Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Where did the Summer Go???

Well, my first meeting is tomorrow morning, then Thursday and Friday.  Next week, it's only Thursday, then my BIRTHDAY!  We start school on the 15th!

I've been working on Open House stuff this week.  This is my first Open House, since I missed it last year!  I made a powerpoint that I'm going to loop during the open house.  It has some slides about me and then it goes into info that parents need to know, like my email, school phone, class website, etc.  I also include info about DonorsChoose, Book Orders, school policies, and some of our classroom procedures.  I'm just going to play it on the Smartboard and loop it for an hour.  If parents want to watch it, it will be available, and it will save me from making the speech over and over!

I've also been scrounging around the internet for ideas.  I found this on pinterest and thought it would be a great little gift to give out to those that come in.

Sadly, the pinterest link didn't lead anywhere, so I can't give credit to the original poster (Ms. Cary?).  But, thanks for the great idea!  And popcorn sort of goes with our schoolwide theme of sports!  I did find the printable, but it's a little different from the picture above.  Click below to be taken to the full site.

I also found a great page that showed a list of things to include in the file folder that parents take home.  Unfortunately, I didn't pin it to my boards...oops!  It did have a little card for parents to write a note to their child on the first day.  I thought this was a great idea!  I'm going to give them the note on the first day, then collect it to put in their time capsules (more to come on time capsules!!!!).  If a parent doesn't write a note, I'll write one for the student.

Oh, man.  I can't believe the summer has gone by so incredibly quickly!  The next 2 weeks will be gone in a flash!  I'm hoping to take at least one day and go to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.  I've only been once this year, and I'm craving their skillet potatoes!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Great Giveaway!

If you are a public school teacher, you MUST SIGN UP FOR DONORSCHOOSE!  You can get materials that you need for your classroom, all through donations from strangers around the world.  The best way to get your funding started is to sign up for monthly automatic donations, and as a reward for doing so, you get a $50 gift card!  You can sign up for a $10 automatic donation, and then you can put that $10 on your project.  Donors like to see the teacher supporting his/her project.  Also, make sure you comment and thank EVERY donor after you receive their donation.  A great thank you message goes a long way in raising funds.  With a little work, your classroom and students will greatly benefit from DonorsChoose!

Last year was my first year teaching in a public school, and I had almost nothing when I started.  I had so many projects funded that my principal still jokes about using the bond issue to add on to my classroom!  What I have received has ranged from construction paper and paint to books and audio books to storage containers to furniture to Sony Bloggie camcorders, and beyond!  Don't let the project proposal steps scare you.  Write a few paragraphs and receive amazing things for your classroom!  But, be careful, Donors Choose is quite addicting!

Now, I'm posting this link to a giveaway held by Herding Kats in Kindergarten.  She is offering 3 Donors Choose gift cards for the winners!  Head over and sign up!