Dive Into Summer- How to have a perfect summer!

My very sweet nephew, Jeremy, is in Susan Gilbert's third grade classroom on my campus.  Ms. Gilbert purchased Hope King's Ultimate End of Year Writing Bundle.  The students enjoyed this project!  Jeremy came up to my office to show his masterpiece to me.  Jeremy shared his plans on a perfect summer.  Check it out!




Thanks Hope King for a wonderful resource for Susan's classroom.  

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I'm Trained...How About You?

For the last two days, I have attended training from the ALICE Training Institute.  
This training is highly recommended for all school personnel, hospitals, churches or businesses.  In the terrible event that an active shooter makes his or her way into your school or business, there are steps that can be taken as an effort to survive the attack.  On day two, we performed simulations and experienced real life examples of what to do during the event.  


Alice is NOT sequential nor is it meant to be a checklist of things to do.  It is a list of options that can be used to stay safe.  As the situation develops, it is possible that students and staff will need to use more than one option such as a lockdown. 


All the simulations happened in an actual school.  The students at this school have been through these drills this year because their administrators attended the training.  They were having some fun outside while we took over their school.  A few weeks ago my other fellow administrators attended this training so it was now my time to go.  You have the option to be an observer during the simulations or to actively participate.  Well...I participated but was extremely nervous.  The participants in my class were not school administrators...they were all lawmen!  (Texas State Troopers, Police Department, etc...) So I knew these guys could shoot.  Yes, I said shoot.  One person role played being an active shooter.
The active shooter was given an airsoft gun.  Every time he fired a shot an airhorn was sounded so we knew where in the building the active shooter was so this allowed us to decide what to do.  I know this all sounds scary and it was but we need to be prepared.  


I was in very good hands with all of these guys.  They protected me like I was the President of the United States.  They guarded me and helped me exit the building and get away.  

While waiting, they were all making a plan on what to do.




ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  To learn more about the training, please go to their website.  Our school is taking more steps on providing more training for our teachers and students.  Please understand before we experienced any of these drills we have been through extensive training.  Students are not exposed to any of the simulations.  The drills conducted at your school are not to scare your students.  They offer age appropriate training for all ages of students.  

I know no one wants to even think about the idea of someone coming into our school and harming our children.  I totally agree.  By training as many people as possible and implementing drills, we can become better prepared in the event of any situation.





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End of Year Slideshow Celebration for Parents

Let's make your school year end with a fabulous slideshow presentation for your parents and students.  The parents will love to see pictures you have collected over the school year.  In this End of Year Celebration, you will receive 15 beautifully decorated slide templates.  Just add pictures to each slide.  
Easy Peasy!






I hope you find this End of Year Slideshow template for parents very helpful and easy.  Let's have a wonderful last few days of school for our students.

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Teacher Binder Giveaway!

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Tuesday Tidbits

I created this 2014-2015 Teacher Binder at the request from a follower.  I think it turned out great.  I named this colorful binder "Bright."



 The newest Rainbow Comprehension for Ocean Life is now ready!  Each page comes with real-life images and not clipart.  Depending on where students, live they may never see any of these ocean creatures in their lifetime so the next best thing is to see real images of them.
 Here is an example of how to use the pages with your students.  Grab 4 markers, crayons or colored-pencils and locate the answers.  Your focus is to build comprehension strategies not necessarily fluency with these passages.

 Here is an update of my new hair design.  I went ahead and went with highlights.  They are subtle highlights.  I haven't had them in several years.  What do you think?

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Staying Organized this Week...Oh How I Need It!

I'm so tired of coming home and not knowing what I'm going to cook or going to the store and buying all kinds of stuff and making a plan afterwards.  I made a menu for many years when I had young kids at home but over time I have found myself getting more and more away from it.  The days of throwing something in the crockpot at 6 in the morning or coming in at five and standing at the pantry are OVER!  This week is planned!

I do like to cook and I like to try new things or recreate something in a different way.  I do this on Sundays most of the time.   Monday is an easy night of Tacos because I have a school board meeting.

At the end of the week, I will let you know if I kept to the schedule or threw it all out the window.  I really want this to work so I can get back on my exercise schedule.
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Lovely Notes- Freebie

This week I finished creating my new teacher binder for 2014.  It is all about Glitter and Gold in 2014-2015.  I made a freebie to go along with the binder.  It is only available through the blog! 
To download the Freebie Click Here




To Download the Freebie, Click Here





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Need some advice?

  

I have a hair appointment this afternoon and I need help.  Should I get highlights or stay with my all brown hair?  I don't want high maintenance hair color.  Can you give this girl your honest opinion?


I'm finishing up my Rainbow Comprehension for Ocean Life!  I hope to be finished with it before Monday.  These units are a big hit on Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you are interested in this new unit, check back with me on Monday and it should be available.  
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Making it Lovely!


I finished creating a new Teacher Binder for 2014-2015.  I love the new look of gold and turquoise. I named it "Lovely."  I think it's a great name for the new binder.  



I tried some of my new Washi clipart!  


 If you are interested in downloading this new binder, click here.

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Wordless Wednesday- End of Year Staff Survey



Every year in May we survey our staff using Survey Monkey.  The data gathered helps plan for the next school year.

What does your district do to help make plans for the upcoming year?
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Construction, Construction

Our school construction is underway.  The concrete trucks have been making several stops at our school.  I love updated you along the way and sharing pictures.  It will take many months to complete but when it is finished we will have a new wing added to our building.  The new wing will have 12 new classrooms! 




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My Fabulous Weekend


I had another fun and eventful weekend.  On Saturday, I drove to Frisco and met up with the rest of the family for a 12 hour day of fun!  If you haven't ever heard of TopGolf, you need to listen up.  It was my first time to experience.  A few weeks ago, my daughter told us about it and I just couldn't picture playing golf in a building.  I said, "as long as I don't get hurt or hit by a ball I will give it a try."  So I did.


 All about TopGolf- you stand inside a 3-tier building that is open in the back.  Each group has their own lounge area and waitress.  Each player gets to hit golf balls at the targets outside (the big rings).  The golf balls have sensors inside them that measure the distance and calculates a score.

 After playing golf, we headed to see The Texas Rangers vs. The Boston Red Socks in Arlington.  We had great seats behind first base.  The Rangers lost but we had fun regardless.  I do have to admit I had way too much junk food.  Diet started today.



I love my family!  I hope you had a great Mother's Day.  My mother passed away many years ago so the holidays are never easy.  My 3 children are all grown up and started their own families so I'm all about cherishing every moment with them.
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