I know every year I say that the summer went by too fast, but this was one weird, quick summer. The weather wasn't the greatest and I don't know where the time went. In changing districts I actually had an extra week (my old district started back to school on Tuesday and I don't start until this coming Tuesday), but it didn't seem it.
I cannot wait to meet my new kiddos and to teach 4th grade, but I didn't get to the beach enough, I didn't manage to squeeze in all of the day trips that I was hoping for, and as much as I love all things pumpkin, I am not ready for the pumpkin spice coffee/lattes at Starbucks and DD yet.
As usual, here I am a day late for Doodle Bugs Five for Friday.
Last weekend we celebrated my nephew's 1st birthday. When I say nephew I actually mean a distant cousin, but these kiddos are just so special that it makes more sense to call them my nephews. One of these little guys lives all the way out in Wyoming, so we don't see him very often, but we did last weekend! Here's the birthday boy!
On Tuesday, I had new teacher orientation in my new district. Most of you know that I am not teaching in my hometown. A couple of the presenters were some of my old high school teachers. Kind of weird, but great to see them! I also got to drop by and visit one of my favorite teachers who happened to be setting up her classroom in the room we were in. When I had this teacher, she got engaged to her husband. We threw her a little bridal shower at school and a couple of years later, I attended her baby shower. She had her kiddos with her at school, they are going into 5th grade, 3rd grade, and preschool. Talk about feeling old!
This was the week that all of the teachers were allowed into my building to set up their classrooms so I had the opportunity to meet many of my new coworkers. Everyone is so nice and so welcoming! And I cannot begin to count the number of times that I have heard "Pinterest" in my hallway...makes me feel right at home! :o)
When I got home from school on Wednesday my SLANT box was waiting for me! Jameson from Lessons with Coffee created the SLANT box exchange and she is a genius! This was so much fun...I am already signed up for round 2! :o) If you haven't done so yet, check it out on her blog by clicking below.
Emily from Confessions of a Third Grade Teacher sent me the most amazing box filled with my favorite things!
Everything was packaged in my favorite colors and Emily wrote me a very sweet note. The pink and green theme jumps right out when you look at the picture of all of my goodies! I love the owl that Emily made! It is the cutest and will soon be hanging up in my classroom. I also will be putting my new ID right onto the sparkly pink lanyard that Emily chose! There are also some fun pens, Post-It notes, water flavor packets (yum!), rewards, stickers, sentence strips, and more! Thanks so much Emily!
Finally, I finished my classroom yesterday. Take a look...
View from the door Math manipulatives
Love my Target chairs!
Finally, I made my numbers using chalkboard frames courtesy of Julie from My Journey to 5th Grade. Click the button below to check out her blog and great designs!
Thanks for reading!