Sunday, May 1, 2016

Celebrate This Week: Poetry, Friends, Teachers, Sunsets, and Books!

                             Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres. 
                                                             When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
                                   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember. 

Thanks, Donna, for that lovely last line.  
I like the way you posted the poem with each 
contributor's name beside his/her line.  

2.  A technology win! 
I finally figured out how to add a gadget
(the sidebar) for the progressive poem with links
to each poet a full week before the poem's completion. 

3.  Girls' Night Out!

An evening exploring family history with
these friends at the Seattle Discovery Center.

4.  Teacher encouragement for SBAC! 
Testing season finds most teachers as grumpy as
our students.  I love that at a recent training session
we made posters of encouragement for students.
This week the posters and pics of teachers
who created them appeared in our hallways.
This acrostic poem was my favorite!

Crush it!

(Teacher on far right was my mentee two
years ago AND one of my third graders. )
5.  Saturday night sunset at Slater Park!  
I'm always hopeful that I might bump into my 
friends that I first met at this park two years ago
when they were expecting Vivian. 
They weren't there last night, but I did see them
a couple of weeks ago, and Vivian is almost two.

6.  Book joy!
I stopped by the library on Friday afternoon
to pick up my holds.  Two novels-in-verse were waiting:
Booked  by Kwame Alexander
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary 
by Laura Shovan.
Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day so, of course.
I had to stop at Island Books.  It took me awhile to find the
perfect book for the last day of April, but I finally did.  

I was so sad when I had to return it to the library
last week, and I'm so glad to have my own copy!


  1. Ramona,
    Your celebrations always bring joy to my corner of the world. I love the way you seek and find the beauty that each day has to offer.

  2. I love that the teachers made those posters, Ramona. How great is that! And love the pic of little Vivian, so cute. I just review When Green Becomes Tomatoes-a recent treasure for sure. Enjoy those verse novels, both wonderful, and enjoy your Sunday!

  3. So much to celebrate! Vivian is a little cutie! Love that one of those teachers was also one of your third graders. How time flies!

  4. Stay Bold and Crush It is such a great mantra. I may have to adopt it. :)