end of the year creations | Teaching in the Tongass

Monday, June 2, 2014

end of the year creations

Oh blog. How I've missed you. This is my first week of summer...can I get a WAHOOO?! I have many plans, but most of them consist of being lazy so I won't bore you (I know you have similar plans anyway).

I have 4 awesome mothers this year who have graciously volunteered for just about every job I've asked. If you don't already take advantage of asking for help...START! Most parents are looking for a way to help, but have a 9-5 job like the rest of us. If they can't come into the classroom, they might be willing to look over papers for mistakes at home, or cut laminated things...you know, those highly engaging tasks you looooove to do on a Friday night? I had 3 parents jumping the gate to help from home this year, so I sent home all sorts of stuff on a regular basis. With 1 month to go in the year, a student moved and was placed in my class...usually this is something we all sort of dread...but this was a SWEETHEART and came with the most awesomest mom ever. She came in 2 days a week for several hours and was up for whatever job I could throw her way. My kinda volunteer. I owe these moms so much for allowing me to spend time with my family and not get sucked into staying extra hours at work...the very least I could do was get them a gift. So, I found these ADORABLE mugs at Walmart for around $4 and bought some coffee beans (took me 3 different stores to find these expensive suckers, so if you see them on sale--grab them!).  I whipped up some tags to go with each cup and planned on hole-punching and tying a cute string, but this seemed to be easier and cuter anyway. You could do the same for coworkers, friends, etc. Click the image below to grab it for FREE!

Next up, waaaay back at the beginning of May, I used some BP Teacher of the Year Award money I had received to buy some gifts for the teachers I work with. These are the same people who come in on the weekends, stay late on the weekdays, and put in all kinds of extra effort and time out of their contract hours. They deserve at the very least a raise (we had a very rocky contract negotiating couple of years), but since I couldn't do that, I decided to share my award with them. So, I found the coolest cups around, used my Silhouette Portrait to label with last names, threw in a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate, some highlighters and waited for the official Teacher Appreciation Day to arrive (May 6).  
And finally, I whipped up some signs for my students to pose with and when I put them altogether, they revealed a big secret to the class! I blogged about this already {here}.

I made these apps to go on a giant iPhone or iPad for testing week to show our support for the 3-5ers this year. Click to download the FREEBIE!

And I didn't really make this...but a couple of weeks ago, I MADE it into the TpT newsletter as a FEATURED SELLER!  What?! What a fun journey this has been! 

Thank you to all of my followers and friends for supporting me, it really means the world to me.  Here's to turning bloggy friends into IRL (in real life) friends! Vegas...here we come!



  1. Loving all the cuteness going on here!!!!! I'm a coffee-a-holic to those are just too cute. Super love the IPhone app encouragers:) Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. OOOH!! I think you should post a Silhouette tutorial for using vinyl!!! :) That's on my to do list this summer! :) Can't wait to meet you at the TpT Conference!!



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