Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mardi Gras Parade

Just what is Mardis Gras?

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". The name comes from the ancient custom of parading a fat ox through Paris on this day. The ox was to remind the people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday thru Easter Sunday.

We celebrated a few days late at Frankie Lemmon School – but we celebrated!!

First thing we did was to go to where the wild things are – our classroom. 

We made signs, we wore masks, we changed shirts, we ate
king cake.

Then we grabbed our noisemakers and paraded through the streets (hallways and rooms) of Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

Laissez les bons temps rouler
(Let the good times roll)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine Stories

Three Valentine Stories: "Cooking with Ms. Forbis", "Singing with Audwin", "Love Counts".

On Valentine's Day. there was a Valentine's party in Ms. J's room and also a time of play outside. Our profound thanks to Lisa Wald for these remarkable photos of our friends.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Triangle Wine Experience's annual Breakfast

From the Triangle Wine Experience website:
"In the early 1990's a group of friends gathered to celebrate their love of wine and to raise money for the Frankie Lemmon School. The gathering became a tradition that eventually resulted in the formation of The Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a non-profit organization that is the school's primary funding source. Each year the foundation organizes a series of wine related charitable events, including the Triangle Wine Experience to generate proceeds which fund the tuition-free school."

This year's annual Sponsor and Partners Breakfast was held Friday, February 8th. It was an opportunity for people in the wine business from all over the USA to tour the Frankie Lemmon School and meet our children, families, and staff members—while enjoying breakfast and a brief program, and seeing first-hand how their generosity and support (and yours) helps these special children.

Stolen from Face Book—Our teachers (l. to r.): Kelsey Donahue, Jaimie Mewborn, Caroline Medlin Schmidt, Lori Forbis, Becca Johnson Smith (Associate Director), Laurie Ann Denning, Jeanine White, Carla Bass.

The Big Show

Mr. Pat's son-in-law, George Feaver, was also with us at the breakfast. George is wine director/general manager at Suburban Wines and Spirits in the greater New York City area. He arrived Thursday night with a full SUV load of wine that he delivered to the Foundation office. This wine was given through the generosity of several vendors from the New York City area. George came at the invitation of the Foundation Board of Directors. Thank you so much for making George feel at home here.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Shapes are everywhere, says Ed Emberley, in his timeless The Wing on a Flea:

"A triangle could be the wing on a flea.
or the beak on a bird, if you'll just look and see."

Here at Frankie Lemmon:

The shape of a button when we press for more juice.
The shapes of our lives as our futures break loose.
The shape of our joy when Jeannie brings Rosie to call.
and points to the shapes we just learned overall.

Our thanks to Lisa Wald for these wonderful photos at our Winter Wonderland Festival on January 31.