Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Makes Me Smile!

All about that bass!
Yeah, he's a tool... so just focus on Jimmy and his band.
Again, just focus on the band!


It's been a crazy couple of weeks!  No copier functioning at school for three weeks, progress reports due, new curriculum for all reading, language arts, handwriting, writing, and spelling, district collaboration, "Dot Day", and Parent Academy!  Whew! 

Now getting ready to celebrate the weekend, and oh yeah... my birthday.  As I always tell the kids, "You never ask a lady her age!"  But I do love it when I don't have to go to work on my birthday (Thanks, Jim Gaffigan!)!

So, a very merry un-birthday to you!  Here are Reading Street Unit 2 Focus Wall Posters for anyone interested.  Yeah, I know... it's about time!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Husband Ever

Why is my husband also my best friend?

Who else would go to school on a Saturday and hang up art with me?

Who else would hear that all of my life I wanted an old fashioned teacher's desk, schlep across town to get one I found on the internet, and then refinish it for me even though he had never refinished any piece of furniture before? 

Who else would go to Women of Rock at the Durham Museum with me just because they might have a Joan Jett exhibit?
They did!

July 2011
Who else would go with me every year for the last four years to see Joan Jett, wearing a JJ t-shirt and singing along with all of the songs?  Sitting through extreme heat or pouring rain?  Driving to other states for just one night?  No, he's not a huge fan, he just knows I am.
November 2012

November 2013

For the last two birthdays he has bought me JJ tickets, just because he knows I want to go (btw, her birthday is the day after mine).  Happy birthday to me!

Who else other than a best friend?  If I don't say it often enough... Thank you, Sammy.  Yep, I'm a lucky girl to have the best friend/husband ever!  And Joan... I'll be seeing you soon for "our" birthdays!

5th Grade Reading Street Unit 2

I cannot believe that this is the last week for Unit 1 of our new Reading curriculum!  Time has gone so quickly, and I still don't feel prepared on a daily basis.  The school year is speeding by, as usual.  But ready or not, it's time to get prepared for Unit 2!  So here you go, for all who are interested... Selection Titles and Questions and Amazing Words and Selection Vocabulary for Unit 2.  You may notice that I added the number of the unit and story at the bottom of each page.  I'm hoping that will help me stay organized and save me a few minutes each week when I change my focus wall.  I will continue to work on the skills and strategies this week, and hopefully have them up soon.  Please share any ideas you have on implementing Reading Street for this novice; any advice would be much appreciated!
On a side note, I want to congratulate our Reading Specialist (and my friend), Mrs. Skoff, for receiving the classroom iPads from our district!  I could not be happier for her; it is well-deserved, and I know she will make the most of them while reaching a greater and more varied population of students in our school.  Congratulations, Mindy!  It couldn't have happened to a better teacher or a nicer person!  Yay!