January 27, 2014

Sigh... A Peek at My Week!

I seriously thought about not joining one of my favorite linkies this week. Some weeks I really have nothing to share, just ho hum routine things. However, this week I actually had several things I was really looking forward to and had planned to blog about... a Monday Made It project (Snow Globe writing activity by my fifth graders... uber cute!), a Tried It Tuesday activity (Genre Craftivity by Deb Hanson, postponed yet again), and Catholic Schools Week fun! Alas... all not to occur due to...

We have missed seven days of school this year, six of them since Christmas break all because of the snow and COLD! And it looks like we might be missing another, maybe two, this week. SIGH! By state law we are allotted five weather/calamity days per school year. Our principal informed us last Friday that we will have to decide how to make up the overage days... great! There goes spring break.

Today, our governor announced that he is attempting to extend the number of school days missed due to the weather this year. Hopefully, he will succeed! In 33 years of teaching I have never missed this many "snow" days. Six was the most back in 1994 when we had an entire week of sub-zero air temps and incredibly low wind chill temps. There are years when we use only one weather day; those extra days that we don't use should be banked for years like this! You can see we still have a few more days of the nasties coming our way!

Anyway, here is what my week should've looked  like...

Yesterday was the start of Catholic Schools Week, one of the most fun weeks of the year. We had a pancake breakfast planned for the entire community... CANCELED due to the cold and snow. Today we had Mass planned... CANCELED due to the cold and snow. Tuesday was to have been a fun excursion to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline place... POSTPONED until next week due to the probability of another snow day. We more than likely will also be off of school on Wednesday. That leaves two days to celebrate the gift of Catholic education. I'm sure we'll try to get some fun in there somehow:)

On the bright side, I've had plenty of time to work on school things. I'm caught up on grading papers and lesson planning which means I can now spend time blogging and creating TpT products. I have been receiving some wonderfully positive feedback on my ZAP! games. This encouraged me to try something a bit different... a make your own editable ZAP! game.

In this packet is everything that you will need to make your own skill review game: labels, card templates, answer key template, storage tips, and instructions for assembly and play all done in a cute monster theme. All you need to add are the items that you want your students to review. The best part is that you can use the materials over and over, making new games! I'm working on more of these make your own packets in different themes. I think one of them should definitely be SNOW related, don't you?

Speaking of SNOW and ZAP!... I'm still stuck home due to the weather so it's not too late to leave me a WARM comment HERE at this blog post. If you do, I'll send you my Snow Day ZAP! Synonyms for "COLD" game.

I really am looking forward to Thursday and Friday when the temps rise and we will return to school. I'm anxious to finish all the fun projects my classes have in process and start some new ones. I'm actually tired of being home.

I'll leave you with something a former student sent to me via Facebook. I got such a tickle out of it that I hope you do as well!

Happy Teaching (I wish I were),
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. Found your blog with the linky party!!! Hang in there... we're on day 4 today and day 5 off is tomorrow. I know it's hard, especially when people don't understand that they're not just 'FREE' days off of work. We have to be face to face with kids for so may days legally!!!! Stay warm and I hope you get to make up all of your fun things that you had planned for this week when you get back. Glad I found your blog! I look forward to reading more.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  2. We had no buses but teachers had to report and schools were open if parents wanted to drop them off. I had 6 little kidlets. It was the worst drive though. I hope you stayed warm. :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. OH Angela! I feel your pain. We did not have school today nor will we tomorrow due to blizzard conditions and tremendously cold temps. We have to make up ALL of our days missed (tomorrow will be our 6th day). We build 2 days into our calendar but that isn't helping a whole lot. We are supposed to start state testing next week so I am feeling quite apprehensive! I am praying that Mother Nature gets this all out of her system in January and we can start to steadily warm up util Spring. Stay warm!
    On the Trail of Learning

  4. I'd say I know how you feel, but you'd probably want to hit me because I'm in Florida - but it has been quite cold for us even though it hasn't closed school. I love your ZAP games and the editable one definitely sounds appealing! Hope the weather gets better for you soon!

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    P.S. I am a Catholic school teacher and I feel the snow days always comes on our mid-term week and catholic schools week! Doing anything fun this year for Catholic schools week?


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