Saturday, December 10, 2011
So... It took me a week, but I've moved on. I am now focused on finding JOY in sixth grade and in sixth graders!
The fifth and sixth graders in Student Council have organized a canned food drive, so we will be busy the week before vacation. Although many of the families at our school have limited resources, I always love the look of delight on their faces when they participate in an activity. Last year, one of the first graders lovingly handed over 26 cents telling me, "Please be sure that all of my money will help some children who might not have enough food for breakfast." I am hoping we can get a few boxes of food together to be passed on to some families in need this winter. I know that the (joy-bringing) kids in Student Council will love knowing that they helped someone.
Also, based on a post from Barbara at The Corner on Character, my principal organized a Knitting Club. One of my Student Council officers has been responsible for contacting Children's Hospital to find the appropriate contact to pass on their knitted creations. It was precious to listen in on her side of the conversation... Yes, I'm calling from my Elementary School. Some of our students have worked hard to knit caps for sick children. Can you tell me who to contact about donating them to your hospital?" Definitely joy-inspiring--and quite impressive!
As a result of my (joy-filled!) Blog Browsing, I will be making a lot of changes in my classroom in January. I'm thinking of it as kind of a September Re-Do! I want this week to fly by quickly so that I can grab my mocha and start planning and creating. Am I the only one gets frustrated when "school" gets in the way of my thinking?!
I'm also excited to post some math games and some anchor charts I've been working on. I'm not exactly sure how to do that--being a bit techno-limited--but I am going to find out!
Thanks, BlogFriends, for your encouragement and your sweet sentiments. Suddenly the season feels BRIGHT again!
And, however and whatever you celebrate... Happy Everything!