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Merrimack's New Homework Policy

Sep
08

Merrimack has instituted what is essentially an optional homework policy, town-wide. Students will get homework, but it won’t be graded. They can do it if they need the practice to better understand the material. They can get help with it from teachers. They just don’t need to do it if the material is already comfortable for them. They can use that time instead to focus on other subjects they are less comfortable with, develop hobbies, spend time with friends, learn things outside of school, whatever. I’m thrilled with this decision.

Lots of Updates and Photos

Sep
07

This is going to be a big picture/link dump since I just finished processing and uploading a lot of pictures...


Visiting Nana for lunch with Greg, Cathyn, Caroline, Paul, and Anita - We had a blast watching Aeryn and Caroline together again (despite the developing toy jealousy). It was so cool and seeing Caroline’s infinite facial expressions and walking demonstration.

Aeryn's Here!

Mar
07

Hey everyone,
Aeryn Inara Schelly joined us on 3/2/2015 and we're glad to finally meet her. She came out at 8lbs, 7ozs and 20" long. We've got pictures up from the first 6 days! Here's some album links, followed by some highlights.

The New Kid Has a Name!

Nov
21

We brainstormed, and put up sticky notes with name ideas on the wall. Friends came over and contributed their own suggestions. We vetoed them off once a day until we had only 5 blue notes left. We started writing up yellow notes that had full names on them, using one of the 5 favorites, and sometimes pulling in some crossed out names that might pair well with them.

Spoiler Alert: If you don't want to know, don't click any further!

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