Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sneak Peek of my New ESL Office

In Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS), ESL teachers "push in" to regular education classrooms to service students rather than "pulling out".  Thus, I have a lovely "office" space to decorate and make my own, but no classroom.

When I got the keys to my office on Monday, I had quite the mess to clean up.  Boxes and boxes of English language games, manipulatives, listening devices, etc. awaited me.  I took my time and thoroughly went through each and every box.  I scrubbed and washed every bookshelf, filing cabinet, and desk drawer.  

I have slowly begun to make this space pretty, especially since it really doesn't need to be child-friendly.  It's really just my own place to land between classroom visits.  I still have a lot to do, but here is a peek at my new space...

I'm still working on bulletin boards, adding an area rug, and putting up wall decor, but it is starting to beautifully come together. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

All Time Low (Concert)

Part Two of Mary Catherine's birthday weekend involved attending her first rock concert on Saturday night (her actual birthday).

Honestly, 14 was a bit young for me, but Dad and Stepmom really wanted to gift her this experience and part of the surprise was that mom (me) got to take her.  

Mary's "second favorite band" is a group called "All Time Low".  They played at the Uptown Theater in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Mary's favorite band is "Fall Out Boy"... they're coming to KC this Fall...that might be another concert experience! :)

Anyway, here's a few pics from our night out.  We had a really fun time together!

I managed to make it through the concert...albeit exhausted.  She keeps me young that's for sure!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

14th Birthday Celebration

This weekend has been jam-packed with all things "birthday".  Mary Catherine turned 14 on the 4th of August (Saturday) and we started with a slumber party for her 8th grade class on Friday night.

I LOVE these girls...they are such a joy to be around.  I have a unique relationship with all of them...I was their 4th grade teacher!  :)

Anyway, a swim party/sleepover made for a fun night.  Lots of food.  Lots of Netflix.  Lots of giggling. 


Four days old...coming home from Children's Mercy Hospital (hip check).

Four Years Old at Chucky Cheese with her Grandpa Kueter

Fourteen Years Old...how did this happen?!?!?!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Take a Selfie

So...when the Assistant Superintendent of Schools tells you to take a selfie...

...you take a selfie! He asked us to capture the excitement and enthusiasm that we felt that moment...

...for those hard days to come.

Because Friends, in this line of work, there are definitely hard days.

My first half of the day was spent getting a whirlwind of information...retirement plans, health insurance, payroll, leave, etc. etc. We also sat for our ID badge pictures and then headed toward Technology to get this...

Each certified teacher gets a laptop checked out to the them.  While this is probably standard practice in public school districts throughout the nation, this is not a benefit I experienced teaching for the Archdiocese.  We barely had enough Chromebooks in our schools for the students to use!  Needless to say, I was quite excited to check out my new computer equipment.  This will make working from home so much easier.

The afternoon was spent at my new building meeting with my building principal and my 2 new colleagues.  For the first time in a long time, my principal had no new classroom teacher hires (my fellow new colleagues are the school psychologist and the school social worker).  This is HUGE in an academically under performing building because it allows for some continuity to take place.  I will share more, in a future post, about the kiddos that I am servicing, but just know that my new building assignment is academically in the bottom 5% of the entire STATE.  Yikes.  Anyway, my ESL office space if amazing...a dedicated spot to work with kiddos and store so many of my beloved teacher items!  And my new principal...well she is an absolute gem.  We are going to get along splendidly!

After work, the kiddos and I celebrated with dinner out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, The Salty Iguana.  Cheers to a successful new school year and dreams turning into reality!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A New Chapter Begins

...and so it begins!

Happy August 1, Friends.  

Today also marks my return to work as a certified teacher.  Although no longer in the general education classroom, I will be servicing ELL (English Language Learners) in grades K-5, so I will be in and out of classrooms all day.

My new journey is with a huge urban school district.  This is a big change for me.  I've always taught in the suburban or Catholic school systems, but God always leads us where he needs us.

In the meantime, carpets have been cleaned.  To do lists for the kids have been written.  Afternoon babysitter has been secured.  PHEW!  :)

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Gift from my kids' stepmom!  So that my kids are always with me.

Monday, July 30, 2018

It is Great to be Eight! Luke Alexander and Noah Celebrate Together

Yesterday, July 29th, Luke turned 8!  We celebrated by going out to lunch and then opening a few presents.  Luke is really into drawing so his gifts all centered around art.  He has already been busy creating and loves his new "art cart".

In addition to celebrating at home, Luke got to celebrate with friends.  One of his best friends from grade school happens to share the exact same birthday.  (They are both the oldest boys in the room which is nice for them...they really relate well to each other.)  Noah (the other birthday boy) had a few friends over for a dinosaur-themed party.  They went to see Dinosaurs Revealed at Union Station and then had  pizza, cake, and a sleepover.  Noah's mom sent me pictures and it looked like they had a great time!

I have a bit of a canky 8-year old this afternoon, but his first sleepover was a success!  Happy Birthday Luke!!!

At Dinosaurs Revealed Union Station in downtown Kansas City...