted me, Miriam's Star Student of the Week Certificate was clipped on the window of the passenger seat. Whoa
Most of you already know that my three nieces (Becca-12, Cate-11 and Miriam-9) have moved in with us from Arizona to attend school here in Houston. It has been an unexpected blessing. Doods and I really appreciate and welcome the change. Of course, there's still much to learn about "instant parenting" but we enjoy having the girls around.
Since the girls were going to be new students in a competitive school, we were a bit worried that it might take them a while to adjust to a new environment, new school, new classmates, new system.. new life. We were not so worried with academics, they are all good in that area already. Each one loves to learn and are excited and eager to go to school. We were more concerned about the social aspect of the move. With stories of bullying here and there, who wouldn't be! We just want them to fit-in like normal kids, to belong, to have "real" friends, and just feel happy, secure and comfortable with school. Well, what do you know, in two weeks time, new-student, Miriam (4th grade), was chosen as the first recipient of the Star Student of the Week Certificate. (Thanks, Mr Mitchell!) It's just a simple certificate, but it means a lot to us. It allowed us to let out a long sigh of relief. The girls are happy! Things are looking up! We can sit back, relax, and just let life happen.
Becca (7th grade), she had their Goals Night in school last Friday. Doods and I were able to meet all her six teachers. All her teachers were nice and accommodating. Of the six, Becca seem to like Mrs. Elkins the most. Mrs. Elkins teaches Intro to Broadcasting. I like Mrs Elkins too, she was very pleasant and appear to really enjoy what she's doing.
Meanwhile, Cate, asked for help last Wednesday, to choose a gift for her new-found friend (fast becoming bff) Courtney. Cate wanted something personalized, so she and I worked on a macramé friendship bracelet. She did a good job.
Life is good! We do not ask for much, but that they be happy. Happy students learn better, and do well in school with very little effort.
As a reward for two weeks of hard work, we took the kids on a three-hour drive to Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio. Celebrating life any way we can!