Spring Poetry


We welcomed spring in my classroom by writing some spring poems (Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring). I think it’s Spring anyway. This weather had been bizarre going back and forth in temperature constantly. We wrote in our writer’s notebooks about Spring to brainstorm for our poems. I shared mine with my K writers then they were off creating their own. Here are some of our poems.



Long for the Beach

Oh, how I long for the beach
Breathtaking sunsets
The calmness the ocean brings
Bright, hot sun on my skin
Crystal clear blue sky
Smells of saltwater and suntan lotion
Waves crashing onto the shore
Toes in the soft sand
Seagulls squawking overhead (just don’t poop on me)
Relaxing while reading a captivating book
Oh, how I long for the beach



What a Day


My day in a nutshell…

Clean up pee from Ginger

Clean up more pee from Ginger

Hence running late to school

Quickly put stuff down

Go to meeting

Kiddos coming in

Trying to quickly prepare for the morning

Clean up pee from student (more custodian than me)

Call Vet quick during lunch

Prepare for afternoon and other responsibilities

Somehow just enough time to go to the bathroom

Shove lunch down throat

Afternoon not terrible (of course didn’t get to everything I wanted)

Take students to Technology

Take student to nurse who refuses to open his eye (going on for a week or so and nurse doesn’t see anything)

Write note to parent and respond to emails

Look at time (where does time go?)

Pick kids up (no time to use bathroom)

Go to grocery store before going home

Let Ginger out (follow her in yard to get pee sample)

Figure something out for dinner

Read blogs and comment (most enjoyable part of my day)

School work (never seem to get anything done at work)

Take Ginger to vet (has UTI)

Come home

Give Ginger antibiotic

More school work to do (nope, can’t do it)




Dragonflies and a Thoughtful Friend


My best friend knows how much dragonflies mean to me and what they symbolize for me. She was so sweet in creating a poem for me and I put it in my Writer’s Notebook right away. I also have my students put in artifacts in their Writer’s Notebook. On day, along with my students, I decided to write and draw about dragonflies to go along with the poem I received from my best friend.


Recently, she draw and wrote this for me. I had to frame it and put it with my cousin.



It means so much to me to have such an amazing and thoughtful best friend. I’m so lucky to have her in my life.

I have a little area in my living room to always remember my cousin who was taken way too soon when he was 18, which was almost 12 years ago. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think of him and miss him.




Basketball game


We went to Cayden’s (my best friend’s son, however, love him like my own) basketball game yesterday. They are in the playoffs and the 1st place team. The teams consist of 3rd and 4th graders. Fun to watch, but this game was intense!

On the edge of my seat
Hoping they would defeat
The other team
To be in the big game
And give themselves a name
Of champions

Up and down the court
So much action
The other team winning by one point
That one point could defeat Cayden’s team
On the edge of my seat

Ball in basket and up by one!


Game over.

Jump up, clapping and cheering!!!

Championship game on Wednesday. Fingers crossed!!!!

Had to get my picture with the birthday boy and champ!!!




Birthday Boy


Cayden is such a special boy
Brings so much joy

Always happy as can be
Such an inspiration to me

Despite his challenges each day
He is brave and strong in every way

Always will bring a smile or chuckle to you
Showers you with love and compassion too

Today he is turning nine years old
He truly has a heart of gold

I wish him a very happy birthday
May lots of joy and great things come his way