Sunday, November 23, 2014

I'm On My Way!

So yesterday I became 1 step closer on my journey to AZ...

So now I have a 1 year teaching license for 1-8 & just passed my Early Childhood Exam, so in the spring I can apply for Kinder positions.

Now it's time to sell my townhouse...

I feel like God is blessing this decision around every obstacle...He is making it clear that family is where I need to be - right now that is supporting my sister in AZ!

Thanks friends on FB who said a little prayer for me @ 10:30 yesterday....I had test anxiety like FOR REALS!  It took me until 4:30pm to unwind & I finished my test at 11:45am!  I don't know why I was so stressed, but I'm glad I got it over with before Turkey Day 2014.

3 more sleeps until I can snuggle with these CUTIES:

Happy Thanksgiving,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Heard of It?

Ever heard of Donors Choose?

I have a few colleagues & "teacher friends" who have written grants using this wonderful organization.

It took me a bit of time to get up the nerve, I mean I'm not really good about asking for money or begging friends/parents to purchase supplies for my room.  But, I saw how effective some grants were & the teachers were so excited to get their boxes of new items - putting those new tools to use immediately.

I was jealous!  For real.

So, I thought long & hard about what I wanted that was reasonable.  A game or activity that I could get a lot of use out of - I perused "the teacher haven" Lakeshore.  Seriously - this store is teacher-crack!  No JOKE - they have everything, pretty much in a box.  Pre-made, already laminated, & kid-proof.  I can't leave Lakeshore without spending $100 - CAN'T.  IMPOSSIBLE.

Found a game & alphabet tubs that I think should be apart of EVERY Kindergarten classroom & set about writing my grant.  I was checking that thing daily over Fall Break, hoping for something.  Nothing.

Until tonight.  It wasn't 1/2 or anything, but you know what...I'm excited for ANY amount!  Really, teachers spend so much money & in years past I wouldn't have hesitated to spend $300 on a few tubs & games.

Of course these things will be put to good use & I encourage you to check out various projects on the site.  Maybe mine isn't for you & that's okay.  Consider a donation to someone's classroom.  Heck, if you can't give money - give your time!

Our district just failed to pass a Bond.  So, despite your political feelings about education, budgets, taxes, expenditures, boards of education, transparency, administration, etc. - my school, the largest elementary in the district, has to deal with overcrowding {SIGNIFICANT OVERCROWDING} & teachers need help.  Teaching 24+ Kinders in a room with 1 adult is asking a lot - testing 9 Kinders 1-on-1 every 12 days is asking a lot, completing 24+ assessments 1-on-1 for letter id., letter sounds, rhyming, blending, segmenting...yeah, it's A LOT!

So, if you can't give a $ donation - which I understand, consider donating an hour or 2 once a month.  Teachers always need help copying & working with small groups of children.  I COVET these helpers.

What a great way to stay connected with your child & donate - whatever you can.  Trust me, every little bit helps & is appreciated,

P.S. My project is here.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

11/7 - Happy Birthday Lucas!

So Lucas arrived!  I was so excited to be "birthday buddies" with my newest nephew...alas, it didn't happen.

Lucas Clemente Espinoza arrived at 12:23pm on 11/7 weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz., 19 3/4 in. long - he is a blessing & I can't wait to hold him.

Yay for healthy babies,