It’s time for fundraising at school again. This year Brady is also tasked with selling to earn his share of the funds for 6th Grade Camp. He has a long time to do it, but he has to sell 200+ candy bars or pay the difference in cash to be able to attend.

If you would like to support the Camp fundraiser, let me know the number of bars you would like to purchase. They are $1 each with 50% going towards funding his stay at camp. Apparently, we’re automatically on the hook for at least $100 so our focus is there for now.

That being said, there is also a fundraiser for the school PTA. This difference here is that it funds general purchases at the school that all the kids can participate in. This may be a better alternative for those of you who wish to help out but to whom shipping a candy bar would be counter-productive.

When you visit the Fundraising Website you are able to select and purchase items that will be shipped directly to your door and Brady still gets credit for the sales.

Either way, if you want to help, we appreciate it. Hope everyone is having a good week.

Kids are surprisingly funny sometimes

Last night I was hanging out on the couch watching a show while Jen snoozed on the other end. Brady wanders by, grabs my toes and says,

“Dad, I really like your egg sandwiches.”

“Thanks,” I replied.

“And my teacher didn’t ask me to say that, either,” Brady said.

“Are you saying that she didn’t approach you and say ‘Go tell your father thank you for making a good egg sandwich.’ I don’t see see why she wouldn’t have.” (he’s pretty good with sarcasm)

“Well I thought maybe you would think she told us to say something nice, but she didn’t. I just really like how you do it so the cheese is melty and the egg is kind of salty,” he explained.

“I am glad you like it, thank you,” I said.

“Sure,” he finished. Then, “tickle, tickle” as he grabbed my foot again and trotted out of the room.

Totally priceless and great, but at the same time, it leaves me scratching my head. What the hell was that all about?

Brady’s Band Festival

So the school district’s annual band festival was the other night. It was Brady’s first time attending and as a percussionist he was way in the back. He was also taking great pains to get out of sight when he saw me raise the camera.

I would’ve uploaded some video but some taterhead in front of us wouldn’t shut the hell up about how rad his kid was, somehow I avoided telling him exactly how little I cared about that particular subject.

I only have two pics from the evening where he wasn’t totally crouched behind his music stand, here they are:

Brady intently drumming

practically the same shot

He seemed to enjoy it, and after talking to him about next year, he seems serious to continue. We shall see!

Battle of the Books 2009

Brady had his school-wide Battle of the Books last Friday. There were six teams of four kids ranging from fourth- to sixth-graders. They had to answer 25 questions on any of the 18 books for this season.

Brady and a girl on his team were the only kids to read all 18 books although that did not give them a definitive edge, as the competition was quite a nail-biter. They seesawed back and forth every few questions and, ultimately, were tied for 1st at the end of 25 questions.

There was an overtime round of 5 questions for the two teams that were tied for first place. Brady’s team answered correctly on the first two questions while the opponents were unable to do the same. Both teams answered incorrectly on the third question, leaving the door still open for another tied round.

Brady’s team was able to clinch the win on the fourth question and went on to take the tie-breaker round 4-0.

Sweet Victory!

The winners were given medals and all participants received prize packs. Brady mentioned that someone bought pizza for them at lunchtime and they got to sit in the lunchroom and mow down slice after slice while the other kids stared forlornly at their wilted Fruit-by-the-Foot.

Here a parting shot of the winning team:

They move on to the district competition on May 20. Wish them well!