Thursday, May 9, 2013

Are you kidding me?!

I have a ton to write about but this must come first and tomorrow I'll write about this awesome book I just finished.

This afternoon I got his e-mail from the school:

"An informational email from ------- Middle School
A fifth grade student made a bad decision today and brought an air soft, spring gun to school in order to show it to a friend. That student then gave the gun to another student. At no time was any student in danger as there was no aggressive action planned by these students. Other students alerted teachers and the gun was secured prior to homeroom.

Board of Education policy and State law calls for any student carrying a gun to school to be suspended and recommended for expulsion from school. These steps have been taken along with State Police involvement.
------ Middle School is a safe place today because of helpful students reaching out to teachers and teachers taking prompt action with administration. I am confident that the student body has a safe place to learn each day."
 Are you kidding me?! "At no time was any student in danger" It's a gun, granted an air soft gun but can still kill/seriously hurt someone.  You could go though all the what ifs or could have happened...what if it was a ploy for something bigger...what if someone got's possible.

This happened early this morning, right after school started, parents did not find out until after school was over, 6 hours later.  The kids in the school did not even know it happened. There was no talk of it from teachers or faculty, no codes run, no school searched. Nothing. After what happened in this state with Sandy Hook I would think that the school would take this a little more seriously, and at the very least notify parents in a timely manner. 

Right now I'm just thankful that everyone is safe and no one got hurt.  Just very disappointed in the way the school handled things.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Strawberry Rocks

Today while out at the garden I noticed the strawberry plants were in full bloom. I can't wait for some nice fresh strawberries. One of the problems with strawberries is birds. We have a lot of birds around and from what I've read they like to peck and eat the strawberries. One of the ways that I have read to prevent this from happening is painting little rocks to look like strawberries.

The idea behind this that the birds will see the rocks as berries and peck them.  The birds will not like this and will eventually not want to touch the actual berries.  I figured we would give this idea a go this year so this was the kids craft project after school today.

Just a side note - The strawberry plant I have was a sad little clearance plant from Lowes last year. I paid all of a whopping fifty cents for it. It actually grew back the first year year I had the plant and we got a few small strawberries from it. It formed shoots and now we have 3 plants, not bad for a fifty cent investment. 

Strawberry Rocks!


Some small rocks from around the yard.'
Red, Black and Green Craft Paint
Paint Brushes
Water for washing brushes
News paper or painting surface

1.   Lay rocks on the flattest side on news paper or painting surface.

2.   Paint the tops and sides of rocks with red paint and let dry.

3.  Paint some green where the "tops" of the strawberries would be and let dry.

4.  Take a small sized brush and paint black spots on the red to mimic the seeds of the strawberries. Let dry.

5.  Take the dry rocks and lay them out among the strawberry plants.

Here's my kids strawberries: