Sacrifices Teachers Make

Sacrifice means to give up (something important or valued) for the sake of other considerations. (Google) Teachers sacrifice every July by buying school supplies for their classrooms.  Not the pretty/handsome/colorful things (letters, borders, paper, wall hangings), they are buying paper, glue sticks, pencils, crayons, markers, kleenex, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, paperclips, tape, staples, post-its, notebooks, pens, etc.……school supplies for 30+kids.

Teachers don’t make a lot of money and they never will.  Some people laugh when they find out I’m a Teacher because they know I make very little for doing a very intense, highly criticized job.   But I wouldn’t change it for anything. It is my purpose and I love changing the world, one kid at a time.

Anyway, with this little money, teachers all over the country are buying school supplies because it isn’t mandatory for parents to supply these for their children.  It is only suggested. We do give out supply lists in hopes that parents will supply their classroom or children with these much needed supplies. But we know that some parents cannot afford these supplies.  So we take it upon ourselves to buy them.

I have some people in my family who donate year-round school supplies to my classroom. I am very grateful for their sacrifice. This year, I ran out of glue sticks, erasers, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper, bandaids, sandwich bags and crayons by the last month of school.  So I had to buy these. I also buy snacks and candy to reward my students, cardstock to make certificates and bookmarks, lamination to cover them and make them last, cupcakes and juices to celebrate their birthdays and things needed to celebrate different holidays because my students matter.

Since July has begun and school supply sales are hot, please consider buying school supplies for your children and/or donating them to a school, classroom, church or a Teacher who can use them during the school year.  I know that they will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support of our children and our future! We work better together!

An Abundant Life!

A lot of things happened in 1962.  Here are some of them:

Popular Culture 1962

  • Beatles Turned Down By Decca Records
  • Release of first Beatles recording: the single “Love Me Do”
  • Andy Warhol’s famous painting of a can of soup
  • Beverly Hill Billies is on TV
  • The Dick Van Dyke show on TV
  • Johnny Carson begins as presenter for The Tonight Show

Popular Films

  • West Side Story
  • Spartacus
  • El Cid
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Popular Singers

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • Chubby Checker
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Roy Orbison
  • Shirley Bassey

But one of the most important things that happened in 1962 was my parents getting married!  Wow! That’s 56 years ago! What a trek! Six kids, nine grandkids and three great-grandkids.  What an abundant life!

Living in any decade is hard.  It wasn’t easy. My dad worked and my mom stayed home and took care of all of us.  Growing up was fun and we were never without. If we ever were, we didn’t know about it!  We traveled, went on vacations, church, school, ball games, played with our neighborhood friends, celebrated birthdays, holidays, etc.  It was the life! An abundant life!

The abundant life they created together began with a love of Jesus and each other.  Then it trickled down into our family. Generations have been blessed because of this union and generations to come will be blessed.  All because two people fell in love and both of them worked extremely hard year after year to keep it together. Happy 56th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Please Support My Classroom!

Flexible Seating Arrangements

My students need wobble chairs and stack stools in our classroom!  Hard, one size fits all chairs are the thing of the past! Our kids sit in these all day! Could you? Help me change that in my class! 6 more days and Donor Choose doubles your donation!

My Students

My students are energetic, insightful and love to learn. They are ambitious, great citizens and lovers of a brain break or two. They love to move throughout the classroom during the day instead of sitting at their desks. Some stand, some sit on the floor, some sit with their feet in their chairs trying to find comfort in the ordinary classroom they are given.

They are eager to learn and will do so much more in a group atmosphere where they can change seating arrangements.

Movement in our classroom is a must for all learners. My students learn best when they can choose where and how to sit.

My Project

Flexible seating is supported by various research studies which indicate that alternative seating increases students development through greater focus and physical strengthening. The use of an alternative form of seating can ensure proper positioning, in turn affecting a student’s ability to focus. Students who are able to focus better and for longer periods of time will be able to learn more efficiently in all academic areas, including reading and language arts.

Through flexible seating in my classroom, I believe student performance in both reading and math will greatly improve over the course of the school year.

I expect that behavior patterns will also decrease with the use of flexible seating. It gives my students the freedom of movement and the proper positioning of their bodies to remain focused on activities that are vital for academic achievement.

Where Your Donation Goes

MATERIALS COST QUANTITY TOTAL
Fat Catalog ALT-SF-325-RD Kids Round Soft Seating Stool, Red• AMAZON BUSINESS $46.15 2 $92.30
Active Kids Chair – Active Chairs for Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers & Children Who Can’t Sit Still – Great 14″ Wobble Chair for Kids with ADD/ADHD – Corrects Posture | Blue – Age range 3-7y• AMAZON BUSINESS $42.99 2 $85.98
ECR4Kids SoftZone Floor Cushions with Handles, 2″ Deluxe Foam, Round, Assorted, (6-Pack) • AMAZON BUSINESS $70.00 1 $70.00
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75″ Height, 11.75″ Width, 11.75″ Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • AMAZON BUSINESS $50.73 1 $50.73
Bouncy Bands for Elementary School Chair (Blue)• AMAZON BUSINESS $13.95 2 $27.90

This project will reach 23 students.

Ms. Brooks will only receive her materials if this project is fully funded by October 1, 2018.

 

My Mom Was a Kid!

My mom was a kid just like me

Who was sweet, spice and had bandaid knees.

 

She played with friends and went to school,

She did chores, went to church and other things that were cool.

 

She had pets when she lived on a farm,

That she protected and dressed them up to keep them from harm.

 

She listened and learned throughout her life,

Met my dad and became his wife.

 

They had some children,

One of them, Me.

 

When my mom was a kid,

She was waiting for me!

One Little Boy

During a trip to the laundromat, a little a boy approached me and gave me a card.  He said, “If you don’t have a church you go to, you can come to mine. Here’s a card to remind you.”  He gave me the card, I said,”Thank you!” and he walked away.

I didn’t tell him that I already attend a fabulous church (Revolution Church, Gastonia, NC).  I just listened to him and stood in awe as a little boy wanted me to know Jesus. He had invited me because he knows Him too and how much Jesus loves me.

As I was leaving, I spoke to his mom and said, “Your little boy has great courage to invite others to church and to know Jesus.  He will be very blessed throughout his life. Sometimes it takes a child to lead others to God. I know this to be true in my own life and my family’s life.”    I told them I would most definitely be there.

It reminded me of another little boy, Jesus, who came into this world as a baby to save it, to save us.  Sometimes, it takes a child like the little boy today who reminded me that just an invite, just a conversation, or just a reminder can lead someone to Jesus and change their life forever.  Be that little boy, be like Jesus and change the world; one invite, conversation or reminder at a time.

The card states: Good Friday at Elevation

                              Friday, March 30 at 6:00pm (www.easteratelevation.com)

                              Elevation Gaston

                             Forestview High School

                             5545 Union Road

                             Gastonia, NC 28056

Easter Sunday, you’re invited to : Revolution Church (www.RevolutionChurchNC.com)

                                                             615 W Franklin Blvd. (Central YMCA Campus)

                                                             Gastonia, NC 28054

Dear Parents

I’m pouring out my heart at conferences to let you know I’m fighting for your child, pushing them to the next level and loving them with everything I am!  And I’m thankful for your support of my purpose.

Your Child’s Teacher

Unfortunately,  most teachers do not work for the money. (the truth is:  there’s no money in teaching).  Teachers actually teach because they love it!  Most would do it for free, by hey, we gotta pay bills and eat.

The support from parents is very important to us.  Coming to our school conferences allows us to showcase your child’s work and the successes their making.  It also allows us to discuss things that aren’t so great, like behavior.

Let us in!  We should be supporting each other.  Most teachers have 25-30+ students they see everyday.  Your child is one (1) of them.  Let us help you maximize your child’s potential! We love them like our own!

Protecting Your Children at all Costs

I had an interesting day yesterday.  (say that three times)  It reminded me that my children will be my children regardless of age and where life takes them.

The Story

I was awaken by a car alarm at 2:30 am Friday morning.  I got up to see what the noise was and to make sure it wasn’t our cars.  When I opened the door, I found that it was one of ours; my daughter’s.  I ran to her room to get her keys so I could turn off the alarm.  When I got to the door, I struggled to find the right button but eventually did.  I looked out the side door and then the front door, but saw no one outside.  I locked the doors and went back to bed.

After getting back into bed, I realized that I couldn’t go to sleep.  This was very bad.  The alarm would go off at 6:00 am and that was fast approaching.  I texted a friend who I thought might be up and we talked for a while, but I knew that I needed to try and get some sleep.  My students would count on me to be alert, I mean, it was Friday!

I did fall back asleep but not until 5:30 am and then the alarm went off at 6:00 am.  I got up and did my regular morning routine.  I went outside to check our cars to make sure nothing was done to them. (at 2:30 am, I was not going outside to check on the cars by myself) Everything seemed fine until I got to my daughter’s car.  I unlocked it and went to open it,  that’s when I realized it wasn’t really closed.  It was like someone opened it, the alarm went off, they got scared and slightly closed the door so it would catch and look closed. (her locks don’t always work)

I checked inside, in the trunk and underneath the car.   I was mad!  My ninja skills kicked in and I was ready to kick some butt.  This was my child’s property.  Nothing was taken, but it was violated!  You mess with my kid, you mess with me!  I prayed for her safety.  I prayed for protection over her life and her property.  I prayed over our home and over my family.  I know God has our back and he encamped His angels around us that night.  

She didn’t want to leave by herself, so we left together that morning.  That afternoon, I had an outing with my parents.  My daughter didn’t want to go home by herself, so she came to hang out with me.  After getting home that evening, she made sure to remind me to check and make sure all the doors were locked before she went to bed.

Reality

I know that my child is a young adult.  But I also know that regardless of their age, marital status, their own children, their jobs and lives, my children still need me to protect them through prayer.  Prayer is the only way you can protect your children when you aren’t around them.  Prayer should be the first thing you do.  I know I can’t always be with them, even with my grandson, but I do know that God loves them and me and He wants what’s best for us.  I know that He is always with us and He protects and provides for us and you, if you let Him.

Be encourage today to let go and let God protect you and your children; your whole lives! He wants to and He does even without you knowing.  He loves you!