Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June Classroom Shopping

Hey folks!  How's it going?

I'll admit, I'm a little disappointed our boys didn't win the CWS.  But, I'm SO proud of their hard work. They are an awesome team :)

So I'm linking up with Kristen, none other than Ladybug herself.  It's hard to believe her coworkers don't know about her blog!

She's having a linky for summer purchases.

Now, I haven't bought a whole lot, and I'm not even sure all of my purchases were in June, but I think they were?  I swear, during the summer, the days just blend together.  I thought today was Wednesday!

So here's what I've got so far:

I ordered these from Really Good Stuff.  Here's how I use them.  Throughout the day, I give out raffle tickets for anything from participating to answering a question correctly to being on task, etc.  On the back, the kids write their number.  At the end of the day, they can turn in any raffle tickets they want or they can choose to not participate.  I choose one ticket and that kid gets to go to the prize box.  Now last year I used the raffle tickets they sell at Wal-Mart.  However, I had one kid that kept producing a lot of tickets.  Now, I won't call this kid bad, I'll just say there was no way I gave him that many tickets.  So, I thought he was taking them from the roll.  Turns out, he brought them from home!  So, I ordered like 7 rolls of this.  Hopefully it'll last me all year!

I got all of this from none other than the Target Dollar Spot.  I plan to use the trophy for the weekly winner (or maybe daily...haven't decided) of Class Dojo.  That kiddo will get to keep the trophy on their desk.  The other things are obviously for recess.  Hopefully they'll last a little longer than the things we had this year did. Do your kids go through recess supplies like they're going out of style?!

I don't know why it's upside down, but whatever.  I got this super cute border at Wal-Mart.  It was in a clearance section.  Can't pass it up!

I also got this at Wal-Mart.  It was also on clearance.  I thought it would be calming in the classroom.

I also got all of this at Wal-Mart and you guessed it...on clearance!  I think I"m going to put the time thing in my prize box.  I also forgot to take a picture of it, but I got clear pencil pouches on clearance at Wal-Mart as well.  

Have you bought anything for your classroom this summer yet?  I've seen a lot of people linking up so I'm sure you have!  Looking forward to your finds!  Head over and link up if you haven't already!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stick a Fork in Me...I'm Done

Whew.  I can't believe it's essentially been 3 weeks since my last post.

I am done folks, D-O-N-E with grad school.

I took my last two classes during the last 3 weeks and I am 100% finished!

Our last day of school was Friday June 1.  Teachers came in on Monday June 4 for a workday.  I'll be totally honest...it doesn't count as work when the kids aren't there!  I was checked out and officially on summer break by 11:00.

Here's what I left my room looking like:

Those boxes on the tables are heeeeaaavvy.  SO heavy!

I was a liiiitle nervous because I found out during my check out meeting that my room would be used during the summer session so I went back and covered the cubbies with the green paper and taped my community supplies closed. 

Well, I had to go back to get something a couple of weeks ago and I found out one of the best teachers we have is in my room for summer clinic and she has the room set up so cute!  

If you're really noticeable, you can tell I switched rooms.  I mentioned it before, but my previous room was yellow, and this one is a pretty teal.  I am excited that my entire cabinet (at the front) is totally set up and organized.

On Friday, my kids helped SO much.  I think they thought I was kidding when I told them if they came on the half days they'd be put to work.  No joking here.

Have you seen the new blog Endless Pinabilities?  

Such a good idea!  Plus I'm a contributor, which is crazy considering I've been slack updating this blog!

One other thing on my totally random post, I have started to tackle my summer bucket list.  I started organizing my flash drive the other night.  Here's what it looks like so far (I'm not done yet):

So, I am slowly but surely accomplishing some things.  How's your summer going so far?  Have you accomplished a lot?


Monday, June 4, 2012

June Currently

Hey y'all!  I am so super excited because I am now officially on summer break!!!  Whoop whoop!

I kicked it off with a nice lunch with two coworkers.  One, my associate teacher, is leaving our school.  She is going to teach 6th grade Science ALL BOYS!  Kudos to her.  She would totally stay at my school, there just aren't any openings.  The other is my new teamie!  Remember how I've mentioned there's a girl that doesn't exactly show up for work all the time (as in, she's probably missed close to 20 days this year)?  Well, they moved her out of 3rd grade and into a non-testing grade (2nd) so I get to have the 2nd grade teacher as my new teamie...YAY!  We went to Panera (yum!).  For all of you sweet tea lovers out there, and thanks to the linky I know there are tons of you, Panera has really good sweet tea!  Just a little FYI :)

I tell ya, I am so tired!  I'm trying to get this posted so I can maybe go nap upstairs with Gizmo, who by the way, STILL has not come downstairs and I've been home over an hour.  Great guard dog I tell ya.

So, I am obviously linking up with Farley and her June Currently.  Have you seen her new blog design?  CA-UUUUTE!

Seriously, how cute?!
Okay, so here's what I'm up to:

A little elaboration:

Gizmo will NOT stop escaping from the kitchen.  I think we may have to crate him.  Seriously, here's just one picture of all of the junk crap household items he has managed to escape from:
HA, honestly, looking at this makes me laugh because we now have large Rubbermaid bins, our large cooler, and Matt's heavy toolbox among our current barricades.  Seriously, our living room looks like we are white trash.  It's embarrassing.  Plus, putting these barricades up nightly and taking them down is ridonculous.  He of course escaped at 4:45 this morning when a huge storm came rolling through. Even though it was a workday, I ended up just getting up with him. Ugh...okay, I'll stop talking about this because it really deserves a post all its own.

Have you seen the commercials for the Hey Batter Batter Blast at Sonic?  I got it today to celebrate school ending & before I can't eat it since I'll be returning to my diet tomorrow.  It was good, but not enough cookie dough and brownie batter.  I guess there never is. 

I would LOVE to go back to NYC.  I went with the hubby's family back in 2007 and it was amazing! 

We went to Atlanta last weekend.  Here are some pics from our trip since I totally spaced and never shared!
At the Braves Game.  The men behind us would NOT stop talking!

At the Georgia Aquarium

At the Gwinnet Braves game.  My college roomies!

At the Ferndale Museum of Natural History

Tristen got married!

There was a photo booth complete with props!  LOVED it!  They actually used this as their guest book!

Finally, I want to go to an amusement park.  I went to Carowinds last year so who knows, maybe we'll go again this year!

I don't think I even have to say it, but head on over to Farley's and link up!

And thanks so much to those of you who have linked up with my first linky!  I cannot believe all the entries!  I promise I'm slowly but surely getting to commenting on all of them!  Still haven't linked up?  Join the fun!

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