Frequently Asked Questions

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The Skeletons’ Skeletons

Over the last few weeks The Skeletons have been working on a project where they glued different sized bones (q-tips) to fill in their silhouette. The ...

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A Visit to the Skeleton Hospital

Have the Space Pups ever told you just how much they love playing doctor at school? Since December, the class has been interested in doctors, ...

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ART: 3/4’s LINE

Lines are everywhere. Whether you are making an abstract or realistic piece of art, lines are the main ...

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ART: 3/4’s Abstract vs. Realistic art

After the cave kickoff, I like to start the second semester, (Foundations of Art 101 ;-))class with a simple distinction between abstract and ...

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Pipilotti Rist @ Luhring Augustine: Curricular Connection

In the yellow room we create tiny worlds to play inside. We play with light, shapes, characters, and create our own stories. In the yellow room we ...

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Research Group: Pizza Restaurant

While Kayla was away student teaching, the Super Lollipops made a list of ideas for our Dramatic Play center. They then worked with Brian to sort the ...

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Leemie Visits!

Starting this week, Leemie will be joining the Super Lollipops at home for a weekend visit every ...

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Board Game Spotlight

Over the past few weeks, we have been introducing board games to the friends in the Purple Room. Board games are a fun way to practice many tricky ...

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January Spotlight

Earlier in the year, we shared about our “third teacher,” the physical environment. Since our return from Winter Break, our classroom setup has ...

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Winter Science with the Blue Room

The Skeletons have been exploring winter and snow in habitats similar to those where they live in New York ...

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We’re Cooking…and Baking, Too!

The Super Lollipops wanted to explore the science of cooking and baking. They have set up a kitchen in dramatic ...

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Big Body Season

Big body season is upon ...

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“Flowers in the ocean and hearts”

As the children are all progressing with their writing, we wanted to call attention to line. If we think about forming letters and ...

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A Look Back at Family Weeks from the Past…

With our fourth annual Barrow Family ...

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January Materials Highlight!

Since returning from winter break, the Purple friends have been ringing in the new year with some new and exciting materials. For our first class ...

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Next Steps in Dramatic Play

The kids had a blast in the Hot Chocolate Stand we setup in Dramatic Play prior to break. However, upon returning we felt like we needed to refresh ...

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Welcome Back!

We have jumped right back into the swing of things after our winter break! We wanted to share some updates, photos, and a preview of what’s ...

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It’s More Than Washing Hands!

The toddler years are a time of rapid growth. So much happens in such a short time, which is why it can be so ...

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The Nutcracker and American Ballet Theater

  The children acted out different parts of the story and practiced balancing the crown on their heads ...

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Snow Globes and Celebrations

To celebrate the end of the semester and all of the 4/5s’ interest in precipitation, we made snow globes in science. Measuring, pouring, ...

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Needs, Wants, and Teacher Gratitude

The Rainbows have been exploring what it means to NEED something, and what it means to WANT. We kicked off this inquiry by reading one of our ...

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Curriculum Spotlight – Maps, Homes, and Windows

Recently, the Purple Room friends have been hard at work playing, exploring materials, and learning new things. A few weeks ago, we wanted to more ...

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Tuesday Times

Reporting to you today from the Yellow Room. We hope you enjoy reading this post with your kiddos like a little newspaper about today’s events. ...

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Plié, Relevé, Tendu

This week, we had our first Nutcracker rehearsal class with Miss Wendy from the American Ballet Theatre. In preparation for our first class, the ...

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But How Will We Care For the Plants?

Last week in science, the Super Lollipops made observational drawings of the plants on the ...

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Precipitation, Evaporation, Transpiration, Oh My!

The Rainbows continued their exploration of the water cycle by examining clouds and their saturation ...

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Finding Joy in Nature

The Orange Room spent Science on the roof, exploring the plants which are able to withstand the cooler weather ...

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The Rainbows Learn About The Water Cycle

Turning on the water

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Musical exploration!

In recent weeks we have begun an exploration of music with our Purple Room Cookies! We first noticed the group’s interest in music in the ways ...

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Friendship and Feelings

This week we began reading stories and having conversations that focused specifically on friendship and feelings. We observed that many of the ...

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Diary of a Happy Pumpkin

Dear Grown Ups,

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Literacy Connections

In the Yellow Room we use literature to explain big ideas, prompt play, and make connections. When reading aloud with children we talk about ...

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Handwriting Without Tears

  • Prewriting/Writing – by learning prewriting strokes, grasp ...

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Red Room students have continued their exploration of rainbows, color, and light using prisms. Last week, ...

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The Votes Are In!

By the 3s/4s year, students have had some practice choosing and voting on a class name. In the 2s/3s, the students learn what voting means and how to ...

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The Orange Room: A Scientific Exploration in Color Mixing

“There are colors we cannot see, but they are connected to the ones we can. There’s a connection between ...

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And The Great Blue Room Bake Off continues…

For the past three weeks, the Blue Room students have continued their exploration of the ...

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Art in the Green Room: Writing and Drawing

Let’s turn our attention to writing!

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Art in the Green Room: Writing and Drawing

Art encompasses so many areas of development. It’s a form of communication and a way to express one’s ideas and feelings. It can be a social ...

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Voting in the PM Purple Room! Now presenting the…

As a part of the annual Barrow tradition, the Purple Room friends have been busy working to name our classroom for the 2023-2024 school year. Over ...

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October Spotlight

In the Reggio Emilia approach, Loris Malaguzzi named three teachers of children – adults, other children, and the physical environment. The ...

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Pumpkin Cookies!!!!

It is autumn in the city, that time when all things pumpkin start to arrive in our lives… and into Barrow classrooms. To honor the lovely ...

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All the Colors of the Rainbows – What happens when we mix light, color, water, and a little pre-K curiosity and creativity?

Continuing their exploration of rainbows in science today, the Red Room students delved deeper into how ...

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Contrast and Compare – When Playdough Moves Beyond Play and Into Scientific Reasoning

In science, the Orange Room has been on a mission to learn more about playdough. The ...

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Dictionaries

A key component of our literacy curriculum is the children’s individual dictionaries. Once a week, each child gets to work one-on-one with a ...

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Building with Unit Blocks

As we continue to settle into school, we wanted to take some time to reflect on how children have been interacting with blocks. Unit blocks are an ...

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Cotton Ball + Sandpaper

For this week’s update, we wanted to highlight our ongoing exploration of Cotton Balls and Sandpaper! Let us explain…

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Specialists Who Make Barrow Special

At this Thursday’s Back to School Night you will have the opportunity to “meet and greet” your child’s beloved BSNS ...

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A Tour of the Green Room

Meeting

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Why The Symbols?

Let’s start by exploring how this might be experienced from the child’s perspective. Imagine 4-year-old Cate who ...

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West Village Historic Walking Tour

In anticipation of the event, the DEI committee would like to share some resources with you to use with your children to learn more about our Barrow ...

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Banana Muffins, Anyone?

The green room has been thinking about what we could make using all of the extra bananas we had. We decided to make a list for our cooking ...

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Our Silver Thinking Bubble

I was first introduced to the idea of a “thinking bubble” way back in 2021 by our good friend (and magical guide in all things early education!) ...

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What Do We Know About the Moon?

In the beginning of the school year, we had two books on our bookshelf that featured the moon: A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin and ...

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Spotlight on: Ten-Frame

During Goodbye Meeting each day, the Orange Room comes together to create a journal entry for our days adventures. Take a look:

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Our Classroom Agreements

Each year as we get to know one another and our new classroom, we think about ways we can ensure that everyone in the Red Room can feel safe and have ...

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Beading Bonanza!

In addition to our monthly newsletter, we will be posting a story that highlights an activity and the learning ...

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And so it begins… Science with the 4/5s

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

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Sharing Our Families

As we embark on this journey of learning and growing together, it is our hope that we can create an environment where we encourage a sense of ...

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20 Questions

In addition to the weekly questions we’ll offer focused on current goings on, we also wanted to provide some general questions that might help ...

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A peek into the Purple Room…

Since the beginning of the school year, the friends in the Purple Room have been easing into their new classroom and school routines! They have been ...

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Un-Weaving a Found Basket

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man ...

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Help the NY Public Library!

During a recent visit to the Hudson Park Library, the Orange Room learned about planned cuts to the ...

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Curriculum is a Funny Word

To a preschooler, curriculum can be a funny word. Maybe even a tongue twister, however to teachers and parents it seems to be a word we all take ...

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Small Group

Each small group consists of four-six children and one teacher. Small groups by their nature encourage

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Happy Spring

Spring is in the air! Upon returning from spring break, The Purple Unicorns revisited many fun activities and embarked on new and exciting ...

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Making Ice Cream with the Blue Room

Where does ice cream come from, and how was it made? Some of the students’ ...

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We Feel Loved!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Valentine’s Day! The children enjoyed filling the bags we decorated with our ...

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Rolling, rolling, rolling: Exploring with balls and ramps

Although I was a biologist in a former life, there’s nothing I enjoy exploring more with children than the physical world. I have always been ...

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Power, Big Body, and Rough & Tumble Play in the 3s/4s

We wanted to take an opportunity to share a quick recap about power play, big bodied play, and rough and tumble play: ...

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Making A Bear To Share

On Friday, Samson treated the Unicorn class to a story about a girl named Tiana and her bear, Bach. Tiana loved Bach ...

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Engineering and Imagination in Science

Listen to the mustn’ts ...

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Celebrating Artistic Expression

Each day the children participate in Open Time. This portion of the school day provides our “Unicorns” ...

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An Act of Kindness

“No Act of Kindness , No Matter How Small, Is ever Wasted” The Lion and the ...

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The Morning Message

This week we introduced our new morning message, which has become a permanent fixture in our morning routine and in ...

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ART: The CAVE 2023

We traditionally begin the second semester in the art room with the CAVE. It provides the kids with imaginary ...

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New Year, Old Routines

Happy New Year, Green Room Families! This week, as we settled back into classroom life, we took the time to revisit ...

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Our Yellow Room Community Curriculum

This fall, we launched a community-based curricular project to both broaden our understanding of

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Learning about Holidays at Barrow

With the Winter Holiday season already here, we wanted to shed some light on the ways Barrow teachers facilitate ...

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The Language of Hands

How do hands communicate? Think of some words you might use to describe your hands. For my own I think of my work as ...

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Our First Service Learning Project

The Super Powerful Kids have been exploring what it means to NEED something, and what it means to WANT. We kicked off ...

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Interviewers in Training…

As you know, for the past two weeks, we have been sharing your children’s name stories with the class! (Thank ...

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Yellow Room, You’ve Got Mail!

In late November, The Yellow Room got mail… from the Orange ...

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Curriculum Spotlight: Name Stories

Dear Green Room “Robot Dinosaur” ...

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The Science of Movement – Week 2

Kyleigh and I had the pleasure of co-teaching the science of movement for two weeks this fall. In the second week, we ...

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The Science of Movement – Week 1

Kyleigh and I had the pleasure of co-teaching the science of movement for two weeks this fall. In the first week, we ...

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Rules for School

Having officially taken on the name of The Super Lollipops, we turned our attention towards the next step in our ...

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Pajama Drive: Practicing Gratitude and Generosity

‘Tis the season for gratitude and giving! At Barrow, the Pajama Drive is a fun and accessible way for the whole family to participate in an act of ...

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Social Justice Storytime Recap!

For those who weren’t able to join us last week for our first Social Justice Storytime of the year, don’t worry! Here is a recap of some ...

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5 Reasons to Love Science…

It has been such a busy start to the year. Science with the 4/5s has been an ongoing adventure: the children have actively used their imagination, ...

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Growing Good Citizens at Barrow

For the past several weeks, many classrooms at Barrow have begun to engage in a yearly tradition that is near and dear to our community — ...

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A Day in the White Room

As children are settling into the routines of the White Room, they’re making this space their ...

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Green Room Back to School Night Notes

Children have come into this year already knowing a lot about school. They are familiar with the school spaces, they have a basic understanding of ...

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Introducing… The Super Powerful Kids!

You heard that right! The Red Room has chosen their new class name: THE SUPER POWERFUL KIDS! Here’s a little ...

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Why The Symbols?

As you have undoubtedly heard and seen, your children have something a little atypical about how their names are ...

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Art

Each year as the Fall begins, the art room starts to transform from a BLANK CANVAS (113 of them to be exact) into an ...

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The First Weeks

It is hard to believe we are already weeks into the school year. As we make our journey through the separation ...

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What We Learn on a Walk

The West Village is filled with local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences that can be used as the foundation for all kinds ...

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Goodbyes, Hellos, and I-Always-Come-Backs

Much of the work we engaged in this week surrounded separation and saying goodbye. This lifelong practice of coming and going, being together and ...

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Spotlight on… Hello Meeting

A central party of each and every day is Hello Meeting. It is a key component in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and is essential to ...

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New Routine Alert: Morning Jobs

Today, we introduced the Orange Room friends to a new routine: Morning Jobs. Each morning upon arriving at school, they are tasked with completing ...

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Barrow

Hi folks! I’m Ari, Barrow’s new Diversity, Equity, and ...

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Our First Week of School!

It has been an exciting first week of school in the Yellow Room! These first connections are the origin from which a year’s worth of rich ...

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Pre-K Body Outline Fun

During a series of joint movement/science classes in the winter, the PreK students worked together to outline their bodies as one step in learning ...

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ART: 4/5’s Spring ’22 Blacklight Office Party

Highlighters and blacklight: two things that kids will get more familiar with as the go on in school, one probably being more fun than the other. ...

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Neighborhood Explorations

As part of a photography exploration, the Silver Room friends have been going on walking trips over the past few weeks to explore and document the ...

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Challenging Gender Stereotypes in the Red Room

Gender stereotypes are everywhere. They pop up through conversations, rolechoices in games, and activity preferences in the classroom. Have you ever ...

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Yellow Room Class Jobs

Recently, your children may have come home talking about their “jobs” at school. For the first half of the year, Nicki and I worked to set clear ...

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Letter Making with the Fish Sticks

Let’s take a closer look into our emergent letter writing curriculum in the Purple Room this ...

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West Village Pizza Tour!

The West Village Pizza Tour has commenced! As the weeks of our Cooking Study continued, one thing was clear: pizza was our favorite thing we have ...