Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Linky... Farley Brings Us Back Together

Hello Treasured BlogPals!

I'll begin with an apology to those who still have to work for four more days (and, in some cases, FIVE)...

Our District decided to put the five furlough days in June... So, happily, I am now officially FREE for two weeks of "Winter Vacation."  I no longer care what you call it.  All I can say is YEE HAW!

After my concerted efforts to follow the rules for the last two weeks and keep everything "holiday neutral," (see previous two posts!) I eventually had to concede that nothing is ever really under my control.

The bell rang on Friday afternoon, and, amidst the cheering and shouting about the first moments of vacation, I suddenly found myself holding an armload of gifts and cards and chocolate!  Better yet, as the students pushed their way to the door, a few sweeties gave me hugs, and then smiled and chorused, "Merry Christmas!"

The sound of those words made my heart swell!  I knew that they knew what I knew (follow that?!) and that made me smile.  Merry Christmas... the words we didn't say all week could be heard echoing down the sidewalk as they headed for their two weeks away... A few wishes for "Happy Holidays" were also added in and my day was complete!

All week we collected food for our Canned Food Drive.  Although we are a little school, we have big hearts.  This was a project organized by the kids in Student Council with very little adult help.  They looked so delighted as they left each classroom and added to their growing pile of goods--over 300 cans/boxes of food were collected.  I can't show my sixth grade "project leader," but if you look closely you can see her hands... the helping hands that made it all happen!

Of course it wouldn't be the same if December snuck by without a Farley Linky Party!  Thanks, Farley for bringing us all together again!  Here are my current musings...

Check out Life in 4B... You'll love it!

Then, head on over and visit Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade  Everyone is waiting to hear what's happening in YOUR life.

After you visit Farley, you MUST stop by and read Reagan's "Top Ten Reasons I Know Christmas is Near" at Turnstall's Teaching Tidbits.

I read her post two days ago and I am still laughing... You could be laughing too!


  1. So proud of you and your efforts to feed the less fortunate - YAY for 300 items!!! Happy days are here again. EnJOY your two week hiatus from the craziness; rest, relax, renew!!!

  2. wow! a shout out!!! That's so sweet of you. I am glad I can bring happiness during this week...ugh! But it's over!!!! yippee!!!!
    Do you live close enough to meet up in San Antonio during break????!!!!!

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks about things too late... I can't even begin to count the things I have ruined in the washing machine. Grrrr.
    First Grade Delight

  4. yeah! Merry Christmas! enjoy your time off!

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Kim! Yee Haw for your holidays ... a wee bit jealous, but I'll get over it ... watching my kids "spin" today, I'm thinking I may be needing to go back to school tomorrow. :)

    Runde's Room

  6. Oh how I wish you lived here:)))) I don't like wrapping that horrible of me?!! And we could shop while the hubs watch The Rifleman;))

    4th Grade Frolics

  7. WHAT?! You can't do ANYthing Christmas?? Even if you included other holidays too?? What a sorry :( But I'm glad the kids prevailed and brought hope back to humanity! ha!
    And while I don't have FOUR more days, I do have TWO m ore days of work...but then I'm off for TWO MONTHS! ha! Merry Christmas!
    Jen Ross
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  8. Kim, I second the hot chocolate!!!!!!! So glad you're procrastinating with me :) Your kids food drive is awesome! Amazing what they can pull off.
    Don't feel bad that you didn't get to celebrate anything, I didn't either!!!!

    Happy Holidays!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  9. Wow, I'm so happy you visited my blog. :D
    By The Way, Most of it is HTML and Java script.
    And my blog is getting nicer. I try not to go easy, I go harsh and hard on myself. Do you know HTML or Java Script?
    Tanner Tunstall.
    Tech kid. :D
    p.s Merry Christmas

  10. awww. yes I am so darn proud of him. Thanks for all the love and support for both of us!!!

  11. Thank you bunches and bunches for stopping by and entering my giveaway.....I have this terrible fear that no one will cuz it's my stuff....I'm new to the Teacher Notebook store thank you, thank you:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  12. Tara:
    Silly Goose! Your stuff is adorable. Read my comment about the penguins. They nearly tied with a new oven!

    Remember, some people can't enter until later because they have school today (poor dears/poor deers).

    I love so many of the things you do and create!


  13. Thank you!!! That makes me smile:) It's a silly fear I know but I truly have it. I so appreciate you and your kindness!!! Wish we lived closer:)) Hugs back!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  14. i need to hear the washing machine... but this is so much more fun!!!

  15. Kim, thank you SO SO much for the sweetest comment the other day! I wrote back to you on my blog, but wanted to come over and say it again so you wouldn't miss it. It made me teary (in a good way!). Thank you for being such a kind bloggy friend. Happy Holidays!!! :)

  16. Woo hoo for Christmas break! I awarded you the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for the details!

  17. Kim-

    For some reason I am not getting your blog posts in my email!!! And this is NOT making me happy! :)I tried to subscribe again, but it won't let me! Oh, well-I'll research it some more after 12:30 today since that's when we get OUT OF SCHOOL FOR 2 WHOLE WEEKS AND I AM THE HAPPIEST PERSON ON PLANET EARTH!!!

    Talk to you later!

  18. I'm your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the canned food drive--it's so important that students get involved with those things : )

    Tales from a Traveling Teacher

  19. I am glad you found my blog! I can't wait to share ideas! I am having a giveaway, come check it out!


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