This is Marlie's sweet friend Emily - her little brother William is in Samantha's class and they all ride the bus together.
Jayson was down in Samantha's class and was put in charge of decorating reindeer cookies
He made them with beards to maximize chocolate chip usage :)
Then we were walking around the school and snapped a few pictures of the Accelerated Reading (AR) boards. Both girls were within the first few to hit their initial prize level - Samantha has also become one of only 4 in the entire grade to meet the yearly goal already - Marlie has 2 more books before she becomes one of the first to reach the yearly goal in her grade - pretty impressive!
And speaking of writing samples - Marlie brought this one home the other day - not sure how to feel about a dog being named after me . . .