August Adventure


 

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Alexis Kyla A. Costales, 9th Grade, Junior High School, SAS Ai Scholar

My August Adventure – by Alexis Kyla A. Costales

 

Monday. August 6th. It was either a highly anticipated day, or a somewhat dreaded day. It was the first day of classes for the new school year.

For me, it was fun! It was a flea market, a veritable bazaar. Orientation galore. I saw old, familiar faces – friends, classmates from last year, and a few new faces. In the crowd I recognized a familiar figure.

“Hey you… Yes, I do know you… remember me?” I tried to get my friend’s attention lightly tapping her shoulder.

“Oh… hey Kyla girl, how’s it going?” my friend reacted, twirling around to face me. “So good to see you!” We hugged and laughed, well, and giggled more or less. “Welcome to Saint Augustine’s School…” my friend tried to mimic our School Principal. It was okay.

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The Costales Family – Kyla is seated center.

It was so good to see one of my school buddies from last year. We talked about many things, catching up on current events, vacation time, and family things.

 

Of course the orientation included the announcement of the school’s expectations – the big picture, or year-end goal. We were also “refreshed,” and “reviewed,” of the School Rules and Regulations. That part wasn’t so much fun, but necessary.

The second week followed quickly. We elected our class government officers. I accepted a minor class officer position – hey, don’t knock it; I was duly elected. Okay? We were also asked to choose our Sectoral Interest Group (SIG). Since I was already in this Interest group, I chose to remain with the “Awit at Gitara,” SIG (Song & Guitar). This group allows me to showcase my musical talents and, more importantly, share my love for music.

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“Awit at Gitara”

The event of Week Three, “Araw ng Kabataan,” (Youth Day) was held with the participation of all the local schools in town. Student-officers were invited to join the event and so we did.

Regular classes followed. As the week flowed, I felt a little shaky, like when one first gets up after squatting for a while. I felt like my mental cobwebs were being cleared. Gradually my feelings of school joy and happiness returned. After all the consecutive “out-of-classroom” programs, it felt great to be back on the “Ed-Track” again, gaining more knowledge and learning something new every day.

 

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Saint Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church

Today we attended Holy Mass in celebration of the Feast of our Patron Saint, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Doctor of the Church. We commemorated and, at the same time praised St Augustine’s great works, writings, and teachings important to Christian life. To a lesser degree in importance, today was also Intramural day. Exit polls taken revealed that everyone enjoyed the games.

With that, I will close.

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The road to the mountain top

I look forward to a great school year, relishing the thought of my upcoming educational journey.

With grateful wonderment, I eagerly anticipate the many thrills, challenges, and surprises that I will encounter – for certain – along the way.

 

 

 

 

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Washed Away


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Little boy – big umbrella – Oy!

Rainy season. Not much fun. Umbrellas are an inconvenience. I hate umbrellas. Well, I take that back. When umbrellas are tiny and they call them parasols used by pretty young ladies – then they look cute.

 

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Lady with a parasol (Monet)

I woke up this morning to the sound of falling rain. The gutter downspout was loud. The rushing water sometimes made sounds like colliding pebbles in a small echo chamber. I bent down to touch my toes and felt the effect of the stretch. The rain kept falling.

 

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Down the drain spout go our refuse and things we toss out

Water sloshed down the concrete downspout catch that stretched about five feet into the hydrangea beds. Bet the gardenia plants were happy; they are always thirsty. No doubt the other flowers were celebrating too. Inside and in the comfort of my room I felt great. Another day, a wet day – but hey, we all need the water.

 

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Lord wash away my sins

I said a quick prayer: “Thank you God for sending your word in with the rain. Thanks for not forgetting to water the grass. Thanks for the water rushing down the ditches – I know the waters will sweep clean the waste and refuse we irresponsibly tossed there – symbols of our profligate life. Lord, thanks for making me feel

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At the end of a Rainbow… lies a pot of gold

special and washing away my sin.”

 

Soon there will be a rainbow visible. It will arch over the willowy bamboo clumps and the coconut trees.

The rain will be down to a trickle – if that – with the dark clouds retreating toward the open sea.

I love rainbows, don’t you?

School’s Around the Corner – by Carla Nicole Garcia


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Carla Nicole Garcia, 9th grade Junior High School student

Monday, August 6, 2018 – First day of school at SAS for school year 2018-19.

I am so very excited to go back to school after the long summer vacation and layover.

The first thing I will do is find my best friend Lorraine. I haven’t seen nor heard from her since the last school year ended.

Lorraine is such a nice, caring, thoughtful, and great person. To say I missed her a lot during vacation is putting it lightly. She’s so much fun to be with.

In addition to meeting old classmates, teachers, and friends, I want to meet new classmates and new teachers.

I feel a bit nervous. 9th grade… junior high school – wow. I am in the big leagues now. Middle school was great but this – this will take some getting used to.

Let’s see.

I expect to see my SAS Ai batchmates:  Maxin Angelo Musni and Alexis Kyla Costales. Kyla joined the SAS Ai program this year. Maxin and I joined the program last year. We’ll all be in the 9th grade together.

My task and mission is to get to know both of them better, build friendships and establish good camaraderie with them. I will do the same with the other scholars in the SAS Ai program.

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“Please leave my paws alone… thank you.”

My summer vacation was largely spent helping my parents at home, doing daily chores and taking care of the household pets. Water has to be fetched daily from the well. The water well lies a good hundred yards one way away. I did that daily, filling huge water container reservoirs to the brim.

I fed our two dogs and three cats, groomed the dogs and gave the cats a quick manicure. The cats protested (of course). The dogs rejoiced and howled with glee upon seeing the cats suffer mis-perceived indignities and light discomfort.

 

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“Did it hurt when they cut your nails?”

But, as they say, “life goes on and must go on.” I am getting more and more focused on school. And that is where I’ll be until Monday comes along!