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Some questions shouldn’t be asked to teachers

Hi everybody! Oh my gosh, I’m so excited about Christmas!!!

For this month’s article, I’ve got a little story with a lesson, and too many things to talk about, so I’ll only recall a few. Sorry, it’s been a busy month. Okay, just a few days ago (and this is a true story), our teacher assigned our class a group assignment for which we had to write a story with these five random words included: “pumpkin, baseball bat, broccoli, banana” and “book,” and my group included my best friend, Jessica. On the second day, when we were working on our story, which took place in the 1950s, I had a conversation with Jessica that went like this: “Jessica, do you think they even had pumpkins in the ’50s?”

“I’m pretty sure they did.”

“I want to be absolutely sure.”

Jessica then spotted our teacher and hailed her over, and without thinking burst out nice and loud, “You were around during the ’50s. Did they have pumpkins back then?”

Our teacher stared at Jessica and answered, “I was born in the ’70s!”


I couldn’t stop laughing, and apparently the whole class also heard the exchange too, and couldn’t stop laughing either! Okay, I guess you had to be there, but it was so funny, and we didn’t let Jessica hear the end of it. Lesson learned: Do the math before you ask an age question.

Okay, so, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m in the school Honor Choir, and we had a couple of Christmas concerts recently. One was at the high school, where we sang with the Montesano High School Choir, and one at the courthouse for the Montesano Festival of Lights. The Montesano High School Choir is awesome! We also had a school concert at Simpson and I had yet another poster assignment for one of our songs. We sang “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at our concert, and three people from each fifth-grade class have to make a poster of one of the 12 presents to hold up when the present’s name is mentioned. We did the Nine Ladies Dancing. I wanted to do the Nine Ladies Dancing because I’m very familiar with drawing realistic figures, especially girls, because of how pretty and detailed I can make their clothes. Sorry, but drawing boys is boring.

On to … The Festival of Lights!! Gosh, it was so fun. It took me a while to realize that the Luceman from the KIX 95.3 country station (my favorite) was the guy introducing the floats and commentating. He’s so cool. After the parade, my parents tried to drag me over there to say hello and introduce myself, but I was too shy. The parade was so much fun. I saw a lot of my friends, but every time I went to hug one of my friends who was passing by, my hat and cat ear headband would fall off to the wet ground. My hat’s still drying off by the heater. The only thing I didn’t like about the parade was that whenever someone tossed candy from a float, it landed in a puddle of water. That really stunk. Overall, the parade was amazing! My right ear’s still ringing from the horns that blared from the truck floats, but it was still amazing. Well, have a happy New Year! Until next time …

Julieanna Chilman lives in Brady. She is a fifth-grader at Simpson Elementary in Montesano, and is interested in art and marine biology. Contact her by emailing the editor at