Monday, August 22, 2011

I did it!!!! I'm a gerbil mama! (and class party freebie!)

My dog-sons officially got a sister today! Of course she'll be living at school... but for a few days anyway, Sam and Squeaks have a sister! I think I'm going to have parents and kids write down potential names at Open House next Wednesday and then we'll choose one from those the first week of school... for now, I'm calling her Roxie! :) (And don't be shocked if it stays that way after the name contest either!)


Thank you so much to everyone who shared their opinions with me about class pets. I truly appreciated your input! I think I'm going to have a kid each week write up a paragraph about what we did and learned for my blog (or maybe website... not sure yet) and it will be what "Roxie" saw us doing in class that week!

Ok... 2nd thing... I posted on my Facebook yesterday to find out how everyone organizes class parties. In the past, I've had parents sign up but then I ask them to bring specific things and I plan the activities. This year I want to try a different approach and have one parent plan each party and they will take care of organizing snacks, games, and help. I got some great feedback and ideas from people on FB and so, here's what I came up with:

I made this sheet which I'm going to have out at my Open House next week. On the "other celebrations", I will be the "Party Planner". Check out The Teaching Oasis for a class party sign-up without a "Party Planner" and a class e-mail list to put out at Open House! :)
All right... that's it! What do you think of my Roxie? :)

10 comments:

  1. Is there any way you could share one with Holiday Party until Christmas Party? Our school is pretty diverse and I'm being careful not to make anyone angry :)

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  2. Too fun! :)

    P.S. One of my sweet pups is named Roxie!

    http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

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  3. I laughed so hard when I saw your title pop up in my Dashboard!! Congrats to the lucky mother. Roxie is very pretty and I love that name for her. Your kids are going to have a blast with her. The question is, will they have more fun or will you, haha! I know I would be the one most into our class pet if we had one!
    Kristen
    Ladybug's Teacher Files

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  4. I'm so glad you went for it - and I know your kiddos will be thrilled!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  5. I just got a baby hedgehog this summer and her name is Roxy!!! How funny is that!!!

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  6. YEA! Class pets really are fun!! Glad that you went w/it!! ENJOY! I already know your students are going to be SUPER excited!!

    YEA for the class parent helper!! LOVE that! Thanks for sharing!! So creative! ;)

    Sarah Hetrick
    shetrick@gmail.com

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  7. YEA!! Congrats and good luck with your new addition! I'm a bit jealous as I haven't quite got the courage to take on the class pet....but maybe you have inspired me...hmmm...:) Maybe next year!
    Stacee

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  8. Does this mean we are all Gerbil Aunts?

    ☮Monica
    The Schroeder Page

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  9. Love it! I was wondering is there anyway that you could change Halloween Party to 100 Day Party on the Holiday Party version?? If not, thats fine! We're just not allowed to have a Halloween Party, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to use this!! Congrats on the gerbils!

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