Sunday Letters 8.23.15

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Dear Classroom,

Enjoy being clean and organized.  Enjoy being relatively germ free.  All of that will change Monday when the kids arrive.

Don’t be too sad, though.  Once the kids enter, you will not only be filled with germs and stuff.  But, you will also be filled with excitement, energy, love, and laughter.  Maybe some learning, too?!

– Ms.  Bless

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Dear Teachers,

This isn’t directed to all teacher – just those of you putting specific color folders on the supply list.  I understand your need for color coded supplies.  However, as a parent, it drives me INSANE!  Last year I went to store after store, searching for an orange folder.  This year…it was the (apparently) rare yellow plastic folder with prongs.

– A Mother

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Yes! I wore this on our opening day institute.

Dear Pin,

Thank you so much!  Although not everyone understood you, those who know me couldn’t help but laugh.  not to mention I smiled a little more than normal.  So, thanks!  🙂

                                                            – Lady with a Resting *itch Face

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Dear Teacher Across the Hall,

I know you are stressed.   I know you doubt yourself.  But, I promise you this…

I promise your students will love you the second they enter your room.

I promise you they won’t care about boxes still needing to be unpacked.

I promise you are completely capable of being their teacher.

I promise you are amazing!

– A Fan!

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20150809_085744Dear My Son’s New Teacher,

You asked for three things I want you to know about him.

  1.  My son is creative.  He loves to create, on paper or with Legos.  When he gets an idea in his head, he can’t wait to make it real.  He can sit for hours building a Lego baseball field.  His backpack holds several notebooks, just in case he feels inspired.  I love his creativity and try to encourage it as much as possible.
  2. My son is a perfectionist.  He likes to do things perfect the first time.  Therefore he tends to shut down or not show all he knows because of a fear of being wrong.  However, he never truly gives up on anything – he just practices in private until he has it mastered.  Although I know this, I don’t know how to help him and I am open to suggestions.
  3. My son keeps his own feelings private, but he is very empathetic.  He is friends with everyone and is very funny.  However, when he is upset, he isn’t going to tell you how he feels or why he feels that way.

As you can see from the length of this letter compared to the others, I love my son and can talk about him nonstop.  Thanks for asking!  🙂

– A Proud Mommy

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1.  I love school supplies!  I know, I’m nerdy!  I get excited to see them up in the aisles and walk through them multiple times.  However, my son’s supply list generally results in a little stress.  There is always something that requires trips to 3-4 stores even though I shop in July!  This year it is the elusive plastic ORANGE folder with prongs.  I will find you plastic orange folder with prongs!

2.  Speaking of school supplies, it drives me nuts when kids draw all over the class erasers, especially the giant ones I buy.  So this year Bob the Eraser will be standing guard…

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3.  My son and I started listening to Tuesdays at the Castle in the car this week.  We were really enjoying it, but we didn’t finish it before we had to return it to the library.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t renew it.  Luckily there was a copy of the book in print available, but now the British accent will only be in our heads.  😦    (The lady reading the story had a British accent!  How fun!)

The characters are the prince and princesses living in a magical castle.  Every Tuesday the castle changes, a tower here, an extra room there.  How awesome!  Right now the king, queen, and oldest son are missing.  The remaining siblings are working with the Castle to find their family and keep their kingdom safe.  I can’t wait to find out what happens!

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4.  Exactly two weeks from today will be our opening Institute Day for the school year.  I have mixed emotions.  While I can’t wait to start teaching again and applying everything that has been filling my brain all summer, I am going to miss spending all day with my son.

5.  Finally, my birthday is coming up next week.  28.  That is way close to the big three zero.  I know that I am still young and have so much ahead of me, but I keep thinking of that Tim McGraw song, My Next Thirty Years.  When that came out I think I was in middle school and I remember thinking, “Gosh, that is really old.”  Now I know better, but it is still hard to believe I am this old!  It’s freaking me out a little.