Saturday, January 17, 2015

Celebrate This Week {1-17-15}

I love reading everyone's celebrations each Saturday at Ruth Ayres' Celebrate This Week link up.
This week, I am celebrating:

* Five days of school!  No snow days, no cold weather days.  It's good to be back in the routine!

* On Sunday, the weather was cold but there was no wind so it actually was quite pleasant.  I took a walk up my street and thought it would be the perfect time for a picture.  How many times can I say that I went for a walk in January in Wisconsin?
* During our meeting with our 2nd grade buddy class this past week, we talked about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the concept of peace.  Everyone decorated a Peace Dove with beautiful colors and wrote on it one way they can bring more peace in the world.  We hung them outside our classrooms from the ceilings so everyone could see them.  I have to say...standing under them, I do feel more peaceful.

* My students also thought of their One Word for 2015 and we made posters for the hallway.  I had them use their Chromebooks to look up the definition of their word and synonyms.  They then explained why they chose their One Word.  I was super impressed with the words the students chose and how some of them are using them already in their daily decisions.

* We finished up 2nd quarter at school.  According to Accelerated Reader, my students read 5.3 million words this past quarter -- more than I've ever had!

* Tomorrow, my beloved Green Bay Packers will play in the final playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.  It was Superhero Day at school yesterday, and I couldn't resist the enthusiasm of our 5th grade teachers for the team they love.
Please head over to Ruth's blog to share your own celebrations this week!


  1. I love the birds!! They are FLYing above your head bringing peace. :) The OLWs are amazing!! BE was on my list of possible words. I love that sign. Beautiful day in Wisconsin according to that picture. Love it!

    1. I enjoyed the doves also Jennifer and Michelle. Michelle is particularly happy that they are FLYing (her OLW).

      Jennifer, your January walk in Wisconsin needs a poem to accompany it. Were you at peace during your walk. I would love for you to send me a poem and this pic (or another one) for the Winter Whisperings Gallery that I am speaking about in my Celebrate post.

  2. I love the peace doves. What a great visual reminder not only of MLK Jr, but also of the collaboration you fostered with the buddy class. The OLW are super impressive!!

  3. Your #olw with students is great. I love seeing those pictures. The peace doves is also a great idea. Glad you enjoyed your walk too...

  4. Love the peace dove idea. I wish I had thought of this when I had a classroom!

  5. How lovely to be able to look up and see those peace doves. Just beautiful. What a stunning photograph of winter!

  6. Peace birds and OLWs are so colorful. But more than their appearance the meaning is what matters. Both contribute to positive change.

  7. You are the second person I have read about who is using OLW with her students. I love this idea, and can see its power from your students' work. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Such great ideas. I think I might try the peace birds on Tuesday. I love that they think positive hopes for the future. MLK would be proud.

  9. Love the peace doves, Jennifer. How wonderful to look up to see them! I really enjoy seeing that beautiful landscape picture. So far, we've had too dry & warm a winter-need snow (or rain)! The OLW posters are great. Will you post them permanently around the room? Have a good rest of the weekend!

  10. Enjoy your flying peace doves.


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