Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Letter to My Son

Matthew received the recognition as leader of the week at GES.  On Wednesday, we had to write a letter to him. Mine is below.  I made my students cry when I read it to them.

February 9, 2016

Dear Matthew,

I hope you know how lucky I feel to be your mother.  Your smiles, giggles, and laughter fill my heart with so much joy!  When you are sad, Mommy is sad as well.  When you are sick, I just want to hug you and make you feel better. 

Please know how proud we both are of your accomplishments.  You have learned to read and write, ride a bike, play baseball, ski, and so much more.  We have so many more adventures ahead of us and I cannot wait to explore them with you.

One of my favorite things to do with you is to go grocery shopping.  You have helped an older lady get her groceries on the shopping belt when she couldn’t and just this past week, you drove your own shopping cart to do the grocery shopping for your Maw Maw and Pop because they were sick.  Your love, help, and support when I need you are ALWAYS there.  Ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Kroger with you back at Christmas was a wonderful experience as well.

One of my favorite memories of our adventures is you learning to drive your Hot Wheels car in the front yard (video).  My flower bed was demolished, but your joy was contagious.  You have now graduated to a four-wheeler, so please do not run into my car J

I cannot wait to go to more Flying Squirrels games, go on more shopping adventures, go to the beach, go to Comic Con conventions, and help you grow and learn.  I love you more than life itself and am probably the luckiest mother in the world.  Thank you for being my son!



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Writing the Perfect Paragraph

I am teaching my 8th graders to "write the perfect" paragraph.  Being a good teacher can be difficult, and I strive to be just that, so I have been writing with my students on the topics presented.  I have had a blast finding my creative juices.  Find the topics below and enjoy reading. (And yes, they give me constructive criticism too!)

Topic 1:  Create a superhero.
As I look out my window, I see a young, well-dressed figure streak across the sky. It is none other than the brave, young superhero, the Majestic Matthew. He swoops down to the ground to save a youngster drowning in a spewing fountain at Hidden Rock Park, who was trying furiously to make a wish to heal his dying mother. Majestic Matthew lifts the curious boy to safety, swaddles him in hugs, and reassures him his mother will recover quickly.

Topic 2:  Favorite book character
A handsome African-American male who is intelligent, and investigative in nature, is none other than Alex Cross, created by the author James Patterson.  Alex weaves through murder mysteries, and kidnappings like a spider building a web; being scrupulous in every move he makes.  His character was a motivational too for me to read many more novels in the Alex Cross series.

Topic 3:  Comfortable Place
I feel serenity, peace, and tranquility as beads of a grainy substance flow in between my toes. The sounds of waves crashing on the shore fill my ears with music. I run to play Frisbee with my son and try to catch it before it is swallowed by the ocean. These are a few things I enjoy about a summer visit to the beach.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bill Fitzgerald does it again!

Love this guy.  He even took about 30 minutes to visit with my students in my classroom.  We are truly lucky!!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Blizzard 2016

Snow Fun in Goochland with our neighbors. Such GREAT people here in this community.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Skiing for the First Time!

Massanutten this past weekend with the hubbers and our little dude.  We had fun, but it all ran out when our little dude rocked a fever of 101.  It was memorable, but I'd much rather run a half marathon than to ski.  

No Make-Up, don't judge!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Goochland Middle Wins National Honor

Goochland Middle wins national honor: Goochland Middle School been named as a Schools to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.