Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The One with St. Patrick's Day Fun

So I'm just going to act like I haven't blogged in ages. I'm sitting here watching Roseanne while I wait for a plumber to show up. We had a leak somewhere between the two bathrooms. We removed the drywall in one bathroom to see if it was a fix we could do ourselves. Only to see that we can't find the leak. We can hear water somewhere but we see nothing. So we think it maybe under the slab. Agh!
As I was typing this the plumbers showed up. They are now digging in the yard.
I had to take today off to deal with this. I had plans to work on stuff for school and the wedding (that is less than 3 weeks away).  However, nothing has been done as I'm typing this on my phone so I can keep checking in with the plumbers.

Last I checked with the plumbers was the scene from my dining room window:
Looks like a mess!

Anyway, let's get down to business. We had a lot of fun doing St. Patrick's Day activities, finishing our informative writing and starting opinion writing.

Monday was a fun day.  I love St. Patrick's Day!  I love the corned beef, wearing green, and the green beer.  We didn't get to have the corned beef and green beer at school but we still had a lot of fun.  I planned for them to make these cute leprechauns to hang up in the hallway.  I found them on First Grade Parade.
I love the way they came out.  We read lots of St. Paddy's Day books.  We even had a visit from a leprechaun.  I told the kids during our morning meeting that I had set up a trap and caught a leprechaun.  I had a bag that I cut a small hole in the corner.  Then I asked the kids if they would like to see the leprechaun. They were so excited!  I reached my hand inside and started feeling around.  Then I poked my finger out of the small hole in the bag and told them I guess he got away.  I told them I knew he was in the bag when I got to school so he must be loose in the school.  We then made wanted signs to hang up in the hallway so we can find him.  Here is the one I created for it (unfortunately I don't have a copy of one the kids completed).
We hung them up in the hallway then went to recess.  While we were at recess the leprechaun came out of hiding and messed up the room.  Things were thrown on the floor, the trash cans and chairs were tipped over, and he wrote on our whiteboard.  He wrote "The leprechaun wuz here! Ha Ha Ha!"  One student said I did it but then another one said "No, Mr. Michelbook knows how to spell the word 'was'."  That made me laugh.

The kids cleaned up after the leprechaun and it was time to get back to work.  We decided it was best to be super quite while we finished reading and worked on Daily 5 to see if the leprechaun would come out of hiding.  

That lasted almost the whole day.  It was pretty great.  Unfortunately, we never did see the leprechaun again.  
I love St. Patrick's Day!  Sorry this post is over a week late.  BTW, the plumbers have finished and I have no idea how much it will cost.  They did tell me that is will be pretty much just the cost of labor.  I'm a little terrified to see the bill when it arrives in the mail.  The leak was in the slab but they were able to run a new line without having to jackhammer the slab.  Jeah!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The One with a Day of Tragedy

I did not think I would ever be writing a post like this.  I would hope that no other person ever will.

Today, around 8 this morning, a 12 year took a concealed shotgun into a middle school and shot two students.  This happened at a middle school about 20 minutes from the elementary school where I work.

We were called into a mandatory staff meeting at 8:20 and were informed of the situation.  They did say the suspect had been caught but no one had any other information.  All day this was on my mind.  We slowly got more details but we weren't sure if it was rumors or truth.

What I do know now is a least 2 students were critically hurt and were air lifted to Lubbock, Texas.  There are reports that a teacher was also injured but did not seek medical attention.  One of the students shot was reported as being the shooters intended victim.

Such a sad and tragic event.  Please pray for the families, students, and teachers of Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, NM.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The One with the Weekly Preview

Today is my last day of break.  Such a sad day!  I wish for just one more day.  I'm crossing my fingers for a snow day tomorrow.  It's crazy because there is pretty much no chance of precipitation in the forecast.  Miracles can happen, right!?

If I'm ready or not, tomorrow is happening.  I better get ready for the week.  I'm working on lesson plans for the week.  Thought I would preview the week for you.

Phonics:  The little owls will work on reading and writing words with endings -ed and -ing by doubling the final consonant.  They will also work on words with r-controlled vowel pattern ar.

Reading:  Our main story for the week is Frog and Toad Together: The Garden
We will do the first read as a whole group.  We will build background knowledge and review vocabulary and sight words prior to reading.  We will also be working on determining the author's purpose for writing this story. Then on Wednesday the owls will be paired up to read with their reading buddies.  They really enjoy doing this.  They ask every Tuesday if it's time for buddy reading.

Writing:  My little owls will write sentences using verbs for the past and for the future.  I am also planning to have the owls write a narrative about a snowman.  We are working on stages of the writing process.

Math:  Our class is starting a chapter on spatial sense and patterns of shapes.  The owls will work on determining a pattern on shapes and if a shape has been slid, flipped, or rotated.

Plus centers and small group interventions.  I have yet to finish planning those.  I needed to take a break from planning.  I guess it is time to get back to it, though.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The One with January Currently and OLW

It is time for another Currently brought to us by Farley over at Oh' Boy! Fourth Grade.
Without further ado... here is mine!
 Listening:  to nothing but the heater running. It's kind of nice to have it so quiet.  Especially since  at this time in 48 hours I will be listening to a bunch on rowdy kids.  

Loving:  We finally finished our kitchen.  That is so exciting for us and we love it.  We were not so sure as it was coming together if we liked it but it looks great.  
I love the faucet.  It works wonderfully and is great for rinsing off dishes.  Okay, the dryer is not really in the kitchen but the laundry area is right next to the kitchen.  I love the new dryer, too.

Thinking/Wanting:  Last week the break was going so smooth and slow then this week comes along and BAM!  Break is almost over.  I still need to finish report cards... AHHH!

Needing:  Nothing!  Life is grand right now!

Memory/tradition:  When my grandparents were alive, I remember going with my parents and sister to their house for Christmas Eve.  We did not see them all that often so it was nice that the whole family would get together there and celebrate Christmas together.  I miss them.

Now to my OLW.  I have been thinking about this one for a while.  I have come up with the word.  Drum roll, please!
Some of you may be wondering, what is that word.  Being a teacher we do not always get time to do this word, let alone read it.  I need to remember this throughout this year to just relax.  Sometimes if the class starts to get a little crazy, I need to just take a second to relax.  I have a tendency to get frustrated easily.  I will take this word one day at a time.  Now it is my time to relax some before work starts up on Monday.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

The One with The Friday Funnies Round 2

It is time for round 2 of The Friday Funnies.
Link up through your blog or Instagram.  If linking up through your blog, please link back to this post. If linking up through Instagram use #TheFridayFunnies in the description.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The One with the Year in Review

Okay, so my first attempt at a linky didn't go over as well as I'd hoped.  Guess what though?  I'm not giving in.  I hope you are looking for funny stories this week because round 2 will be this Friday.

Another year coming to an end, I started thinking about the last year.  A lot has happened over the past year.

My fiance and I bought a house!  It has almost been a year.  It was January 10th that we signed the papers.  Crazy!  We have made a ton of changes to it.
My school broke ground on our new school.
It has been so exciting watching the progress.  I taught summer school for the first time... ever!  Not sure if I would like to do that again.  LOL.  The money was nice but I did miss my summer.  However, doing summer school I got to watch the new school construction from the very beginning.

I also passed my Dossier.
I spent so much time working on that document.  It was insane the amount of time I spent on it.  It did get me a $10,000 raise though.  I was so happy to see all my hard work pay off.  I passed it like a rock star.

During this year I have seen many changes in New Mexico's education system.  New Mexico has adopted the A-F grading system for each school.  Our school has not done so well so we are basically under construction physically and mentally.  Our evaluation system has been changed, too.

To end off the year, New Mexico is the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
My fiance and I have been busy trying to plan a wedding.  We went to the courthouse yesterday and picked up our marriage license.  So hopefully 2014 will be as good as 2013.

With that I am saying good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014!!!

P.S. I also wanted to link up with Simply Kinder for her Teaching Blog Linky Party.  It's to help teachers find more resources and find new readers.   I needed both!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The One with the Friday Funnies Link-up - Round 1

Here it is!

I have always wanted to do a link-up.  I have decided to do the Friday Funnies weekly linky party that can be done on your blog, on Instagram OR both.  Here's how it will work!

Every Friday I will post the next round (first one starting today) and you post your funny picture or story that happened that week.  The funny stories and pictures do not always have to be teacher related.  

If you are doing it on Instagram:
1. Upload your photo to Instagram.
2. In the description post your story for the picture and include the round number (i.e. Today's Friday Funny -Round 1).  Also, include #TheFridayFunnies in the description.  

If you decide to do it on your blog:
1. Create a post with your friday funny.  
2. In your post please include a link back to here
3. Add a link to your post to the linky at the bottom of this page.  

It is a weekly linky party but you do not need to participate in every week's.

Please join in on Round 1 of The Friday Funnies!