Saturday, April 19, 2014

Parent Teacher Association

Are you involved in your school's PTA? I wasn't my first few years, but this past year I decided to serve on the board. I have found that since I don't have kids at my school AND since I don't live in the community, serving on the PTA really helps build a bond with the families. I work really hard at the beginning of the year to build relationships with my kids and their parents and I've found that it becomes easier when you already know each other before the year even starts.
This past year I served on my school's PTA in the Campus Improvement position. It was my job to collaborate with the administration to decide on what in the school could be updated. Sometimes it's new signs for the hallways, sometimes it's putting in a trophy case, but this year it was decided that we needed playground covers. Down here in Texas, we don't get to go out much for recess in August/September and May/June because of the heat. The entire school has been working hard to put every penny we can to install playground covers. We haven't purchased them yet (those things are upwards of 30K!), but hopefully we will be able to in the next few years.
For the 2014-2015 school year I will be serving as the PTA's secretary. It will be my job to take the minutes at the board meetings and the association meetings. I'm pretty organized and detail oriented, so when a mom asked me to serve in that position I couldn't say no! :)
 
All this to say that if you haven't ever been involved in PTA, I really recommend that you get involved! I'm naturally a shy and introverted person and so being around these parents all year really helps them to see my personality and to see me as more than a 1st grade teacher.

(On a sidenote, I really hate posting without pictures, but there wasn't much in the way of images for a PTA post! Maybe I'll search Pinterest for something funny.... )
 
Why I homeschool my kids. I can't be seen in public around other normal parents
There... that's better. :)

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I also want to announce the winner from the HUGE First Grade Product Swap and Giveaway. We have over 1400 entries- thanks to everyone that participated!
The winner is....
 

 
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday- Reindeers Are Better Than People

 
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2014/04/five-for-friday-linky-party-april-18.html
Today is Friday, so you have to know what that means! Five for Friday hosted by sweet Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching! Today is a holiday for me, so that is the only reason I'm actually remembering to link up! :)
I watched Frozen for the first time last weekend. I know, I know. I'm a little behind on the times and my kids couldn't believe I hadn't seen it yet. But now that I have, I'm obsessed with the soundtrack! It has been on repeat on my Spotify account all week! I really loved how funny the movie was as well as the music.
Here are some of my favorite graphics I've found!
 
 
 
Last week we began our plant unit and I was able to squeeze in Valerie's ADORABLE plant needs interactive notebook page! My kids LOVED it. The best part? It is FREE in her TpT store! Click the pictures to go check it out in her store.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Notebook-Pages-For-Your-Plant-Unit-1197807
 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Notebook-Pages-For-Your-Plant-Unit-1197807
 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Interactive-Notebook-Pages-For-Your-Plant-Unit-1197807
After we did Valerie's notebook pages, we read a lot of plant books and watched some videos. Then, we did a cute craft and writing about the needs and parts of plants. I differentiated my writing paper for my sweet babies and it turned out really well. Everyone felt successful, even me! LOL! :)

 
 
 
 
If you follow me on IG, you've already seen one of these pics, but these are some of my sweeties investigating the marigold seeds we planted. I'm hoping they are nice and pretty by the time Mother's Day rolls around. This teacher brought all their sprouts home this weekend to give them some TLC (and possibly some MiracleGro.... shh!)
 
 
 
And my last one doesn't have a picture, but I am soooo thankful and happy for this 3 day weekend. It was a rough week and I'm looking forward to relaxing with my hubby and pups. I hope you have a GREAT weekend yourself! :)
 
Thanks for reading.
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {4/16/14}

Today is Wordless Wednesday!
See more wordless posts and link up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice.

What kind of jobs do your kids have in your classroom?