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Friday, June 7, 2013

Five for Friday (peace, love, and kindness!)

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share some highlights of my week.  
Last week I posted about my student that won 2nd place in a flag essay contest for the county.  It was a pretty big deal since there were about 1,100 entries.  I videotaped the presentation of the award and the student reading his essay to the entire grade.  
I sent the video home so his parents could see it since I know I would have loved to see something like that if it was one of my children.
I received this beautiful note from the parent in return!  It just made my week.  I just appreciate it so much when a parent takes the time to send a little thank you note and recognizes how much I care.  It is so easy to get caught up in day to day busy schedules that we don't often take the time to show our appreciation (even though we may be thinking it!).  I think we need to remember that all the little things we do for our students doesn't go unnoticed and parents really do love it (even though we may not always get thank you's:). 
A special parent in our school whose family owns a local farm has come in to the school for the past three years to have every student in the elementary plant a seed.  The 4th grade planted butternut squash seeds.  Each grade had a different vegetable.  
There are about 60 fourth grade squash seeds total and we will plant the seeds that germinate the best in about a week in a garden bed on school grounds.  Over the summer, parents have volunteered to care for the beds and this fall they will bring samples of all the food grown to each classroom in the elementary.  It is a great lesson for the students to see how we can use our land to grow food locally and naturally!
My students began the "Smile File" activity as seen by the amazing Stephanie on 3rd Grade Thoughts here.  They just ate this up!!  I am so proud of how they are taking the time to write a thoughtful note to each classmate.  I will take all the notecards and place them in their "Smile Files" to hand out on the last day of school.  It has been a peaceful activity we do when we have 10-15 extra minutes.  They work quietly while I play music softly from iTunes:)

We were blessed to be able to go on an awesome field trip today to take a ride on the Erie Canal!  There were two locks we traveled through going both directions and here are the doors of one of the locks opening.
There is also a great museum at this location.  Here the students are using a model of the locks to really get a visual of how they work.
Finally, I had a rough week personally and could use some prayers for our family.  My husband's step-father and uncle (different sides of the family-not brothers) have both been diagnosed with cancer this week.  It has been quite a blow to our family and they are both only about 60 years old.  My husband's step-father has been given two months to live and the cancer has spread from his lungs to multiple organs.  My husband's uncle has a rare form of cancer that only affects 1% of cancer patients.  It is located between the pancreas and liver and is inoperable.  He is starting chemo on Monday to prolong his life by an estimate of up to two years.  We could really use some prayers and have been trying to find peace by turning to our Savior.  Our local community has been so supportive and our pastor met with us last night until well after 11p.m.  Thank you so much for any thoughts and prayers!

This post reminded me of the Peace, Hope, Love, and Kindness linky that I have wanted to participate in that is hosted by Jivey at Ideas by Jivey, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching, and Amanda & Stacia at Collaboration Cuties.  I didn't think of it until after I was typing my Five for Friday (I hope it is okay that I am linking up double!).  

  • The note from the parent was filled with kindness and love.  
  • The students planting reminds me of hope for a future generation that will look after and take care of the land and the gifts it provides.  
  • Watching my students work on the "Smile Files" with love and kindness just gave me a sense of peace.  
  • I feel so blessed to be able to go on field trips like we went on today and it gives me peace knowing that the students learned something today that they would never have been able to learn in the classroom.  
  • I shared with you a personal story of some tragic news my family received this week because I know my fellow teacher bloggers care.  The love and kindness that is shown by bloggers is so inspiring.  Perfect strangers can build connections that I never thought was possible.  So, thank you for filling me with a sense of peace, hope, love, and kindness tonight as I share my stories with you.


  1. I am praying right now for peace and healing in your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family!

    Rosie's Rambles

  2. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. I know how devasting news of cancer can be - it is just so emotionally draining. Take care of you and your husband!

  3. Awww definitely sending prayers. Cancer is the only thing I ever say "hate" about. :( thanks for linking up though!! Let me know if I can do anything.
    ideas by jivey
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  4. I bet your busy week kept your mind of your sad news. I'm so sorry Holly. You and your family are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I love the way you outlined your Peace, Love, Hope and Kindess link-it's beautifully said!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. I enjoyed reading your Five for Friday today. I was linked to another site that was talking about the quiet pencil sharpeners and wanted to tell you thank you for the idea of mounting the sharpener. I wasn't sure if it could be done. I was also having a hard time with the clamp and I was getting tired of taking the clamp off to empty the bin of shavings. But I want everyone to know that I LOVE THE SHARPENER. It is the best one that I have had in 20 years of teaching.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  6. I will be praying for you and your family. What hard news to be hit with. I'm so sorry to hear it. I will be praying for your whole family as you guys work through this news, and as your family members receive treatment.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  7. Oh Holly!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your news. I'm with Jess, I hate cancer. I know your family will be going through some difficult times ahead but you guys will be in our prayers for sure. Keep your faith and hold strong.

    I love what you linked up to the peace, hope...linky. It's nice to be able to see all that in a regular week.

    I love that you guys got to go through the Erie Canal. We teach about that, but are so far away. I should have thought to have you take pictures of it for us and I could share them with my class next year! That would be neat!!

    I'm thinking about you,
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. A prayer is going up for you! Cancer is so cruel.


  9. Your trip to the Erie Canal looks pretty amazing. I'm sending thoughts and prayers your way about your husbands family. That's so sad. I know my step-dad is pretty much like my 2nd father & I can't even imagine. Stay strong.


  10. Oh Holly! Prayers have been and will be sent your way. We are so lucky to be able to lean on our Heavenly Father. Please let us know if we can do anything.

    Praying for you,
    Crofts' Classroom

  11. Praying for you and your family. Cancer is so scary! Glad you were able to have a good week at school, at least. Eerie Canal is such a cool field trip!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  12. I'm a little late, but I wanted to make sure and let you know I'm praying for you and your family! I hope good news and some peace are ahead for you!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad