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It will be here before you know it…

Yes, I am guilty. I haven’t written since May. Yes, I am having a great summer. Yes, I am going back to school with all its magical surprises and adventures. This year, I may be approaching some of the future posts of KEEP IT SCHOOL differently by stating a quote and then reflecting on everyday life. Have a wonderful August and wonderful return to the world of school!

TWAS the night before school…

‘Twas the night before school starts, and all through the town,
Not a teacher was sleeping, just thrashing around.
Thoughts of the classroom brought a tear to each eye,
And all of them wished it could still be July.

The students, meanwhile, were doing just fine,
Texting and talking and typing online.
Yet they, too, were longing for more fun and games,
And hoping to hear that their school was in flames.

But the building was ready, the windows were clean,
The desks were now free of the rude and obscene.
The floors were well-polished and the lockers repaired,
All was in order, no effort was spared.

The next day the students will mope and they’ll fuss,
And with backpacks and lunch bags will climb on the bus.
The Welcome back, everyone! announcement will blare,
And the bell for first period will begin the despair.

Hallways will fill with the dazed and perplexed,
For nobody knows where they’re supposed to go next.
As the masses move slowly, lost and encumbered,
They’ll silently curse how the rooms have been numbered.

But sooner or later the classes will start,
Algebra, history, English, and art.
Summer vacation will fade from their minds,
As another semester slowly unwinds.

Within a few days they’ll resume their routine,
The relaxed and the happy will grow grouchy and mean.
Instructors will gripe that the kids are all lazy,
Students will swear that their teachers are crazy.

Quizzes will take the class by surprise,
While films will just teach them to all shut their eyes.
Lectures are met by simple, blank stares,
Tests will result in complaints of “Not fair!”

Assignments and projects and homework forgotten,
Answers unclear and writing that’s rotten.
Pupils will wonder what that book was about,
Exams will be graded, report cards sent out.

And the months will fly by, every one of the ten,
Then suddenly June will return once again,
Causing all parents to feel sad and unsteady,
Shocked that it’s summer vacation already.

So let’s be glad as September approaches,
Our kids are returning to the teachers and coaches.
We say to them now, as their hearts fill with fear,
“Good luck to all, and to all a good year!”

Compliments of Charles Gulotta
Taken from Mostly Bright Ideas

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Ideas

1.You can try creating a treasure hunt for your lover, with clues leading up to an event or a gift that you have planned for them.
2.Wake up your beloved with the sight of a love note where you tell them just how much you love them. Strew them around the house and at every place where you know that they might look. The fact that they will find your notes of love everywhere is sure to make them feel special.
3.You can try to take your loved one out for a fancy dinner. If you are rather the home bird kind then a special meal prepared for them by you, is the best thing. Think of a candle lit dinner, talks and the perfect food, what else more could the heart want. Try decorating the room with the theme of love. Heart shaped balloons and decorations are bound to make the day seem as special as it can be.
4.For the literary and creative side of you, you can bring out the writing cap on; you can try to write a love poem or a love song to your beloved. That will not only make your beloved feel loved, but is sure to melt their heart too.
5.You could try to gift your lover personalized gift items, that are sure to make your lover feel like a million bucks, it could be a piece of jewelry, photo frames, shopping vouchers, perfumes etc. In fact, the options are virtually endless when it comes to personalizing and customizing gifts.
6.For those of you who love to travel, going out for a vacation too would be a great idea. You could go away on a sabbatical to a lovely destination that is only going to add to the beauty of your relationship.
7.You could also re-live the tale of your romance and try re-creating the moments that made you fall in love, try by visiting places or doing certain things; you will watch the sparks flying all across the place.
8.Try to pamper your lover as much as you can, you could even go out for a spa pampering session together; it is bound to fill the day with delight.

How much should I spend?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in 1 Dollar
Teens are often left with no or very less pocket money when they have to buy something special for their love on Valentine’s Day. However, the good news is that it is possible to woo your partner even with a budget as less as 1 dollar. The best way to fit your celebrations within such a budget is to gift a beautiful rose or make a craft item at home. Call over your love at your place and rustle up a dish using available supplies. This will not cost you anything and still prove to be effective in wooing your love. Pluck some fresh flowers and decorate your place with them to make your partner feel amazing. Your partner will love the idea of being showered with flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 2 Dollars
With 2 dollars as budget to spend on Valentine’s Day, it is unlikely that you can arrange a big party for your love, but you can still impress your partner with beautiful house decorations. Gather all the decorative items that have been lying unused for days at your place and put it to your best use to adorn the home. Welcome your partner with a sprinkling of love petal shower or prepare a bed filled with roses for your love. Although such an act will not cost you much, it will go a long way in getting that priceless smiling expression on the face of your lover. Present your Valentine with a scrapbook with pictures of the special times that both of you have shared together.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 5 Dollars
Prepare the morning tea when your Valentine wakes up and present a bunch of flowers to start the day on a celebratory note. Giving such a surprise to your partner in the morning will pave the way for a delightful day ahead and will surely fit well within your tight budget. Make a sweet Valentine’s Day card or take a walk on the beach side at night while relishing a local brand ice cream if your budget does not allow you to spend beyond 5 dollar.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 10 Dollars
There is no reason for getting disheartened to not be able to spend lavishly on your Valentine on the special day if you are left with as less as 10 dollars in your pocket. You can still arrange for a few things that will fit within this budget and go a long way in making the day special for your partner. Buy candles and small lighting bulbs to adorn the table set near the beachside. Talk for hours or gaze at each other’s eye as the sound of waves fill up the silence between you two. Gift some hand-made cookies or place a coupon holder that has been made by you. Let your love read out the messages in each coupon to know how the days ahead with you will turn out to be more lovely and romantic.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 15 Dollars
Celebrate the Valentine’s Day by visiting a park and munching on some light snacks to fit the celebrations well within your budget of 15 dollar. Although, it is not possible for you to splurge on your love, but you can take her out to the nearest garden and you both can engage in romantic conversation for hours to end the day in a special way. Buy a few flowers and some local chocolates while you enjoy each other’s company. You can also make a special Valentine’s Day Card for your love with cheap supplies that are easily available at home. Gifting a hand purse or a mobile cover will also be a great idea to go well with your tight budget.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 20 Dollars
If you like to spend Valentine’s Day on a limited budget of 20 dollars, you can think of taking her out to a place of natural beauty that has no entry fees yet has a romantic charm to help you both spend a wonderful time. You can take your partner to a mountaintop and shout out your love for him/her. Take a packet of crunchy snacks and water cans while you take your love to the hills and climb the mountain hand in hand. It will fit well within your budget of 20 dollars. You can make a basket of tissue flowers to gift your love on Valentine’s Day. Call over your Valentine to your place and spruce it up with old, scented candles that are lying at your place. Lay down a beautifully decorated table and catch up with your love over hot cups of coffee. Carry on a romantic conversation as you relish the homemade coffee.

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Story of Valentine

This Valentine’s Day you will probably either send or receive a Valentine from someone. More than a billion are expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about the true meaning of love, sacrifice and commitment.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars and abusing his people. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.

Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.

But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 AD Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.

As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl, who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.

St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually he was granted Sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) began to mate on that very day.

It’s surprising to know that Valentine’s Day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage. On This Valentine’s Day, what are you doing to keep the love in your marriage burning? While giving a gift and card, having a candlelight dinner, and sharing special words of love are all important, the true spirit of Valentine’s Day needs to last throughout the year.

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New Year’s Wish

I had a friend send this to me. I really enjoyed the filming and photography of animals in nature as well as the beautiful scenery. I thought the poetry with music is heartwarming as well as inspiring for all.

Happy New Year to You!

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Peace

Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you  http://momsopinions.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award. I really appreciate your kindness and  support!

Liebster Award is given to bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  It’s meant to encourage those bloggers to keep up the good work.  Nominations are given by fellow bloggers.

The rules for the Liebster Award are to publicly thank the person who nominated me, so big thanks to you Momopinions.wordpress.com   I appreciate your kind words and for thinking of me. Then I have to share 11 things about myself and answer the 11 questions that were asked of me.  I must write-up 11 questions of my own that the 11 bloggers that I will nominate shall answer.

11 Things About Myself

1. I’m a daughter.

2. I’m a mom.

3. I’m a sister.

4. I’m married.

5. I have 2 wonderful children.

6.  I love sunsets and listening to the water.

7.  I enjoy reading stories about families and writing for enjoyment.

8. I have been blessed with wonderful friends.

9. I started this blog about five months ago.

10.  I have a great dog that is always in a good mood.

11.  I like my tea in the morning.

Eleven Questions That Were Asked By The Blog Who Nominated Me

  • What’s your favorite film? Some of my favorites are, “To Sir With Love” and “City of Angels”.
  • What kind of music do you listen to? I enjoy alternative rock and traditional rock and roll.
  • What’s your favorite color? Shades of blue, yellow and orange.
  • If you stranded in a desert island – what five things would you take with you? Water, food, paper and writing utensil, shelter and a ticket off the island to use as needed.
  • What’s on your nightstand? Clock, my phone, glasses, remote, reading material.
  • Do you have a favorite TV program? I enjoy a variety, for example; Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, Modern Family, Elementary etc.
  • What’s your favorite food? I enjoy seafood.
  • If your boss gave you a day off, what would you do? I would spend time with family and friends or dependent on the day spend time relaxing.
  • Three words that describes you best? Organized yet flexible, Caring, and Dedicated
  • What is your biggest fear and why? To be honest, I don’t know.
  • What is your favorite childhood memory? One of my favorite Childhood memories is waking up Christmas morning with my family.

Eleven Nominees for Liebster Award- (There are too many to list…)

http://Momsopinions.wordpress.com

http://luggagelady.net/

http://teacherscount.wordpress.com/

http://livelifelovebacon.com/wordpress/

http://happsters.com/

http://ashleybeyoung.wordpress.com/

http://truthofteaching.wordpress.com/

http://exceedingspeed.wordpress.com/category/womens-issues/

http://crystalnuding.com/

http://searchingforthehappiness.com/

Questions for my Nominated Bloggers

  • What was your favorite Children’s book?
  • What kind of music do you listen to?
  • Where was your best vacation?
  • What do you like the most about your job?
  • What is one thing that you would like to change in your lifetime?
  • What piece that you wrote or type of writing are you the most proud of?
  • What was the best advice that was given to you?
  • What is your favorite comfort food?
  • Three words that describe you?
  • If you could change occupations, what would you do? and why?
  • What type of blogs do you like to follow?
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Where do I begin…

This Blog is to support new and experienced educators.  I hope to provide constructive, positive feedback and have a platform to provide dialogue about experiences from the past, today’s topics and possibilities for the future. During this dialogue process, a variety of resources may also be shared.

How is this blog different? There will be similiarities with other education sites, but I hope to bring insight drawn from the prospective of  a teacher, administrator or director.  I am also in a transitional stage in my career.   What do I mean by transitional stage? I am currently between jobs and I am trying to determine what avenue to pursue next in the education field or workforce. I find this unique because I have been given the opportunity as an educator to stop and reflect on my past,  and consider the present to consider what direction I may take in my career.

I invite you to take a step into the personal world of an educator.

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