ON THE ROAD WITH TOUR CHOIR #2
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Dear families and friends,
It is now Wednesday evening and, again, the kids are knocking away at that homework as I fill you in on our busy day. We had a leisurely morning, as our first obligation was lunch at Edith Teter Elementary here in Fairplay. We enjoyed the breakfast here at Riverside Inn, with everything from soft-boiled eggs to bagels, yogurt, oatmeal, fruit and Fruit Loops. We talked last night about the town of Fairplay, learning that the population is just a little over 600, less than the enrollment of some of our schools, and the elevation is 9,950 ft. Water for all!! We have suffered only one nosebleed thus far, but feel that had as much to do with Kieran’s recently (as in Monday) broken nose as it did the elevation and dry air! No worries, Mom, we had the bleeding quickly under control and we have successfully kept all flying elbows away from that nose. And, going forward, no CCC children are allowed on trampolines! We also learned that there are more than 20 log houses, built in the 1880’s, still standing in Fairplay today. Of course we had to try and locate some of those this morning on our way to school. The weather continues to be quite confused. It has been trying so hard to snow all day, but the bright sunshine and the blue skies keep interrupting the snow flurries, making for some stunningly beautiful mountain vistas.
We had time before lunch to hear hotel room stories from last night. Iain and Jaxon were having some difficulties settling into their room with Nick’s “Sleepy Chamomile,” unfortunately finding it to have the opposite of its desired effect, and subsequently re-naming it “Smelly Chamomile.” Natalie, Asia, Lauren, and Isabella all talk in their sleep, evidently discussing mushrooms and cows. Devin, Stefan, Michael, and Trey were horrified when their toilet over-flowed all over the bathroom floor…and it WASN’T THEIR FAULT!!! (I will attest to that.) Caleb, Kieran, and Conrad played musical beds, in their sleep, all night, in order to avoid the aforementioned flying-elbow-to-the-nose problem. Ms. Smith’s “5 M’s and a B” (MaeMae, Morgan, Makenna, Mellany, Madeleine, and Brianna G.) spend every available moment braiding hair, while my Rachel, Brianna E., Ajaya, and Kalleiopye spend all of their time flipping their hair all over the room. And we’re talking LOTS-O-HAIR!! Mrs. Proffitt reports that David, Reed, Eli, and John have the neatest and most organized room she’s ever seen, while Ms. Snyder’s girls (Maya, Tallulah, Bridget, and Charlotte) may just win the prize for being the noisiest!
I just checked on the homework progress, and am happy to report that the following scholars are COMPLETELY FINISHED with their math: Conrad, Eli, John, Makenna, Mellany, Kieran, Reed, Brianna G, Brianna E., Caleb, Vinny, Devin, Trey, Kyle, Stefan, Lauren, Bridget, and Tallulah. I always love seeing what everyone is reading: Madeleine, The Golden Compass; Asia, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings; and Charlotte, Best Friends and Drama Queens…for her “cheesy books” essay, of course. Kris has a huge Language Arts assignment; Ben just finished a giant vocabulary exercise; Morgan is working on a History essay; and MaeMae is writing poetry.
Back to Edith Teter Elementary, where we spent the afternoon. The school is beautiful. It has been renovated and enlarged many times since the original was built in 1880, but the integrity of that original building (along with the building itself) has been wonderfully preserved. The most recent renovation was completed just two years ago, with space for approximately 450 students, K-12. The district superintendent spent much of the day with us, and was very proud to show us the original stone 2-room schoolhouse, now housing district offices.
We met 30 very excited third graders for the workshop and had a blast. With yesterday’s workshop under our belt, today was a piece of cake. One of my favorite moments was watching Kyle with his workshop buddy, the smallest child in the room. He just stared up at Kyle in wonder, with the sweetest, shy smile on his face, and tried his very hardest to do whatever Kyle asked of him. We had time between the workshop and the performance for a power nap, snack, and a quick spacing rehearsal in the “cafetorium.” We thought the third graders were excited…and excitable…until we met the rest of the elementary students. And then we found out what excitement really means. This was a rockin’ crowd! I had to use all my best calming-teacher-tricks to keep them under control, and this Tour Choir met their challenge. They looked them right in the eye and sang their hearts out. The audience responded in kind. As we were leaving, they were shouting, “No!” “Don’t stop!” “I want to sing with you!” It was wonderful. And we were exhausted…or I was, anyway!
We went back into Breckenridge for a little shopping – key chains, stuffed animals, pens, various toys – and then dinner at Muncheeze, which we would all recommend, in spite of the name!
Kids are amazing; weather is beautiful; all is right with our world!