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Five for Friday- It’s My 1st Birthday!

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I’m back with another fabulous Five for Friday linkup with Doodlebugs Teaching on my first “I have nothing to do” day of summer vacation 🙂

 

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I simply can not believe that I have been on TPT for a full year already!  The amount of information that I have acquired and the new friends that I have made has far surpassed my expectations.  Not to mention that I have a ton of FUN creating classroom decor and other products for teachers (and myself haha)!  I am celebrating today with a flash sale- my entire store is 20% off TODAY ONLY.  And in 1 month I’ll be taking the next step on this journey by attending the TPT Conference in Orlando for the first time!  CAN’T WAIT

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Have any of you ever heard of the Insane Inflatable 5k?  It is a ton of fun… if you like running around a ski slope in 90 degree weather.  For real though, this was our second time doing it- my husband thought it looked like so much fun that he joined in with us this year.  I think he still had fun… but he’s a beast.  Me?  I kept my eyes on the medics the whole time.  I would post a picture of myself completing the obstacles… but nobody wants to see that lol, instead, enjoy an image of my future Ninja Warrior 😉

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No kickoff to summer is complete without a bonfire.  We had a small bonfire in our backyard with my Girl Scout troop this week to celebrate the end of our year.  We roasted hot dogs and made s’mores… the s’mores are made out of Girl Scout cookies.  Next time you see a Girl Scout selling cookies buy some “Thanks a lots” from her and save them for s’mores- you’ll thank me 🙂

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This is where I now live.  In the bleachers watching my little critters swim.  My oldest decided to give the swim team a try this year versus regular swimming lessons… so we are here at 8am every morning #momlife.  Then we come back at 10 for the littlest peanut’s lessons.  So if you can’t find me… this is where I am, destroying my data plan.

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And… as much as converting from a full time working mom to a stay at home mom during the summer is an adjustment for all, little moments like these are what I cherish!  Snapped this one while they were walking back from soccer practice to you know where… swimming 😛

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Five for Friday, April 22nd

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Well hello there friends!  I have obviously been very bad about blogging the last few months… no surprise there, but since I had the day off today I thought I would try to get back into the swing of things with my favorite linky party!  Thanks again to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting this linky every friday 🙂  Incase you’re new to this linky the rules are pretty simple… post 5 random things about your week and link up!  So here goes…

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Incase you haven’t heard….

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Minnesotans are  mourning Prince’s death right now…

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The crazy part is that this past weekend I was just a mile away from Paisley Park when Prince threw his very last party.  If only I had known!  I actually drove past it when I was going to get dinner at Chipotle and shop at Target lol.  Disclaimer- I am not from MN haha

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The whole reason that I was down in Chanhassen, MN this past weekend was to do a presentation.  I was honored to be asked by Education Minnesota to present on Culturally Responsive Teaching at the AFT Professional Development Conference.  The presentation went awesome- even though it was the first time I had stood in high heels for an extended period of time in QUITE awhile (ouch).  On Tuesday I received an email asking me if I would be interested at presenting again, this time at a college up in Duluth!

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After a gorgeous week last week we’ve had a little bit of a cool down- but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying our new big yard!

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I’m pretty sure we’re in store for a fun summer now that both kiddos are bigger (and potty trained etc.)  This little guy is signed up for soccer and he’s pretty excited about it!

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Lastly, what day off would be complete without a little product creating?!  I’m working hard to finish up my classroom decor themes that are inspired by my teacher friends.  I’m planning to release them all on Memorial Day weekend!

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Make sure you head over to my TPT store and follow me so that you don’t miss the big release!  You also want to sign up for my newsletter below to get early insider access and information.  Once I am done with this project I have a lot of custom decor to work on, plus some random decor that will be coming out this summer- trust me you don’t want to miss it!

Well, thats about it for this past week… it was pretty quiet around here!  I hope that you all have a wonderful week coming up!!

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Five for Friday- August 20

Five for Friday Linky with Doodle Bugs Teaching

Hello everyone!  Thank goodness it is finally Friday  Saturday.  This week was a long one!  As you’ve probably heard me say before, my school has the unique opportunity to try some new initiatives (does anyone else feel like that is a four letter word? lol) this year.  Basically, without going into the nitty gritty details using lots of big words and acronyms, our school has a lot of needs and is not performing as well as we would like therefore the state is encouraging us to change it up a bit.  I use the word encourage purposefully here… it is quite the different vibe from when (in another building, same district) we were not making AYP under No Child Left Behind.  Long story short, there are a number of things we are trying this year and you will probably hear more about them later- in regards to this week though it meant coming back for 4 full days of professional development before the rest of the district officially comes back next week.

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So this was my view all week long…. enough said.

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     And when I wasn’t professionally developing I was attempting to battle this disaster.  Every spare minute that I could squeeze out of my day was spent in here.  We have open house on Tuesday night… I might be ready.  While I have a lot of great storage in my room (as you saw if you watched any of my room periscopes), I’m missing a giant walk in closet that I had in my old room.  There is a lot of stuff that I don’t need this year (former grade levels etc.) but I don’t want to bring it home since we’re going to be moving in a few weeks, and I just don’t have the time to sort through it all right now.





So this is my solution for now!  I have this large double sided bookshelf in my room… and my boxes of randomness fit/ hide perfectly on the back side!  Score!!









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I had a dear colleague text me Thursday evening to see how the week was going… I sent her this pic.  It was 6:45 and I was still at school (had been there since 7am).  This year we are having family meetings/ goal setting before school starts and we were required to call each family to set up an appointment.  I do not like talking on the phone :-/  Bad, I know, but I did it!  I only got through to a few families, but it was very cool to make the connection this early in the year 🙂  Even though it was out of my comfort zone I will definitely do it again next year.
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On Friday my team got together for a grade level meeting (because we just didn’t have enough meetings this week!) and this was the highlight of my week- Look at all that color coded planning amazingness! 🙂  We took a look at our year long plan which was created by Traci Clausen over at Dragonflies in First.  You can get it on her tpt shop here.  We had our math and language arts already on the map and had to decide how/ when we were going to do science and social.  Now we just need to go back in and put the different standards that we will be covering each week.  I seriously LOVE this year long planner, and like I said in an earlier scope you should definitely check it out!!
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I wanted to wrap it up by showing you this must have app that I discovered yesterday afternoon.  I think we can all agree that leveling our classroom library is a bit of a chore.  Last year I used Scholastics app (and in previous years I’ve sat on the Scholastic website and typed the titles in one by one), but a very large portion of my books weren’t in their database.  I searched for a new one yesterday and came across this- Literacy Leveler.  This is a paid app- $3.99, but it was well worth it!  It simply scans the ISBN barcode and tells you the Lexile, DRA, and Guided Reading levels!  It was SO fast you guys!  There were still a handful of books that were not in the database, but it was significantly fewer than what I’ve encountered in previous years.  If you have a lot of leveling to do you NEED this app!

Well, that’s about it for this week!  I am going to take the weekend and try not to think about school stuff- before I know it Monday will be here and I will be in for another long week!  I hope that you all enjoy your weekend as well!!
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Linky Party over at Doodle Bugs Teaching
Well, I started this post a few hours ago… and then Blab.im happened. So here I am, late Friday night trying to finish it up!  This one will probably be short, sweet and to the point!
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On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a MOPS retreat to plan this coming year.  It is always nice to get a day away from the stresses of motherhood and spend some quality time with other awesome moms, especially as we come up for new ideas for our MOPS group.  Would you look at this adorable table scape that was created for our luncheon?  The best part was that it overlooked a beautiful scenic MN lake.
No detail was left out!  I loved our rustic mason jar glasses and drink charms!
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I snagged these babies this week… and immediately made several new teachers smell the stinky cheese marker 😉  I’m kinda obsessed with all of them… especially the nacho cheese one lol.
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Being a teachers kid means helping in the classroom over the summer.  I thought we would make it some special “back to school” time and treated us to breakfast! She was pretty excited about it!

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Of course there was also social media!  It was hard to start making the adjustment towards “school life” and not focus so much on my social media life.  I did get some Periscope and Blab time in though, don’t worry- Here is a screen shot of the PeriscOprah Sheila Jane… notice Angie Olson and I geeking out a little bit over teachers in MN 🙂 
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And last but not least… I’ve finally made some progress on my classroom this week!
Dusted off the old laminating machine and started getting my seafoam green decor ready!
Got my word wall up- loving how it looks in person!

The best moment was realizing that I had a whole bunch of washi taped decor that matched my theme  for this year!  Here is my display for student work!

I’m LOVING how my sink area looks!

This week will be full of a lot of PD and trying to get my room in order- I’m sure I’ll be stressed to the max!  We have 2 more weeks until school starts and there is a lot to be done.  I hope that all your back to school festivities are going well!

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Happy Friday  Saturday morning everyone!  I know that many of you have started your summer vacation already, but I still have one more week left.  Many more of my teacher friends go well into the end of June… my thoughts are with you.  We are holding it together with some very thin thread over in my neck of the woods, next week is sure to be interesting!  Here are some random moments from my week:
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I don’t know if it was because this weekend was Memorial Day weekend, aka the official summer kickoff or what but it was certainly a weekend filled with yummy indulgences!  Between the first gooey s’more of summer and a childhood throwback for my kids, I definitely indulged a little (a little too much- but I loved every bite).  I’m sure it wasn’t stress related at all 😉

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And then there was this…
I’m pretty sure this was a sign that I should use up the rest of my sick days and start my summer early… but I chose to take hubby’s car and head into work.  After all, I wouldn’t want to miss out on all the end of the year assessments (said no teacher ever)!  What a way to start the week.

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On Tuesday we celebrated my high school assistant’s upcoming graduation.  Anna was randomly assigned to my room in September as part of a work study program and she quickly became an integral member of our classroom.  I honestly couldn’t have made it through the year without her assistance.  

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Wednesday was my own peanut’s last day of first grade.  She had a wonderful year with a great teacher!  And she is already going crazy with summer boredom haha.  Its amazing how much they change over the course of a year!

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We finally got confirmation this week of our classroom assignments for next year.  The majority of my gigantic school (900 students, K-5) is moving classrooms in our attempt to try something different for next year.  It is a big shakeup and we’re all relieved to at least know where we are headed- since we need to be packed up and moved between June 5th and 9th (insert screams here).  This is my 5th year in a row packing and moving either schools or rooms… uff-da (as they say here in MN).  My head is spinning with what to do with my new space.  The storage seems adequate but the room itself is small.  And then theres the color… I am not in love with how bright of a blue it is.  I would LOVE to hear your thoughts/ ideas!!  

Also don’t mind the mess!  The teacher who is in it now is also desperately trying to pack/ organize and this pic was taken on Friday afternoon 😉  One nice thing is that I am going from a room that is original to the building (circa 1965) to a room that is in the new wing, built 2 years ago… and its air-conditioned 😉 🙂 
Well thats about it for my week.  Next week I will be posting about some of our fun end of the year activities so stay tuned!  I’ll leave you with one last picture that made me laugh… I attempted to take a  cool “Friday morning on my way to work selfie” and ended up with this:
A prime example of exhausted end of the year teacher, as well as BRF “B*&cy resting face” lol.  
Have a great week!!
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Happy Friday Saturday everyone!  This week was a long one, but we made it.  This year has definitely been the most challenging of my 11 year teaching career (or I’ve blocked the other ones out of my memory lol!), and this week was no exception.  This has definitely become my motto:
Incase you’re wondering, the countdown is at 28 teaching days.  The last day for students is June 4th, and staff have a half day on June 5th…. but we have to be back June 9th to start working on next year, which is both exciting and exhausting at the same time.  Not to mention that in these next 28 days we all need to pack up our classrooms… completely.  There is a lot of construction happening in our building, and we’ve been told to be prepared to switch rooms.  We don’t usually need to pack up for the summer which I know is very fortunate.  I really like my classroom (it has TONS of storage), so I’m anxious to see where I might be going!  Here are a few other random things from my week 🙂
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Look who showed up Monday morning when I came to work!  We were very fortunate this year to get 4 butterflies.  We have really enjoyed watching them the past few days, and we swear that they like GoNoodle.  There is at least one that climbs on the side of the net and flaps its wings at us every time we do a dance!  While we’ve really enjoyed observing our new class pets, I’m glad that we will be doing Monarchs again next year instead of Painted Ladies.  We cannot release the Painted Ladies here, therefore we have to watch their demise 🙁  Which also means that I need to clean up their little butterfly bodies 🙁 🙁  Ick.
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It is difficult to see, but if you enlarge the picture you will see it… snow.  Cold, wet, whipping snow.  On April 22nd.  Not ok with me.  Nothing says April like a week of freezing temps and snow, but it is worse after an almost 80 degree weekend!  We go through this every spring here, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less.  It also doesn’t make students dress appropriately for recess.  We had many talks this week about how to look at the weather and decide what to wear/ bring to school, that t-shirts and sweatshirts were not ok when it is 35 degrees outside.  “Even though it is Spring, we sometimes still need to dress for Winter”.  Ugh.  Seriously though, it needs to knock it off and get springy around here- in two weeks I have a weekend getaway planned with the hubs to celebrate my graduation, our 5yr wedding anniversary, and Mother’s Day and the weather NEEDS to cooperate 🙂
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This week I started the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody.  While I already eat clean and watch how much I consume, I really liked the idea of the color coded portion cups ( I love color coding! lol).  It has really taken the guesswork out of “dieting”.  I will admit that I was a bit worried when I first saw the size of the cups, but as I started using them I was pleasantly surprised.  As long as I follow the timeline and don’t skip a meal or snack I am not ending up hungry or cranky.  I didn’t snap many pics of it this week, so above is a picture of one of my suppers that I sent to my brother.  He had just been looking at it online and was curious how much food you were actually allowed.  The amounts are based on your starting weight and your goal calorie range, so I am allowed the fewest amounts.  There are also 30 minute workout dvd’s that come with the program which definitely work you out!  I’m not gonna lie, I skipped a few of them this past week due to kid meltdowns combined with grad homework but since this coming week the hubs is off I plan to rock it!  I am on day 7 today and down about 4 pounds 🙂

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We started two digit addition this week and I have been blown away by their success.  Regrouping (as I suspected) was a little bit difficult for them though, so for one of my guided math rotations we did some more hands on practice.  They were a little concerned/ thrilled when I just dumped the tub of tens and ones on the floor haha!  I have piloted three math curriculums this year and I am math-exhausted.  We make our decision on May 1st, and I can’t wait to just dig into whichever one we decide on for next year.  I’m really curious- what math curriculums do you all use?!?
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As I was getting a few things ready at the end of the day Friday I thought I’d snap this pic before I bolted out the door.  As I mentioned last week (and many of you shared you “shove- aholic” support! Thank you!) during the year things typically just end up shoved in baskets until summer.  These tubs are one way that I have made that habit actually work out for me.  I purchased these tubs last year from The Dollar Tree, and chalkboard sticker labels from who knows where.  I use them to organize my materials for four weeks at a time.  For years I had tried to do a basket or something for each day of the week, and I just couldn’t keep up with it.  This way I only have to do all my sorting/ planning once a month!  If we don’t get to something one week, then I just stick it in the next weeks tub etc.
Here is a peek into next week’s tub:
I have some random things that need to be sent home, like their Scholastic book order, their high frequency words for the week, guided reading books, along with other miscellaneous copies.  If you’re struggling to organize your planning, and you love a good tub/ basket, then I highly suggest this method!  
I hope you all have a great week!  🙂

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Hello everyone!  I feel like I just did last weeks linky, I can’t believe that its already Friday again.  Spring has finally sprung where I’m located and boy does it feel good.  Now I need to dig everyones warm weather clothes out of storage and sort through closets. Yay.  I hope that you all had a great week, here are some random things about mine!
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Saturday was the little ladies final dance show of the season.  While she loves dance class, and we love watching her (she’s quite good!), by this time of the year we’re a little ready for it to be done.  Aside from her leaving her dance shoes in dads car (and he was out of town 2hrs away…) things went off without a hitch and we ended the season on a great note!
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I realized this week that I may have a problem with classroom decor.  I saw this cute water bottle at the dollar store the other day and knew I had to have it.  My first graders (especially the girls) got a huge kick of how it matches our classroom when they noticed it sitting on this ledge.  I think it means I may need a support group 🙂  I also just found out that there is a large possibility that we will be shifting rooms around next year and I’m a little nervous about wall color- hopefully it goes with teal!   Please don’t mind my mid year organizational methods aka shoving everything into baskets.  We just got a new language arts curriculum, new science, new social studies, and I am piloting 3 different math curriculums… my room is overwhelmed by materials and I don’t know what to do with all of it yet!
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Speaking of “organization” this cabinet makes us laugh every time I have to open it.  We receive a healthy fruit and vegetable grant for the students’ snacks.  It used to be some really tasty stuff, but since our cook has to spread funds a little thin we end up with a lot of carrots and ranch (which everyone knows 1st graders LOVE. . . .).  My students last year would’ve just drank ranch if I let them.  Clearly my students this year don’t share the same love for it.  I keep teasing them that I’m going to give it out as an end of the year gift 😉  
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This week we were wrapping up a unit on place value and our essential question for language arts was “how do things get built”, so for one of our math tubs we did “building with place value”.  The student had to choose a bag which had an assortment of base 10 blocks in it.  They then had to design a structure and record their “building materials” on the recording sheet (place value mat).  Not only did they love this, but it was one of those moments of zen where everything ties together!
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 Well, last but not least, I came home yesterday evening to find out that something spectacular came in the mail!  My cap and gown for graduation finally arrived!  You can tell by my daughters face that it was an exciting moment in our house 😉  Exactly 3 more weeks until graduation Hooray!!

Well, I am definitely ready for the weekend.  Going to start the 21 Day Fix this weekend to try and jumpstart my lackluster approach to fitness (it is not usually so lax, but since grad school started I just haven’t been able to commit).  My goal is to put forth a really good effort this summer and get out of the rut I have been in all year.  I hope you all enjoy the week ahead!

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How in the world is it April 10th already?!  I just can not believe how the time is flying by… and the talks about next year are amping up!
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So, speaking of April 10th… this was the view from my classroom window around 8am this morning.    Full on blizzard mode.  Gotta love spring in Minnesota!  It was 32 degrees when I arrived at school, and by the time I left it was sunny, the snow had melted away, and it was 60 degrees.  I hate when mother nature toys with my emotions! 😉
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Like many of you we started off this week by celebrating Easter Sunday.  I love to make holidays special for everyone involved and we have a lot of traditions that have carried on from my childhood.    A trail of eggs is one of my kids favorites (and mine too!)… it can be interesting when you wake up to help a crying toddler though!  This year the “Easter Bunny” was a little extra busy with graduate school and other things, so I was thrilled to see how much everyone enjoyed the special day.  Here is my youngest about to put the hurt on a some “Peeps on a stick” that his auntie sent him!  Love it! 🙂

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 Following our relaxing 3 day weekend was a long day of professional development.  I’ll spare you the details… you’ve all been there.  We were encouraged to take selfies and live Tweet about the day (quite honestly that could’ve gone a little awry!), so of course I couldn’t resist taking this snapshot of my kindergarten colleagues and tagging them in a Tweet 😉  Not gonna lie, I was a little jealous of their roomy balcony seats vs. my “packed in like sardines” seats.  One of them is also a blogger- you should definitely check her out over at Teacher Norman!  
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We have started our caterpillars unit!  This year we are trying Painted Ladies instead of Monarchs.  When I left last Thursday they had just arrived and were tiny little things.  When we came back on Tuesday I was shocked to see how big they had gotten and that one was already in it’s j formation!  When I left today we had two in their chrysalis and three more j’s.  This is quite the comparison from my experience with Monarchs last year.  On Monday I will be transferring them to their butterfly cage and we will patiently wait for them to reveal themselves!  You can check out a video of our little friends here
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Last but certainly not least, I ended the week with Miss Sassy Pants 😉  Have you ever heard of the book “The Day the Crayons Quit”? If you haven’t then you definitely are missing out, it is an adorable book.  Her 1st grade classes performed a rendition of it today… can you guess which color she was?  Beige!  She was rather pleased with the beige outfit that I managed to pull together for her (which was a feat in itself… not much beige in our house lol).  I wasn’t able to attend, but her school puts everything on their website which is super helpful!  They even live streamed her spring concert, which made grandma back in NY a very happy camper 😉
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.  If you’re like most teachers I know this time of year can be very challenging for many different reasons.  One of those reasons is staffing assignments for next year.  In our district we always find out at the end of April what our placements are for the following year (or if we are getting the dreaded pink slip).  It is a much less stressful process when you’re tenured, but for reasons that I won’t go into right now there will be a tremendous amount of movement in my district.  We find out next Friday… I’m anxious and excited to find out who will be on my team next year!  
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First off let me say that I am SO glad to be feeling better!  I don’t think that I’ve ever been this sick in my adult life.  While I am still not at 100%, each day gets significantly better.  The picture above was a text that I sent to my awesome teaching partner on day 4 of the flu, letting her know that I would be out yet again 😉  I can’t say enough how integral it is to have at least one person that knows you and your classroom well enough to keep things afloat if you have to be out unexpectedly.  It is much easier to rest and take care of yourself when you’re not worrying about what is going on in your classroom.  

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On Saturday my oldest and I participated in the annual Habitat for Humanities Seeds of Kindness ladies luncheon.  It is a wonderful fundraiser that raises a ton of money for our local Habitat homes.  This was my 3rd or 4th year as a table hostess rather than just a guest.  Each hostess comes up with a theme to decorate their table in, and I just love seeing what everyone comes up with year after year.  This year we decided to go with an “Alice in Wonderland” feel, which was a hit!  This is the second year that I have let my oldest come, and she just loves getting to act like a lady and bidding in the auctions.  This year she even won one of the silent auction items she bid on!  Her favorite part though is probably dressing up to match our table 😉  Here she is as “Alice”


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For those of you who don’t know, I am also a Young Living essential oils addict.  I love this stuff and have seen great success with their products.  It has been awhile since I ordered anything new, so I was due for a few.  I mainly use the oils that come in the Everyday Oils Collection, but I am continuously trying to branch out.  I got Vetiver and Citrus Fresh for my oldest child who tends to be a little hyper and emotional, and R.C. to help with my upper respiratory infection.  I am amazed by how the R.C. has helped with my bronchitis so far!  Usually when something settles into my chest it stays there for several weeks.  After two days of applying R.C. I hardly even have a cough anymore!

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This.  73 Degrees.  We had so much after school fun this week playing outside, riding bikes, and having dinner picnics on the deck (because mommy needs to wash the lawn furniture).  Now today we are back to 30 degrees 🙁  

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After a brief discussion about why we were all home today (with it being Good Friday),  she decided to grab one of her bibles and read about it.  Heart melted.  I love getting to experience the church through her eyes and the questions she asks.  She is so inquisitive and smart!

I hope that you all are able to enjoy your weekend, whether you are celebrating Easter or not.  I don’t know about you, but for me when we go back on Monday starts the long, vacationless stretch before the end of the school year!  If you’re like me, you’ve already started mentally planning for your room next year haha.  Enjoy your week!

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I know it’s not technically Friday, but I was just way too tired last night to get anything done!  As many of you have noted Daylight Savings was a tough one this year!!  For me, it was on the last day of our spring break (which, side note- our district pushed back a week for the next two years!  So now it will correspond with the surrounding schools and universities… as well as nicer weather!), so waking up for work on Monday morning was ROUGH.  I did make sure to get out of the house early enough though for a Starbucks run for myself and my teaching partner 😉  We needed it!  So, long story short, here is my 5 for Friday… on Saturday morning.

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Do you notice something different?  I checked my email as soon as I woke up this morning and there was a glorious little message for me… “your blog design is installed and looking fabulous!”  I was super excited, and I have to say that I agree!!  Tenille did a terrific job whipping up my blog design, I couldn’t be happier.  I am just amazed that she was able to sort through my vague ideas to create exactly what I had imagined.  If you are thinking about vamping up your blog I seriously recommend working with her.
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We had WONDERFUL weather this week.  We went from sub zero temps to up in the high 40’s and 50’s.  It was a much needed taste of spring for everybody.  We were able to have a lot of driveway fun after school… this guy kills me 🙂  He and daddy picked out his helmet a few weeks ago… it just cracks me up!  He gave up on trying to ride his new bike and opted for big sis’ old scooter.
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I had some “free” time while my student teacher was doing his final week of full time teaching, so I revamped this shared bulletin board outside my classroom.  I have a second grade class next to me, and all year we have been struggling with what to put up here (I moved into my room this year after a second grade teacher retired- it has amazing storage and a door that connects to my teaching partners room!).  She has just been putting up some random seasonal bulletin board items that she’s used over the years and I felt that it was my turn to chip in.  I wanted to create something colorful, so I recreated a bulletin board that I had pinned over the summer- you can find it here!
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We switched from social studies to science this week (my teaching partner teaches ss and I teach science, and we combine our classes).  We started our unit on rocks, which means some fun and engaging hands on activities!!  We use FOSS kits in our classrooms, but they were so old last year that I decided to use Reagan Tunstall’s Rockin with Rocks activities.  My students last year loved it, especially the pet rock activity!  You can get it from her store here.  For this activity they were placed into mixed groups, and they are sorting rocks by size and graphing their results.  The graph they are using is part of the rocks interactive foldable that I am in the process of creating (hopefully it will be my first TPT item!  Stay tuned.)  I use a lot of interactive foldables in my classroom and my students just love them.  I’m pretty sure they say “we cut on the dotted lines, fold on the solid lines” in their sleep 😉
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I have to leave you with this screen shot.  I was searching Amazon for a gift for my student teacher, and this cracked me up.  I literally searched “teacher gifts” and this is what showed up… a coffee mug followed by wine charms.  Amazon knows that the struggle is real 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that nobody gets “pinched” by any leprechauns next week!!