Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good-bye Summer Vacation

Well, we're down to the last weekend before a new school year begins.  For me, it feels like my vacation has just begun.  Thankfully, I was able to travel this summer, and visited sunny California for the very first time.  I had a ball!  Los Angeles is a beautiful place!  For so long I was afraid to visit L.A., partly due to the five hour plane ride and earthquakes.  So glad I was able to push my fear of flying, and earthquakes to the side.  I would have missed out on an awesome vacation.  Other than my visit to California, my summer consisted of broken promises to read various books on my books to read list, a little bit of exercising, working on curriculum, and spray painting. 

I got the idea of spray painting from one of my favorite bloggers Jodi of Clutter-free Classroom.  Last year, my classroom library had a red and blue theme.  Going forward, I didn't want the same color theme, nor did I want to throw out the perfectly new bins.  I remembered Jodi's post on spraying paint and decided to give it a try.  And I'm glad I did because the bins turned out to be awesome!


I really love the color scheme!
School begins next Tuesday, September 3rd, and my classroom is 95% ready.  I have a few more things I want to do, but my new kids will feel welcomed once they enter the room next week.

I've spent the last week working on my classroom and preparing for the new school year.  Last Monday, we had a staff development session and I was able to meet my new grade level partner.  If you've kept up with my blog, I shared with you all that my team of three was now a team of two.  Each grade level now have two classrooms.  Anyway, I gained a new partner and I'm excited to work with her this school year.  We share the same name and live in close proximity to each other.  Not only did I gain a new partner but we now have three new people on our floor and they are all awesome.  I love our hallway!  Again, I'm excited about the new partnerships and school year.  I know we're going to have an awesome year!