Popping in from a Sunday porch-sit to send a massive thank you out into the world. Thanks to all who contributed to my classroom via my Amazon Wishlist. Thanks also to the wellspring of good wishes sent on silver threads and gentle breezes from wherever you are, straight into our classroom windows. We have felt and received all messages, gifts, and loving thoughts.
Following are some thank you notes from my grateful students. When there was a receipt and scan code in the package I also sent out thank you notes via the Amazon app.
My old buddy. Wyatt Earp Moss. 17 years and 6 months. His jumping and yard patrol has been more vigorous of late. I think it’s because of his “diet”. He and I are both trying to be aware of when we’ve had enough. I help him by picking up his food when he’s finished – no more grazing. I can’t be sure, but I think he’s lost 1 or 2 pounds.
I remember when he was a kitten and never sat still even for a second. He’s turned into a napper and my constant porch companion. Wherever I go, there he is. Cat love from the posse of 1.
Good old Dan Price. Unsung hero, keeper of journals, and inspiration for so many. One of the very early illustrated sketchbook pioneers. I show his books to my students so they can see one way to keep a writing journal.
There are so many. And none are wrong.
I model in my classroom writing journal daily. They are gradually “getting it.”
I looked with dismay on the “never frown” and thought that perhaps someone is getting sent the wrong messages in life, but then aren’t we all?
A continuous stream of mental clutter that we have to sift through and ignore.
The stickers are a HUGE hit. I knew they would be.
So to be clear, the black journals are their diaries or writing journals. A place to process thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
They will also have sketchbooks for drawing, painting, doodling, collage. Those I will show you once we get started on them.
This letter is from one of my students who is learning English. I have students this year who hail from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Belarus, Eritrea, China, Cambodia, Columbia, Mexico, and Central America. 2 speak almost no English, but thankfully I have other children who are fluent in English, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese who are enormously helpful. My little translators!
I love having students from all over the world. Some moved here as babies, some were born here, and some came here only months or years ago. Citizens of the world!
I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but I can already tell that this is the best class I’ve had in about 5 years. They are a stand-out group and I am amazed by their resilience. Good kids. Kind, thoughtful, expressive, and happy to be in school. Not at all what I was expecting.
Don’t we love that about life? Sometimes we imagine the worst and end up with something brighter and more hopeful than we could have dreamed. I can tell you that I for one, am enormously grateful.
I bought a silicone mask bracket that is making it easier to keep my face covered all day. It creates some breathing room inside the mask. That and my USB mini-fan are lifesavers. I was anxious about keeping the mask on all day, but somehow I’ve adjusted! We get tested weekly and so far, no positive cases of Covid. I’ll be getting a booster shot as soon as it’s available. We are all washing our hands a lot and keeping our desks clean with frequent wipes.
The classroom games we received are 100% Extremely Awesome
So is one child’s giant donut water bottle.
Okay people. Update me with news from afar.
ON MY BOOKSHELF
I would never characterize Addie LaRue as “joyous”, but it is interesting and keeping me engaged. It does read like Y.A. and I don’t necessarily recommend it. I needed a book fix and it was available on my LIBBY library app. Simple as that.
Shuggie Bain. It’s a hard read, but I think an important one. Little Shuggie and his ma will break your heart. I look forward to more from this writer. If you’re reading some good literary fiction do let me know. I went through a lot of unputdownables recently but I’m currently floundering. Looking for my next read.