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A couple of weeks ago Shoshanna brought home the list of she is supposed to choose three books from for her summer reading. It was … eclectic. Which is nothing on the eclecticism of the books she chose.

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Shoshanna’s world is currently a world of mohawks, in more ways than one.

On Thursday she went into her skating class very close to passing both USFSA Basic Skills levels 6 and 7 in one class session (kind of… they throw all the level 5-8 kids into one class, so she’d been working on some level 6 skills since January…). At the beginning of her 25 minutes of instructional time, in the penultimate class of the session, one move stood between her and passing level 7: the dreaded inside mohawk.

When I met her outside the rink when she was done, this is what I saw:

Six AND Seven

So that’s one mohawk licked. (I do have video of her doing it, but it’s chock full of video of other people’s kids, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that she’s got it down on both sides.) She has one more week of class so I don’t know what they’ll be doing this Thursday. That’ll be her last skating class until the fall, when she’s planning to enroll in the club’s “Shining Stars” program, which is more intensive group lessons for kids in levels 5-8. After level 8, stuff starts to get real and we have to look at contracting privately with a coach (facilitated through the club) if she wants to really pursue figure skating.

And then on Friday she had a date with Miss Brynn to get that floppy mop on top of her head seen to. She went into the appointment claiming she was going to have Brynn just buzz her entire head, but she decided about 2/3 of the way through that she liked the way it looked.*

Another Mohawk

So that’s the second mohawk.

But the thing is, she had been planning all along to dye her hair blue after it was shorn, which is how we went from this

Mohawk, day 2

to this

and now it's blue...

Apparently her homeroom/math teacher was slightly scandalized, more by the color than the cut. But she loves it and I think if anybody can rock a teal mohawk, it’s my kid.

*It should be noted that I had actually been advocating for the mohawk all along. And the color is semipermanent, though we used more and left it on longer than we have any other time, so who knows how long it’ll stay bluish.

Today’s the first day of school. Shoshanna wanted me to drop her off rather than taking the bus… I offered to walk her up the steps but she said no, only to change her mind after I was double parked with no easy way to get legally parked. So she climbed out and began to trudge up the many steps to the front door … gaining velocity as she went up. Given how nervous I was, I imagine she was terrified. The high schoolers look ENORMOUS next to her.

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Ready and Waiting

In the dropoff line

In the dropoff line

Up the stairs into school

Off she goes

Middle school orientation swag: school tshirt and a window cling for the car.

Middle school orientation swag: school tshirt and a window cling for the car.

This morning, Shoshanna and I trekked to City Honors School for two hours of orientation. That’s right, in September, she will be in MIDDLE SCHOOL. She got to meet the 5th grade teachers, have a tour of the building. Parents got info about the curriculum (she’ll be taking Mandarin 2 days a cycle¬†and either French or Spanish – she wants to do French – 3 days a cycle), our own tour of the building, and information about the day-to-day logistics of having our 9 and 10 and 11 year olds in a building with 18 year olds (answer: the 5th and 6th graders are pretty much isolated on the ground floor of the building, but starting in 7th they’re more in the mix). She also signed up for instrumental music – her first choice is violin but I had her put down viola as well, since her first priority in an instrument is that it be easy to carry.

So that’s that. She has five weeks left of elementary school. Her “moving up” ceremony is June 24th.

… we got the letter in the mail today.

Shoshanna was accepted to the magnet middle school for next year. It feeds directly into the International Baccalaureate high school which is routinely on various lists of the best public high schools in the U.S. (though M always quibbles that those lists include % of kids getting free/reduced lunch as part of their metrics, which skews in favor of  urban schools like hers).

It remains to be seen which of her friends will be joining her… I guess we’ll know more come tomorrow or Monday.


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