It has now been about a month that you have all been in school. (Actually... it will be exactly a month tomorrow; whoa!) I hope you have enjoyed having Mr. Lang as your substitute. And, I know that you have a new sub now, and I hope you are all treating her well (which I am sure you are, because you seem like great students although I've only "met" you virtually!). Back to School Night was yesterday, and I hope you were all able to attend. Homecoming week is next week, and I encourage you freshmen to participate in as many activities and dress up days as possible; and sophomores, I hope you continue the school spirit in your second year as Gauchos. It kills me that I am not in the classroom with you all (especially during Homecoming!), but the time will come.
As for me, I have been spending time with my baby girl, who is now 6 weeks old. As I type this, she's laying in her baby bed smiling at who-knows-what (maybe dreaming about pooping?). This weekend, my husband and I were fighting over which onesie she was going to wear on Sunday-- her red and gold Niners onesie or her black and silver Raiders onesie. She ended up in red and gold this time. My husband claims she looks better in black and silver, but I beg to differ. When she's older, she will have to make a decision as to which team will be her favorite. Fingers crossed it will be the 49ers; can you just imagine if she ends up liking NEITHER?! I wouldn't be surprised if she ended up favoring another team-- Cowboys, Jets, or Rams. Hmmm. Time will tell.
I will (hopefully) be at the ECHS Varsity football game tomorrow, so if you recognize me from my photos, please feel free to say hi! I will be there with my mini-family, cheering on our Gauchos.
Oh, and lastly... to those reading Night by Elie Wiesel... This novel is actually one of my all-time favorite books. I read it for the first time two years ago, and it has made it to the top of my favorites. It's a tragic tale that Elie writes, but it's an important story to read and an important time in history to learn. My students last year (at Delhi High School, where I taught at prior to ECHS) were hooked on each page as they read about the difficult journey of Elie and his family. My fingers are crossed that you all enjoy reading this tragic memoir, as well.
Have a wonderful week, Gauchos. And we will meet soon.
Mrs. Valenzuela. Out.