Cookies for Spane – May Crowning Day

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Spane's Religious Education Class Picture taken 2011

Spane's class picture, 2011

May 12, 2010 was Spane’s last day in Catechism for the year. It was also the May Crowning at our parish.

Maria had asked me weeks ago if we were going to have anything special for the children, like we did for Christmas. Last week when I saw Sandra, and she mentioned that she was going to BUY cookies for a gathering after class. I told her to not buy cookies, that I would happily make cookies and bring them. Since I knew it would be the May Crowning, I thought that flowers would be appropriate.
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Armenian Delights!

Koobideh Kabob picture courtesy WikiPedia

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I asked my six year old what he wanted for dinner, and he said “Armenian”. That sounded good to me, because it always means the freshest ingredients. I had forgotten that it was Cinco De Mayo, but this sounded so good, we are shelving that for another day.

We like Lula Kabob Burgers, also called Koobideh Kabob, yogurt salad, and herb rice. The yogurt salad always seems like a lot, but it goes very quickly.

You can get Lula Kebob, otherwise known as ground meat kebob at Middle Eastern or Armenian butcher stores. There are also spice packets available at those stores, and recipes on the Internet. I have found that my butcher has a very good recipe, so I just buy his ground spiced meat. Form the meat into patties, and cook as you would a regular hamburger. You can serve them with Lavash and Secret Garlic Sauce.

When you go to get the ingredients for the yogurt salad, it is advisable to go to the market early in the morning to get the freshest vegetables and herbs. This is a very easy to make salad.
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Glendale GUSD Parents – I am ashamed

I am ashamed. With 105 teachers getting their pink slips from GUSD, and K through 3rd grade class sizes increasing, I was one of only 4 parents of children from our school who showed up at the walk to GUSD this afternoon, May 4, 2010. There were more teachers at the walk than parents, and that’s a shame.

Our children need their teachers, especially the young ones. Classrooms are already splitting at the seams, and yet, five more children are to be added to each class this September. Right now, my child has 22 children – with an additional 5, that will be 27.

In 1996, the California legislature passed SB 1777, a reform measure aimed at cutting class size in the early school grades from what had been an average of 29 students to a maximum of 20. As a result, our students have had higher test scores, and more students are graduating high school to go on to college. Glendale is doing better than LAUSD, and better than statewide – see Standardized Achievement Test Performance.

In front of Glendale Unified School District with Spane, his teacher, and other teachers

In front of Glendale Unified School District with Spane, his teacher, and other teachers

Well, maybe the $16.8M GUSD received can go to building bigger classrooms, or failing that, the kids can be stacked on “bunk chairs”.

I realize that a lot of parents work. The event was not publicized very much, but there were parents out in front of our school passing out flyers. I was one of them, and I know I got commitments from at least 10 parents.

I say to you that could have come and helped support our teachers, don’t come whining when little Johnny can’t read. If you want things to change, you have to take action.

Sorry, no recipe today – we had In & Out because we felt it was more important to support the teachers, and ultimately, the community.