Monthly Archives: October 2012

Red Ribbon Week


This weeks theme for Red Ribbon Week was “The Best Me is Drug Free!” My teacher friend Natasha was in charge of the daily events and she did an awesome job at making the week really fun and meaningful.

Monday we wore red and got our red ribbon wristbands.

Tuesday we wore sunglasses because our “futures are so bright without drugs.”

Wednesday we dressed like a friend, which two of my students planned matching outfits to a T and looked absolutely adorable!

Thursday we wore crazy socks day, which I got excited about due to all the crazy socks I own.  I went with my knee high red/white striped socks with the Christmas faux fur on the top…I was known as Mrs. Claus for the day.

Friday was sports day, which my kids loved since most of them came to school in their soccer uniforms. 

We also made a cool door decoration with the theme in mind…One of the things I do on a regular basis is have the kiddos “kiss their brains” when they do something well.  I might say, “Kiss your brain, it’s working so hard for you” or “Kiss your brain, I am so proud of you…”  It’s really cute, they kiss their fingers and then touch their forehead. They get huge smiles on their faces too and I can literally see how good they feel inside.  Sometimes another kid will say “kiss your brain” if a student did something well and I forget to say it…

Obviously kids shouldn’t do drugs, and in First grade it isn’t a tough thing to try and convince them of avoiding.  They are innocent and impressionable and it’s awesome knowing we are planting little seeds of how to lead a positive healthy life.  The third thru sixth graders wrote essays, and the winners read theirs over the loud speaker yesterday.  They were so thoughtful and wise, reminding us that even in tough times we can do things such as journal, sit by a pretty place, go for a bike ride, talk to a friend or anyone willing to listen, and remember that we’ll get through it and that we are too important to waste our life on doing drugs.


Latest happenings in room 15…


Hello All,

I have been working on my work/life balance, and it’s been a bit out of whack…I have a hard time leaving school stuff at school, I tend to have school on my mind all the time…so when I am not actually doing classroom work, I try to be present and attentive to my family time.  But the boys are at Disneyland, the house is straightened up for the most part, and the laundry is in the dryer…so I have a little time to squeeze in a long over due post…

First off, I must say I absolutely LOVE having my own classroom.  Seeing the same kids everyday and working with them on a regular basis is very rewarding.  It’s been almost 2 months since school started and I am seeing so much progress that I am literally jumping for joy.  I am so proud of my kiddos. 

GRIP-We are a GRIP school which stands for Gang Reduction Intervention Program.  We have many students who are related to past/present gang members or who are overall connected to gang relations…The program consists of police officers/gang unit team and teachers working together to create a positive image of cops/school and the like and to let students know that they have someone who cares and wants them to lead a positive successful life.  I volunteered to be a mentor, as did about 25 other teachers and staff members.  Next week I will meet my mentee and from then one we will have weekly informal meetings where I provide a safe place for her to talk/for me to mentor her and be a role model for her.  I am very excited to meet her and help be a positive guiding force in her life, I already know she is special and worthy of my attention and time, so it’ll  be great.

We went on a field trip last week to Tanaka Farms.  It is a family owned farm that grows veggies, fruit, pumpkins, and has a corn maze and petting zoo.  It was a blast!  We all had such a great day petting animals, walking in circles around the corn maze, enjoying a wagon ride throughout the farm, picking our own veggies, and choosing a special pumpkin.  My kids were very well behaved and I was pleased to see how respectful they were. 


Another fun event was McTeacher Night.  There was 8 teachers and our Principal all “working” at McDonalds for the evening.  It was a fundraiser where we earned 20% of the profits from 5-8pm.  The turnout was fantastic, the line was to the door most of the night.  I worked in the front, next to the cashiers.  It was actually really fun.  I got the cups ready and then called out the numbers when the order was ready.  The atmosphere was very positive and energetic, and the time flew by…We had a tip jar and made a big fuss with cheering and clapping when we got a tip.  I love being part of my school’s staff, I am lucky to work with some really awesome people.


To kick of Red Ribbon Week, we had a police officer and his K-9 german shephard come and demonstrate how a drug unit team works and the talents that Lichen the K-9 has in regards to sniffing out drugs.  It was pretty cool to see, and the kids are totally on board in first grade that drugs are bad and yucky and that they want no part of them…Next week is the official Red Ribbon Week.  Each day we dress a certain way, collect pennies, have a door decorating contest, and discuss the reasons why being drug free is important.  Our theme is “The best me is drug free.”  If you have any ideas as to how to decorate my door, let me know…nothing is really coming to mind. The winning class gets a cool treat, but it’s really all for fun.

We have also had a school fundraiser, the book fair, psa testing, professional development days, my first days of needing a substitute (it went well and she was great!), and many other regular days of teaching and preparing the kiddos for the future! 

I have a few fun art projects lined up for the holidays, a really fun Dia De Los Muertos skull art project and a few Halloween/Fall activities.  I will try to write again soon, but for now, it might be on a more monthly update basis.

Happy Fall!!!