Monday, January 27, 2014


Right before Winter Break, OtterCares, a division of OtterBox visted our school. We were thrilled to have the possibility of a partnership with this local Tech firm ( Little did we know that not only was this the beginning of such a partnership but a trip with purpose! OtterCares gifted us that day with 25 iPads for our school AND OtterBox cases for each iPad in our school. Can you say Holiday Miracle? We can not express how grateful we are as a staff to grow our Technology reach.

Thankfully, kids are far better at that so we left it to the professionals. This morning I had the chance to visit OtterCares with my Principal and deliver some Thank Yous right from the mouths of students.

Our 4/5 Classes knocked it out of the park with this Thank You!! This giant 2' x 3' iPad is filled with Gratitude Apps designed by our students. Once you scan the QR code you get a chance to see their Thank You Dance.

I could not help myself and had to laminate these rules our Kinders created for their new iPads. The sincerity behind #3 is real!

1B created this iMovie slideshow highlighting their Thank You Letters. My favorite pictures show the friends sharing letters.
My upside down 3A Thank You was created from after the kids brainstormed how they could thank OtterBox.

Why NOT finish upside down? 1A created this interactive writing and we attached the QR Code to show the read aloud portion.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Worm Wars ACCOMPLISHED 38,919 Minutes READ

Whew!!! I will admit, I was sweating this morning, literally!! Everywhere.

Our reading goal (every kid 20 minutes a day 5 days a week for 2 weeks) was 50,000 minutes. We did not hit the 50K minutes but came in a 38,919 minutes. For our first challenge I WILL TAKE IT.

I have outlined before my extreme frustration when our kids do not read ANYTHING over break. This was worth the prep for me and I would do it again. In a second.

Fortunately, I did not have to eat worms!! So pumped about that, I have the BEST Principal that was 150% behind this from the start. Not many are and the kids were impressed this morning when they saw an adult live up to their word and really be disgusting.