I'm so happy that Ruth Ayres started a Celebrate Link-Up on her blog!!! I will be joining the celebration every Saturday!!
1. The week started out as a celebration of Kate Messner's Wake Up Missing. I read it aloud to my sixth graders, and we were lucky enough to win a free Skype session with Kate back in the fall. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to set it up by the deadline in January, so when I contacted her last month, she was already booked up. In true Kate Messner fashion, she found a slot for us anyway, and we had a great time talking to her Monday afternoon. She is always so kind and informative, and generous with her time. She talked about her ideas, research, and writing processes. We learned a lot, and my students loved it.
2. It was Teacher Appreciation Week this week. It felt like Christmas because my students kept bringing in little treats and notes for me all week. Our generous PTO served a staff breakfast and lunch and even brought in a chiropractor to give shoulder and neck massages one day. It's always wonderful to feel appreciated! I love this plaque given to me by a student on Friday:
3. All OAA testing is over! I have to say my school does a wonderful job staying positive and encouraging the kids during these tests. They felt prepared and confident. I had one student say, "I think you over-taught us this year, Mrs. Mueller." Ha.
4. I celebrate this student's line in her book response letter to me this week: "Sorry for how much I wrote. Divergent really twisted my brain and killed my social life for a week." Love it!
5. I can't wait to read Julian's story! It comes out on eBook on Tuesday.
6. I celebrate the decision to go on a mission trip with my daughter, Katie, two incredible women from my church, and four other high school students to Czech Republic to teach English this summer. Unfortunately, it will take place during a trip I go on every year with my best friends. It was hard to tell them I had decided to do this trip instead, but they were so understanding and accommodating. We're going to cancel that trip and reschedule for Labor Day. I'm excited that Katie wanted to do a mission trip this summer. It will be a wonderful experience right before she goes off to college.
7. Speaking of college, I love our family's sense of humor. Look at what Katie got in the mail from Ed's cousins and aunt/uncle as a graduation gift. We got a kick out of it. Good joke! ;-)
Enjoy celebrating Mother's Day this weekend! I celebrate having an amazing mom and mother-in-law. I also celebrate having amazing daughters so I can BE a mom!