The school year has officially begun, and we feel we are running a marathon. We always feel this way at the beginning of the year, but this year is different because I am teaching a new grade level and John is teaching six different classes. We have been working, working, working!
Claire started second grade, and is adjusting well. She loves her teacher, Miss Amy, and she is fitting in with her classmates. She misses our house and her grandparents, but she did say that she liked it here. Claire loves the nature! She has gone berry picking, has tried dried fish, found a couple of starfish, rode on 4 wheelers, and continues to add to a massive rock collection.
Cate started preschool on August 31. She is loving her teacher, Mrs. Liz! It also helps that we know Liz and have eaten at her house several times before school started. Cate enjoys all the attention she gets from the other kids. They love carrying her and playing with her hair. Cate also has made good friends with a student in my class who is a sweetie named Grace. We had to take Cate to the clinic to have a tb test for school. She was not happy, and screamed so loud the whole village probably heard her.
I am teaching first grade this school year. I have 12 sweeties! Two are identical twins who usually dress the same each day. The only way I can tell them a part is by a freckle above the eye that one twin has. I am learning a new reading program, which is taking me sometime to figure out. I have a smart board in my classroom, which is also something I am having to learn, but I love it. I have a para pro who helps me all day!! This would be unheard of in Georgia! Her name is Pauline, she is a local, and she is awesome!! I am also learning Eskimo words and facial expressions. When you ask a question, if the response is yes, they raise their eyebrows. If the response is no, they scrunch their noses. I have found myself doing this as well.
John is loving the outdoors! He and several other teachers have set a net to catch salmon. Our freezer has several bags of fresh Salmon we filleted ourselves. Fresh salmon is sooooooooooooo good. Our kids even love it! John is struggling with prepping for all the different classes he is teaching. We both feel there is not enough time in the day to plan.
The people here are great! The village has been so welcoming. It is nice to go to the store and people know your name. The teachers here are also super. We have made great friends with our neighbor, Jennifer, who is from Washington state. She is the English/ Social Studies teacher for the upper grades. We love her, our kids love her, and she makes living here so much fun! We also love the Rudstroms who are from Minnesota, the Anderson's from Oregon, the Alston's from Idaho/Washington, John Lycan from West Virginia, Greg Melvin from Oklahoma, Karen and Alan from Oregon, Hannibal, our principal, from Montana, and Amy Norman who makes me feel like I am at home every time I talk to her because she is a southern belle from Georgia too!
Ginger who is also a teacher at the school, has lived in the village for more than 20 years. Her husband is the Lutheran pastor, and they have raised four children here. Their oldest daughter Abby has been baby sitting for us. She watches Cate in the morning until 10:30, when it is time for her school to begin. She has been a blessing for us!!