Five For Friday – New school year…Back At It!

Happy Friday teacher friends!  Hope your week was amazing and that you have a lovely, long weekend! Here’s a little Five For Friday thanks to the wonderful Doodle Bugs Teaching!  This week’s theme….Back At It…because that’s what we were this week!  Ha!

What a G.R,E,A,T, way to start the first week back to school!  This sweet girl….adore… came back to teach at our school.  She taught next door to me ten years ago, then got married and moved to Timbuktu….I mean Montana!  (How dare she move away!) She is so great as a friend, so great as a teacher, AND she loves dogs! Ha! That seals the deal right there I tell ya!  Her return to home makes me happy, happy, happy!  Mrs. Olesen….here’s to you!

I know I’ve told you…at least a thousand times…what a fantastic social committee we have at our school!  They could teach Pinterest a thing or two, I tell ya!  Well lookie here!  I walked into the staff room to find this beautiful setting!  Isn’t it cozy?  Isn’t it lovely?  Oh my word….the whole school is a-twitter about it!  No more institutional setting in our staff room!  I just HAD to share it with you!

The endless staff meeting happened this week, too!  Every year at every school, administrators have important stuff to talk about lest the whole school year fall apart, while the teachers work on building their attention and stay-awake stamina that they lost over the summer. So far so good…not one teacher fell asleep this year!  I call that a win!  Now, if we can just remember it all!  Ha! Ha! Hope your meetings went as well.

We adopted new ELA curriculum this year.  It looks great and seems to have wonderful resources. We’re excited to get started on it. Since we support staff serve six grades, I’ve got some heavy studying to do!  Dinner or study, dinner or study…….hmmmm…..six grades…..better study!  🙂

L.O.V.E. these!  This week I made this snazzy Close Reading Toolkit and absolutely love it!  It is from Create Teach Share and you can get the labels for free. It is going to make my small groups so much easier!  All the materials you need are in each box, and there are six boxes. Just hand a box to each student in your group, and they are set!  Since we do close reading with leveled passages all the time, these are just perfect!

You can read all about it on her blog HERE.

Well there you go!  That was our Back At It week!  Hope you had a good one, too.  Now I’m off to your Five For Friday posts to see what you all were up to this week.  Have a great weekend!



  1. Susan K.
    September 3, 2016 / 12:26 am

    How amazing is that – you're working and blogging together! Great ideas in your blog, and I love the design! Happy Labor Day!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      September 3, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Susan! We have lots of fun working together. Happy Labor Day to you, too! 🙂

  2. ithappenedin3rd
    September 3, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I LOOOOOVE the staff room! I made the Close Reading Toolboxes over the summer and can't wait to get them out next week!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      September 3, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      We love the staff room, too! It's so fun! Yes, the close reading kits are fabulous! So glad she shared them with everyone! Have a great year! 🙂

  3. Kindergarten: Hand-in-hand we grow!
    September 3, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    So wonderful to have a good friend and colleague. And then to return…over the top! Have a great year.

  4. 2 Literacy Teachers
    September 3, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    You know it! It is such a happy thing! Hope you have a fabulous year! 🙂

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