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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Five for Friday on Saturday.....

Yesterday was the end of the year at our school. The place was in complete upheaval. IF the new addition is finished on time, there will be a lot of shuffling around before school starts. And if it isn't finished on time, well, yikes. Kindergarten is moving, Pre-K is moving, First grade is moving, Second grade is moving, a Fifth grade room is switching with a SPED room,Third grade is not moving but one third grade teacher is going to fifth and her replacement is coming from Kinder so they are packing up too. There will be a new/different Reading Specialist and so one teacher is packing up and moving out and the other is thinking about moving in, but it's a big mess! Total upheaval. Which you might notice a bit of in my five for Friday post this week. It has been quite a week! Here are five random things from my week! Don't forget to head over to Doodlebugs to read about everyone else's week too!

1. This "little" girl graduated. I am so proud of her and so happy for her. I know she will go on to do great things. She is headed of to a Community college in fall to get her basics and figure out what the next step should be.

2. I went across town to a neighboring school, OUR neighborhood school, and ate lunch with my Punky (on the left) and her best friend (on the right) for their all school BBQ lunch. I am so grateful I work with such a great team and was able to break away and do this.

3. One of the many teachers who will be in a new job and location next year got rid of her fish and all the supplies! So the tank and filter and gravel and shells and, well, all of it, were donate to us. The little orange blurb in front of the filter is Steve, he forgot to be still for the photo. Punky named him Steve. The Redhead and I wanted to name him "Gill" after the fish in the movie, What About Bob?

4. Lots and lots of materials were being given away this week. Teachers did not want to move them. Here is one stack of big books. I got so many resources this week, it isn't even funny!! I am going to Walmart today to get more shelves! After awhile, teachers didn't take their big books down to the give away tables, they just brought them to my corner of the reading room. Really. I got tons of books that will be great to read to students this summer and in a classroom! But I also got some great book for emergent readers! Maybe you are not super excited, but sometimes all it takes is that ONE thing to excite a student and a big book just might be the key! Whoot! 

I don't have a photo and I am not sure which of the many exciting things to insert here. I will be working at Kids Kampus daycare center this summer in a 3/4 combined room. We will do preschool whole group activities, craft activities/fine motor skills, swim lessons, centers, and so much more. I am looking forward to a busy and rewarding summer! 

Also, I will be working one on one with a student who improved dramatically in reading this school year and was reading on grade level at the end of the year. His mom is a colleague and friend and we decided it would benefit him to do some summer tutoring/reading so he keeps those gains! I can't wait! 

So, technically, that was six because I crammed two into that last one. And emotionally it was like 12.5 since I am feeling very emotional about a child graduating and leaving the nest and the end of the school year and leaving the people I see every day and some uncertainty about the future. 

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your constant support and prayers. "THE" job has not appeared yet, but I have grown much more confident in my ability to present the real me in interviews and I have not been blanking out nearly so much. I can't sell something I don't have, but it is really a shame when my mind goes blank and I can't show off the teacher that I AM in the interview process. So thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. I can tell they are working! Happy Summer everyone! 


  1. I can't believe teachers were giving away big books! Crazy I tell ya! Lucky for you to snatch them up. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. I know! I am so lucky! Some are a bit dated, but they will still make a great addition to my library!

  2. We had a huge sort out of our resource room at school and by the end I had such an enormous pile of goodies (mostly books) in my room. I have nowhere to store them but couldn't bear the thought of them being thrown away! I guess I'll need some new shelves like you!
    Growing Little Learners