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Friday, March 30, 2012

Lessons from the Lunchlady: four times four is sixteen

This week was a short week as I had Monday off to allow for my brain to grow at ServSafe. Actually they didn't close school just to allow my brain to grow. Teachers were preparing report cards.

Here's what I learned.

We need to put pierogies on the menu more often. Raise your hand if you know what a pierogie is. A lot of our kiddos hadn't a clue and listening to five year olds try to pronounce it was fantastic. We had tacorogies, and rogies, pie-ogies and rearogies. It was delightful!
I haven't outgrown my LD in math. This might surprise all of you but I like to joke around. I am seldom serious. Serious people kind of annoy me. That being said, when I took a taped sign down in the cafeteria this week and pulled paint off of the number one I told the custodian that I messed up the number 416. Much to my surprise our gymnasium is not covered with random weird numbers like I assumed. They are apparently some kind of math idiom. After all, didn't I realize that 4x4 is sixteen and that the window directly across from it in the gym had 16 windows....um seriously? I'm not confident I could pass the 3rd grade math PSSA but we'll talk more about my LD next week in a post that I promise will not be serious.

Pizza on Thursday? Some students were very concerned that we perhaps cooked the wrong items this week as we always have pizza on Friday. I am often amazed by what kids will notice and by what they seem oblivious to..like that giant booger about to fall out on the serving line.

Mega Million Mania. We decided to play the lottery because 500 million is too amazing to ignore. The four of us (three lunchladies and the custodian) decided to buy 10 tickets and then our principal wanted in. She is an honorary member of the lunch bunch because she pretty much eats with us everyday, but when she threw a five dollar bill in my boss about lost it...demanding that she be given $2.50 back! "She can't have anymore millions than us" LOL. We agreed that 1/5 of 500 million was definitely enough.

Just don't give him a coat. I have talked about our custodian many times. He cleans up vomit, fixes sinks, refills paper towels and is a fly assassin . Today, however, when a kindergarten kid gave him a multi-layered jacket with many of the sleeves inside out he was stumped. After trying for at least five minutes all while the five year old stared on our fly assassin had to ask for help.

In conclusion, keep your coat on, don't pay more than your share, enjoy your pizza even if it's Thursday, order the rogies and remember that four times four is sixteen!

What did you learn?

6 random thoughts:

Kristie Maynard said...

Very interesting. I probably wouldn't have figured out the math thing either. How do the kids know these things? Someone must instruct them about it all, they can't possibley figure it all out themselves.

I never knew of a school serving pierogies. I certainly didn't get any when I was a kid.

That's what my kids do at their job, make pierogies and they really make good ones. Lent is the busiest time of year for them and they are working 12-14 hr days 7 days/week until Easter. They are a huge Polish tradition.

I guess that's one thing I learned this week, that some places have open minds and serves some different foods like pierogies. And I think that is pretty cool.

And to answer that question you left me on my blog, Nope that isn't a roller stamp. It's a border stamp.

DeepBlue said...

I've learned that everytime I see your Friday Post on my reader, I know I'll always have a big chuckle!
:)))

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs
Jon

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I'm not going to look back to get my spelling right...but I don't know what a perogie is...

Jenners said...

I am a huge huge fan of pierogies and am so happy to hear they were a big hit with the kids!!!! What is not to like -- dough, cheese and potatoes!!! Heaven!

Kim at Let Me Start By Saying said...

I NEVER ever would have caught onto that 4, 16 thing with the windows. My brain doesn't work that way. I have a kid in 1st grade, and already I fear his 2nd grand math homework.

Also? More pierogies is never a bad thing.
Came from the WOE linkup!

JD @ Honest Mom said...

Oh my lord, this is funny stuff! I can't wait to read more of your blog - I bet your lunch lady adventures are hysterical.

PS - here from WOE!

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