Friday, August 8, 2014

 Five for Friday August 8, 2014

I shopped the big TPT sale..didn't everyone? You can definitely tell what subjects I'll be teaching this year.


Can I just say I absolutely love The Science Penguin's bundles! I would have bought all of them if I had had the money.
My old school went back on Monday, it was really weird to read all of the posts on Facebook. Parents were posting pictures of the kids first day of school. I worked at my old school for 20 years, 3 as an assistant and 17 as a teacher. It's hard to imagine that they are actually functioning without me! LOL  At my new school, I feel just like a first year teacher, I don't know what the procedures are, where things are located, etc... It's really a strange feeling. One of the teachers told me to laminate my stuff at Smitty's. I didn't know who, what or where Smitty's was. I found out yesterday it is apparently the district laminating place if you don't want to laminate at school. There are more teachers at my new school and I am trying to get their names and grades down, so far I'm doing good just to recognize that I have met them! HA I'm sure after a week or so of being in school all of these feelings will be forgotten. I  had a couple of teachers help me out yesterday, it was great! I feel like my room is starting to take shape, plus I have made some new friends!

Besides the classroom, I have been working on another painting project. I had a couple of bar stools that are still like new. I decided I would try to do a little decorative painting on one of them. I'm not really artistic and I don't have a very steady hand so I'm really glad to have painters tape!
So here's stool before.
Here it is after I painted it...
and then I added a few dots. I like the finished product!

Since I used the same paint from my classroom, it will match perfectly!

Tuesday evening, I met my best friend to deliver Delaney to her. She is spending the rest of the week with their family in Wichita Falls. as you can see she is having a great time! So guess where I'll be while she is having fun??? Of course, up at school trying to get my room together.

So I have been working in the room and even with the AC turned on, it has been very hot in the room. It is running and if you are right in front of it, you do feel cooler, but in general it feels kind of like a rain forest, warm and muggy. UGH! A work order has been turned in. I hope it gets fixed before school starts, I don't even want to think about how bad it will be after recess on a hot August day. I don't think a Scentsy will be able to fight that smell. HA! I haven't finished the room, but I thought I would give a preview. I still have a lot of things to put away. I need to work on some bulletin boards.  Plus I need to adjust several desks so they are all the same height.

From the front of the room, didn't notice the picture was blurry. : / I was going to do polka dots on the back of the red cabinets, but time became an issue. Plus once the shelves are full, you wouldn't be able to see them anyway.

From the back of the room 

I was so glad my rug fit in the room since I had only had it one year. I probably need to adjust the valances, but those windows are so tall, they may stay just the way they are! 

I'll be in new teacher orientation Friday and Monday, hopefully I'll be able to finish up in the time we have after meetings next week. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

 Monday Made It Week 10

I'm joining Tara @4th Grade Frolics for her weekly linky party Monday Made It. I really should be working on lesson plans, but crafting is so much more fun!

First is is more of a recycle. My sister gave me this really cute cup. I love the design on it. When the cup broke, I just hated to throw it in the trash. The design was printed on some sort of plastic film, so I decided to take it out and try to frame it. 
Here's the finished product, I think it turned out really cute and it matches the colors in my classroom. :) 

Someone at school discarded some shelves ( I forgot to take a before picture). I really liked them except they hadn't ever been painted. I decided to go with some super glossy black paint. 

I've been working on a few signs for the classroom. The colors in the pictures are off for some reason.
After making the one above, I wasn't sure I liked it so I made another set.

That's it for this week. I had a couple of things I was working on, but did not finish. Hopefully you will be seeing this stool totally transformed next week! 

We almost finished painting the classroom. We have only worked about 5-6 hours total, but as you can see in the photos, I've had a lot of help. We are going to put the finishing touches on Monday. 

These two pictures are the same wall. They sure don't look the same color do they? 

Don't forget to check out your favorite TPT sellers today and tomorrow. There is a big Back To School sale. I found some terrific items from The Science Penguin that are going to make it a lot easier to get ready for the beginning of the year. :)

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Friday, August 1, 2014

 Five For Friday August 1, 2014

I'm joining Kacey @Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky party Five for Friday.

Delaney and I went up to our old school on Tuesday. Her 4th grade teacher spent last year teaching in South Korea. She got back home on July 25 and was supposed to report back to work on July 30. We went up to help her work on her room, as you can imagine, she was suffering from a pretty serious case of jet lag. She was moving into a room that had been vacant last year so there were no bookshelves in the room. So the scavenger that I am helped find a couple of bookshelves that another teacher discarded. lol

When we got home that night, it was such a nice cool evening, we decided to paint a shelf thing someone at my new school had discarded. We were using some black, oil-based paint. The only problem was I didn't have anything to use to clean our hands and  one pair of gloves, if you have ever used oil-based paint you know it doesn't come off with soap and water. After about scrubbing my skin off with Lava soap and then using some nail polish remover here is what my hand still looks like.
I guess it was cool for a reason, I woke the next morning to rain, it poured all day long on the shelf. I think the paint had dried enough to hopefully not be a problem, as hard as the paint was to get off my hands, I think it will be OK. Now I'm waiting for it to dry out so I can finish it.

Wednesday, I spent the day running errands. I had to go to the social security office to get a new card. I was really surprised how quickly we got in and out of there. I had brought Delaney's Kindle to use while we waited what I thought would be an hour or so. I don't think we were even there 20 minutes. I also had to get a background check and drug test for my new job so we were driving all over town in the pouring rain to get them done. I was pleasantly surprised that we finished all three in less than 2 and 1/2 hours. I didn't realize changing districts was going to involve so much. A lot of the things were taken care of when I signed my contract, but I have had to contact the people about my disability insurance and an added retirement policy.

I got this book this week. I'm hoping it will help me to as they say work smarter not harder.

Yesterday, a family from my old school came to help me paint my room. I like to paint, but I'm one of those people that kind of need a little nudge to get me going. I'm so thankful that they came to help me today and since we haven't quite finished, they're coming back tomorrow. So far, I like what I'm seeing.

We decided to paint the coat rack red. I just put a little bit of paint on to see what it was going to look like.

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