Friday, August 23, 2013

Back to School Night

Sometimes it's just the little things that can really make you smile and have fun!

Yesterday I had 22 brand new bright and shiny faces come into my home away from home.  I know we're going to have a great year!

Then last night, we had Back to School Night where we invite the parents to come in and meet the teachers, see the classroom, and learn about our expectations.  

I always try to make my parents feel welcome to come and visit the classroom so I had a little treat for them.  (idea totally stolen from Pinterest)
I used PicMonkey to layer all the elements together and had them printed off as photos at Walgreens.  Then I bundled them all up with a package of microwave popcorn.  Don't you love the "school" yarn?  I got oodles and oodles of this yarn from a friend who retired.  Almost every color under the rainbow!

It's not something that takes a ton of effort, but it's just a nice touch.

Something that made me happy is what I did with all the pens I have out for parents (and kids) to use.  I love the InkJoy pens from Papermate and I bought a couple of sets of black ones.  (And don't worry, I bought plenty of sets of the colorful ones - one of my teacher partners laughs at them and will only write with "grown-up" colors)

Black pens are just too boring for Sweet Bee Classroom, so I found this fabulous patterned masking tape and I bought one of almost every color and I made.....

pen flags!

That way I always know if you've got my pen!  Such a silly thing, really, but it sure got me buzzing! (and giggling - do any of you out there giggle when you make something? - I sure do)

Here's to a year of hard work and learning and lots of laughs!


  1. I'm your students and parents will have a great year in your classroom! Your special touches are the best!!

  2. Your students and their parents are in for a wonderful year of learning!

  3. Aw, you are making me miss it! Your room is fun!

  4. What a fun class you must have. Have a great year.

  5. CUTE idea! Just sent the link to Dear Daughter, who's getting ready for the new school year! (She teaches spanish, so she'll have to teach the parents the Spanish word for popcorn, right?!)... Have a great weekend! ~tina

  6. This is a very inspiring post! And, I need it! I go back on Monday and have a seek till the kiddos come back. I haven't done a thing yet!

  7. Where were you when my four children were in school?
    I bet your special gifts made everyone feel welcomed!

  8. yes today I giggled and thanked My Lord for providing. I got an e-mail today from our Bible Study Committee. In Sept. we are going to make a scripture box. It said we needed a file box ( recipe box) fabric and what ever else we wanted to make with it. So today is Sat. I got in my car drove to my local thrift store and for 80 cents instead of $3.99 at the store I got my box. Then I walked over to the fabric area and for $1.60 there was a sack with blue printed fabric. I haven't used blue in a long time so I grabbed the sack.

    So I decided I would make one ahead of time. I got on the floor, started measuring and writing out what I was doing , how much fabric etc. Then I e-mailed the gal and shared. I was going to cut a piece of fabric and just do the top of the lid, then I thought why not mod podge. So I got out my scapebook pages and I like chia tea and birds and lets not leave out hot chocolate :) So I took a page where there was flowers, a bird perched on the handle of the tea cup and traced it out. I put the mod on the lid, laid my paper down and put mod on it. I let each coat dry and I chose 3 coats. I will try to find another box and bring it to class in Sept. and complete one with the ladies. My Scripture box is complete.......giggle......giggle

  9. What a wonderful idea for a welcome to school gift for the parents! And I wish they'd had the colorful tape when I was teaching to make those little flags to identify your pens and pencils. 22 kids are lucky to be in your class!

  10. What a cute idea. I'm sure the parents were thrilled at getting their surprise! What grade do you teach?

    I am your newest follower.


  11. Aww, everything looks so great!! Wishing you a wonderful year! xo Heather


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