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27 September 2006 @ 08:15 am

As many of you know, our daughter, Gavriella, is in the 8th grade this year (and, yes, it does seem like just last week we were taking her to her first day of kindergarten). We recently received an email from her English teacher which I simply had to share with you:

I want to thank Gavi for sharing her love of reading in class. She has already read two of the independent reading books (one book from the list is required per trimester). Yesterday I asked her to share a bit about Briar Rose. I was touched by her explanation of the novel; she was obviously moved by the plot and made that apparent in her delivery. Gavi has inspired others in the class not only to choose that book, but to read more frequently. Thank you, Gavi!

(And she didn't even mention that Auntie Jane is a friend of ours…!)

Current Mood: pleasedproud
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on September 27th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful.
Feelings are what you make of themmrsmodew on September 27th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
That is really cool!
Matthew B. Tepper: Prosit!asimovberlioz on September 27th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
You have ample reason to be proud of her.
Peter Hentgesjbru on September 27th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
EIGHTH!? 8th Grade!? Did you give her permission to grow up so darned quickly? (I suppose one could hardly stop her. Or would want to.) There are only so many shocks to the system one can take.

Good on her for spreading reading to her classmates. It does seem that every time I see her of late she has her nose in a book. She also speaks well about what she is reading when asked. Wonderful young lady you have there.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on September 27th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not a bit surprised, but I'm so glad she has a teacher who can appreciate her.

Skylarkerskylarker on September 27th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'm glad to hear that she's inspiring her peers to read, too.
Lollardfishlollardfish on September 27th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yay reading, Auntie Jane, and Gavi!

buttonlass just came home with How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight, and I'm thrilled to realized I get to have a whole new encounter with reading soon, as a dad.
starstraf on September 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah for Gavi

8th grade? How did that happen - wasn't it only a few years ago we were in Nashville when Susan was pregnant?
Lianatezliana on September 27th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's terrific!
markiv1111 on September 27th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with everybody. It's marvelous the way things are shaking down and your little girl is growing up. I really only scarcely know Gavi, but this does tell me some stuff about her, and I am impressed.

Nate B.
songs in the key of me: Happy Disco Shoyruchorus on September 27th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
I am not at all surprised.

I am still trying to reconcile '8th grade' with 'that little girl I saw dancing to daddy's guitar', but the rest, while very cool, just seems natural.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on September 27th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Gavi is in eighth grade? Yikes.

I'm not surprised Gavi is doing this; it's nice, however, to see a teacher acknowledging it. We've had similar notices a couple of times, and--no coincidence--they were from teachers I already knew were good ones.

Gavi apparently has more restraint than my kids; at least one of them has (metaphorically) pulled <lj user="minnehaha" B. out from behind a signboard to impress a teacher.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on September 27th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
8th grade ?= 13
Skipping over the canonical "he was living in our spare bedroom"-type stories about writers, (Chicago-)local fan Alexia Hebel once got a call about her elder daughter when Helen was in some lower grade, from a worried teacher. The teacher had asked what everyone had done over the weekend and Helen said, "I saw Roger Rabbit, and I talked to Darth Vader." Teacher wanted to Confer with Mommy about distinguishing between Make-Believe and Really, but Mommy played it straight, "Yes, she did," for a while before explaining to teacher about the con that weekend . . .

BUT! Isn't 8th grade getting on toward bat mitzvah, or am I so out of it that I missed it?

Cass W. Marshalljudith_dascoyne on September 29th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh Well Done!
From what I know of Gavi, she is much to well brought up to name drop.