Warm Welcome

Summer is coming a quick close...

I spent all day Friday unpacking 3 pallets (yes, 3!) of boxes, none of which is school curriculum. How did I acquire so much "stuff" in 8 short years? Discussion about that later.

I am excited to start this new school year for all of the usual reasons: super clean classrooms, organized everything, new beautiful crayons, cute new B2S clothes ;), and this year my school is welcoming 8 (yes, 8!) new staff members! Yippee!

I get to meet with all of them this week to answer any questions they have about our school. Where do staff eat? How do we travel from place to place in the school? Where do we go for fire drills? How does the end of the day work? Where is recess? Where do I park? Do we have bells that tell us recess is over? What time does the building open? How do I do the alarm code (I don't know that one... I am too scared to do it by myself!)?

I remember how all of these questions, and more, were swirling around in my head when I moved to my new schools over the past 8 years. So, I am looking forward to answering any and all questions that I can!

I also wanted all of these fabulous new teachers to feel welcomed at our school. So I thought and thought about what I love most about my classroom... and a few years ago a parent from one of my classes gave me a framed inspirational quote. It was bright and cute and I just love it... all these years later! So that inspired me to do the same for our new teachers...and this is what I ended up with:

Oh. EM. geeeee! They turned out better than I imagined in my happy teacher brain :) I just can not WAIT to give these to our new teachers!

I got the frames fro $1.99 each at a local store... I intended to buy $1.00 frames, but the only ones I could find (after going to 3 stores) were just too cheap looking, and the stand part on the back was super flimsy. But still, $16 for 8 gifts, is pretty darn good in my book!

I made these posters into my newest TPT product--with 20 super cute, inspirational, classroom friendly quotes that I am sure you will love!

Click the pictures to head to my TPT store--each pack is only $3! Currently only the Bright Polka-Dot pack has the 4 x 6 posters included, but by the end of the week all packs will include that 4 x 6 size!

Check out the beautiful sunset I watched with my husband and we traveled back from Gossip Island, Canada (via ferry) last night. It was the LONGEST lasting sunset I have ever seen... beautiful, to say the least!


Beautiful Bulletin Boards

I am so very excited to be linking up with Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for their #2getherwearebetter Linky!

Unfortunately I am not able to get back into my classroom until tomorrow, Aug. 3rd (first student day is Wed. Sept. 9th!!!). 

There are pros and cons to this, obviously. 

-Summer feels really long this year
-I get more "me" time 
-My birthday (Sept.4th) will be during summer break!

-I don't have access to my room yet
-My brain and SOUL still feel like I should be getting ready for my students
-We don't start summer 2016 until June 23rd ;(

So I don't have an actual bulletin board to show you yet, but I will show you my plan! ASAP I will post actual photos, pinky promise!

I am super anxious to get into my classroom this summer bc I moved rooms and changed teaching positions... so everything is still in boxes right now... ahhhhhhhh!

Since I am teaching K-5 Technology this year, I have the honor of meeting with every student at least once a week. My goal is to find ways to create whole school projects to connect our grade levels and students. 

My plan is for each grade level to be assigned a color. For example, K=Red, 1st=Orange... and they get a dot, paper, handprint... to add to our project. It is going to take some practice and practice and practice until we get to our technology standards on the chrome books, so taking time to do some projects like these will be perfect!

I won't have much to show you until the students arrive, but I will post my actual pictures asap!  I can't wait to see your bulletin boards!! 

Be sure to check out other Beautiful Bulletin Boards for more inspiration and fun.

And check back September 2nd for the next #2getherwearebetter linky! {click below}