Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School!

I hope you forgive me..... I've been totally MIA.
Had so much going on both at work & in my personal life that I'm having a tough time keeping up.

I'm now officially back to school & my last semester of Grad school.
....... and have a little bun in oven due March!

I think I've been in denial for the past few weeks :)
I kept hoping Summer will last forever!!!!!!!!!!
But clearly its not going to :( and then I went into panic mode to get things organized and together for the first week of school & open house.

Here are my back to school goodie bags for the kiddos.
(you can download the tag for free here)

these are the goodies

and here is the final bags :)

I also made parents magnets to take home :)
They each got one on open house so they can put it on the fridge and have all the info the need on hand
My fabulous friend, Summyr over at The Teachaholic
created the template for me.  I then printed out the template on card stock (also courtesy of her) and glues over these Bussiness Card Magnets from Office Depot ($8)

These were a HUGE hit!! Parents LOVED them!!!

Here is a fun little treasure I found at Target :)
These are seat covers for the Star Student of the Week.
Can't beat that for a $1
It has stars and matched my theme perfectly!

Here is a little tour of my Hollywood themed classroom

My before pictures... pretty much a blank canvas as you can see...

Here are my AFTER picture :)

 The front of my room

My library (LOVE) in the back of the room


My Guided Reading area in the back of the room

 My two main bulletin boards!!
I love the way the borders turned out :) Thanks for the inspiration & idea Steph!!!

My Bravo Board (where I'll present our student of the week)
Objectives Board

My Behavior Board
A combo of clip chart, CHAMPS, and SLANT (from Teach like a Champion)

Teacher Desk Area (by the only window in the room)

My Literacy Centers

The entrance to the classroom :)
I laminated the red carpet to the floor with duct tape.

This is what waited for each kid on their desk on the first day of school.
A goodie bag from me & a note from their parents (from the open house visit)

Here are my CUTE kids wearing our Hollywood props :)
I will use these pics for our Student of the Week posters.

Here are some of my first week back to school activities for the kiddos


                                       Friendship Fun Dice                   Jen Runde's Back to School Cootie Catchers.


Here are first week back to school pics of my kids completing some of the activities above.

Playing with the Friendship Fun Dice

Creating the Facbook Fan Pages

And playing with Jen's Cootie Catchers :)

Lastly, since its been FOREVER since I last posted

Here are some pictures from BlogHer '12!!!!
I had such a wonderful time considering how yucky I felt that week
(sorry I wasn't my usual perky self :( )

The event was wonderful but the most exciting part was to meet my fabulous fellow bloggers.

Here are Charity, Tamara, Leslie, and I :)

They are the SWEETEST people on earth!!!!!
I wish I could get together with them every weekend!!!! I LOVED meeting them.

Leslie & I                            Leslie, Tamara, and I

(sorry VERY bad pics of me :( you can see how bloated & yucky I look)

Here's one of the Lorax & I

We met Martha Stewart

& Katie Courick

Here's a group picture of us all :) Teaching Blog Addicts

Crystal, Angela, Tamara, Charity
Mel D., Dana, Jenaya, and I

I totally missed meeting Hadar :( 

This week we are working on setting up our Interactive Notebooks in all subjects & have lots of beginning of the year pre-tests to complete. I promise to post pics later this week.

Schools will be closed tomorrow in South Florida thanks to Hurricane Isaac :)
So its another day for me to play catch up!!!!!

Happy Back to School All!!!!
I hope you have a WONDERFUL school year!


  1. Love! Love! Love! I will just live in your library, OK? And I love the bags for your literacy centers. What an excellent idea for limited space. And congrats on your bun!!!!!
    ~Rachel from Sub Hub and Picture Book Lessons

    1. Thanks Rachel :) I'm not gonna lie.... every day around noon I want to go to the back and lit down for a nap at the library :) The kids LOVE the space there too. Can't wait to see pics from YOUR FUTURE classroom.

  2. Your room looks amazing and the pics of the kids in Hollywood gear are so cute. When I first started teaching, I had a "Wall of Fame". Kinda like the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Each kid had a star with their name on it and then they put their hand print on the wall near their star. I took a pic of each kiddo as they did it. Just an idea for your Hollywood theme.

    Congrats on the pregnancy. How exciting for you. :). Good luck this year.

    1. Thanks Antoinette, I love that idea. I was planning on doing something like that and place their stars in the hallways outside of our classroom (since I ran out of space inside).

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! You are amazing, Mor, and so darn creative! Congrats with everything! Your students are lucky to have you as a teacher! :)

    1. Thank you Tracee. Its def. an adjustment to back to Elementary. Wish I could be sitting in your class myseflf :)

  4. It looks GREAT!! I love the theme, and the library is AWESOME!!!! know I'm so happy for you! :)

  5. I love the idea of taking their pictures with the costume pieces at Open House! (My Open House is Wednesday and I have a sports theme, hmmmmmm...) Yes, you've been VERY busy! (I can relate!) I really love what you've done with your room!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

    1. Thanks Sally. The kids loved their little photo-op :)

  6. Your library is awesome! I love how big and organized it is. And congrats on the bun in the oven!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  7. have been busy!!! I am loving EVERYTHING in your room. Your kids all seem to love all of your activities.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! It's been a crazy first week back.

  8. Your room looks fantastic!!! :)
    Love the treat bags and magnets!
    Congrats on your bun!!! :)

    1. Thanks Kristin!!! :) I hope you have a great school year!

  9. Looks awesome, Mor! I would love to be a student in your room!


    1. haha Thanks Michelle. My students might beg the difference. Poor little fifth graders. I treat them like middle schoolers.

  10. Mor - it's absolutely PERFECT!!! The bulletin boards look fantastic, and I LOVE the bean bag chairs in your library. Thank-you so much for posting pics of the kids using the cootie catchers - LOVE. And I got my first glimpse of my little pen pals. I should have my class list by the end of this week, so I'll send it to you then. It's going to be a great year! LOVE it ALL!!!

    Runde's Room

    1. Thanks Jen!!! My kids are super excited about Pen Pals!!! Can't wait to do the drama circle with them next week!

  11. Your room looks amazing! (love the boards!!) Looks like you had so much going on this last week...your students are lucky to have such a caring teacher who works so hard for them.

    Teaching in Room 6

    1. Yey :) so glad you approve! Thanks Steph!

  12. I totally love the Hollywood pictures!! Your BTS pictures look phenomenal!!! Your students are lucky to have you. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  13. CONGRATS on the baby!! I am so happy for you! Now I know why you have been MIA!

    Your room looks great and it looks like you've had a great start to the new school year. I am so glad you will be sharing your elementary ideas with us!!!

    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

  14. My Sweetest Friend, Mor!
    After following your blog all last year, these kids look SO SMALL! I hope you are enjoying the switch to fifth grade.
    Love the Hollywood theme--maybe that's because you are such a star to me...
    I hope the "feeling yucky" phase passes quickly and you can soon feel well enough to enjoy things more.
    Sending you the most gigantic hug,

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  15. Congrats on your little one!! :) So excited for you!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  16. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I will be praying for you! I had a baby last February and taught up until I went into labor. Good luck!!!

    PS: How in the world did you make the super cute border around your two main bulletin boards???

    1. Thanks Tina ;) the border was my friend Stephanie's idea. It's on her blog. I linked it up in the post.

  17. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :) :) :) I am so happy for you and your hubby!

    Your room is gorgeous Mor, no surprise there. I have to go check it out again in a minute, when I'm done typing this. I'm so glad everything is going so nicely! I was thinking about trying magnets for my parents but wasn't sure how to do that so thank you for the explanation!! So nice to see you girl!!

    1. Thanks Kristen!!!! parents absolutely LOVED the magnets? Other teachers make it online via VistaPrint. This was easy and cheap :) thanks for the encouragement to get back on here!!!! I hope you have an amazing year!!!

  18. Mor its Vanessa from Miller's class!! OMG ConGRATS ConGRats on the baby and woohoo last semester. I felt relief once I walked on that stage, Im pretty sure you will too!! Love the classroom ;)

    1. Thanks Vanessa!!! You're too sweet :) Congrats on your graduation!!! I'm so jealous!!!!!!

  19. Hey! I had to stop by again and say thank you for the magnet info. I just ordered them...our parents' night is in a couple of weeks. Thanks!! :)

    1. Oh yey :) I'm glad it worked out for you. If you need/want the template let me know and I'll email it to you.

  20. Your room looks great and it seems like the kiddos had a fun time. Kudos!

    Always A Lesson

  21. Congratulations Mor! I'm so happy to hear of your pregnancy! Yea!!!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  22. Congrats! Having a little one on the way is so excting! Your room looks great! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

    1. Thanks Amber! I hope you're having a great year!

  23. How did I miss this?!?!?!?!?!?!? A) that you posted your awesome room.....b) that you're preggers!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!! I am so excited for you! I have been swamped and not keeping up with my reading/stalking so that's my excuse! Room looks awesome and so happy for your fam in the making :)

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. hehe thanks Tara!!!! Looking gforward to seeing you in December :)

  24. Congrats on your pregnancy! I just started following you this summer and purchased your ISN to use in my 7th grade ELA class. I have been looking for the video to watch on setting it up, but can't find it. HELP! I am excited to use it.

    1. Thank you so much :) Here is the link for the video
      Scroll down, it's the last video.

      The video will be a great help to you!


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