A special guest has arrived at school...Morpheus Fortuna. This friendly little turtle spends his school year traveling around the country visiting schools to see what he can learn. Next week he will be introduced to a first grade class in my building. He arrived just in time for B.E.A.R. Reading week. If you would like to learn more about Morpheus or find out how your classroom can host Morpheus you can visit his wiki at: http://morpheusfortuna.wikispaces.com/
After having another day off from school due to the snow, I needed to get out of the house. Meredith and I went for groceries. She usually doesn't go with me and so instead of the normal hour it took 1 1/2 hours to grocery shop, but it was fun having her along. She was amazed at what groceries really do cost--good lesson in money management tonight. She also was able to talk me into some things that I normally wouldn't buy...like the ice cream flavors she picked out--Cookie Dough, Strawberry and a Mint Chocolate Chip (that one I'll eat)
OUCH! Never realized how many nerve endings were under my toenail. Earlier this week I dropped a heavy item on my big toe and broke the side of my nail off. Yes it really hurts, yes I think it is infected, and yes I this is probably a gross picture to post, but it is what has been on my mind for the past few hours...throbbing away!
Today was the beginning of the "spring" soccer tournament schedule. The boys played well the first game but couldn't put it in the back of the net. They lost 3-0. The second game they took control of the game from the beginning and were up 2-0 at half-time...but then things slowly fell apart. The boys ended up winning 3-2 in a very intense final 4 minutes.
The soccer tournament season has begun. Keegan and I traveled to Williamsburg, VA for the President's Day Cup tournament. Unfortunately he did not have off school today because of snow make-up, and we had to wait for him to get home from school before we could leave. We left York Haven at 3:15 and arrived at the hotel at 9:30. We have an 8:00 a.m. game tomorrow, which means up by 5:45.
Today was a great weather day! Keegan was able to have soccer practice on the turf field under the lights tonight from 5-7. It was a beautiful evening. We head to Williamsburg, VA tomorrow evening for the President's Day Cup Soccer Tournament.
I was fortunate enough to get a grant from the York Suburban Educational Foundation to purchase a set of GPS units for students to use. We want to be able to map out our school building, as well as use them for Geocaching. Today, thanks to a Lori Sheldon, a member of my PLN, I was able to get some instruction, and some notes. My PLN is the best the group of people around the world. When I have a question, need some advice or some help...I know who I can ask.
I am attending the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. Tonight I attended the SMART Technologies session. We got to see and play with their new SMART board. This board allows 2 people to use the board simultaneously. It is also uses camera technology to determine the touch points. It is a great product and I'd love to see us get these for the building we are renovating.
There is only one place you can be when there are Hershey Kisses on the wallpaper and the pillow cases and sheets---HERSHEY, PA. I'm at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center until Wednesday for the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. I love the fact that they have incorporated the Hershey Kiss into the decor of the hotel room. We even have chocolate shampoo and soap!
Today we went to Hershey Park to get our pictures take for our season passes. Of course you can't go to Chocolate Town without visiting Chocolate World. I love the singing cows and even sing along (THE KIDS HATE IT WHEN I DO THAT). Hershey's Milk Chocolate can't be beat..
During the month of February, we have secret pals at school. Today I received a present and inside was this note card. Took me back to Mrs. Myers first grade class at Locust Grove Elementary School. Sally, Dick, Jane, Mother, Father and Spot the dog. The only one missing is Puff the cat. Isn't it funny how something so small can bring back memories?
Tonight the PTO at Meredith's school held a science night. There were a variety of stations set up around the gym and cafeteria for the students to try different experiments. Meredith's favorite station were the games from the show "Minute to Win It" We had a fun exploring...we even made a parachute jumper and a glider out of a straw and an index card...much better and cheaper then the airplane gliders you buy in stores.
My household is part of the Nielson Marketing Research that is done on household spending....I know it sounds geeky, but that is the business education teacher in me. Everything that is purchased has to be reported. This is a picture of the scanner that we use to scan the barcodes. Tonight was grocery night, so Meredith had a fun time scanning all of our purchases.
I'm beginning to wonder if the amount of time I spend flipping through and cutting out coupons is really worth it. The coupons get worse and worse each week...I mean $1.00 on 3 boxes of cereal--who needs 3 boxes of cereal?
Went to the neighbors for this year's Super Bowl Party...lots of great food...complete with Perogies made by the church ladies of Pittsburgh. Not exactly sure where the giant Nabisco field goal post came from...but it added to the fun atmosphere.
Today we traveled to City Island to watch my sister-in-law at the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. She wasn't plunging--instead she was in the chicken pen--complete with Chicken outfit. I really intended to post a picture of everyone in the river, but when this SCUBA diver showed up, he was to good to pass up.
Over 1,500 people took the plunge, all for a great cause.
When you walk into our school you will see a large hallway display of a heart with the title "KINDNESS FILLS OUR HEART". Students and staff have been challenged to be especially kind to one another this month. We are looking for ways to BE kind to others, and are recognizing ways that others are being kind to one another. Each time an especially kind act is witnessed, a cut-out heart is given to the kind person to recognize the deed. The child's name, and the kind act, is written on the heart. This paper heart will then find its way to our large hallway display heart---in hopes of filling our school heart with kind acts!
We modeled this activity off of the book "Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler!"
Today I had the pleasure of helping a colleague celebrate her 50th birthday. We decorated her office--complete with a giant AARP card. The K-1 students counted out 50 items and each class delivered them to her throughout the day to remind her just how old she really was.
Winter continues to hammer us. Last night it was freezing rain. Fortunately, I only had a 2-hour delay today, but the kids were off. By the time I came home from work it had warmed up and the tree was back to normal.
The snow, sleet, and freezing rain gave Keegan, Meredith and myself another day off from school. Meredith wanted to do some baking--a great activity for snow days. First we made a Pecan Pie (first time ever--and I have to say it is delicious), and then we made chocolate covered pretzel rods with white chocolate and red and white sprinkles.