Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Books, Books, Books!

Well it's that time of year where I'm going to start asking parents for help!

First, if you happen to notice any HMS books lying around your house, please have your child bring them back to my classroom. We have 100's of books missing from the classroom library and many students who admit they have one, two, or possibly even six lying around at home!

Second, every Spring I ask parents and students if they have any donations they would like to make to our classroom library. As our financial woes increase, the chances of new books making their way into the classrooms become smaller and smaller. I have found that the most sought after books are those donated by fellow students. Sooooo, if you happen to have books lying around the house that your child has already read, refuses to read, or just anything you personally would like to donate, it would be most appreciated!


Monday, April 6, 2009

USS Midway

While in San Diego, my dad took me to his favorite place, the USS Midway, a retired naval carrier, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century--a 47 year odyssey that spanned the end of WWII and the liberation of Kuwait in 1991!
Located downtown in San Diego at Navy Pier, the Midway provides a dynamic and enriching experience "from boiler to bridge." It is said that a visit to Midway instills a greater appreciation for courage, freedom, and service to country, and that was certainly the case for me. It was such an incredible, amazing thing to be able to walk through, and gain understanding of our military. The entire time I was there, I kept saying, oh I wish I could bring my students here, oh my gosh I can think of ten kids right now that would love this more than anything in the world, oh I wish we lived closer!

Unfortunately, we don't; however, check out this site: and even better, if you have the chance to go to San Diego, visit this incredible piece of history!

Yep, that's me in the captain's chair!

Spring Break in San Diego

To celebrate the near end of my National Board Certification process, my parents bought me a plane ticket to visit them at their condo in Coronado, across the bay from San Diego, CA. Here are some pictures from my trip!

The view from Las Flores #410, they got the fountain running, heated pool behind it,

and the ocean just beyond-it's heaven!

That which I am thankful for...

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