Gingerbread 5K- Fundraising for Give Kids the World

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Just a quick update coming at ya. My children will be participating in the Give Kids the World Gingerbread 5K this year and are fundraising for this event. Give Kids the World is a charity right here in our backyard that has helped make dreams come true for over 146,000 families with terminally ill children. Give Kids the World is a storybook resort that offers all expenses paid for their families and offer so many magical amenities. To read more about this charity please visit their website http://www.gktw.org

My children are only 7 and 12, but have big hearts and have a passion for helping others and sharing God’s love within our community. They are trying to raise $1,000 for this event and I am asking all of my readers to stand with these munchkins and help them make a difference here in Kissimmee with Give Kids the World by sponsoring them with a monetary donation on our GoFundMe and/or purchasing a pair of these super cute Lego Earrings that my daughter has made and is selling on Etsy. The earrings are $8 a pair and 75% of the funds will go to Give Kids the World towards their fundraising goal. The remaining amount is for supplies and race fees.

 

Thank you for your support! Please share with your friends and family.

 

GOFUNDME

ETSY

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Lightsaber DIY

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Star Wars Lightsaber from a pool noodle!!!   This is a fun DIY that is perfect for the lil Jedi in your life!

All you need for this DIY project:

pool noodle

electrical tape

duck tape

You can find all materials at the Dollar Tree.  To make a double sided lightsaber just place two stripes of the gray duck tape in the center of the noodle.  Make stripes and buttons using the black electrical tape.  Smaller lightsabers can be made by cutting the noodle in half and placing the duck tape and electrical tape on one end of noodle.

Now get ready for hours of fun as you and your child engage in the ultimate galactic battle!  Perfect fun for a Star Wars party theme for all ages!

 

Catch me if you can!!!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, my friends!  Lucky me, I’m Irish and I am super proud of my heritage and our family traditions!

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Speaking of traditions….a few years ago we were visited by a very mischievous leprechaun, who called himself Leppy.  Every St. Patrick’s Day since, my children have tried to catch Leppy by making a very intriguing trap filled with gold coins and every year he gets away!!!  But not before he takes the time to stir up some trouble around the house and a message with some SKITTLES!  Better luck next year!

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As you can see he made a mess with the toothpaste and left the kids a shamrock clue on the wall!  In an effort to trap him and demand he take us to his pot of gold…we failed…or did we?  The kids scored another clue!!!  Skittles!

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Previous posts on St. Patrick’s Day:

http://thecutecountrychick.com/2014/03/18/the-luck-of-the-irish/

http://thecutecountrychick.com/2015/03/17/leppy-strikes-again/

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

1It’s Seuss Day!!!!  We had a lot of fun putting this look together!  We had a shirt from a Penguin play that was perfect for this Cat in the Hat look.  We paired it with a pair of black shorts and knee high black socks.  For the hat, we took red felt and glued on white paper for the stripes.  We rounded the felt and glued the edges together making a pipe hat.  Once dried, we stuffed the center of the pipe hat with tissue paper and secured it to a white paper plate.  We punched two holes on either side and attached stretch cord.  Using white and black face paint to create the Cat look we magically transformed this  adorable child into the Cat in the Hat!

Teacher bans Valentine’s from classroom

My son’s first grade teacher has banned Valentine’s Day from her classroom.  With all of it’s frilliness and kindness.  This teacher decided that Valentine’s Day was offensive and sent a letter home stating that Valentine’s Day Celebrations were off.  Meanwhile, everyone else at the school is preparing for this special HOLIDAY that falls on February 14th.  Kindergarten is working diligently to create special cards for each “friend” in their class and 5th grade is selling Valentine Candy Grams that will be delivered to friends all around school on Friday the 12th.

What are your thoughts on this?  Personally I am offended and not sure why we must continue to be politically correct. It makes me sad that society continues to take away these traditions and bringing disappointment to our young generation.

 

We had already purchased Valentine’s prior to this notice being received.  In fact my son was so excited about the Star War’s Valentines he picked out for all of his friends.  He is such a social bug and is friends with everyone!  He knew, Monday (the 8th) he would get the class list and get to write up his Valentines.  Instead he came home with a note stating he was not to bring anything in that said the word Valentine’s on it.  He simply stated, “my teacher says, Valentines is not allowed and we can never celebrate it again.”

This is in Florida.

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UPDATE*** The principal of this school did respond 24 hours after email was sent.

Her response:  “As a school, classes are celebrating this tradition and have sent out any communications stating otherwise.”

She did seem concerned as  to who provided this notice to me.  When I replied with the teacher’s name, she replied:

“I apologize for this miscommunication. Mrs. ___________  is new to our school this year and may have been confused regarding our celebration policies. I will meet with her today to clear this up. Classes are celebrating this day as her class is permitted to celebrate as well. Thank you for letting me know.”

I think the principal was unaware and the teacher would have successfully removed Valentine’s Day for these children had I not complained.  I think the teacher was pushing her beliefs onto her students and this is unconstitutional.

The principal was genuinely concerned and apologetic for the situation.

UPDATE*** 2/11/2016

The principal emailed me a class list and informed me that the teacher sat with the dean the day before calling all the parents informing them students were permitted to bring in Valentine’s cards and goodies.  I did not receive a call from the teacher and discovered it was because someone in the office had failed to update my contact information in December when requested.  I did speak with the teacher this morning and it went like this:

 

Teacher:  Good morning Mrs. ______  I apologize it seems I had the wrong number yesterday and I wanted to call and let you know I made a mistake and the children can bring in their Valentine’s cards.  I made a mistake and did not get my letter approved and I apologize.

Me:  Well, why did you think it was okay to cancel Valentine’s  to begin with?

Teacher:  I wasn’t cancelling Valentine’s, I just didn’t want to exclude anyone in my class.

Me:  The letter stated students could not bring in anything with the words Valentine’s Day on them.

Teacher:  Yes, that was my mistake I did not word it right and should have had my letter approved before sending it home on Monday.  Students may bring in their Valentine’s cards Friday.

 

Me:  Will you inform your students that they are having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday?  My son and _____ both came home yesterday telling myself and ______ that they could not make Valentine’s Day cards.

Teacher:  I will mention it to the class today.

 

Idea:  Make it fun for the whole entire class.  Get excited about it and let them make a lil Valentine bag or Valentine mailbox for their cards and goodies.  Valentine’s Day is such a great day to share encouragement, love, and kindness.