Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Already

Wow after a couple of months I’m back and ready for a new school season! In June I went to Hawaii, visited with family, celebrated my 2nd anniversary, and my birthday. July was full of new surprises, summer celebrations with friends, and relaxing days at the beach and pool.

Now we are already arriving at August! For all teachers we know this means BACK TO SCHOOL! Which is an exciting and overwhelming time. So here is what I am currently up to: 

Right now I’m listening to Lollapalooza live streaming, which is a music festival in Chicago. It’s awesome to hear new bands and old favorites.

I LOVE my family always not just currently but maybe especially right now. My adorable nephew just turned one this past week. I can’t believe how much he has grown this past year. He is a wonderful baby who brings so much joy to our family. My parents are also making a big move to Florida from Georgia! I am thrilled to have my parents so close.
I am thinking all about going back to school. I’m trying to prepare as much as possible at home before I can go into school.
Speaking of school, I really want to get into my classroom! I’m not allowed to go in until August 10th. Then August 13th I leave for a family reunion so I won’t be able to work in my room that Thursday or Friday. August 17th starts pre-planning craziness….full of meetings and limited classroom time. August 24th is that last day of school. I moved rooms this year so I’m feeling a bit stressed I won’t get it all done in time for Meet the Teacher on August 20th. I moved upstairs to the second grade hallway!!

I really need my printer to cooperate and stop telling me the ink in empty when I just put a new ink cartridge in the printer. SO frustrating! I really need the printer to continue doing its job so I can get back to preparing! My husband is going to look at it today.  It is also extremely important this printer works since the school district took away our printers in our classrooms this year. I’m not sure how I’ll live without a printer in my room but we shall see.

When I see my new second grade teammates for pre-planning, I will be giving them little goodies. I usually get magnetic paper pads like the ones at Target dollar spot. I also try to write an encouraging e-mail some time during pre-planning or the first week of school to let them know they are doing a great job. Just a little note can go a long way in making someone’s day.

I’ll be posting more now that the school year is approaching. I can’t wait to show you my new room! 


  1. Oh no! I hope your printer is fixed soon! Very frustrating!
    And I love your background! I'm actually using that print (quatrefoil) in my classroom this year for my decorations!
    Teaching Voracious Learners

    1. Thanks! I love that pattern. I'm sure your class will be beautiful!

  2. I agree with Katie- INK SMINK!!! Always a pain- wish they would invent a never ending printer- color- that costs $20. LOL!!! Hi Jess! I am from Louisiana- north of New Orleans, and I LOVE manatees! I go to Florida a couple of times a year to swim with and help out at hospitals- research facilities and such. I am a new blogger and 10 year sped teacher- new school this year- grades 5/6 self contained- so many on second grade level. Hope you have great year! I go back tomorrow- kiddos Thursday.I'm a little nervous- have been Montessori for the last 4 years- moving back into "traditonal" ed. I'm sure it will all be fine. You are so lucky to live in Florida! Love your blue and books- visit me and be my third (LOL) follower at
    Have a great day!

    1. I love manatees so much too! I just saw some the other day, a momma and her baby. I hope you have a great year too. Good luck tomorrow! I'm sure moving back to traditional ed will be a bit hard but hopefully it will be a smooth transition.

  3. Printer problems are terrible! Hope it gets worked out before school starts!

  4. Loved your post! I feel your pain about the printer because I was in the midle of [rinting out a bunch of materials and boom, it stopped! The Target dollar spot is my best friend! Love it!!

    have a great school year!