Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Announcement, a TN giveaway, and a contest!

Ok- here's the whole picture I gave you a snippet of yesterday:

Now, you all are astute!  Someone even noticed the cupcake wrappers haphazardly stuffed in the colored bins and wondered if I was doing a cupcake theme!  Um... no.  I just found them and shoved them in the nearest container!

So, I'm packing up.  This is everything from my closets that I'm taking with me as I...

I just can't wait anymore and want to shout it from the rooftops... I have just accepted a new job, in a new district, teaching 3rd grade english language arts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love my current school and my colleagues, but reading is my absolute passion and I am sooooooooo excited to be joining an amazing new staff to teach reading all day long to 3rd graders!

Some of you figured out I was moving to a new job after seeing some of my recent pins on Pinterest dealing with different grade levels... you clever people!  :)


I'm going out of order from my blog title...

I want to change the name of my blog.  Something about 3rd grade maybe?  Or reading?  It has to be super cute.  Feel free to work my name into it too if need be... or the bunting theme of my blog.  My brain is fried after days of keeping this exciting news from you!

If you leave a comment with a suggestion and I choose yours, you will get to choose $25.00 worth of products from my TpT store!!!!!!!!!!!!  Feel free to give me suggestions for 3rd graders too!  What classroom theme would they like?!  I've been wanting to switch from cowboys for a while and this is the perfect opportunity.

I'd like to have my new name picked out by Friday so Alicia at Dreamlike Magic Designs can work on my new header.

AND... Mackenzie became my 2000th blog follower last night, which is AH-MAZING!

So, thanks to her, I am giving away ALL of my *tiny* ELA packs (for grades 1-3)... since I'll be an ELA teacher!  When you enter, it says it's just for my Silent Letter pack, but you'll download that from Teacher's Notebook.  Then I will e-mail you my Marshmallow adjective pack, One Wonderful Night prefix and suffix pack, Polar Opposites antonym pack, and Surf's Up for synonyms pack!!!!!!!  AND... all of those things are 20% off at my two shops, in case you can't wait to win and need them now!  :)

Click the picture to enter the giveaway and don't forget to submit a potential blog name in the comments to win $25.00 worth of your choice of my stuff!


  1. WOW! Congrats on the job :) I'm teaching 3rd grade next year too... but I get them for all subjects. I'm even more excited to be a follower of you now! haha. I'm getting my MeD in Reading Ed right now, so can't wait to share ideas :)

    I'll try to think of a name for you too. How fun!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  2. Mmmmmm . . . the first thing that came to mind was . . . Reading Round-Up (I heart me some good alliteration), but I will keep thinking as I think there is still a gem hidden in all of this. I am SO excited for you, Mrs. B!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. Bridge to Learning? I was trying to think of something with your name! haha

  4. I'm excited that you're moving to third grade. Is that selfish of me?! Is it also selfish of me that I am excited that you're teaching Language Arts?! You and I are on the same wavelength now... except I teach Social Studies 30 minutes a day too! Yay! Congratulations!!!! Good luck with the move and the name!

  5. Mrs. Bainbridge's Bookaholics? You have me really thinking and playing with words! Congrats on the move.

  6. Third Grade Reading Rocks! And you can do a rock star theme. I loved teaching third grade reading!!! Congrats!

  7. That is so exciting!! Congrats on the new job.
    The Hive

  8. Congratulations on your new position! How about for your new name, "Reading & Writing with Mrs. Bainbridge"?
    Good luck with the move!!

    Learning With Susie Q


  9. Congrats on 2000 followers & your new job!! There are a lot of things to celebrate!!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  10. Congratulations!! You deserve it! How about Rock Star Readers. You could do the Rock Star theme, or a star theme. Good-luck in your new position, I am so excited to hear about your new adventure! Stephanie

  11. Congrats on your move! How about Radical Readers - Radical Reading in 3rd Grade - 3rd Grade Radical Reading - 3rd Grade Radical Readers - I could probably go on..... :o)


  12. Congrats! How about "WWHHOOO Loves Reading" with an owl theme? or The Magical World of A Reading Teacher. :)


  13. Congrats on your new job!

    You could do a space theme and name your blog:
    Out of this world readers
    Reading is out of this world
    Bainbridge's Rocket Readers

    Lots I could come up with, but you have plenty to go through already. ;o)


  14. Congratulations on your new position! I taught third grade for four years, and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. In fact, if not for budget reasons, I probably never would have left third grade. :) Anyways, you'll love it too, third graders are so fun!
    My husband actually came up with my new blog name, so I'll get his creative juices following tonight when he gets home. ;) Congrats again!
    Fourth and Ten
    Like Fourth and Ten on Facebook!
    Formerly Stories From Second

  15. First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy that you found such a perfect-fit job!

    Second, ahhhh! Don't leave! You have been such an amazing virtual mentor this past year! It was my first year teaching a combined 1st/2nd grade class (in Michigan, no less!) and you helped me so much!

    Good luck getting ready for the new year and have fun with it! :)

  16. So excited for you! It's definitely encouraging to see someone else following and living their dream! I'll have to carefully think about this blog name thing....but CONGRATS!!!!

  17. "Read All About It" and do a media,newspaper, magazine, journalist theme.

    "Bainbridge Tree House" and do a Magic Tree House/nature theme

    "Literary Learners" - book theme

    You could take the Dr. Seuss quote "The more you read the more you know..." and do a Dr. Seuss themed classroom and your room/blog could be called Reading Roamers or Third Grade Travelers you could even do a passport/around the world theme (travel as we read)

    Take advantage of the popularity in the "Keep Calm" quotes and the name of your blog could be "Keep Calm and Read On" and then your classroom could be full of comfortable furniture.

    You could do something with "Reed a Book in 3rd Grade" and have a jungle theme with pandas

    I like the owl theme. "Hooting About Great Books"

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  18. I totally forgot to congratulate you on your new position by the way! I'm so happy that you're happy about this decision!

    Other themes that I thought of:

    Reading Rainbow: with rainbow decorations

    Bainbridge Bookworms: Apple theme
    Bainbridge Bee's/Buzz Into a Good Book

    Dig Into a Good Book (garden theme)

    All themes on School Girl Style so you can get matching/cute decorations!

    Congratulations again!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  19. Congratulations on your new job! I am sure you will love it!

  20. Congratulations! I am teaching only reading and LA next year also - third grade! We are starting the year off with dragons.


  21. ok...first off - YAY for you!!!
    BUT...I don't think I'd change your name to a specific grade...because what if you change grades again? you know what I mean?? BUT, you could still redo your blog theme :) When I taught 3rd grade (for MANY MANY years), they LOVED sports...or you could do a "Fairy tale" theme and use like dragons - since fairy tales are GREAT for both reading and writing, which also go hand in hand when teaching....do like dragon in the clouds reading books and such??

  22. Congratulations! I'm so glad God made 3rd grade teachers! I love my little people (firsties)!

    I'm terrible with names but my son is 10 and loved the rock star theme. At that age they start using ipods, etc. so I was thinking you could go with the rock star them and call your kids Bains Band or Bains Groupies!

    Good luck!

  23. Congratulations! Whoop whoop! Your new district is so lucky to get you!

    Here are my suggestions:

    There's Magic inThrees
    Third Time's a Charm
    Bainbridges Brain!
    Reading Sparks Magic

    That's all for now....I'll come back with more.


  24. Congrats! It will be wonderful to focus on your first love! Blog name ideas:
    Reading Rocks
    Reading Magic
    The Third Degree
    Readin' Rock Stars
    Exploring Reading
    Reading, Writing, & Learning with Mrs. B

  25. Good luck with your new job. How exciting! :)

    How about UnaBRIDGEd Reading (in 3rd Grade)?


  26. Congrats on your new position and 200 followers. I teach a 2/3 class and it's great to see how laying those foundations of reading and writing in Kinder and Grade 1 lead children on the journey of literacy. So here are my ideas...
    A world of reading and you could use an around the world theme.
    Dive into reading - under the sea theme
    Ummm...that's about it I have only had one coffee.

    Hope you enjoy your new journey.
    BTW I couldn't enter your give away as I am not a resident of the US ): I'm from good old Down Under Aussie.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  27. Congrats on 2,000 followers.

    How about:

    Bainbridge's Book Buddies
    Bainbridge's Rockin' Readers
    Bainbridge's Stellar Students

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

  28. Congrats on the new position!!!

    New blog title, maybe....

    Whoooo Loves Reading with Mrs. Bainbridge??
    Bainbridges 3rd Grade Readers!
    Read a Book in Bainbridge's Story Nook!!


  29. Congrats on the new position! I LOVE 3rd grade and I'm sure you will too. Sorry - I can't help you with a new blog name; my brain's fried as well.

    Hooty's Homeroom

  30. Congratulations! Thanks again for sharing so much!

    How about:

    Learning in 3-D
    Mrs. Bainbridge in 3-D,
    (yeah, I just watched Brave in 3-D and loved it, it's on my mind you see:)
    Mrs. Bainbridge's Renaissance Readers

    Good Luck!
    First Grade Dual

  31. Congratulations!
    One, two, THREE come learn with me!)
    Three's Company with Mrs. Bainbridge
    Three ... the way to be!
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  32. Congrats on the new position! It is always fun to change things up. I think you should go with a pet theme -- Doggone Good Readers! or a Pirate theme - Reading Treasures, Ms. Bainbridge's Treasured Readers, Books we Treasure, Ms. Bainbridge's Treasured Words

  33. Congratulations on your new job! I hope you LOVE it as much as you think you will.
    First Grade Found Me

  34. Congratulations! I love the Rock Star Theme or a Music Theme so here is my suggestion:

    Rock and Roll with Reading


  35. Sorry, just had one for a 3rd grade theme:
    3rd Times a Charm for a Magical Wizard theme:)


  36. Congrats! I'm moving to 3rd grade this year too! My suggestion is 3rd grade Thunder! You could do purples and blue colors with it! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  37. Congrats on the new job and the 200 followers! I am not the creative kind but the choices you have received are fabulous!
    Can't wait to see what you create for third grade.
    My Second Sense

  38. Congratulations! What a great job! I am so jealous!

  39. Congrats on the move! I am also going to just be teaching reading next year. You have inspired me to be less nervous about it!

    Here are my suggestions:
    Rocking and Reading
    3rd Grade Reading Adventures
    Reading with my Peeps

    (You have been given soooo many great suggestions!!!)

    Every New Beginning

  40. Congratulations!! As for a new blog name, what about Mrs. B's Threes?

    Best of luck on your new adventure.


  41. Congratulations! You will love third grade.
    There are so many suggestions, but I don't think I saw: Mrs. B in Grade 3

  42. Comngratulations on the move - I'm glad you are so happy about it! I am horrible at coming up with names, but how about "The Bridge to Reading"? You could even do a train theme with it - lots of trestles and those cool old bridges over rivers.

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  43. Congratulations! I spent the first 10 years teaching third graders and I loved them!! Getting to teach ELA all day is a dream:)

  44. Congrats! I am also moving to 3rd this year after 12 years of teaching 2nd! My blog suggestion is:

    Reading with Queen "B"

    You could use bumble bees or a fairy tale theme.

    Good luck and best wishes!

  45. I have awarded you the LOVELY BLOG AWARD!! Stop by my blog to pick it up!! :)


  46. How about something like Brainstorming with Mrs Bainbridge or Crossing the Bridge to Literacy/Reading? Good luck at your new job! I'm starting my first ever job in the fall and am also trying to think up a good blog name!


  47. Oh, I forgot my email!

  48. How about Bridge to Learning or The Reading Bridge?? Love your insights and I am glad you are moving on to ELA 3rd grade. That is what I teach!!

  49. I am so excited for you! I used to teach 3rd grade before I moved to second. Loved every minute. Here is an idea or two..

    Somewhere Over the Bridge
    In the Land of Reading

  50. I love the name choice you came up...that's my suggestion as I'm not terribly creative with names. Congrats on the new position! I'm taking a new position with a new district this year and I couldn't be more excited.

  51. Maybe "Bridging the Gap in 3rd Grade"! I'm a third grade teacher too, so I can't wait to see all of your reading ideas!


    Third Grade's A Charm

  52. Hi! Congrats on your new job!!! Iwas trying to come up with a name, but I really like the one you have...it is sort of a universal love for reading name...and I love the teach, love learn everyday as well!!! It is a great name...but I also understand the need for change... How about Bainbridge's Cafe... for the Daily 5 and Cafe?? but you must keep the "teach, love and learn..." Good luck in third grade!!

    Amy :)

  53. Congratulations to you! I'm so happy for you.

    I have a few ideas for new names:
    How about "A Dream Come True" with castles, knights, and dragons. Or the same title but with stage lights,movie and/or theatre props.

    or "Home is where Your Books Are"
    or "The Write Stuff" with school supplies theme.

    or "Hangin' with Mrs. Bainbridge" and a jungle theme, animal prints, etc.
    In any case, I'll still follow cuz you're fabulous!

  54. Congrats on your new path! I have been with 3rd grade special ed, adding in other grades, depending on the students, as needed. Looking at other posts for ideas, mine is close: Crossing the Bridge to Reading Success in Third Grade.
    Decor/Theme? anything with nature- I picture a pond with lots of trees and flowers and kids walking across bridges...
    Good Luck with whichever name you choose for your new blog!

  55. I love the name you chose today, but here is my take on a new name: A Bunting We Will Go (yes, that's my creativity in a nutshell, lol). Congrats on the new job and keep creating!

    Faithful in First

  56. I think the new name fits you perfectly! I was thinking you could make your button say "the 3 Bs" or something.... Since you now teach 3rd grade :) just an idea! Starting a new job is fun. Good luck!

  57. Congratulations on your new position. Oh, how I will miss all of your 2nd Grade goodies and great ideas. How about Bainbridge's Brainiacs. I even like all the new clip art I am seeing with the kids with the big heads from scrappin doodles.


  58. Many congrats. Welcome to the 3rd grade bunch. I made the switch 3 years ago and love it!

    Yearn to Learn Blog


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