Fourth of July Fun

Our house is right where the annual Fourth of July parade comes around to start the parade on Main Street, so our yard has a perfect view.  Look at all our friends watching with us!  It was so happy!  (Can you spot Mrs. Shedd?)

Living in a small town is such a treat.  Our town parties from the pancake breakfast in the morning until the fireworks at night, and it is perfect.

My favorite float after teaching fourth grade NH history for so many years.

My wonderful pastor and his wife (on the ends in row one and two) being spectacular in the Kearsarge Community Band.

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Loony Days

One of my favorite summer blessings is my sunrise swim.  This year at least one of my bird friends has joined me each time so far–a Canada goose family, the blue heron, or the loons.  (Loon photos courtesy of Donna Baker-Hartwell and the Highland Lake Protective Association because they only come around to feed after I’m IN the water so I have no camera.) 

(one day old)

(one week old at “my” beach)

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Summer Fun First!

Hi everyone!
I am in the Chicago area for a conference – yes, even principals go to classes!…and on top of that during the summer! I am also able to enjoy a few special vacation days too!

I was very excited to take my niece for her first time to Wrigley Field for her first Cubs game! Although she is not a baseball fan she had a lot of fun and asked a lot of good questions and now understands a lot more about the game, the Cubs, and why her Aunt Debbie loves❤️ the Cubbies so much!!! And a big bonus was the Cubs first batter hit a home run ⚾️ and the Cubs won!!! You know what that means!? We got to sing 🎶 Go Cubs Go with 41,000 other fans!!! Hey Chicago – and my MVCS family – what da ya say…the Cubs are gonna win today! Go Cubs Go!!!
Here are a few pictures until I get to show you more in the future!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Love, Miss Hellickson

Compassion Experience

The Compassion Experience is coming to Riverbank Church this weekend, and it would be a wonderful thing to do with your family!  I’ll be volunteering on Friday from 4:00-8:30, and it would make my day to see some of my dear students.  I miss everyone already!

Here is some information about the Compassion Experience as well as a link for signing up, although you can drop by anytime as well.

The Compassion Experience:

Interactive exhibit for ages 5 and above

Take your kids on a unique adventure to the developing world—without leaving home! Through the Compassion Experience’s 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, you will step inside the daily life of a real Compassion-sponsored child and be guided by that child (through the use of an iPod and headset) on his or her journey from poverty to hope. This educational and fun family activity is coming to a city near you soon.

June 23-26 at Riverbank Church in White River Junction, Vermont

Other Compassion family activity ideas

Global Outdoor Classroom Day!

Our class is participating in Outdoor Classroom Day tomorrow along with over 1,000.000 other children worldwide.  (Of course, every day at MVCS is Outdoor Classroom Day, but it is cool to do it together with so many other folks!)

(Photos and quote courtesy of  “Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 18 May 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.

Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.”

We are especially excited to see how this ties in with our PALA health goals.  Stay tuned for photos of our (sweaty) outdoor adventure tomorrow!

Young Eagles Soar in Lebanon!

High Flight
By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
(A sonnet written by John Gillespie Magee, an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He came to Britain, flew in a Spitfire squadron, and was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight from the airfield near Scopwick.)

(Portions Of This Lovely Poem Appear On The Headstones
Of Many Interred In Arlington National Cemetery,
Patricularly Aviators And Astronauts)

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Our third grade Young Eagles got to go up into the control tower, followed by learning a bit about how planes fly.

Go, Young Eagles!

A gigantic thank you to our faithful and generous Young Eagles pilot, Braxton Freeman, air traffic manager at Lebanon Airport.  He helped these young scholars to fly with the eagles today!