Saturday, September 26, 2015

Apple Day & birthday singing

Apple Day is a favorite not just because I am a 1st grade teacher learning about Johnny Appleseed, yes 1st grade teachers love to celebrate everything, but Ms. Clutter and I share that same birthday with Appleseed!  The morning started off with a shower of cards and you know hand made ones and drawings are the best!  We had some Apple Jacks fun because of course math is more fun with something to eat.  This year was even more fun because Jude’s mom made both classes cupcakes.  We had a group singing and it was fabulous!  
We just love our classes and truly appreciate all the love. How cute are they with all the apple pots on their heads.


You are important, loved, respected, you are a contributing part of our team, you are valuable, listened to, successful and that is our is our mantra for the month and we have talked at length about the importance of liking yourself, sticking up for friends, and doing good in the world.  In a nutshell #youmatter  There just isn’t anything like a group of firsties to put it all into perspective for you.  They are so loving and genuinely care for one another.  I tell them there might be ugliness out there but we can change that with even the smallest of gestures. 
This week we had the pleasure of a very special visitor Victor Ezier, owner of Bully Me Now MMA.  He told his story and how it led him to his present day adventure at Bully Me Now where he hopes to empower children to find confidence within themselves.  He read a picture book about a different kind of dog and the kids were interested because of course it was about a dog.  It was a great message about how we are all different but that is what makes up our world~ different types.  Thank you Victor for sharing your story and we hope you come back to help us build our confidence throughout the year.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Grandparent's Day 2015

I can remember my grandparents.  My Ahma lived in Taiwan and we were blessed to get to visit when I was about 11 years old.  I remember what a hard worker she was, what a great cook, and how tiny she was.  I also remember there was respect even though we spoke few words in the same language.  My other grandparents lived in Nebraska and we got to see them more often.  I remember my grandma being the best cook.  She made this one cake, Cold Water Chocolate Cake and oh the tuna casserole was my brother Marcus' favorite.  My great grandma made the best fudge and I would give anything to spend just another day with each of these women so please treasure the grandparents! #youmatter My parents are grandparents to 3 amazing grandchildren and we are very blessed to have family dinner night every Sunday alternating between our house and theirs. #grateful We laugh, talk, and enjoy the days go by building these memories.  When I tuck Carson in at night and ask him the favorite part of his always has something to do with food or family.  We truly are blessed!  

I had the pleasure of asking my firsties about their grandparents and we made these cute pictures to hang on the refrigerator as a daily reminder of how important grandparents are!  Hope you enjoyed them.  I sure did and I know my grandparents are smiling down at me as I remember Grandparent's Day 2015.

Friday September 4 marked the 10th day of school and a very important package was delivered!

 Look at all those 0s!!!!! We were very surprised when Dr. L came walking in with the box and we were curious.
 Inside we found a note explaining its appearance, some balloons, a cape, and a Zero the Hero flat doll.  AND guess what donuts!!! shaped like a 0!!
Thanks Dr. L. and we are looking forward to the next visit from Zero the Hero on the what day?!?