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2. No school Monday for President's Day, then no school Tuesday and Wednesday for an ice storm, then a delayed opening on Thursday because of the severe cold - makes for a nice week of school.
3. Andrew made it safely back to his city in China about 24 hours ago. He stayed with a family we know in Beijing for almost a week, because there were no flights due to the Chinese New Year. It's always a relief to know that he is back OK.
4. Very good open house last week. We do "double school." The first year the students weren't excited about it, until we did it once and they liked it. We have a day of school, then actually come back that night for three more classes! Anyone from the community, or parents, can come sit in on classes and observe what goes on. And the trade-off? No school the next day!
5. We saw this goose last Saturday in a cove on the lake. At first we thought it was just a generic farm goose among the Canadas; then we thought it was a snow goose; but, after studying it, realized it was a Ross's goose - a rare bird for our area. I've been back several times but have not seen it again. After posting it on a couple of lists, I've received emails from several other birders, more avid than I am, who thought it was a good find and some who want to try to find it themselves. My gut feeling is that it is a one-time viewing and has gone on to other places. But it's always a treat to find a rare bird.