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Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid

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The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person classroom… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

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Back to School 2018

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we are back at school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  This is the first one in 12 years that we have not had a child at the elementary school. This experience has been bittersweet. On the one hand,… Continue reading Back to School 2018

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Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess

Getting ready for school can be a bear... I woke up this morning, stuffy-nosed and bleary-eyed from the winter cold I probably caught as a result of working at the elementary school for the past week and meandered into the bathroom. I was only the third person this morning to go to use it, and… Continue reading Counting the Blessings… in the Midst of Mess

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How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?

It is an age-old question about, well age. I was asked by a few folks, what age is too old to go trick-or-treating? I figured that the question was posed as I am now a parent to two high school students. I think it can be agreed that kids in middle school and below are… Continue reading How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?