JUST IN….”IKE ON HER BIKE”
“There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.” Han Suyin
This is exactly what I expected. Hard hills, high mileage, sore muscles – what fun!
We started in wet, cold weather in Everett, WA. Not only were our feet soaked and webbed, but it made the bikes gritty and hard to switch gears uphill or down. It’s tough to hang on to those bars going down hill at 30 miles an hour over rough roads full of traffic. It can be death defying! Once we were over Steven’s Pass, the weather cleared.
We stayed at the Boys and Girls Club in Everett. They had great programs and facilities for kids and families. Next, we stayed in a school in Skykomish, WA that covered grades K-12 and each graduating class was very lucky if there were a total of ten. It was grey, wet and cold in the middle of June. I would go postal if I had to live there. They could use some books other than romance novels to broaden their horizons. Name and addr to follow if you are interested.
On the third day, we did 107 miles. There was a 7 mile, 6% grade to start. I thought that I had trained well enough for that, but it tired me out. At the half way mark, I took an energy drink full of potassium and caffeine. It worked wonders! Is that the kick that you espresso/starbucks/caffiends get? I bought a couple on sale to try them - I would pay full price for that boost!
One day after another of miles and field and hours and pedaling. You better have a good thought in your head!
We had the most beautiful day around the Trail of the Couer d Alenes in Idaho! The scenery is all I heard that it would be. The trail and ride and weather were so beautiful that the 95 miles were great.
We went over the Continental Divide by way of Hamilton’s Pass today. We came into Montana and into the Mountain time zone. One more day of 101 miles to Missoula to finish the first week of riding.
Eileen Spalla, a member of the FVAM Board of Directors, will be riding her bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic over the next six weeks. She will be accompanied by her brother for the first half of the trip. For the second half of the trip, Eileen will join a group of riders that she meets in the Midwest, continuing her ride heading East.
Eileen is a teacher with the Hartford Montessori Magnet School. Eileen’s Bike Across the USA has been in the planning stages for several years now! The summer of 2010 is the culmination of her dream and hard work making this Bike Across the USA a reality.
Eileen decided to make this ride a fund raising event and will donate all of the funds raised to FVAM. If you would like to pledge your support and make a donation, please contact us!
Stay tuned to the FVAM blog for Eileen’s updates as she bikes across the USA!
On Friday, May 28th ……FVAM elementary students performed Wonka Jr and transported their audience into the magical journey of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The performance ended with a standing ovation! Congratulations to the FVAM students for a fantastic performance, to the theatre staff for their incredible work and our wonderful FVAM parents for their helping hands and support!! An evening filled with memories!!!!!!!!!!!
SKATING/HOCKEY ON FRIDAY, APRIL 9TH!
FVAM Extended Day and Elementary students invite parents to their skating show on Friday, April 9th at 1pm at the International Skating Center.
FVAM hockey players invite their parents to join them in a hockey game on Friday, April 9th at 2pm at the International Skating Center.
FVAM students in grades 6 through 8 arrived in New York on Sunday, February 27, 2010 to represent Croatia. The students researched, wrote and submitted their postion papers on important issues facing Croatia before arriving in New York. The student delegates were part of the 2010 Opening Ceremony that took place on Sunday evening. The delegates will act as ambassadors and debate current issues of international importance and peace over the next three days. The students will write, submit and vote on resolution papers. Most importantly, FVAM students will continue their work long after they return from New York! Visit www.montessori-mun.org for up to date information.
FVAM will open on a 90 minute delay today, Wednesday, February 24th. Morning drop-off will begin at 9:40am. Please drive safely!!
FVAM will open on a 90 minute delay today, Wednesday, February 17th. Morning drop-off will begin at 9:30am. Drive Safely!
Parents are invited to join us on Monday, February 22nd at 2:15pm for our Extended Day performances, The Forest Animals’ New Friend and Morris the Moose Goes To School! An exciting afternoon is planned!!
Due to weather conditions, FVAM will open one hour late today, Tuesday, February 16th. Please drive safely and use your own judgement.
Due to predicted weather conditions, school will be closed today, February 10th. Enjoy the day and stay warm!!