My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

April 10, 2012

Lots of GOOD news!

Slice of Life stories are hosted by
Two Writing Teachers

Last week, we were lamenting the purposeful damage of my husband's new car.  <sigh>

This week, we have all found reasons to CELEBRATE!  

My husband received an email back from a community choir he contacted after he read about them in the newspaper.  He asked about open auditions, and learned they were taking new members that very day!  He now has a new choir with whom to stretch his vocal chords and singing talent each week.  HOORAY!

My oldest daughter is having a successful run on the school lacrosse team.  The team is only in their second year, and she was so excited to make the varsity team, even though she didn't play last year.  She hasn't scored a goal in a game yet, but she's had a few in practice.  It's SO exciting to hear her name over the loudspeaker at the stadium when she gains possession of the ball.  GO, COUGARS!!!

This week I inspired many intermediate, barely-motivated-readers to pick up a book, READ it, then try an Accelerated Reader (AR) test.  We're playing BINGO in each small group:  each time someone reads a book, talks with someone about it, then passes the AR test, they can put their name in a square.  They work together to strategically place their names so they form a BINGO.  The prizes included candy, erasers and mechanical pencils, so the kids were psyched to grab a bunch of books for the weekend.  WIN!

Finally, my youngest daughter had the drive and motivation to participate in poms tryouts for next year's high school team.  She stayed at the high school for 3 hours each night, managed to get her homework done (without nagging from me), and cheered on her friends who also tried out.  She wasn't a total crab when she still had to get up early for school.  Her great attitude, hard work, and smiles paid off.... she made the team.  WOOO HOOO!

I'm proud of all our accomplishments and happy for even the little moments (BINGO!)  It's an exciting time for my family.


  1. Yeah! So glad for all the positives. Congrats to everyone in the family!!!! So proud of them all! What a great week with lots of celebrations! And you won a prize from the TWT too -- be sure to claim it! Another win-win for you -- a writer and a prize winner. Woo hoo!

  2. Congrats to you and your family. Sometimes we let "things" weigh us down, but them we're blessed with days/weeks like yours. Thanks for sharing your excitement and continued hope for the future!

  3. This was a joyful slice of your very busy life. Congratulations to all the big winners of your family!

  4. I'm so happy this is the type of week you had after last week. You deserved a break. Congrats for all the good news.

  5. Sounds like a week to CELEBRATE!