Louisiana Story Fest Residency @ Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Day 8 Friday, February 20, 2009


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Telling the Gigantic Sweet Potato to Ms. Anchissi's Kindergarten Class

Telling the Gigantic Sweet Potato to Ms. Anchissi's Kindergarten Class 2-20-09

Friends:

Friday began very early in the morning. I made my appearance on Good Morning New Orleans, the early morning news program on ABC-26 WGNO (see previous blog). Then I headed to Bissonet Plaza Elementary for Day 8 of my residency. Unfortunately, I ran into some serious traffic on the bridge that caused me to be late for school (for the first time ever!).

On my way to class, I was walking in front of the school when my boot heel got caught in a crack in the sidewalk. I felt myself falling. Immediately I dropped everything in my hands. My first thought was, “I cannot fall on the concrete!” So I flung myself into the grass. I fell so hard, my face and knees hit the grass. I had the wind knocked out of me and lay on the ground dazed for a couple of minutes. When I was able to compose myself, I walked slowly into school and to the library. The librarian, Ellen Miller, sent me to the office for some ice. My right eye turned red and the right side of my face began to welt. I felt bruises on my knees. The principal and the office staff were so kind to me, nursing me and asking if I needed to go to the doctor. After sitting for half an hour, I felt okay and really wanted to go to class. I missed my first class with Ms. Chieffo’s second graders.

I headed into kindergarten to tell “The Gigantic Sweet Potato” to Ms. Anchissi’s class. They enjoyed the story and we danced with scarves to Mardi Gras jazz music.

Then I headed to Mr. Boone’s third grade class. They were ready for me! There were cheers and hugs as soon as I entered the room.

Ms. Dianne & Mr. Boone, 3rd grade teacher 2-20-09

Ms. Dianne & Mr. Boone, 3rd grade teacher 2-20-09

I love Mr. Boone and his class. This class had already rehearsed and they were ready to show me that they knew their parts without their scripts! It was amazing!

Mr. Boone's 3rd grade storytellers rehearse Jackie Rabbit without their script! 2-20-09

Mr. Boone's 3rd grade storytellers rehearse Jackie Rabbit without their script! 2-20-09

Mr. Boone’s third grade story chorus was equally fantastic. They did a phenomenal job with their part, really spicing up the story.

Mr. Boone's 3rd grade story chorus gets down 2-20-09

Mr. Boone's 3rd grade story chorus gets down 2-20-09

Afterward, we had some time to have a little fun. They listened to some of my songs and stories on my website. They really loved “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam!” Thank you, Mr. Boone’s class. You rock!

After lunch, it was on to pre-k. Since I missed the second graders earlier in the day, we readjusted the schedule and combined my last two classes, which were pre-k, into one class, leaving last period open for my second grade class. I went into Ms. Muller’s room and Ms. Leboutillier’s class joined us. It was a lot of fun having such energetic students all in one space. We had fun singing and learning some of my “Settle Downs.”

Ms. Dianne does a "Settle Down" with 2 preschool classes 2-20-09

Ms. Dianne does a "Settle Down" with 2 preschool classes 2-20-09

We ended a little early so that we could all see the third grade Mardi Gras parade of shoe box floats. The third grade shoe box floats each represented a U.S. state. It was a great parade!

The third graders have a Mardi Gras shoe box float parade 2-20-09

The third graders have a Mardi Gras shoe box float parade 2-20-09

My last class was Ms. Chieffo’s second grade class. I told “The Gigantic Sweet Potato” and then did my “Pile It on the Pie a Mile High” song game. We had a blast. Afterward, we had time for a Q&A and they wanted to know so much about my travels and writing books. Everyone was in the Mardi Gras spirit, including these second graders! Too cute!

Ms. Chieffo's 2nd graders pose with their handmade Mardi Gras masks 2-20-09

Ms. Chieffo's 2nd graders pose with their handmade Mardi Gras masks 2-20-09

Happy Mardi Gras, Bissonet Plaza Elementary! Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne