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How have you all been doing these last SIX weeks?!

How have you all been doing these last SIX weeks?!

Gosh, I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since I last posted here. I’ve really missed you all! I am finally getting the hang of things with my online school. Plus we’re finally done with some of the harder things in music business like contracts and copyrights. I won’t say I know all of that stuff intimately, […]

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Rockin' the House

Rockin’ the House

Well, Roxi was the only one who scored an over all “D” (for distinction) in her summer music course, putting her at the top of her class. The vocalists had a three part exam: Theory and Ear Training, Instrument (Voice), and Performance and Improvisation. She was the youngest of the 27 students–only three others were younger […]

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Ask an Expat: Our version of the first day of school

Ask an Expat: Our version of the first day of school

School books and supplies for five classes. In recent weeks, I’ve had  a number of people ask me about Roxi school, so I thought that was probably a sign that I should do an update… Roxi’s books arrived on Friday. The larger packet on the right contained her science kit–we haven’t had a minute to […]

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Roxi in Turkey

Roxi in Turkey

A couple of weeks ago, Roxi had the most amazing experience–she flew to Ankara, Turkey to participate in the AMIS International Honour Band and Choir Festival. Roxi and 12 other students (6 choir, 7 band) plus their chaperones flew out of Amsterdam early Wednesday morning. They arrived in sunny Ankara later that afternoon. Most of these […]

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France: Disneyland Resort Paris

France: Disneyland Resort Paris

A couple of weeks ago, Roxi and her school choir as well as the school orchestra performed at Disney Paris. Isn’t that cool? The choir sang three songs–“Time After Time“, “Your Song” and “Blue Moon“. Roxi had a solo in “Time After Time”, and she was quite pleased about it. The kids also attended workshops […]

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Stretching and growing

Stretching and growing

Somewhere in London. Roxi took her 9th grade placement tests yesterday. All new students are required to take at least a math and English test. A lot of kids also took a modern language test. Roxi tested for French III. She did very well in English–there’s just one class, so I am not sure why […]

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A new school, a new school year

A new school, a new school year

I have had four cups of coffee today. It was so hard to wake up early. Roxi and I went to new student orientation at her school today. I was amazed to see how many families had just arrived within the last 48 hours–a few of them arrived yesterday. They must be exhausted! I cannot […]

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We have baby birds in our English Garden!

We have baby birds in our English Garden!

    Here’s a short video I took of the nest when the babies were about two days old. Other weekend excitement: Roxi went on her 8th grade “Adventure Trip” to Charterhouse in Mendip Hills on Friday and Saturday. She went rock climbing, abseiling (oh my gosh!), caving (very intense), hiking, and did a bit of […]

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Roxi's French Adventure

Roxi’s French Adventure

Roxi and about 30 other middle school students visited Normandy, France over the long Bank Holiday Weekend. They boarded a coach early Friday morning–skipping school, woo hoo!–and drove out to the coast. There, the bus drove onto a train that zipped them through the chunnel. Forty-five minutes later, they popped out in France. The kids and […]

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Well, I guess I better learn Dutch

Well, I guess I better learn Dutch

  I’m taking a break from the York posts to say…   I am a little confused at how close we are to the Holland decision. Mr. DJ says “yes we are going” based on an email he received yesterday. But somehow that email seems a little too easy. Anti-climatic, even.  When we moved to […]

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