Five For Friday on a Snowy Day!

Today I'm creating my own personal Five For Friday to keep you up to date on all the excitement at school and on my adventure to Boston to see the reenactment of the Boston Tea Party meeting at the Old South Meeting House:

 Morning Messages

Check out our Morning Messages which focused on suffixes and National Chocolate Covered Anything Day:

One of my new favorite additions to my whiteboard Morning Messages is the gif for falling snow.  Click here to check out the snow gif and other animated ones.

A fourth grade teacher at school asked her students how many digits there were.  The first answer was "infinity," and that's from one of my former and smarter students.  I reviewed digits with my current students - of course, when they're in fourth grade,....

Holiday Concert

We had our school holiday program with a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, and the actual program on Thursday.  I forgot my phone both days, but I managed to snag a photo from my colleague, Ms. Aufiero, of the dress rehearsal:

The kids sang a Hanukkah song, Jubilation, as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Future Caldecott Winning Books

Every grade level at our school received six possible Caldecott Medal books to read and review with our classes.  In January, the kids will vote on the book they feel will win the coveted Caldecott Medal.  Now presenting, the book selection:

If you want to read more about some of these books like Are We There Yet? (click here)Make Something Beautiful (click here); or The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (here).

As we read and review these books, I'll be sure to write about our opinions.

Boston City Hall Re-imagined and Amazing!

If you've ever been to Boston City Hall Plaza, it's not a place you'd want to revisit.  That's all changed now because there's an outdoor skating rink, shopping chalets and food vendors!  I can't wait to go back when it's a little warmer than it was last (Friday) night.  Here's a peek at the skating rink and the shopping chalets (pictures from

Experienced skaters and novices alike are invited to lace up and skate around New England’s first custom-designed skating path.

A shopper’s delight! More than 40 European-inspired chalets selling unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Click here to read more!

Highlight of the Week = Boston Tea Party Reenactment!

Last August I bought tickets to go to the Old South Meeting House in Boston to watch the Boston Tea Party Reenactment.  Of course, last night and yesterday turned out to be frigid, but I was determined to check it out, and it was worth it!

Every year on December 16 at 6:30 p.m. the Tea Party is reenacted starting with the meeting at the Old South Meeting House.  There are so many reenactors dressed in their colonial finery.  In the above picture to the left, that is Samuel Adams in the red.  I accidentally called him "Sam," and I was immediately corrected.  Audience participation is encouraged and welcomed; it's a very interactive program that truly brought history to life.  Next year it will be on a Saturday night so please try to come if you can.

Click here to read more about all the history that has taken place in the Old South Meeting House!

In closing, I managed to get a monster cold last week and now have serious laryngitis.  I just read that whispering is more stressful to your larynx that talking softly.  I'm spending a day in silence - which is probably just what I need!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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