Currently ~ Just July & the Summer Is Heating Up!

Happy July everyone!  Welcome to another edition of Currently ~ hosted by Anne of Anne in Residence!


I just finished this great book:  The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

My husband and I both read and enjoyed this book.  The main character, Lale, finds love.  While tattooing numbers on Gita in a concentration camp, he falls in love instantly and never loses hope that they will have a life together.  This books is based on the author's real life interviews with Lale.  Although the book contains details of the concentration camp horrors, in the end, it is a story of love, hope and survival.

Right now, I'm reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

The setting of this story is during the 1970's in Los Angeles.  The plot centers on a fictional band:  The Six who is later joined by Daisy Jones.  The story is told in snippets by different characters.  I thought the book was based on a real band because it seems so realistic.  If you like music and/or the 1970's, this book is worth checking out!


Summer vacation = total enjoyment!  I spend my mornings going spinning followed by cleaning and doing organizational projects.  In the afternoon, I go in my pool and do water aerobics.  Then I read and watch Big, Little, Lies or Tales from a City while eating an Italian ice.    I LOVE the pace of summer life!


I am finding that TJ Maxx and Marshall's are excellent at selling merchandise.  I picked up 24 pumpkin spice coffee pods while waiting to check out last weekend.  Of course, they're only good until the end of August, but no one has to twist my arm to drink pumpkin spice coffee either!


I am still saving Box Tops for my school.  I never win the classroom contest, but I save them all!


I accidentally forgot to cancel Hello Fresh so we're enjoying meals from them for two weeks in a row.  

I love the Bulgoggi sauce.  I can only find it online, but I bet I could get some at H-Mart.

I'm off to vacuum my pool so it's all clean for tomorrow!  Happy 4th of July!


Responsive Classroom and On Site Learning = New and Improved Teaching!

Today I'm delighted to link up with Hot Lunch Tray for Part 2
of the Summer Blog Challenge!

Responsive Classroom

Several years ago I took a Responsive Classroom class that greatly improved and changed my classroom routines in these ways:

1.  Morning Messages.  There are two Morning Messages for students every morning.  The first is on the "big screen" which details our schedule for the day:

The other Morning Message contains academic review or a poem to be read during Morning Meeting:

Click on the book cover to read more at Amazon!

You can read more about my Responsive Classroom learning experience here.

Leventhal Map Center

One class I took at the Leventhal Map Center (located in the  Boston Public Library) was
Mapping Boston's Role in the American Revolution.

During this class, we visited several Boston historical landmarks such as the Old North Church.  We even got to go "behind the scenes!"  We climbed to the first level of the bell tower where Paul Revere worked as a child and visited the crypt beneath the church.  Behind the church, there is a printing press and a chocolate shop.

Seeing history up close and personal definitely has helped me to become a better and more knowledgeable Social Studies teacher!  Plus, even though I live 20 minutes north of Boston, I never visit touristy places ~ which is really unfortunate for me!  

Do you visit tourist place where you live? I hope you're having an adventurous summer!


Super Summer Solstice & Vacation!

Happy Summer Solstice!  Although it may be officially summer, we're still waiting for "real" summer here in Massachusetts where it is cool and rainy.  The trees, the flowers and the grass all look amazing.  My pool looks amazing as well, but it's too cool to go in the pool!  Alas, I'm not complaining ~ this weather gives me the opportunity to do cleaning and organizing inside as well as to link up with Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Link-Up and with
 Erika Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites!

Flag Day

A long, long time ago, I can still remember when Flag Day was celebrated with a parade!  I still like to review a little of our flag's history with my Morning Message:

Field Day Fun ~ New Activity

I love this new dress-up activity for Field Day.  The boys and girls loved getting dressed up in these cool outfits; running down the field and back; changing out of the costume and dressing the new person up:

Father's Day Popcorn Fun

My students went to town with this fun "Pop" corn craft for Father's Day:

You can find the directions and templates for this fun craft here.

 Right now I'm on the Acela Express train to New York City to visit my daughter.  Have a wonderful weekend!


First Day of Summer Vacation & Professional Learning Goals

My last day of school was yesterday (June 19th).  Today is a rainy day so I have been tackling my disaster-area closet.  Just like in the Marie Kondo show, I emptied the closed; I cleaned it; I got overwhelmed...Needless to say, I will be finishing the job tomorrow ~ hopefully ~ or sooner rather than later....

I'm excited to link up to share some of my plans for this summer!  This post is week 1 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators.

District Professional Development

Next week I'm hoping to take away from new ways to improve my teaching with this training:

Engineering at Tufts!

I scoured the internet looking for an affordable and interesting class and came upon this:

Supporting Elementary School Students to Engineer
Date: July 23–26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Where: CEEO, Tufts, 200 Boston Avenue, Medford MA
Cost: $200
**This is a pilot program funded by a grant so we are able to offer it at a discounted rate with scholarships for local teachers.

Click here or on the course title to check out this opportunity!

This weekend my husband and I are visiting our daughter in New York City.  We're taking the Acela Express.  I do LOVE taking the train!  

Thank you for visiting today!  If you live in the Boston area, check out the above class!  


Currently ~ June!

Hello there!  I'm always delighted to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence for her Currently Link Up!


Right now I am picking out my mother of the groom dress for my younger son's wedding in September.  I've purchased these two dresses and I'm deciding which one to wear to the rehearsal dinner and which one to the wedding.  Please weigh in with your thoughts!

Click on the picture of each dress to learn more about each one!


The Woburn Historical Society does fundraising with the goal of offering all third graders in Woburn a trolley tour of the city.  Yesterday the third graders are my school had a perfect day for their trolley tour.  Many of the kids said their favorite part of the tour was our visit to the Common and the Veteran memorials.  In addition to the informative tour, the Woburn Historical Society gives each student a t-shirt and a book with pictures of the places visited along with background information.  Most importantly, each student received a goody bag with sunglasses and a yo-yo!


I ordered some shoes online from my favorite store: TJ .  I'm hoping that these fit because I love owls!  In addition, I ordered some wide width walking sneakers.


I'm starting to wear shorts and t-shirts on the weekends!  We've had cool and rainy weather in Massachusetts, and it seemed like spring would never come, but I'm happy to report that the weather is making progress!


I'm celebrating the arrival of summer vacation.  Our last day of school is June 19th, and my students and I are all ready to have a break from the school!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  Please let me know what you think of the dress options!


Currently ~ It's Marvelously May!

Happy May!  I'm excited to link up with Anne from Anne in Residence fame for:


My student, Blessings, drew this picture of me, and the resemblance is pretty close.  Of course, I do appreciate the long, thick eyelashes Blessings gave me!


Yesterday I was browsing around in T.J. Maxx when a pink box caught my eye.  I pulled it out from underneath a display, and it turned out to be a Corn Hole game with a donut theme!

For $40, I got a one of a kind game!  If you go online at T.J. Maxx, you can get a similar version with an American flag theme right here!  We were outside in the cool, damp weather playing


I LOVE borrowing books from my local library which just had a masquerade-themed fundraiser.  The library is open at night, and they have raffles and silent auctions.  Here's my friend, Paula, during the event talking to a magician:

Of course, I forgot to prepare and didn't have a mask, but most people came dressed to the nines and wore very fancy masks. 


I remember to check the weather every day lately ~ just in the event that the sun might peek out.  Here in Massachusetts, it's been a very cold and rainy spring with very little sun.  This past April broke a record for having the most rainy days since 1872!

 Plus, I'm trying to not wear tights which is challenging due to the low temperatures as well as my white legs which don't stand a chance to get a tan with so little sun!


I just finished a really fun book, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman:

 Eleanor is completely honest and sees everything in black and white terms until circumstances, beyond her control, force her out of her comfort zone.  She is forced to assimilate into "normal" society and experience "normal" social situations which cause her to blurt out her own viewpoints ~ which are so true and funny!  If you're looking for a great book, check out this one!

Well, thank you so much for checking in today!  Please let me know what another good book would be!  Happy Spring ~ hopefully where you live!


Bluetiful Five For Friday!

Hello there!  I love learning something new every day.  Last week was National Crayola Day, and I learned the newest Crayola color is bluetiful!  Who knew?  

Today I'm linking up with Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Link-Up for:

National Crayola Day ~ Morning Message

Every morning I head to Checkiday to find out "what unknown to me" holiday is happening that day.  I was so excited to learn about National Crayola Day because I've always loved the smell and feel of new crayons.  After I discover the holiday of the day, I do a little research to learn more information to include in my Morning Message:

Adapting to an Ever Changing World

My students are writing plays about animal adaptations.  If you are studying this topic or animals in general, the book, Sea Bear, will break your heart as well as teach you how animals make due with diminishing resources:
Click here or on the book cover to read more at Amazon.

If Polar Bears Disappeared complements the above book perfectly:

My First ~ and hopefully not last ~ Chick-Fil-A Sandwich

Chick-Fil-A just opened a new restaurant in Woburn where I teach.  Last week they sent along chicken sandwiches for everyone at my school.  The chicken sandwich was delicious and warm!  It was such a treat to have a "real" lunch vs. my hummus on naan bread.  Here's Mrs. Borselli enjoying her sandwich:

Where has Chick-Fil-A been all my life?  I thought these places were mainly in the southern U.S., but there are in mall food courts, and now down the street from my school.

I've been looking for a mother of the groom dress for my younger son's wedding in September.  If you love TJ Maxx and Marshalls, you'll love their web site.  There are many more options ~ even petites and plus sizes.  I've ordered four dresses to try on.  Here's one of my favorites:
The dress looks much better on the site!

Well, I've procrastinated enough!  I need to write progress reports!  Thank you for visiting the blog today.  I hope there will be some sunshine in your life next week!

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