Recess time, no fun allowed.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Tag, you’re out!

Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they’ll get hurt and hold the school liable.

Recess is “a time when accidents can happen,” said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban.

While there is no districtwide ban on contact sports during recess, local rules have been cropping up. Several school administrators around Attleboro, a city of about 45,000 residents, took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous. Modified versions now include softer balls and ways for children to re-enter the action.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, S.C., school outlawed all unsupervised contact sports.

“I think that it’s unfortunate that kids’ lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they’ll never develop on their own,” said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. “Playing tag is just part of being a kid.”

Another Willett parent, Celeste D’Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. “I’ve witnessed enough near collisions,” she said.

amazing finish

I don’t know how patti does it.. but she managed to do it again.  turned an absoutley horrid day into one of the greatest evenings i can remember in quite a while.  Randy, Hannah, Patti and myself got to see the Blue Man Group It is going down on my list of the best shows i’ve seen.  They had great showmanship and creativity. on a level all of there own.  i can’t even begin to describe it or tell you who they are like.  We HAVE to go see them do the stage show.


Not a good day

today’s one of those days where i’d rather not gotten up or answered my phone. Everything was fine yesterday, then i just had to wake up.
I actually had a really good day yesterday. There is still a chance today can end up ok. i hope.

happy birthday Manuel

Wednesday was his birthday but i thought i’d give him props anyway. How long have i known him now? it’s been well over a year that’s for sure. Anyway.. he turned 25 so a big shout out to you.

john loves patti

Yeah, i really do.  Thursday i was having a really rotten day.  one of those days where you’d just rather have stayed in bed.  all day long it was just like that.  i didnt’ get home till 10 or so.  and i get to the door, after a really cruddy day, and my key didn’t work.  it has been sticking but it would eventualy work.. not it’s just not working at all.  so i gave up after about 30 minutes of trying windows, doors, keys.. nothing.  i tried calling gutheries but they didn’t answer there 24 hour number.  so i tried pop a lock and there answereing service would hang up on me.. put me on hold and disconnect, or not even answer.  so i called the only other lock smith in the valley that had 24 hour sevice and some lady who didn’t speak english answered.  so i tried again the key.. over and over.. and over.. and just as i’m about to give out my final sigh.. it worked!  But something was different.  i looked over and my door was shut to my room.. ok?  so i walked over there after greating ozzie who was meowing all the time i was trying to get inside.  i walked over to the door and there was letters on the door that spelled out “you color our world” and i opened up the door the room was filled with colorfull baloons!  everything that was wrong that day just went away.  i love them so much.

saturday morning we joined hannah and her science club on a field trip to the island to clean trash.  it was hard getting up at 430.  The teacher kept calling me mr kohrt.  but it was fun.  i had a good time.  after we got home i crashed out the rest of the day pretty much.  now it’s back to work again.

Focusing on Our Kids

Something interesting i found from Glenn:

It has been a tough week and its only Wednesday.  And yes, while all weeks seem
pretty tough these days, this one has seen kids suffering the most.  Thankfully that
predator Mark Foley is finally out of commission, but we didnt catch another
dangerous nut soon enough before his senseless attack on an Amish schoolhouse left
us all devastated, none more so than those little girls’ parents.  Of course, I have
lots of thoughts on these two stories and youve been hearing them on the radio and
TV shows, so Id like to make a different point here.  If youre lucky enough to have
children of your own, you know what a profound blessing that is.  If you dont have
kids, I pray you still have your parents with you and know how fortunate they feel
to have you in their lives.  To have or be a happy and healthy child is something to
celebrate and never take for granted.  I hope youll join me in taking that to heart.

Were all busylife is complicated and time is the one thing there never seems to be
enough of.  But when you really think about it, what could be more worth making time
for than our children?  I love my kids more than words could ever say, and one of
the ways I especially feel that is when I read to my son Raphe.  Hes 2 years old and
while he especially loves Green Eggs and Ham, I think hed be just as happy if I read
to him from the phone book.  Its not what I read to him, but that I read to him.
Its time we spend together, just us.  I draw strength for my day from those
nighttime moments that we share.  Even though my life and schedule are more hectic
now than theyve ever been, I know I must never forget whats really importantwhats
essential for me as a dad and him as my son.

We should remind ourselves not just how much we love our kids, but how much we
really like them.  And if you dont have kids of your own, call your folks and tell
them what they mean to youwhat its meant to you to have been their child.  Try to
keep that feeling with you all the time.  Im going to, and Im sure itll make the
tough weeks just a little easier.

See you tonight, Raphe.  Sam I am