Saturday, May 21, 2011

Retirement Party

Retirement is a bitter/sweet time in one's life. There is so much I want to do, but I really do love teaching and I will miss everyone next year. I also wanted to leave on a very quiet note, but the elementary staff chose for me to do otherwise. Linda Heide opened her home to a very fun get-together. It was so relaxing and fun. Thank you to all that provided snacks, and to everyone that came, and the beautiful gifts.
Marcia helped me pick out my own gift although I really don't recall doing so. She said that I had seen this picture and commented on how much I liked it. The words are the most beautiful part of the picture.
Our greatest contribution is to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, everyday, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.

This is so true. Everyday that I look at this picture it will be a reminder of the wonderful people I worked with and the great group of kids that I taught at Rockwell City/Lytton.
I had been nominated by our local RCLEA for this award, and I was notified that I was selected from the Unit 10 nominees. I felt honored.
Another award I received from Unit 10, and it was for service. I was on the Unit 10 executive board for the past couple years.
The following are some pictures of the "fiesta." I was opening some gifts in this picture.
Mishelle used my camera to take some pictures and she set the timer, which I did not know I had on my camera. Good times! Colleen, Candace, Kris, Deb, Bethany, Kerri, Deb, Mishelle, Linda and me.
Linda, Deb, Rachel, Candace, Jayne and Barb
Another group enjoying lunch. Angie, Nicole, Dorothy, Sharon, Bethany, Emily, andy, Christine, and Kari

Jeanne Wilson also came, and she was sharing the story of the streaker, that ran across the playground, swung around on the jungle gym and then ran back to his apartment. He did have his boots on! She had lots of stories to share. What fun times!

First Communion for Reagan

On May 15, 2011 Reagan made her first communion at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Waterloo, Iowa. The children led a major part of the service, and it was very touching. The little girls were dressed in white with veils, and the little boys dressed up in suits.
Reagan posed for a few pictures after she got back home.
Grandma Yvonne and Aunt Lil came from Winnipeg, Canada to help Reagan celebrate. It also looks like Brett has some special words for Drew!
Clothes were soon changed, and its time to eat. Rachel fixed a delicious dinner of ham balls, cheesy potoates, salads, and cake. No one should have left hungry! Reagan chose the foods for the dinner menu.
The day was beautiful and the kids played outside most of the time. They were all pretty interested in watching Reagan open her gifts. She got a nice variety of things.
The four cousins posing for a picture. What a great day. Everyone was able to make it to Waterloo.

Quint County

Quint County Reading Organization is made up of teachers from northwest Iowa. Each year they sponsor a writing contest which is open to grades K-12. Students can enter stories or poems that they have written. They are then judged and scored. There are county winners at each grade level.
Dane won first place with the story that he wrote and he was invited to Storm Lake to share his story with other Quint County winners, their parents, and teachers.
Pomeroy was well represented in all categories. this picture shows the winners from Pomeroy. Good job, Dane!