Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Fun Halloween Weekend!

A few weekends ago Kaisa and Emma Kent came and stayed with us! 
We had a fun and busy two days.
 We made pizza....

We watched my favorite Halloween movie, "Hocus Pocus".....
We went museum hopping in DC and saw lots of cool things....

 We stood in line at DC Cupcakes for 40 minutes and it was so worth it.......

 This cupcake place is in Georgetown. It is so yummy! They have their own TV show on TLC which makes it always have a long line up the street everyday of the week!

 We got salted carmel, peanut butter fudge, key lime, coconut, mint chocolate chip, and pumpkin cheesecake. The best cupcakes I have ever had. Yum! 
 After going out to lunch and to the Halloween Air and Scare at the Air and Space Museum, we came home and made Halloween sugar cookies and decorated them!

It was a fun weekend!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween 2013!

 "Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil, if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will....."
Yep. I was Cruella de Vil for Halloween this year. It was very exciting. I think I might go with the villain theme for the next few years. We shall see. 

A huge thank you to Kate for helping with my costume, Sister Sperry for donating the dalmatian stuffed animal, Target for the awesome red lip stick, our neighbor for letting us borrow his spotted dog, and Nate for photographing this classic day. 
I couldn't have done it without all of you.

My class had a fantastic day as well. We had fun with our costume parade around the school and our awesome Halloween party! Surprisingly, only about 1/3 of each class even knew who Cruella de Vil was. I guess they are too young to know about 101 Dalmatians. It is an older classic I guess. The staff members went crazy over it though and were coming to take my picture. throughout the day. They even talked about me over the morning announcements! I was the hit of the school. Not many other teachers dressed up so I definitely stood out. :) What cute kindergarteners I have though! They all looked so cute in their costumes. Here are my two classes:

That night I handed out candy to trick or treaters. One of my students came to my house which was so fun! She was so surprised to see me when the door opened. It is fun living so close to the school and being in an area with lots of kids. 

Happy Halloween everyone! :) 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sleeping on the Roof!

I started working at Pinebrook Elementary school in September of this year. Pinebrook does some pretty cool things. They have this huge fundraiser every year where the kids sell things to neighbors and friends and raise money for the school. The principals usually set up awards and bribes for the kids to get them to sell more. Last year, the reward the students got was to see their principals kiss a real pig! This year the reward was a little different....

The deal was if the students sold $25,000, the 3 principals would have to sleep on the roof of the school. If the students sold $30,000, then the teachers (who volunteered) would have to join them. So of course I volunteered along with 3 of the other kindergarten teachers and it was a blast!
 The only way up to the roof is by climbing up a steep ladder that is in the janitor closet. The afternoon of the big event, we all climbed up to the roof at the end of the day and waved goodbye to our students as they loaded the buses and walked home. It was hilarious! They thought it was so funny to see their teachers and principals up there. 

 My students were so worried about me. They said, "Are you even going to eat?" "What if you have to go to the bathroom?" "What if the principals snore?" "It is going to be so cold up there! I am worried about you!"

They set up white Christmas lights all around so that we wouldn't accidentally walk off! We played games, ate junk food, had a dance party, and talked. The PTA provided dinner and breakfast for us. We had visitors from about 6-10 bringing us food and throwing candy to us. The students and parents couldn't get enough of us and kept on coming to see us up on the roof. It was quite the event! I had 4 of my students come and see me. One of them brought me pumpkin chocolate chip bread and oranges for breakfast the next morning. So sweet. There were parents bringing us freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that were still warm. One mom brought us hot cocoa in individual cups. We felt so loved. Everyone was so supportive. 

For the most part it was a great night. At about 10, we had a huge rain storm though so we went and hid in our tents. It was coming down pretty hard but luckily stopped after about an hour. The wind was strong throughout the night and kept us up throughout the night. But besides that, it was actually a great night! What a great group of people that I get to work with! The next day was Friday and we had a school wide pajama day. The kids loved wearing their pajamas to school and loved seeing their teachers in pajamas too. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I'm a Kindergarten Teacher!

Life has been crazy around here lately! I am sleep deprived, busy beyond words, and have so many things on my to-do-list that I don't even know where to start sometimes. But life is good.

I am now an official kindergarten teacher at Pinebrook Elementary! I was hired about 2 weeks before school started which was crazy! I had two weeks packed full of meetings, trainings, and hours and hours of setting up my new classroom. Pinebrook is a very large school with 1,200 students and 3 principals! It is currently the largest school in the district and is highly regarded in the community with a 10/10 rating on School started on Tuesday, September 4th. Here are some pictures of me on my first day....

I have two amazing and cute kindergarten classes with 46 little munchkins running around! Having two classes is crazy but it is quite nice to only have to plan half a day and just repeat what I did in the morning in the afternoon. I love how culturally diverse this school is. I have a class full of diversity! I have Asians, Indians (from India), African Americans, Hispanics, and White children. I even have 3 red haired children! We are quite the diverse looking group and I love it. My challenge for this year is having 2 ELL children who don't speak English. One understands me and speaks a little. The other speaks absolutely nothing. It is quite the challenge but hopefully it will be rewarding in the end!

Back to school night was this past week. It is always such a relief when it is over! Nothing is more overwhelming than being confronted by a big room full of parents who have questions and concerns about their children and are wondering how I am planning on helping them. But I have a great group of parents who are very supportive and kind. I also have an amazing full time assistant with me named Risa, who I absolutely adore and don't know what I would do without!

Here are some pictures from back to school night!

So here is to a great year full of ABC's and 1, 2, 3's! 
Since I only attended 2 weeks of kindergarten myself when I was young,
it is my first time in kindergarten just like my students! 
Hopefully we can work together to have a great year!