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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Holiday Concert — December 5, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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I would be an untruth if I said she does this by choice or with grace. From these pictures and from what we could see she seems to enjoy it and was quite ebullient after it (though that could have been just a sense of relief and adrenaline). But, it was a struggle, quite a struggle, to get her to perform at this concert. I took grief from her nearly everyday. Claimed she hated it. Well, I got her to it and that was an achievement. Now, as she has already pointed out a number of times, we all get a break from band till next year. And trust me, I could do with that. Did I say it had been a struggle. This homeschooling lark is no easy — or at least not for I.

But, it was good. Always a joy to see the kids perform and all the relatives there to see them.

Happy Holidays. It is in full swing around here.


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The Views From Mount Major, Alton, New Hampshire — June 8, 2018.

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Mt. Major is the best known and most rewarding hike in and around Alton, New Hampshire. You can’t beat the views from the top. It is a relatively easy hike, albeit with a few tough spots, and you can get to the top in about 45-minutes. The elevation at the top is 1,785′ — and there is, cutely, a roofless remains of an old house built in the 1920s when folks used to go up by horse. I feel bad for the horses.

This was my second visit to the top and I can’t understand why I don’t do it more often. I am going to try.

It was an Alton Central School (ACS) field trip and I was a chaperone.

It was perfect weather (though there was a haze and Mt. Washington was behind clouds).

Well, I thought you might enjoy the pictures — taken with my Sony a6500.


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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Spring Band Concert — May 17, 2018.

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Though she is now being homeschooled she wanted to continue playing flute with the ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) band. That is one of the neat things about homeschooling in New Hampshire. You can still freely participate in à la carte activities and even go to different classes of one’s choice. ‘Band’ was the only thing she wanted to do — and today was her Spring concert, at ‘Prospect Mountain High School‘. She had one. It was a good band concert.

This was her practicing for the concert, in the afternoon, on her trampoline.


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Teischan’s Pencil Doodles Whilst At School & Bored.

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This is one of the reasons we yanked her out of ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) earlier this month and opted, reluctantly, to homeschool her. She and the school had become incompatible. She would doodle in class rather than paying attention or taking notes. The homeschooling, actually, is working out!

These intricate patterns are her new things — as you might have seen in her ‘Thank You’ card.

She is getting good at it. She even painted one on one of her closet doors. She has promise as an artist. So ….


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Through With ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Grade 6 — Resorting, With Regret, To Homeschooling.

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We have had a continuous albeit checkered, 12-year relationship with ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) since we moved to Alton, New Hampshire in April 2007.

ACS has some very good teachers, and I have sung some of their praises over the years. Some of those teachers, one in particular, wrought magic in the now 12-year old Teischan. [Devanee started at ACS ahead of Teischan, hence the 12-year relationship, though Teischan has only been attending ACS for 9.]

Homeschooling is NOT something that I am particularly fond of doing. We did it for a year for Devanee, when she was being bullied at ACS, and I was hoping I would not have to do it again.

Alas, not so.

Today, after much soul-searching and regret, we pulled Teischan out of ACS and will be homeschooling her for the rest of the school year.

5th Grade was bad — and as some of you may know a teacher ‘left’ mid-stream.

6th Grade has been even worse. I have had so many meetings with the Superintendent, Principal, all the teachers ….

In the end there was but just one viable course open to us. Homeschool her for now and HOPE that 7th Grade will be better.

Well, that is the headline for now. I will post more, if I get the time, as we go along.


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Ski Day #4 Of 2018 (At Gunstock, New Hampshire) — February 1, 2018.

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The fourth & last Thursday of the Alton Central School (ACS) 2018 Ski Program — and given that it is ‘sponsored by them’ (so to speak) back at Gunstock, in Gilford. It was luckily, and to my intense relief, nowhere as cold as last week — and it was brutal last week. It was warmer BUT it was a miserable day as you can easily tell from the picture. No blue skies. No sun. Just dark, dreary grey clouds and pelting snow showers in the morning. We, however, prevailed.

The kids are amazingly resilient and buoyant. They were just glad that it wasn’t cold. They enjoyed themselves. We even went to the Summit — three times with the kids.

Since I continue to ski while the kids have their 1-hour, compulsory lesson, I probably skied a tad more than they did.

It snowed, lightly, all morning. Kind of got covered in light snow while sitting on the chair lifts. Also made the skiing surface a slightly slick and choppy. So, it wasn’t the best of skiing. Soft, fresh snow — and NO, NO, it was NOT powder. I don’t think we have had powder in New Hampshire in a long while.

Well, it is done. As far as I know there were no major (or for that even minor) mishaps. That is always a relief. I was trying to work it out today, sitting on a ski lift. This was probably the sixth or seventh year that I have champorened ski parties — this, however, the first in the U.S. They rest were all in Italy, way back, with British school kids. Skiing in the alps is a whole nother kettle of fish.

This was more skiing than I have done in a decade. Not sure whether I will go out again this winter. If I do, I will sure let you know.


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