Announcements, Plans, and Assignments {Week of 9/15}


  • Thank you to all who supported DPES by eating at McCallister’s Deli last Tuesday night. Our next Spirit night is next Monday, September 22nd at Mexico Tipico!
  • Effective Monday, Spetember 15th new snack prices in the snack shack. See the DPES website for exact prices.
  • Wednesday, September 17th: Constitution Day Assembly, 3rd grade – 8:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 17th: Progress Reports Issued
  • Box Tops: Please continue to save, cut, and send in Box Tops!!! Thank you so much for all that have already been sent in.
  • Scholastic Book Orders: It’s not too late! Follow the directions and order online! The deadline to order from this current form is Sept. 30th. But don’t worry, I will send a new order brochure home each month. Our Class Code: L7VRY
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Constitution Day
  • Lunch/Snack $$: Please continue to make sure all $$ is sent in a clearly labeled envelope with your child’s name and the purpose of the $$.



  • Reading (Comprehension Skill): Compare and Contrast
  • Comprehension Strategy: Prior Knowledge
  • In Class Reading: Lemonade War chapters 6-7
  • Vocabulary Skill: Context Clues for multiple meaning words
  • Vocabulary Wordslaundry, section, shelves, spoiled, store, thousands, traded, variety


  • Skill: Types of Sentences: Exclamatory and Imperative


  • Skill: vowel digraphs ee, ea, ay, ai, oa, ow
  • Wordsclean, agree, teeth, dream, grain, coach, display, window, shadow, cheese, peach, braid, Sudnay, float, thrown, entertain, complain, bleachers, willow, wheat


  • CCRS N.O.A. #11 – Addition: break apart method, number line method, estimation method, addition with regrouping, addition of 3+ numbers, addition word problems

Social Studies

  • Map Skills – Test


  • Begin Plant Unit


  • Monday: Spelling Homework, Math Facts Log, Reading Log assigned, Study for Map Skills Test
  • Tuesday: Grammar pg. 9
    • tests today: Map Skills Test
  • Wednesday:  Grammar page 10, study vocabulary words for test
  • Thursday: Study Spelling Words, subtraction facts, Study for DLR and DMR Quizzes
    • tests today – Compare/Contrast and Vocab test, Exclamatory and Imperative Sentences Test
  • Friday:
    • Tests todayDMR and DLR Quizzes, Practice Subtraction Timed Test, Spelling Test

When is Enough, Enough?

How much is too much? When is enough, enough?

This is a question with which I often find myself struggling.

Is my house clean enough, or could I do more? I mean, I haven’t scrubbed the baseboards in enough. Is my lesson on quotations good enough? Engaging enough? Will it really relay, in the best way, what I’m trying to teach? If I looked long enough, I could probably find a video, powerpoint, online game, etc. that would really be good for my students. What about being a good wife…have I taken care of all of my husbands needs in the best way possible? Have I been a good helpmate, listener, encourager? I’m sure I could do better.

And then there’s the health and fitness realm. Was my workout good enough? I could have done 1 more round of that circuit, run faster, jumped harder, lifted heavier. There’s also the question of food. Did I make the healthiest meal I could? Did I make sure there was a protein, carb, and veggie?

It’s very easy to get carried away. And, I often do, in one aspect or another – especially if I’m tired. Like, whoa, you’d better steer clear of an emotional, hormonal, tired version of me! Winking smile

I recently came across this quote (via one of my favorite ladies):Potential by Holley Gerth

It’s not necessarily talking about the question “when is enough, enough?”, but it really resonated with me. We are not called to do all, be all, go over and above in every. single. area. of our lives. Nope. We are merely called to follow Christ. All we have to do is say yes. I know at times it’s much easier said than done, but, it really can be that simple. Saying “yes” may not be the trendiest, easiest, or most popular thing to do, but, it really can be simple.

I hope this encourages you today, because it certainly provided me with some encouragement in this busy time of the year, as school comes to a close and my to-do list is a mile long!


Treat Yourself Tuesday

This is one of my favorite weekly link-ups. Knowing that I want to share a way I’ve treated myself really encourages me to actually treat myself!

This week I treated myself to one of my favorite places to eat– TWICE!

Pita Pit!!! John and I loved it in college, and there isn’t one near us now. However, there are three locations in Pensacola, where we visited John’s sister and her husband this weekend. It was SO GOOD, I had it for dinner when we arrived in town and Friday night, and then again on Saturday night. Plans to go out to eat fell through since Kennedy, my 5 month old niece, decided not to cooperate very nicely. Winking smile I must say, I wasn’t complaining!

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Let’s Chat…

1. Do you struggle with knowing when enough is enough?

2. If not, what’s something you’ve been struggling with recently? We call all use some encouragement!

3. How’ve you treated yourself this week?

Thinking Out Loud {5/8/14}


I’m pretty sure my brain is seriously fried, and I can’t even think of anything to small talk about, sooooo instead of dragging you through some light hearted banter thrilling you with my wit and humor (sarcasm much??), we’re just gonna jump right in….

Into some Thinking Out Loud, that is. A big shout out to Amanda for throwing this little shin dig each Thursday.


1. Being at work at 7am is for the birds. This is one of my weeks for supervising the kids who arrive early, before school. This duty makes me thankful for 2 things: every minute of sleep that I normally get PAST my wake up time this week of 5:15 am AND the fact that I only have this duty 5 times a year!

2. I’ve been loving these Popsugar body weight workouts. Trust me, they look easier than they are! I woke up nice and surprisingly sore after completing these!


3. Happy early Mother’s Day to my mama! John and I will be celebrating the holiday with his family this year, so unfortunately I won’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day.


4. Speaking of this weekend, we are headed to Pensacola, Florida, where John’s sister, her husband, and my niece live. His parents will be joining us there too. I’m excited to spend time with them. But, let’s be honest, I’m really, REALLY excited to get my hands on this little nugget!


5. Something else I’m excited about? The fact that their house is 15 minutes from the beach. This girl is in desperate need of some sun! I’m pretty sure I glow when I wear dresses and sleeveless tops.

6. Summer countdown: 15.5 days until summer…and counting… 🙂

7. A friend sent me this the other day, and I literally laughed out loud. So of course, I had to share.


8. You guys, look what I discovered at TJ Maxx recently! Essie polish for $4.99! I just never can quite convince myself to pay the almost $8 it costs everywhere else. Although, this discovery may not be a good thing. I suppose it cancels out the price if you buy multiple bottles. Oops.


On that note, I gotta jet. Thanks for letting me spill my brains, however random it may be!

Let’s Chat…

1. What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Do you get gifts? Cards? We got cards for both of our mothers and a little something extra. Nothing too big, though. 

2. What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen recently?

3. Share a random thought with me! 

Hallelujah He is Risen!

Happy Easter, friends!

I wanted to pop in quickly to wish you all a very happy Easter! Enjoy your day spent with family, friends, and loved ones.

This is the day that we joyously celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. He conquered death so that we no longer have to die, and it is through Him that we now can have eternal life. He lived a perfect life, sacrificed himself for us and took on the pain and suffering of death – all because of His immeasurable, unfathomable love for us.

Sweet Blessings: Faith SignsJesus has overcome - He is risen from the dead

1Peter 1:3b Full Page Printable from Falala Designs

Be the Change

I’ve seen the quote, “Be the change you wish to see” countless times. I usually see it, smile, and move on. I don’t really give the meaning much thought.

If that means choosing to forgive and love and feel peace in your heart when you 'have every right' to be furious... be the change you wish to see.

But, today, I really got to thinking about what exactly it means.

I had a meeting after work today in which we discussed some changes that we’d like to make around our school. We talked about another school that some of us recently had the privilege of touring. After our tour, we were asked to come back and share the things we saw.

The hope was that we’d get some new ideas and see fresh ways of doing things. This way we are *hopefully* constantly improving as a school, meeting our student’s needs in the best way possible, and creating responsible, forward-thinking, analytical, proud, and well rounded students. After our tour, the major thing we came away with was how POSITIVE everything and everyone seemed around the schools we visited.

My school is HUGE – think 1200+ students – and even though we all work hard at our jobs and do what’s best for our kids, sometimes the mood can be all “doom and gloom,” if ya know what I mean.

With all the paperwork we’re required to do, standards we must meet, deadlines to make, on top of students to teach, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and develop a negative attitude. Not to mention, the pressure that comes during this time of the year – standardized testing and end of the year requirements can make for a stressed out teacher!

I got to thinking…one smile, one encouraging word, an anonymous note, or even a grateful e-mail can make all the difference in someone’s day. I know that when I’m encouraged, I’m more likely to smile, have a better attitude, and pass it on.

A Positive Attitude

If I want to see a change around my workplace, want to see happier,  more hopeful, more joyous co-workers, I  can begin to be the change. Attitudes are contagious. Joyfulness is not dependent on circumstance, but rather our outlook and perspective.

It’s my goal this week to be the change I want to see. I am so blessed, and yes – am prone to major stress as much as the next person – but I have NO reason to have a negative attitude. When I begin to think negatively or complain, it’s my goal to name at least 3 things I’m thankful for.

Be Joyful Always  Pray Continually  Give Thanks in all Circumstances  1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

I CAN and WILL be the change I want to see,” and you can too!

So today, I’m treating myself and those around (thanks to Becky for the link-up!) me by thinking positively, remembering all I’ve been blessed with, and remaining joyful in every circumstance.

Let’s Chat…

1. How can you “be the change” in YOUR situation – work, school, home, etc?

2. How are you treating yourself this week?

3. Share your thoughts!

A Busy Weekend–MIMM 4/14/14

Happy Monday morning to you!

Wow, this weekend went by so fast! Guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun, time flies, right? We ended up having a jam-packed weekend, over here.

Saturday, John played (doubles) in a tennis tournament and had to be at the tennis courts, which happen to be about 25 minutes from our house, for a 9:30 am match. Even though I was up before him, I decided to stay back for the first match so I could enjoy my Saturday morning oats and coffee, get in a workout, and shower.

I ended up doing Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones DVD that I streamed from Amazon Prime. It was surprisingly more challenging than I anticipated!

Around lunch time I headed up to the tennis courts. Lunch was packed to-go since I had no idea if I’d eat lunch out with John in between matches or be stuck at the courts all afternoon. Plus, I had no idea if there’d be any food available for sale at the courts. Good thing I planned ahead, because I ended up scarfing down lunch in the car before making my way in to the tennis facility.

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John and his partner lost the 9:30 am match, which put them into the consolation bracket, but won their 2pm match. That meant they’d play on Sunday at 10:30am.

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Following their afternoon match, I dragged my sweet hubby to the outdoor mall that happens to be located about 5 minutes down the road. I didn’t find too much, but did manage to grab a dress and some MUCH needed pants and capris at Ann Taylor Loft and Gap. I have SUCH a hard time finding pants that fit (especially the length) – tall and thin apparently is not a winning combination in the retail world.

On the way home we stopped by the downtown Riverfront area. 1 Saturday a month the city puts on “Second Saturdays.” It’s basically kind of like a street festival/market – lots of vendors set up along the riverside, there is food, fun for the kids, and live entertainment. It’s really a great community event.

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This weekend it was actually held under an old train shed adjacent to the riverfront. We had SO much rain earlier this past week that part of the river walk sidewalk was still underwater! We ventured down to see it, until a cop made us leave. Oops!

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That railing is normally a platform you can walk on.

I picked up Zoe’s on the way home – my favorite! And we enjoyed a much needed low key night at home.

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Sunday morning began at the tennis courts. John and his partner made it to the finals of the consolation bracket, but ended up losing.

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Following the match, we headed to grab some lunch and look for my mother-in-law a birthday gift. I may or may not have snagged another pair of pants. Winking smile  Birthday shopping was followed by our weekly grocery trip.

Once we arrived home I spent some time getting ready for the week ahead and completing lesson plans, cleaning up the house, doing a bit of food prep, and winding things down from the weekend to get ready for another week.

Over all, it was a busy, bu great weekend. And I’m now ready for a Marvelous Monday! (Thanks Katie for hosting the link-up!)

Let’s Chat…

1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Where are your favorite places/go to stores to shop at?

3. Workout you’ve been loving recently?