Sandy Ridge Winter Fest this weekend…

Well the Sandy ridge Winter fest went ahead yesterday and is their annual Christmas fair. It was nearly 70 degrees here and the whole school was set up like a winter wonderland which felt very strange indeed. There was loads going on both inside and out including lots of games to play in the gym hall, a craft fair for adults and children in the library, a huge bouncy castle, a mini train providing rides for about 20 people, pony rides, a cook out (BBQ), silent auctions – when people bid on prizes,(the fourth fourth teachers are offering 7 pupils a chance to have a high tea with their teachers for an hour after school with Scottish dancing and Scottish games.)

There are also basket raffles, where each class provide donations towards a theme, fill up a basket and then they are raffled. One basket included an i pod and ipad, another had lots of shopping gift cards in it, Star Wars toys and stuff, lego, golf prizes etc. My class basket contained a Kindle Nook and lots of accessories and ebooks. As you can imagine these are very popular indeed. There was also a gingerbread house competition when children and adults bake or make a house out of cakes or cookies, they were amazing and looked delicious.

Mr and Mrs Macniven volunteered to wrap presents as here in the USA this service is offered in every store and shop. All this was arranged by the school PTA and great fun was had by all.

Thanksgiving Turkey Time…..

Hi my name is Isabella and I am going to tell you about our celebration of Thanksgiving.

This year for Thanks giving it was like any ordinary one, my cousins came over from Miami, Florida and there were 12 people. We woke up about 6am and then went outside on the trampoline just for fun. We all had breakfast at 7am and we had French toast. Then all played outside and about 6pm we our special dinner. We all sit round the table and it is decorated with fall (autumn) decorations like leaves and pumpkins.

We have a big meal with turkey of course, my Grandma has a special recipe called torta – she is from South America – it is kind of like pasta with cheese, we had mashed potatoes – a mixture of normal potatoes and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are an important part of the meal. We also had a gree bean, corn and pepper mixture, and we also have bread rolls. For dessert, the parents had red velvet cake, which is a red coloured sponge cake, with icing on top, with a chocolate flavor – the icing is cream cheese. The kids had roasted marshmallows and made smoors. Which is a sugary cracker with a roasted marshmallow on top and decorate it with chocolate sauce and another cracker on the top. It is delicious, you have to smush it and you get very messy. After dinner we went to our neighbours house to watch television and we watched X factor!

We always give thanks that we are all together as a family and that we have a roof over our heads and food on the table. It is a really important time of year for us, mostly because our families get together and we don`t get to do that often.

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USA Election – President Obama re-elected!

Voting day arrived on Tuesday November 6th all over the USA and at Sandy Ridge we immersed ourselves in everything electoral. We had a whole day of activities related to the elections and its history and we also voted for our own student councillors on this day.

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USA Calling!

Hello everyone. Well it looks like the blog is back to normal? We have tried to add a lot of photos and our work and it looks like it is on the blog from this end and then it disappears. We are so disappointed as we have so much to share!

Anyway let`s hope we can get connected to each other now……. We cannot believe that it is nearly Christmas. We have just had a holiday last week for Thanksgiving and my class will tell you all about that. I was very spoilt as parents cooked a full blow Thanksgiving meal for me and brought into school for my lunch, and it was delicious.

Before that we had Halloween which is HUGE over here. Everyone dresses up and goes out Trick or Treating and I mean everyone…including lots of parents. They don`t just wear costumes, they dress their houses up as well with huge spiders and cobwebs crawling all over them and gigantic ghosts floating over the roofs etc. very spooky!

My class have been learning about lots of Scottish stuff, including Guy Fawkes and bonfire night which they found very interesting and very strange. We will be learning about St Andrews Day this week and also learning Scottish country dancing which is completely new to them.

We are having a joint American/Scottish class party as well in which we combine the kind of things we do at home at our parties and what they do here. So cannot wait for that.

The weather had been cooler the past few days and raining which we have hardly seen in the past four months, but it does often go back up to about 67 degrees by the afternoon, which is very strange.

Christmas preparations begin in the middle of November here and there are Christmas tress everywhere and Christmas music playing all over the place and I thought we started early at home!

Well, that was just a snapshot of life across the Atlantic Ocean and my class will give you lots more information here so lets hope we can keep in touch now!