Sunday, May 29, 2016

Five For Memorial Day Weekend Friday!

Hello!  Today I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for:




 Our Music teacher, Ms. Newman, put together a magnificent assembly in which the kindergarten, first and second graders sang.



My favorite song was "My Country T'is of Thee."



 Our Morning Meeting theme of the week was butterflies.  I forgot to take pictures of my messages, but I'll post them next time.









We started a new round of centers.  Here's a picture of the telling time center:



In this center, the kids had to match up the analog clock to the digital time.



Now that my computer is up and running, I can create one of my Morning Messages on the whiteboard:



However, my eleven year old car decided to act up by not starting.  The first AAA truck determined it was not the battery so he called for a flatbed tow truck:


The good news - my car has a new starter that will hopefully last for as long as I have my car!




If you're still in school and need some wardrobe inspiration, check out this:



Click here to see this on Instagram.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fabulous Five For Friday!

Good morning!  This has been a week full of exciting news!  I'm excited to link up with Doodle Bugs for:

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2016/05/five-for-friday-linky-party-may-20th.html



My older son, Derek, and his beautiful girlfriend, Kaylee, got engaged in Paris!

What a happy couple!


 My laptop is back!  It's amazing that documents and clipart from as far back as  2008 are in my computer, but anything from this year or a few years back, is totally gone.  I'm replenishing my clipart, but I'm organizing it in folders which will make it easier to find what I'm looking for.  I just found these colorful and striped numbers here for free!



 We had an assembly about birds by Windows on Wildlife:





The presenter above rescues disabled birds who cannot live in the wild due to injury.  She brings them to schools to the delight of students and teachers.  I LOVE owls!

We finished our Math PARCC testing.  Last week we completed four 60-minute sessions.  The kids worked so hard!  After testing, I pulled out the geoboards, and they enjoyed them tremendously.  During a Morning Meeting, the question was "What was your favorite part of third grade?"  Several said the geoboards!

Of course, the colorful elastics are long gone.  Thanks to Daniel's grandmother we have a new supply of elastics!




My colleague, Ms. Aufiero, bought me a new lanyard from Vineyard Vines:


The best news is that this lanyard is only $5.50 (which is probably the least expensive item you can buy there!  If you want to check out this adorable lanyard, click here.

 BONUS!

My younger son, Andrew, brought this creation home last week:



What is it?  It is a street hockey trophy with a buffalo on top!  Just what I needed!  Luckily, it's now in the garage!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Show and Tell in May!


Hello!  I'm delighted to share some middle of the week excitement and link-up with Forever in Fifth:
http://foreverinfifthgrade.blogspot.com/2016/05/show-tell-tuesday-may.html

 The best and most exciting news for me is that my computer is back from quarantine!  Of course, everything is gone so I'm starting from scratch.  Now I can make colorful morning messages on my whiteboard:


 By the way, the kids have the Math PARCC test for four days this week.  Each test is an hour.



 Check our my three new pairs of shoes that I bought last weekend:



I love my new Sketchers sneakers - these are from TJ Maxx where I paid $35.  I need slip-on sneakers as I'm too lazy to tie my shoes at 5:30 a.m.  These sneakers also have a back that can be pushed down - making them into clogs!  The next day I saw the exact same shoes in DSW for $50 or $60.  I am so happy to have a new pair of walking shoes - they're woven with silver in them (click here to see them at DSW as it's hit or miss at TJ Maxx).

When I read that it's an anniversary for Vans and that they've released their first ever shoes again, I wanted a pair.  Lucky for me, there was a pair in the markdown section of DSW (click here).  I wore my new Vans today, and they are very comfortable!  While there, I fell in love with a pair of BOC sandals that were full price (here)



My older son, Derek, and his girlfriend, Kaylee, returned from their adventure in Paris and brought me this most adorable French tea towel:


I'm planning on making this into a wall hanging for my kitchen.  It's way too cute to sit in a drawer.

That's it for my version of Show and Tell.  Enjoy the rest of your week!
Here's an ancient clipart that managed to get saved in my pictures! 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lucky Five For Friday The 13th!

Hello there!  Thanks for checking in for Doodle Bugs':


This week's theme was Reptile Week:


Doug Florian's poem are perfect for any kind of animals!  My colleague and friend, Ms. Aufiero, has taken on the job of illustrating my Morning Messages.  That's quite fine with me!

In Science. we learned about amphibians, fish and reptiles:







In Writing Workshop, we're working on a piece that deals with ways to reduce the noise in the cafeteria:




Each student needed to select three possible solutions and give at least one positive and one negative about each one.  My solution was to ban all talking - needless to say, the kids thought of LOTS of reasons against that suggestion.




One afternoon we had a grand time rotating among several different questions and completing consesograms.  I got the original idea here for this fun activity which somehow got buried on my desk until I managed to unearth it last week.

By the way, my laptop is still "quarantined" due to the Locky virus.  According the "computer guy," it's almost ready.  In the meantime, it's been over a week.



For good news, the weather has turned more spring-like so I got to wear my watermelon dress:



In addition, this was the first time I've worn sandals this year!

Have a wonderful week!









Friday, May 6, 2016

First Friday of May Five For Friday!

Hello there!  I'm happy to be linking up with   Doodle Bugs  for:


I learned the hard way about the most recent and devastating computer virus, Locky (you can read more here.)  The computer person at work claims that my laptop is a "biohazard" and needs a whole new hard drive.  All my documents, pictures, dropbox and google drive items have been deleted.

The sad news is that I even remember the exact email I opened that contained the virus.  It came from a person I didn't know, but the name was ordinary.  The subject line said "invoice."  The bottom line - I am going to be even more hyper-vigilant about opening all emails.



I certainly learned what counts last week!



I've been having fun following along with  #May2016PinnedItSpinnedIt.  Every night I check the outfit for the next day and use the clothes I have to recreate the outfit on Pinterest:


These are my interpretations of the outfits from May 2nd - 5th.  For example, the top center outfit centered on a denim jacket, but I don't have one so I wore my denim vest instead. The outfit with the yellow sweater was based on a spring/summer theme.  Of course, our weather has been very cool and rainy here which explains the long sleeves and tights.

I don't know about you, but I'm getting bored with my usual outfits, and this Pinned It/Spinned It helps me to wear clothes I don't usually think of putting together.


Our PTO has been spoiling us this week with so many treats like breakfast, lunch, desserts and this super cute poster:






Last week, our Morning Messages' theme was shapes:



Of course, one of my students pointed out that I drew a rectangle instead of a square, but I'm always happy to be corrected because it means the kids are paying attention!





We read a terrific book:


                                             You can read more about it on Amazon here.

Gingerbread for Liberty is based on a true story of a baker who made sure that everyone was well fed - including George Washington's troops.  The baker loved America and wanted no one to be hungry.

Today I'm off to go to my younger son's graduation from Northeastern University.  He'll be receiving his B.A. at Boston Garden, and John Kerry is the speaker.

Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!
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