Saturday, August 23, 2014

Five for Friday on a Saturday

Goodness Gracious, where did the week go???  It was my first official week back to school, which means 3 days of meetings and prep work and then two days of kindergarten entry conferences.  In our district, grades 1-12 return back to school 3 days before pre-school through kindergarten.  This allows we Early Childhood teachers to have entry conferences for our incoming kiddos, since many of them have never been to school before.  I am very grateful to be given this time!!!

It was definitely a busy week for me, and my kiddos haven't even arrived yet!!  I missed quite a few posts this week, and I do apologize for that!!!  I am getting myself 'Blorganized' by using the 'Organizing Bundle' for all things blog and TPT created by the amazing Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd, and that should definitely help me be more organized and on-schedule with my blogging!!!  :-)

Even though it is Saturday, I am gong to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday linky party!!  I am going to share with you five different things from my week, then you'll get to hop on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to check out all of the other Five for Friday link ups!!

(Rainbow Scribble Numbers from Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs)

One of the things I'm carrying over from last year is the way I set up my student-data folders.  We are not required to keep folders on our kiddos, however I like being able to have info on my kiddos that I can easily access.  Each student gets a hanging file folder.  Inside each of those are 5 different colored file folders.  The plain manilla folder is for student information, including their medical concerns as well as parent contact info.  Red is for work samples, which can be referenced throughout the year to demonstrate growth or to record progress.  Yellow is for assessments, which is where I store the paper copies of the various math and language arts assessments we give the students throughout the year.  Blue is behavior, which is where I keep copies of any office referral forms, parent contact for behavior forms, as well as their monthly behavior calendars.  Lastly, green is where I store any and all parent notes that are sent in throughout the year.  Everything from requests for information to car rider notes.  I make a copy for myself and send the original to the office.  This picture has last year's kiddos, which means on Monday I'll be working on making folders for this years Dragons.

I created a birthday display that fits my dragon theme.  I used some super cute birthday cupcake graphics from the ever-amazing Krista Wallden.  I really like how they turned out!!
I just love how January's cupcake sparkles!!  

St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday, and I love this cupcake!!  The wonderful fonts by Lidia Barbosa are from her Phonics Fonts for Teachers Bundle!!

I love September, since it's the start of school AND my birthday month!!  :-)

Here is a pic of one of the many 'lamination graveyards' that showed up on my floor this week.  I have to tell you a bit of a horror story, though.  When we were first able to get into our classrooms the week before last, we learned that the school's color printer AND laminator were BOTH BROKEN!!!  This gave many of us severe heart palpitations.  However, this story does have a happy ending, and no I did not have to go pay someone to laminate everything for me.  Our district has this AMAZING department called Print & Distribution, and I was able to email them PDF files of my classroom set up stuff, and they printed it out in color, then laminated it, and then trimmed off the edges!!!  After that, they shipped it off to my school.  We have a school-to-school mail delivery system called 'The PONY', which is delivered and picked up every morning.  When I came to school Monday, I had my first delivery.  Throughout the week, more and more of my stuff came to school and I could get it cut out and put up.  On Thursday our laminator was fixed, and Friday morning the color printer started working.  I'm hoping to get caught up on my printing soon!!  :-)

I have been able to get all of my entry conferences completed, with only four no-shows.
This is the table where I had my parent conferences.  The kinders came too, and I had different special educators and interventionists working with my new kinders.  They were given a VERY BRIEF assessment, which only included numbers, counting, shapes, colors, and had them write their name.  We do a much larger assessment, the ELS, starting in the first week of September, so we didn't need to overwhelm them with letters and sounds when they'll be assessed on those in a few weeks.  You'll notice my table is COVERED with papers and forms.  I tried to make them in as many different colors as possible.  This way, I'd be able to see if the parents got all the colors.  And yes, that is a frosty cold Coke sitting next to me.  My first conference was at 8:15, so I needed the caffeine jolt!!

My last number has been saved for a non-classroom related photo!

Watch out world, we have a CRAWLER!!!  My Little Lilly is now mobile!!!  There is no stopping this baby girl now!!!  I just hope we can keep up with her.  She will grab WHATEVER she can get her little hands on, and then it goes right into her mouth!!  Love her so very, very much though!!!

I hope you've enjoyed my randomness from this past week.  Please don't forget to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to see who else linked up for Five for Friday!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!


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  2. I love this post! Your birthday dragons are awesome! I am jealous of your color printer, laminator, and the fact your district has the Pony service! We can't use the color printer at our school and our laminator broke a couple years ago and they won't replace it so we have to do it all on our own and out of our pockets. Your baby girl is precious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh my goodness, that is rough!! I never understood why every school can't supply the tools teachers need to be as effective as possible. I guess it's just too expensive. Big KUDOS to you and your colleagues for dipping into your own pockets to make sure your kiddos get everything they need!! :-) Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment!!

  3. I love love love those dragons!!!! The lamination grave yard cracked me up!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

    1. Thank you so much!!! I think the dragons are super-cute, too!! I was very lucky to find such a great set from Scrappin' Doodles...I've created my whole classroom theme around it!! :-) I have slaughtered my fair share of lamination so far this year!! Thank you so very much for leaving such great feedback!! :-)

  4. Wonderful Five for Friday post - you always leave me with that glowing feeling and I love the cup-caked dragons - yummy :-)
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

    1. Awww, thank you so much!! That is such a wonderfully sweet thing to say, I needed to hear that after the stress of this week!! :-) I am loving how my little birthday display has turned out, and I think the kinders do too!! Thank you so much for leaving such wonderful comments!!