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Tugging at the Heartstrings

Valentine’s Day is best known as the month for love and giving. This was certainly the case at Ann K. Heiman Elementary as the school celebrated Valentine’s in rare fashion by dedicating the day to a very strong and brave young man. Jason, a kindergarten student at the school was diagnosed with a rare heart defect called CHD. Congenital Heart Disease means that he was born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels. The “Heart Hero”, as staff and students know him as, is currently #3 on a waiting list for a brand new heart. This past week, the entire school came together during “Jump Rope for Heart” dedicating a string of hearts composed of 680 student signatures for him. A huge box of “get well” valentine notes was also presented. Finally, Mrs. Holly Kerkes’ 5th-grade class sewed together heart pillows in their life skills class that they presented to Jason and will give to other children at the cardiac ward in which he will eventually be receiving a new heart.

 

It was touching watching the Heiman Husky student body, staff, and administration come together and support Jason. I tend to put myself in situations and ask, "What if it was my son?" These questions always rattle me a bit and I can honestly say - It would be tough.  Emotionally and physically demanding.

 

I've learned first hand, do not take the smallest things for granted. The holding of your child in the morning.  Playing at the park and laughing.  The tucking in and prayers at night. Cherish them and hold on to them for as long as you can.

 

It will be such an uphill battle for our “Heart Hero”, but we will continue the chant - “Good Luck Jason - Huskies don’t give up”!

 

Heiman Elementary (3500 Palermo Ave, Evans, CO) is currently seeking community donations to support Congenital Heart Disease month and the family of Jason. They are currently seeking coloring books, 8 pack crayons, playdoh sets, baby blankets, kids DVDs, iTunes gift cards, restaurant gift cards and travel size games/puzzles.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Marcus Aurelius

Capturing a Children’s Mind

Children are like sponges.  They take in everything.  It is said that between birth and 3 years of age, the human brain increases to 80% of its adult size.  Watching a child change from a clumsy toddler into lively explorers of the world is fascinating!  What an experience today to be part of the learning process in the classroom.  To see a teacher's method of focusing the student and capturing the excitement as they succeed.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Google AR

To witness a young student's face light up as they hold technology is pure exhilaration!  Google AR presented today and students were able to experience “expeditions” that allowed them to seamlessly interact with objects through a phone and flat surface.  They were able to walk around the objects, get in close to spot details and step back to see the full picture.

The future of education will be in some sort of device (unfortunately) and it makes you wonder what student's will be using in the future to study DNA strands, marine biology, and architecture 5-10-20 years from now.

 

 

I'm excited about Augmented Reality because unlike Virtual Reality, which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world ....
Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Special Times

✨ Love you to the moon and back and more than all the stars in the sky! ✨

Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.
Jenna Morasca

Glimpses

Sometimes I catch glimpses of the woman she'll become some day and I realize how fast time passes.  She amazes me with every breath she takes and how precious the time is to spend a simple afternoon at the park with her.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Earl Nightingale

Legos

My son is obsessed with Legos.  Box after box and set after set, it is nonstop building. I'm proud of his dedication to finish sets that are 5 grade levels ahead of him. I only become hesitant when he starts showing frustration due to pieces being placed wrong 10-pages back in the instructions.  The sense of "accomplishment" on his face as he dumps 6 bags out on the table and remains seated for 3-hours until the set is completely finished is very rewarding.

Well, my wife and I caved. It was time to introduce him to the Mecca of all Mecca experiences - LegoLand for a week. His face lit up as soon as we arrived at the resort in Carlsbad, California.  Imagination and creativity were around every corner as he witnessed structures that were 5 times his size built entirely of Legos.  He was in his own world and I couldn't be more happy for him.

Yes, Legos are developing his fine motor skills, encouraging creativity and pushing him to problem solve.  As for me?  I'm finding ways not to step on misplaced pieces on the kitchen floor each and every morning.

The sound a box of Lego makes is the noise of a child's mind working, looking for the right piece. Shake it, and it's almost creativity in aural form.
Grayson Perry