Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Currently... What's been happening!

Happy April! In like a lion, out like a lamb.. Couldn't have been a more perfect description for the weather around here.. We had SO much snow so late!  But... warm weather is here, and I'm thinking it's going to last.. which leads me to my next thought.. SPRING BREAK!  1 week away!

Are you as overwhelmed and ready for Spring Break as I am?  Let's be honest... We all love our kiddos, but sometimes you just have to accept that you need a break... and I'm not ashamed to say it!  This year has been a huge year of change for our county... New evaluations, a new grade for me, new curriculum (Math and Reading), very little professional development that's actually helpful, a new Principal in January... the list could go on! So much change in so little time!  With that change has come extreme exhaustion, and a teacher that's very ready for Spring Break!  Ryan and I are going to SAN FRANCISCO!!! I can't wait!  We are going to do lots of things while we are there.. Including visiting wine country, Alcatraz, and more!  I am SO excited!

I am excited to share a few things with you.... first being my April Reading Challenge... I love it, and my kids love it!  I set the bar pretty high this time around, but I am confident my readers can reach it with a little hard work and dedication!Their task is to read for 15 minutes 25 nights.  Each raindrop is worth 15 minutes, and each raindrop must be initialed in order to count!  Once they have raindrops initialed, they can cut and glue them onto their clouds page... Next month will have something to do with April Showers bring May.... Can you guess it? ;)

Next is my April Currently.. I am linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade

Listening... to Modern Family.  I love it!  It is the only show (other than The Bachelor/Bachelorette, and Downton Abbey) that I watch every week!  Cam and Phil are my favorites.. I laugh out loud multiple times every time I watch it... It's true.. laughter is the best medicine! (mixed with a little glass of wine!!)

Loving... that tomorrow is Friday!  This weekend my book club is getting together.  I am so excited!  We have so much fun together.. Full of ridiculous school stories and laughter!  

Thinking... I need to grade this dang stack of papers!  Pretty self-explanatory.. 

Wanting...  a new Spring wardrobe!  My clothing budget just isn't large enough.. and on top of that, I haven't had any time to shop!  I am also in need of some new TOM's... they are my go to school/work shoe!  Comfortable, fashionable and they really go with just about anything.. minus a skirt/dress! (unless they're the crocheted ones..!)

Needing... more time.. The snow days this year really screwed me up!  I feel like we just can't catch up!  Which leads me to...

Hours and last day... our school year has been extended to end June 20.. AH!  Talk about going way into the summer months!  Although, I will be thankful for the extra instructional time.  

How is your pre-spring break time going?  What are you doing to keep yourself  from losing it?  I'd love to hear it!!  

~Miss McDonald


  1. Your last day is June 20th? Wow! Hope you are able to get a lot of teaching done by then! Our spring break is the week of April 7th. I am just taking it one day at a time until then. We are incorporating brain breaks and some science experiments to help get us there! Our school also has our field day next week so that will help! Enjoyed visiting your blog from Oh Boy 4th Grade!

  2. I love your raindrop reading idea! So June 20th huh?!?!? Good gracious! We have a rule in NC that June 10th is the LAST DAY.


  3. I love, love Modern Family. It always puts a smile on my face. My last day is May 23. However, we start early to mid August. I love your blog. I am going to have to spend some time going through it.
    Fourth and Goal in Fourth Grade