Steyer on the P.A. system. Jimmie Steyer's mom would sometimes read
the morning announcements with her thick accent (I had thought it
was hispanic). She was a sweet lady. She brought us little tubs
of Borden Ice cream once, and we ate it with little wooden spatula
spoons. That was something usually reserved for Valentine's day.
Remember decorating those white paper sacks?
In 3rd grade, she was invited to teach our class all about Hawaii.
It was so great. At the conclusion of the learning phase we had
a big luau. We ate poi! My Hawaiian food contribution was sugar
cubes. We dressed in plastic grass skirts and were given plastic
leis. Mrs. Steyer was wearing a real grass skirt and taught us how
to hula to Pearly Shells, Tiny Bubbles, and another song having
to do with a grass shack.
One occasion in about 3rd grade, I had decided that I liked Jimmy.
He sat next to me in the lunch room and got up to get some milk.
To show him that I liked him, I put ketchup on his brownie. Big
mistake. I got in trouble and my Mom made me bring a Hostess Cupcake
to school to give to him. I threw it in his lap as I walked over
to my row location in gym class. He's now a dentist.
kindergarten, Susie Orton got up in front of the class and did a
dance routine to "Crocodile Rock." I had never seen an
organized dance routine done by any of my 5 year old friends and
neither had most of us. The dancing was charming, the music was
cute and Susie was effervescent. It about gave me a cavity. :)
chatter-box! I was a frequent visitor to the chatter box. The chatter
box was a small square drawn in the upper right corner of the chalk
board at the beginning of class. If you were caught chit-chatting
your name got put in the box and you had to stay inside during recess.
I usually used that time to sleep.
Mother had several rose bushes and my father enjoyed beer. So what?
Well my mother would clean the small brown beer bottles free of
wrapping and then put a cut rose from one of our bushes into the
water, wrapped in a paper towel. She would tell me which teacher
to give it to and I'd have to walk to school with it, or when I
was at Bates, take it on the bus. It was so embarrasing! Of course
when I grew up I thought that perhaps Mom had sucked up to all the
teachers whom I had annoyed throughout the year. But Mom assures
me that she was just giving out roses. I still think it broke the
ice a little. I was hyperactive and some of the teachers were exasperaated
bicenntenial! 1976. First of all, there was the Freedom Train that
was touring the country and we got to see the constitution at this
bus. The major event was the concert, however. I believe it was
called "I Hear America Singing." Mrs. Jackson taught us
a whole mess of patriotic songs such as "You're a Grand Old
Flag," "God Bless America," and "My Country
Tis of Thee." All the schoolkids in town were bussed to the
Mabee Center for a huge concert. We sang the songs we learned in
Mrs. Jackson's class and heard the other schools perform. There
were also poetry contests and several of us got our dinky poems
published in a city-wide school poetry book.
Readers. Some kind of kid newspaper that I remember liking. I remember
reading about a new show, Big Blue Marble, that was about the Earth
and environment. Also they talked about a new show called Mulligan