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january 2030
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(Krouse Household Profile)
Marshal Krouse (40 years), Lorelei (36 years), Penelope (4 years), Otto (1 year)

Otto turned one earlier this month and life had gotten much easier. Sure, he got into mischief, but he could speak better, move if he was uncomfortable. If he wanted a banana, he could actually let her know.

However, he still kept wonky sleeping hours and would randomly wake the household with his screams.

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wheels on the bus

October 2029
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer

5th Grade -Rita Popper, Wyatt Siew, Toby Welsh, Dahlia Prince
4th Grade -Tillie Andersen, Mallory Traver
3rd Grade – Tyson Siew, Domenico Pacelli
2nd Grade – Hatty Andersen, Diego Martinez
1st Grade – Mavis Browning, Dax Holmes, Evan Holmes
Preschool – Thomas Traver, Penelope Krouse, Eileen Popper, Warren Popper

Half of the school was visiting McCarthy Farms in October. Lucy had used Oliver’s connection to the farm to book the deal, and the school district paid pretty well. Finn had to leave enough apples and pumpkins for the school kids to pick their fill, and while it was mildly stressful when the fruits hadn’t quite ripened yet, it all fell into place.

Finn gave all the kids a quick talking of the rules, all the while his daughter’s dog, Dash howled and made himself into a regular nuisance.

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10 Little Snowflakes

january 2028
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer
Student Enrollment

narrated by: Lucy

For the first time in as long as I have worked at Longfellow, which is quite a many years, we have a reduction in students. Census shows that we don’t have any surges in our populace for at minimum the next four years. So our classrooms are less occupied, and the students are getting more one on one attention. All of those things are good. It’d be even better timing to train a replacement principal for myself, while the classes are controllable. I turn sixty-three this year, and imagine I’ll go until I’m sixty-eight or so. Unfortunately I don’t know who to pick, Miriam or Oliver, and then I need a replacement teacher still. I’m putting it off despite knowing I shouldn’t, hopeful that some great teachers will be graduating EU shortly.

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second beginnings (picaso wedding)

may 2027
Warren Dennis (49 years), Jessica Picaso (38 years), Jett and Flint (18 years)

She had been twenty when she’d had the boys, they were the beginning of her family, and she had expected another baby to follow after them. But none had. Matt hadn’t wanted another baby, but it hadn’t stopped him from fathering that girl when the boys were just five.

She’d fought for her marriage, pleading and yearning for a man that was less affectionate than a goldfish. She hadn’t agreed to the divorce until she was twenty-nine years old. He had tried to get full-custody out of spite, and was rewarded partial custody that he regularly failed to uphold.

She disliked the bastard daughter, but there had been a sort of irony when he was awarded partial custody of her too, and then his mistress died from addictions. Jessica didn’t wish the woman dead, well, she had, but never literally. But it still didn’t soften her anger towards the child, even as the boys had embraced her as a sister, she was still jealous that she existed, and her own daughter never had.

But now, on the eve of her second wedding, she doesn’t know if a third child is a dream she should follow.

Flint despises Warren. Should it matter? She can’t decide. He leaves for boot camp and to follow in his Dad’s footsteps in just a month. Despite all she has done to raise his empathy and compassion, she has failed. He idolizes his Dad, and treats Warren horribly. But he’s her son, she can’t disregard his feelings. Perhaps underneath his anger, he actually feels hurt that she’s marrying again.

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wheels on the bus

december 2024
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Pre-k-Kindergarten teacher Miriam Dwyer
Student Enrollment

narrated by: Lucy London

After years of having a large influx of students, we now are leveling out at a more reasonable rate. It’s made it possible to offer more opportunities for parents to be involved during the school day, especially now that we can host them in the cafeteria for lunch. Oliver held a Parents Day, most parents still work during the day so it doesn’t have a giant turn out, but it was still good fun for the kids.

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wheels on the bus

october 2021
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Principal: Lucy London, 1st-2nd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy, Pre-K-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer

narrated by: Lucy London

We finally got the addition added to the school, now there is plenty of room for the current students or any influx in the future. We are able to offer smaller class sizes now, and it’s been a relief for all the teachers and parents included. I’m going to plead for a larger playground with more equipment though in the future, because it’s not able to handle all the students.

It’s always exciting in the fall when the students start filing in for their classes. I’m usually over it by the time Christmas break rolls around, but I enjoy it while it lasts.

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wheels on the bus

october 2018
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Principal: Lucy London, Lower-Level Teacher: Miriam Dennis, Student Teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Student Enrollment List

narrated by: Lucy

For years the Grammar School has been at capacity, with trying to find a place for that last student, and this year has been more of the same. Being married to the Mayor, people think I have more control over this issue, but it’s just not in the budget to build an entirely new school. Cole is convening with the council to purchase some of the property behind the school so a wing could be added to house another classroom, and a larger cafeteria.

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