Posts Tagged ‘back to school’

Kids in School, Stay Organized at Home

I had a really great time sharing some of my DIY organizing ideas on KLG & Hoda! Hope you find some of the tips helpful and if you have any questions feel free to contact me!

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Back To School and the Past

Sydenstricker Schoolhouse

Adora and Bob on the front steps of the original Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (2015)

Back to School pictures this year came with a lesson American education!  I started researching one room schoolhouses in Virginia when I came across and fell in love with this little red school house in Springfield. It’s called the The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse and it was built in 1928. This gem in our backyard is basically in it’s original condition- a real rarity when it comes to early 20th century school houses. The Upper Pohick Community League has maintained it since 1954. Fun fact.. they bought it for $550! Our visit was a real treat. The moment you walk through the doors you can smell an era long gone. The wood beneath you creaks and bends beautifully. The natural light shines perfectly through the old windows that you know have seen a lot of stories come and go. I had the best history guide to show me around. Lisa Friedrich Becker a history lover met me there. She has had a huge hand in efforts to preserve the school which is on the National Historic Registry. She showed me the hooks where kids use to hang their coats and the spot a local couple held their wedding reception in 1954. I brought my kids and gave them a little lesson on how eschool use to be back in the day. To be honest, it was more like a recollection of Little House on the Prairie— a show I was obsessed with as a child. Watching my children run up the stairs into the school house was a brief transport back in time. A time when things seemed so simple. Adora and Bob caused a bit of ruckus jumping and laughing and running in circles on the hardwood. They especially got a kick out of the chance to pull the rope and ring the original school bell. The bell, which was bought in Alexandria survived a fire that burned down the original building.

S 1957 Litter Buggy

During the 1950s the League sponsored a Boy and Girl Scout troop, as well as a “Litter Buggy” which collected trash from local roads. You can see the Schoolhouse in the background.

The school officially closed in 1939 but has played host to many community and private events since then despite it’s limitations– no running water, no bathroom.. unreliable heating and cooling. I’m surprised more photos have not surfaced over the years. They are always looking for anyone who attended Sydenstricker Schoolhouse or were early members of The Upper Pohick Community League. The search is on for any photos or documents they could help tell this unfolding story. Below is an event that the group is having to celebrate and raise awareness about the school.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Community Coffee House, 6-9 PM
FREE live music, coffee and baked goods all donated by members of our community and local businesses! Featuring the Fairfax Band Association Saxophone Quartet, singer Dave Brunelle… and more! Delicious food donated by The Swiss Bakery, Whole Foods Springfield, the Springfield Hilton and more!! There will be no charge for admission, but donations are greatly appreciated. It will be a great evening to celebrate our community!!

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse is located at 8511 Hooes Road in Springfield, VA 22153 More information available here.

Here’s to learning things… new and old this School Year! 

Bob enters Pre-K this year!

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Adora with her pencil that really writes!

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One of the first students to attend Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (1928)

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Can you imagine how much tag was played outside this school.

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Adora is sitting about where the fridge is in this undated picture of a dance.

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Here’s the schoolhouse decked out for an event in recent years (oh those floors!)

Inside of Schoolhouse

Bob sitting on a vintage school desk donated by a local resident.

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Bring on the books!

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(photos taken with my iPhone for more historic and recent photos like the one below check out Sydenstricker Schoolhouse’s facebook page)

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Hacks4School: Save space and preserve your child’s art

Finally a solution to that growing pile of precious artwork and projects your little ones bring home. Start with designating an Art Drop Box to collect your child’s creations. At the end of the year send it off to Plum Print and they’ll digitize everything (including 3 D objects) and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece of a book!

#Hacks4School: Drowning in your little Picasso’s artwork? News4’s Angie Goff shares a digital trick that will help you keep all of your child’s school projects – in half the space! For more school hacks, check out our Pinterest board here –> http://nbc4dc.com/SeaeGn0

Posted by NBC Washington on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hacks 4 School: Get Personal!

Some simple things that help get the kids out the door and excited for school!

Back to Pre-School!

Finally the day has come that I can respond to my daughter YES! Every day she  wakes up and asks “Am I going to school?” She loves it so much and now she has graduated to the 3s program. It’s so fun seeing how excited she is!

600 Backpacks up for grabs Sunday

From our viewers in West Virginia… they’re already thinking back to school, and giving back.

This Sunday, August 14th Hedgesville Church will give away 600 backpacks filled with school supplies.
All you have to do is bring your child by.. they must be with a parent. Live music, free food, free haircuts for the kids and moon bounce will be on hand. Four new bikes will be given out too.

Registration starts at 3pm at Hedgesville Church.
That’s at 6867 Hedgesville Road in West Virginia.

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