Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Five for Friday (Sunday…)

It has been a while since I posted a five for Friday and I still have trouble with getting it out on an actual Friday but here it is…..


This is my fantastic classroom aide and some of my cutie patooties with our Rachel's Challenge kindness links.
45 acts of kindness for the month of November!
We rock!


My pretty sparkly tree collection on my mantle is making me happy this season.


My classroom has glitter EVERYWHERE!  We are making glittery snowflakes for our families.

As well as these totally cute handprint reindeer….


Mrs. Faas!
It's snowing!
Can you see it?
It's snowing!
You would think that living in Western NY would make us immune to snowfall….BUT…..


My family went to some outdoor hockey games this weekend.
It was 11 degrees.
Did I mention that the game swere OUTDOORS?
I did not attend but took pictures of my well-bundled family!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Five For Friday

This was a short week for us because we had Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday but we had plenty of fun!  Click above to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link yourself up!

1.  Reading is WAY more fun when youhave creepy witch fingers and whisper phones, right?  When my firsties come to reading group they read books from their reading bags and I can squeeze in a informal record or two but sometimes I just watch them and smile….

2.  I was in the library tonight and this was on the NEW shelf!  It makes me smile to see this book because I know the author.  I am so happy for her success.  If you do not know Amy VanDerwater, grab a cup of tea and a warm blankie, curl up on the couch and head over to her blog The Poem Farm.  You will NOT be disappointed!  Tell her Lori sent ya! :)

3. This cute 5th grader (who used to be a kindergartner of mine back in the day), helped to coordinate a buddy read between her fifth grade classmates and my first graders.  We had our first gathering on Thursday and it was SO much fun that we will be continuing it every week! Love her…..

Here are some pictures of the reading buddies.  The 5th graders went tothe library and specifically picked out books to read to the first graders.  It was very cute.

The first graders kept running and getting other books out of our library for their buddies to read.  they could not get enough!

4.  I went to a holiday craft bazaar today at my church and my girlie picked out the fox earrings.  I let her get them with the promise that I would not have to hear THAT SONG every time she wore them!

5.  My #5 is also about my girlie who just had her callback audition for her 5-6 musical.  As you can see, they are doing Honk Jr.  She is VERY excited and the cast list goes up Tuesday!  She needed to write this reminder on the chalkboard in the kitchen. I am SO excited for her!!!!!!!!!!  

Next week is another short one.  I am going to go have lunch on Monday with my Dad (my favorite veteran).  Thanks to all our Veterans for your service and to the families of our armed forces for your sacrifice.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Five for Friday! ON a Friday!

1.  It was pumpkin mania this week!  Here are a few of my favorites!

Charlotte's Web don e by a local pumpkin farm!  This is carved on a 1000 pound pumpkin!
These are my family's pumpkins. Music notes, owl and volleyball!
The classroom pumpkin....another owl of course!
2. This has been the constant state of affairs in my room.  I have picked up and cleaned up this mess several times this week.....sigh....

3. finally hung up my classroom clothesline.....there is NO room on my walls and until the fire inspector  makes me take it down, it stays ....

4.  I registered to be a bone marrow donor this week.  It was VERY easy!  DO it!

5.  No need for words here..... just smile and enjoy it!

I am now off to enjoy the weekend! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Five for Friday confession time

I am just going to accept the fact that I will never actually post a "5 for Friday" on a Friday....oh it goes anyway.....

#1.!  I really want to learn how to make these but for now I am happy that there is a great Italian take out place on my way home from work so on nights when I stay until 7 and my family is at a hockey game, I can have one of these yummies.....
(that was a run on sentence.....sorry....)

Inside this rice ball is a meatball!

#2.  On Friday, we did a very cute and fun craft activity that I got in the "Silly Spiders" unit by Doodle Bugs Teaching.  With this group, there were some things that were pre-cut for them and some things that they cut on their own....

#3. Carrot Cake is sometimes necessary when your husband has a medical issue and you are forced to be a "nurse" and change bandages.....yuk....... the cake made it better.....a little

#4.  I saw this while driving into school this past week and actually pulled over to take a picture.  The sun was coming up and making the clouds a beautiful pink color.  The picture does not do it justice.

#5.  I was struggling for a #5 this I decided to make a confession.  

I do not like pumpkin pie.
I do not like pumpkin flavored drinks.
Warm or cold.
Pumpkin bread is OK....if there is no other choice.
I hope that this does not change your mind about following me but I felt that I should come clean.
I feel so much better.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Five for Friday...better late than never!

1.  We went on our first field trip this past Friday!  We are lucky enough to have a school in a village with lots of sidewalks so we walked to our neighborhood firehouse! It was a beautiful day!

2. Friday was also the first time that we had the netbooks in our room.  It took 5 adults to make it happen but we did it!  The kids learned how to log in and navigate the touchpad. I was very proud of them.

 3. I was cruising Staples the other day and came across these ADORABLE tape dispensers. 

4. You know that you are a teachers kid.......when you love to make little books for your Mom's first graders!

5. Volleyball season is winding down and I will miss watching him play....

Here's to a good week ahead!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Five for Friday (on Saturday)

Strange week.....'nuff said.

Sometimes you gotta do what you have to do to get through 6 hours of staff development about base ten number operations.... I try. I really do.  I like to have seasonal decorations up on the kids cubbies.  I thought that for September I would have the children decorate autumn trees.  All was well until we had Open House and one of the dads asked (with a chuckle), "What's with the giant brains?"
What? they do kinda look like brains when the kids put eyeballs in the space between the branches...

You have to love it when a kid chooses to do this at recess.  
Not my student but I had to take a picture.

A friend of mine sells Madison Handbags and sent me this as a thank you gift! 
 It is so pretty and I love it.  Surprises are the best.

Well, it is autumn in Western NY and this is what we get to see....the leaves have not completely changed yet but this tree was too pretty to pass by!

If you are lucky enough to have Columbus Day off, enjoy your rest....