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Happy Friday everyone!

Check out this quick freebie I made for our upcoming state testing. I've had this posted on an anchor chart in my classroom, but decided to give it some color and make it digital. I don't take credit for the strategy terminology- that is an old one that has been floating around on posters since I was in school! :)

Download it (free!) here.

Now time to for the Friday linkup with Doodle Bug's 5 for Friday!

1. Our school track team has sold almost 600 bracelets to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Wowza! So proud of them and how they have chosen to be "helpers" instead of bystanders as our state and it's people recover. 

2. As I already mentioned, state testing is coming up! I went and bought snacks, gum, and drinks for all 4 days of testing for my kiddos. I was out of a few other classroom things, like papertowels, lysol wipes, and tissues, but I ended up spending about $100. Eek! At least this will all get me through to the end of the school year. 

3. I'm a bit of a crazy cat lady, if you didn't know. Today is my fur-baby's birthday! He is 6. I can't believe how time has flown. Happy birthday, Joey!

4.  Spring has finally sprung! It looks like a beautiful weekend. My husband and I are thinking about taking our first bike ride of the season in our local park. I don't know if you are from New England, but the feeling when spring arrives is simply euphoria. We've struggled through blizzards, temperatures in the negatives, grey days, and the sun setting at 3 PM. When the sun starts staying out until 7, your energy is renewed. When you get a 70 degree day, it's as if you have won the lottery. It's almost worth the spring fever the kids have!

5. Along with spring, promotion season is upon us. I can't believe it! My fifthies are going to be moving on to middle school. I'm not sure what I am going to do to celebrate just yet. I'm thinking slideshow and a little party with some treats, but it just seems so blah. Do any of you have promotion ceremonies? If so, what do you do to celebrate?

And, finally, a fun & inspiring linky. Rowdy in First Grade's "tell me something good."

The idea is to tell one good thing from home and another from school. Here it goes:

My grandfather has been undergoing chemo treatments for b-cell lymphoma since September. He had his last treatment a couple weeks ago, and had his final bone marrow testing done. He got the results from his oncologist, and the news is great: he is cancer free! His blood counts are back to normal. It's a miracle! Yesterday was his 76th birthday. Best present ever!

I have a student in my class that suffers from an immune system deficiency which causes her to have to receive IV treatment monthly. She missed some school because of this, and as she has been at our school since 1st grade, most of the students know about it. Not only do the darlings in our school accept her as she is, but recently they started a "business" making hair bows. They sell the bows for $2 each, and are donating their proceeds to the hospital that the student receives treatment at. Talk about inspiring! Those little girls warm my heart. They've sold through their first two batches, and are working on making their third. Amazing.

Lots of great giveaways to share today. Check them out! I signed up for them all... here's hoping for a win. :) 

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I really need to make a Wal-Mart run to get some much needed supplies, like Lysol wipes and glue sticks!

    1. Totally! I hate going there, but I have to say, they do have the best prices on that kind of stuff. On a teacher salary it's a must!

  2. I'm a crazy cat lady too- I love the fact that cat's are SO independent but know just when you need a cuddle. Your students sound gorgeous! Wish I could buy a bow, that is the sweetest idea

    1. I love cats for the same reason! Plus, they are just so darn cute. :) And, they don't smell like dogs sometimes do. It's a win/win.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours! I enjoyed reading your "tell me something good." It is always nice to hear positive things going on in people's lives!


    1. I agree! We always hear so much negative. Thanks for coming by!

  4. YAY for your grandfather, and YAY for those sweet babies who are making a difference!

    Our state testing begins on May 6th, and I will be glad when it is OVER. :)

    I Run Read Teach

    1. I will be, too! The poor little ones are so stressed out over the tests, too. It's so sad. :(

  5. So happy to hear about your grandfather!! Your girls are so sweet, too! It's those heartwarming moments that make us truly love to teach! THANKS for entering my giveaway :) GOOD LUCK!


    1. Thank you! We were so happy to hear he is doing well. It's a huge relief!


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