30 November 2010
The day before Thanksgiving Break, we had our annual Reflections winner's assembly. I was very proud of all our students who entered the contest. The theme this year was "Together We Can". The projects were wonderful. Everyone who entered got a doughnut. This was a BIG hit with the children. I swear they will do anything for a doughnut. (hmmmm....me too, now that I think of it!) That was worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears!
Aurora's mother was one of the PTA mothers who were assigned to making Reflections successful. The teachers and students loved the Powerpoint presentation which featured every single child in the school who entered Reflections. My favorite part was the classes response whenever one of our own appeared on the screen. They cheered and shouted out that child's name. I felt the cohesion of our class. I really believe that the children like each other. You can rest assured as a parent that your child has 19 good friends at school.
That's always good to know, right??
All of the projects for the entire school on display.
Brian, Zoe, Casey, and Chloe
showing off their EXCELLENT assembly behavior.
Miss Tayla contemplating life! :)
Emma, Aurora, and Zoe
with their projects and doughnuts.
Darling Miss Chloe with hers.
Lucas's project is almost as big as he is.
I'm not sure what Casey's project looked like
at least he has his doughnut!
*****Janey and Bailey also entered but were absent on the day of the rewards.***
29 November 2010
24 November 2010
15 November 2010
If your child is in my class then you know ALL about tickets. The children earn tickets for good behavior, kind acts, etc. Then each day, I draw out two names and those two get to pick a prize from the prize box.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those tickets??? Hundreds of them!
Well, they go in a special lunch bucket. At the end of each month I draw five names from the bucket. Then, I get to eat lunch with those five children. Lucky me, eh?? The only thing I insist upon is that I get to pick the day (translation: the school lunch menu of the day). Last Wednesday was our Thanksgiving Dinner, so I picked that one.
Here are my friends who had me giggling the entire time. I love these children.
the dolphin fanatic.
the sharpest dresser around.
turkey (of course)
gravy (made with thousands of pounds of butter!)
Mashed Potatoes (from a box)
stuffing (very tasty)
roll (whole wheat no less)
cranberries (at least I think that's what they were)
baby carrots (yum...just kidding)
pears (nothing says "Thanksgiving" like "pears")
pumpkin pie (not as good as it looks)
Oh, and chocolate milk.
11 November 2010
06 November 2010
A few years ago, I moonlighted at the amazing retail store Bath and Body Works. I was there for three years and even made it to a management position. However, teaching and being at school for 9-10 hours a day and then spending four more at the mall each night really took its toll on this ole body of mine.
One of the perks (if not THE perk) of working at such a store was the opportunity of purchasing the props for dirt cheap. This little number, the bright red bathtub, was worth all the days of sore feet, rude customers, and lost weekends.
Guess how much I bought it for? FIVE DOLLARS! Yup! Just $5.00. It is made of solid plastic that is about two inches thick. It fits a first grader perfectly! I bought a body pillow which also fits perfectly. I rounded up a comfy pillow for the head. A grandmother of one of my last year's students made a blanket with a crocheted edge just for the tub. (Don't worry, I take them home and wash them frequently!) This cute tub was what sparked my love of rubber ducks. It's a whole package you know!
Each week, we have an Aviator of the Week. As part of the "honor", the Aviator gets to read in the tub at any time during the day. The children LOVE it. So do I.
I sometimes secretly wish I were the size of a first grader so that I could read in the tub.