Monday, September 17, 2007

Sweeter than Apples and Honey

Here are pictures from Paul's first visit!

The class continues to be a joy to be in. Last week, students in F3 had a fantastic time learning all about prime and composite numbers, writing often in their communication notebooks, and best of all, meeting LCPL Paul Craddick and his wife Karen on Tuesday, September 11th.

Paul came in to F3 to talk about his future deployment to Iraq starting on September 28th. The students loved meeting Paul and asking many questions about his fears and goals about Iraq. He gave students a list of his favorite foods and candies, which we will be using in order to send Paul packages throughout his seven-month deployment. Already the students have written Paul a first round of letters which we'll be sending to his base in North Carolina so that he gets them before he leaves.

Paul told us that his job will be to protect rebuilding supplies being driven across Iraq. He will be the driver of the convoy while four other Marines will be protecting their vehicle and the trucks they are traveling with from IEDs.

In other news, as you have noticed on the class calendar, the next three Thursdays look pretty busy. I'm sorry about the timing of all these meetings, but I guess we'll have them all over with by the beginning of October! This Thursday I look forward to meeting all of you at the Multi-Ethnic Family Dinner Night which starts at 6 pm. Next Thursday we'll see each other again for a meeting about fifth grade camp. And on Thursday October 4th, we'll have curriculum night-- I promise cookies to all parents who come to this one. :)


  1. I Loved it ms .V it was great to have paul

  2. craddickfam@earthnet.wsNovember 26, 2007 at 5:03 AM

    Dear F3,
    What a blessing it is to check in on your class and see all the marvelous things you are doing for my son's unit! You have no idea how proud it makes me feel that you have made such an important and life changing connection with the Marines because of Paul and Karen.
    I didn't get to see you NWCN Monday the 19th, but my friend did. How exciting to be on TV! You are a very special class and you have a terrific teacher!
    Love and blessings, Candace Craddick (Paul's mom)