Poinsettias and Surf Night

Aloha friends!! It is Saturday afternoon and I am now just sitting down to read through my emails and relax in front of the computer. This week has been busy and I am sure next week will fly by as well. I hope you have a cup of warm cocoa or tea as you read because you may be here for awhile!!

I wanted to share a cute project we did in class yesterday.

I was inspired by this idea on Art Projects For Kids.

I was looking for something festive for the kids to give as a gift and I thought this would be pretty. 
We talked about poinsettias which actually grow here. 
I have one on my kitchen table that I plan on planting in January.
I decided to use construction paper, because I had a difficult time tearing tissue paper myself.
I cut some red into 3x6 inch rectangles and some light green into a bit smaller pieces. I found some scrap pieces of yellow and let them get to work.

 They were such busy bodies!! The room was eerily silent and they worked hard to cut their papers just right. 

Once they finished I had them color with green.

Some finished, but others are still working hard to get them done.  I think on Monday I will have them color in a bit more so it looks a little darker like the one on the top left.  I may even have them paint with water color over the crayon to add another effect.
(WARNING)-The floor was a disaster!! I had a competition to see who could pick up the most paper at the end of the day.
After the bell rang I cut out of school a bit early to catch a quick surf before I headed back to school for our annual Surf Night fundraiser.
Each year at this time one of the biggest surf competitions is happening right across the street from our school.
The Triple Crown of Surfing ends at this beach park.  The best surfers in the world are in Town for this event which runs from November to the end of December depending on whether there are waves. 

This was at around 5:30 on Friday evening and the beach was packed.  The competition also turns our little town into 3 Ring Circus for this event. 

 So our PTCA has put this event to our advantage.  They host Surf Night every year and all the pro surfers come to our school to sign autographs for the community.  Many of the kids in our school have reltives who surf in the competition.
 Here is the line up already!!

 Inside our cafeteria all the sponsors for this event are posted.  All of these national and local companies donate items for our raffle.  If you buy a ticket, you will most likely win something. That's how many prizes there are!!
 This is where I volunteer, in the back next to the baked goods!! We also sell local food like Beef Stew, Curry and Spam Musubis.  All the parents donate the food and baked goods and we are busy selling all night long!

 Surfers signing autographs

This is one of my former students Kalani David. He was waving and yelling at me as I walked by, it was so sweet. You know those special students that you just seem to bond with and will always remember and love? He is one of them. How could you not love that sweet face?

He was one of my sweeties in my class 8 years ago.  He still gives me a big hug and is so happy to see me even as a teenager. He is an Amateur surfer now and at the highest level for his age. He travels all over the world for competitions.  He is also an amazing skateboarder and was in the X-Games this year.
Our teachers and office staff run the raffle along with the help of member of the community. They give away surfboards, skateboards, watches, jewelry, bikes, gift certificates, and tons of other items.

My daughters and I go every year for many reasons.
 One because I volunteer to work and have a great time supporting our school.
 Two because my daughters love it and all of their friends are there. 
Finally,  because of this man in the background picture above. (That's one of my sweeties this year in the pink)
 I wish I could say it was my hubby, but I call him my boyfriend, lol!!  This is Kelly Slater my number one favorite surfer. I have had a bit of a crush on him for about 15 years!! I have only worked at the school for 8 years and I had stars in my eyes when I first met him.  Everyone on staff teases me when he shows up and says "Your boyfriend's here!!"
This was last year.  One of my colleagues is good friends with him and took me over to meet him and take a picture. I was so nervous, but I love this picture!
Are you still here or did you nod off after the poinsettias??  Lol, I just wanted to share a bit more about why I am such a surf nut and what my life is surrounded by.  Mahalo for stopping by and have a great rest of the weekend!!


  1. Looks so much fun. How cool to have all these great surfers there!

    And your former student looks super sweet!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. I LOVED the post! I showed my husband all your pics and told him how your school is right across from the competition. He's so jealous! He's trying to convince me that we should live at the North Shore and he can just commute to work. LOL. You're making us so excited to get there. We arrive in 4 days! Maybe the competition will still be going and we can come watch the surfing.

    Extra Special Teaching

    1. Wow, 4 days! I didn't realize it was that soon! The competition just started so I bet you will be able to come out see some of it:)) How exciting for your family, you will be Kama' aina in no time!

  3. Your posts are never too long....love them !!!! To live that close to the ocean, just 2 more weeks til I see some waves. Guess what we made on Friday ???? Yup, we painted pointsettias ! We used sponges and stamped. Yours look lovely, very festive :). Funny to think how far away our schools are but still so connected.....

    1. Aww, you're always so sweet Diane! That's exciting you will be in warm weather for Christmas. You will warm up and we will cool down;) Enjoy your weekend!

  4. What a great event for your school, it looks like so much fun.

    The First Grade Princess

  5. Looks like so much fun!!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!! :) PS- the picture of you and your boyfriend is so cute! ;-)

  6. Love love love all those pics of your beach, school and surfers. I could live in Hawaii in a heart beat. The beach is my favourite place in the world.
    Have fun!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs


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