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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Today was our end of the year awards ceremony.  I usually do a slide show with pictures from the year, give awards and gifts to each student, and have a little treat for kids and parents.  This year we decided to work together as a grade level to have an 'official' award ceremony in the gym.  We had quite the parent turn out... all 100 chairs were full and the edge of the room was lined with people!  We went with a Hollywood theme and rolled out the red carpet for our firsties.

It was a special day for our students and parents to celebrate all of their hard work this year!  Tomorrow is our grade level cookout... if this hurricane weather can hold off for us!  Next week we'll be working on our first grade memory books and saying goodbye on Thursday at 1:15 {not that I'm counting down or anything}.

While on the subject of saying goodbye.... I'll be saying goodbye to my students, co-workers, and school next week.  My husband and I are Michigan natives and moved to North Carolina 4 years ago so that I could teach {elementary jobs in MI are hard to come by}.  It's been a wonderful experience, but it's very hard being away from family.  We now have the opportunity to move north to Ohio, which is much closer to home.  We've been working feverishly to pack up all of our stuff... and my classroom.  {I think I'm a hoarder.}  On June 15, North Carolina will be in our rearview mirror and we'll officially call Ohio our new home.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Teacher Keeper

After many requests, I have tweaked and updated my personal organizational teacher binder to post on TPT!  It is on sale for 3 days only!  Check it out here:

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

--Mrs. Pollard

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Counting Down & End of the Year Gift

Oh, my darling blog, how neglected you must feel.  :(

The end of the school year is in full swing!  I'm rushing to squeeze in all of my final assessments and finish the joyous paperwork that we teachers are so lucky to have.  The official countdown is 8 1/2 days!  Woohoo!  Don't get me wrong... I'll definitely miss my babies, but the summer is much deserved.

As an end of the year gift for my students I am giving them a personalized picture frame with a class picture in it.  I'm half done with my project and I'm really liking them!  I hate to spend too much money right at the end of the school year because a summer of no paychecks is painful, so this is a simple and inexpensive way to say, "It's been a great year together."

Here's what you'll need:
1 4x6 acrylic picture frame for each student (97 cents at Walmart)
multiple colors of puffy paint
1 picture for each frame

Sorry I couldn't keep the picture in there to better show you the end results... gotta love district policies!

Next week I'm looking forward to our end of the year awards ceremony.  We're trying something a little different this year and having them as a grade level in the gym instead of in individual classrooms.  We've planned a Hollywood theme with a red carpet and all!  It'll be so much fun!

Well, that's about it for now.  I just felt so bad for neglecting the bloggy world in recent weeks so thought I'd pop in for a quick update!

What are you doing in your classrooms for the end of the school year?!

-Mrs. Pollard

Sunday, May 6, 2012

TPT Loves You

It's time to show some appreciation!  TPT is celebrating teachers by offering a coupon code to save 10% off your purchase for three days {May 6-8}.  In addition to this discount, I will be offering 20% off every item in my TPT store for these three days {Sunday-Tuesday}.  Click the image below to go to my TPT store and be sure to enter the promo code TAD12 at checkout.


I've recently added a few new items to my store:

{I am also offering 20% off every item in my Teachers Notebook store if you prefer shopping there.}

-Mrs. Pollard

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Congratulations to....

Congrats to Mrs. McKown who won the Secret Stories classroom kit!

{Included: teacher's book, audio CD, and color classroom posters}

Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway!  If you weren't the lucky winner, you can still take advantage of this amazing program by following them on Facebook, watching the videos on their YouTube Channel, or purchasing the program for your classroom.

Also, a huge thank you to Katie Garner, the brilliant creator of Secret Stories, for making this giveaway possible!  :)

--Mrs. Pollard

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Don't forget to enter my Secret Stories giveaway! ~~~CLOSED~~~

I just wanted to remind everyone to enter my giveaway for a Secret Stories kit, which includes a book, cd, and color posters!  The giveaway will run through Friday night.  Don't miss your chance to enter {on the previous post}!

Secret Stories is a great program and the creator, Katie Garner, has some really great resources available online.  If you 'LIKE' the Secret Stories Facebook page you can leave a comment on my previous post to enter the giveaway. This will keep you up-to-date on new ideas, research, and workshops related to Secret Stories.

I also just discovered the Secret Stories YouTube channel.  Oh.My.Word.  It is so cool to watch the stories being implemented in a classroom by the creator herself.  I just subscribed to the channel so I can stay updated on any new videos.  You have got to check it out!

-Mrs. Pollard