Presenting…

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The new bunch at the OK Corral.  As usual, we’ve started our new year with a unit called All About Me.  Today we created self-portraits.  They’re pretty good likenesses, actually.

Ours is an ELL cluster and Mrs. R. is becoming well-versed with using Google Translator to create homework instructions and the like in Spanish and Creole.

Next week, we’ll read the story, The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.  For obvious reasons.  Our colors are beautiful.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

wpid-20150302_104239-1.jpgWe celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 in the O.K. Corral.  Kids were invited to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket, pillow, and a favorite stuffed animal, along with their favorite books, Dr. Seuss or otherwise.  We spent the day enjoying some of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved books starting with The Cat in the Hat, of course. The kids made Cat in the Hat hats to wear for the day.

wpid-20150302_104149-1.jpgWe followed that up with Green Eggs and Ham and the Sleep Book.  Rather than reading The Lorax, I found the original cartoon on YouTube and showed it to the kids.  I think they received the environmental message.  “That’s sad,” was the comment when the brown barbaloots and the swomee swans had to leave.

Between read alouds, we spread out our blankets and pillows all around the room, buddying up for some quiet reading time.  I suppose it was not really a Pinterest-worthy celebration.  But anytime you share great literature with kids, it’s a good day.

For The Good Of The Order

Every once in a while, it’s good to do something that celebrates the hard work that everyone does and to remind ourselves that we’re a team (school staff) working toward a common goal (success for every kid).

To that end our Hospitality Committee, of which I am a member, planned a sweet treat celebration for today. Everyone on the committee brought something to put in the mailroom for staff members to enjoy at their leisure.

Lucky girl that I am, my sweet made his yummy creation, Bear Poop, for me to bring.

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Let me ‘splain. Bear Poop is three decadent layers: chocolate chip cookie, Oreos, and brownie. It went fast. Hopefully everyone has a wonderful holiday.