Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! However you're celebrating, I hope you enjoy yourselves.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Feast of Friends

A huge thanks goes out to Mrs. Zimmer, Mrs. Alderman, Mrs. Elshire, and Mrs. Bailey (who was called away to help out in her younger son's party, but was still with us in spirit) for today's fifth grade fall party!

The rest of the day was spent with a Math test, a special extra-credit Word of the Day quiz, and then watching Hidden Figures. And then, when the party committee ran out of stuff to do with some time left, I told them they needn't worry. The kids were more than happy to play Silent Ball for the rest of the time.

More later, but for now, I wanted to thank our moms for their patience and cooperation during our afternoon parties. I was very happy to say that all of my moms had prior experience in 5-1!

Monday, November 20, 2017

We Call It Our Burden, But It's Really Our Privilege

As challenging as the class was today, I couldn't help but feel a soft spot in my heart when I thought back to the attention and doting I have received from them over the last few days.

We have one more day, guys! Let's hold it together.

Math test tomorrow!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Survey Says

Well, the ladies beat us men, but the best thing about all of it is that they did bring in much more food than we would have otherwise. Great job, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The best parts of my Friday in Area 51:
  • The excellent report I received from Mrs. Bennett (and, I am guessing, Mr. Hunter) as they were my "subs" this afternoon while I was busy with the other teachers putting the kids in their jobs for BizTown. The very fact that they were playing Silent Ball when I returned was a good sign, but Mrs. Bennett's "perfect" report did my heart some real good.
  • The "card" the kids gave me when I came back wishing that I get well soon. It was signed not only by my class, but also by Mr. Vahle's class (I'm guessing they all came into the room at some point while I was gone?). That made me smile out loud. It's a keeper, I assure you.
  • All of the help I got today (and yesterday) from Nurse Barb, Mrs. Somers, Mrs. Stemnock, Mrs. Loeffler, Mr. Vahle, Mrs. Jarding, Mrs. Ratner, Mr. Z, Mrs. Helgeland, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Wald, Mrs. Allen in the lunchroom, Mrs. Young, Miss Liz, Mr. Sloane, and Mrs. Vahle, Not to mention the help the kids have given me--in both homeroom and math class--over the past two days. Doggone it, I love where I work! 
The worst part of today:
  • Having to report to my class that none of the three who ran for the office of mayor, girl DJ, or boy DJ won the election. What can I say? That's life. But life isn't always fun. But I am happy to say that I loved putting all of my students into jobs today. Even if barely anyone got one of their three picks, we have all done this for many years now, and we know what each kid is going to like and dislike.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

On Ice

First of all, I am sorry that the blog hasn't been more content-heavy this week. I was out yesterday (and took a fall as well...), but it looks like I have a somewhat decent report from Mrs. Ullman. 

For Math, I helped the kids figure out today what is going to be on the Quest next Tuesday. 

For Social Studies, we're plugging right along with our BizTown unit. The kids are getting pretty great at writing checks so far. 

Your kids were all really good at helping me out today--I turned my ankle yesterday and have been pretty gimpy all day. Luckily I had a bunch of little assistants looking out for me. 

More to come, but right now, I'm turned in my chair with my foot up on ice and it's kind of hard to type. Have a great evening!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Happy Birthday to Luke!

To say that Luke is the heart and soul of the 5-1 class would be an understatement. He is always happy. He is always up for anything. He does such a great job of coming in every day and doing his attendance, and not only that, but he lets me know if his Lifeskills friends Dalila and Liam are here or not.

During the morning announcements, whenever someone is talking in the classroom, he always looks at me and puts his finger to his mouth in a "shhhh!" movement. Whenever he walks into the classroom, I am always greeted with a big hug. When I see him again at recess time, it's like he hasn't seen me in a year.

I've heard it said that you don't remember people for what they do or say, you remember them for how they make you feel. I think this is very true. And I have to say that I think Luke will always be remembered for someone who makes people feel great.

Happy birthday, Luke! You definitely deserve it!