Brief schedule of the day:
Normal first period... yea right!
Second period get ready for ceremony - changing and make up
9:30 head to ceremony
11:15 (An hour and a half LATER!!) ceremony ends. Back to class to change
1:00 Games/activities begin
Ok I am going to be very honest... I was very nervous for this day. The whole school was involved plus parents plus community. New things happening when I am supposed to be in charge scare me! The day did not go as I thought it would. I was frustrated most of the day. Looking back on it though I realized my outlook affected my kids almost as much as it affected me. I now know that I need to be energetic and try to enjoy things no matter what so that my students can try to do the same thing. Lesson learned for sure!
Anyway, we separated guys and girls for changing. The guys had pants and shirts - easy peasy!! The girls were a whole other story. Skirts that needed pinned, tops needed pinned, scarf things worn like a sleeve, hair, makeup the works!
I jumped right in pinning things saying over and over "I have no idea what I am doing!" At one point I was not doing anything and asked a Thai mom what I could do. She suggested makeup. I was nervous. So I carefully put some simple eye shadow on a girl and some lip color stuff. The girl thought it was fine. Later I noticed it was not fine because the mom took over and put more, LOTs more makeup on. Make up was on almost, if not all, of the girls in K-6th grades.... crazy-ness! OH and I had one of the Thai moms put flowers in my hair. She thought it was so fun!
Then we headed to the ceremony. Here are some pictures of the students who performed. Each performance was in honor of something and all quite meaningful for the Thai folk. For me, just seeing the costumes and the styles of dance were so fun! The ceremony was quite long and warm but we made it.
|4th Grade boys|
|4th Grade again - I couldn't resist!|
|Pre- kindergarteners. They were SOO cute!|
|High School Dancers|
|Models from fashion show...|
By the end of the day we were all exhausted and ready to go home. It was a day to remember for sure.
Sadly Moe and I did not get a picture together.... I guess we will just have to dress up some other time too! I did get one picture with a kid, so here it is cropped and what not.
Sorry for the super long post full of pictures, but hopefully you enjoyed it!