Monday, September 6, 2010

A Record Number of Comments!

Our Welcome Back post generated a record number of comments!

Mrs. Yollis taught lessons about 
how to comment on a blog 
and her new students have taken off!

Students are:  
Using letter format
Adding quality content
and many are
Ending with a relevant question.
(Ending with a question helps get a conversation going in the comment section!)

Several students even commented back to readers! Well done!

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 Thank you to the following educational bloggers for taking the time to leave a comment and introduce yourself. We appreciate your friendship!  :-)

Mr. Salsich,   Miss McGeady and 2KM,   Miss Jordan and 2KJ,   Mrs. Ranney,   Miss Cashen,   Mrs. Levy,   Mr. Webb and Room 8, Mrs. McKenzie,   Miss Wesley,   Mr. Stephen,   and   The Book Shook.

Thank you parents and grandparents for supporting our blog and helping to proofread the comments! 

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Mrs. Yollis' students are invited to leave a quality comment on any of the above blogs. 

Remember, first names only and sign that you are from Mrs. Yollis' class.

Happy Blogging everyone!


  1. Dear everyone,

    My name is Jaden and I am in Mrs.Yollis' class.I can not believe the welcome back post got 100 comments.I love blogging and I blog a lot but I can not believe the welcome back post got 100 comments.
    Happy Labor Day,

  2. @ Jaden,

    I cannot believe it either! 100 comments on our first post...boy, we are going to have a great year blogging together!

    You are already a fantastic blogger! I like the way you compose your comments. You always try and add new information or share your thoughts. In addition, you always proofread your comments for errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Well done, Jaden!

    Feel free to follow some of the links I gave to our friends. Find a post that interests you, and leave a comment. Maybe add new information about the topic...perhaps end your comment with a question. Try to get a conversation going.

    REMEMBER: first names only and mention that you are from Mrs. Yollis' class! :-)

    Let all of us know how that is going!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I really want my own blog but I am confused Nick told me you need 40 comments but the class told me 125.How many is it?:.)
    Happy Labor Day,

  4. @ Jaden,

    I ♥ your enthusiasm, and I believe you will earn your own blog.

    However, there is no magic number to reach. I have many lessons to teach about blogging, and I think you will enjoy learning.

    Right now, we are learning about commenting. When you find a post on a blog that interests you, it's nice to leave a comment.

    When leaving a comment, you can:

    1. Compliment the writer in a specific way. For example, you might compliment them on their high level vocabulary. Maybe you like the image they included in their post. Be specific. Tell them WHAT you liked and WHY you liked it.

    2. Add new information to the post. For example, if it is a post about someone's pet...share information about your pet. If it is a post about a bald eagle. Research some new facts about bald eagles and add them to the comment section. That way people can learn from one another.

    3. End with a relevant question. Maybe you are wondering something about their post...ask! Maybe you are confused about something in their post...ask for more information. (Always be polite! :-)

    Remember, it is not about the number of comments, it's about the QUALITY of the comments.

    Have a wonderful Labor Day!

    Your blogging teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    WOW! We cannot believe you received 100 comments on one blog post! That is amazing.

    It sounds like your class is learning about blogging very quickly.

    We are impressed about how keen Jaden is. Maybe Jaden would like to leave a comment on our 2KM blog. Two of our students, Rhiannon and Bianca also have their own blogs. The addresses are

    Your friends,
    Miss McGeady and 2KM

  6. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    Well done on achieving 100 comment on your first post for the year.

    How true is your statement Mrs Yollis your really are going to have a great year blogging.
    I am looking forward to each post.

    Have you got your nexted post
    ready or do you think of your post each week.
    I know BB thinks of doing her post each week and tries to come up with new and different ideas. Sometimes she asks her dad for his opinion.

    Can anyone tell me why you celebrate Labor Day.
    So on that note happy Labor Day.
    From your friend down under AA.

  7. @ Miss McGeady and 2KM,

    We cannot believe it either! I'm very proud of my new bloggers!

    Yes, Jaden is an outstanding blogger already. In fact, he is one of the bloggers who will jump in and comment back to our readers. I ♥ that!

    Thanks for the links to Bianca's and Rhiannon's blogs! I will add them to our blog roll!

    Looking forward to commenting with my class!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  8. @ AA,

    Thank you so much for your congratulatory comment! I am stunned at the enthusiasm and can't wait for more!

    I have a post in mind for tomorrow! It's kind of crazy starting out the much to do...but stayed tuned! I'm going to try and publish. :-)

    Perhaps someone will answer your question here in the comments. I hope so!

    Does anyone know why we celebrate Labor Day?

    Thanks for your support, AA!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  9. @ Mrs.Yollis,

    I had dinner with my grandmother and my grandfather at Gladstones tonight. I had pasta. I did not like it. I also had an ice cream sundae. It was really good. I will be blogging less because my basketball net is set up. What do you do with the homework pass?

  10. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    We have been very busy moving into our new house. Jaden has been begging me to blog for days! We are so happy to be at Chaparral and feel so lucky that Jaden is in your class. We look forward to meeting all of the new families and making so many new friends. We know this is going to be a fabulous year and we can't wait to get to know you and everyone in your class better.
    Best wishes,
    Marcie Pendola (Jaden's Mom)

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I can't believe that we got 100 comments......Just on the first post! This is unbelievable. The second I saw that we have 100 comments on our post, I thought I was dreaming. After that I pinched myself, and I found out I wasn't dreaming. Anyways, Happy Labor Day,


  12. @ Jaden,

    Gladstones is one of my favorite seafood places! Sorry you didn't like the happens... :-(

    Wow! A new house and a basketball net! Lucky you! I love playing basketball. Sometimes I play HORSE with my niece and nephew.

    The homework pass can be used for one homework assignment. You staple it to the homework...and skip it. It can NEVER be used on a test review!

    Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day? One of our Australian readers was wondering.

    @ Mrs. Pendola, (Jaden's mom)

    Glad to have you here at our school! I have worked here for 24 years and have always found it to be a friendly place! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    @ Adia,

    I cannot believe it either! It's a first! Usually I like to comment back to each person, but there were too many! I am so happy!

    Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day? One of our Australian readers was wondering.

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  13. Mrs. Yollis,
    I saw that people were asking about the history of Labor Day and this was sent in a daily email list I subscribe to and I thought I would share it:
    Today in History
    Labor Day
    Always the first Monday in September . Dedicated in honor of the worker, it is also appropriately called the "workingman's holiday". The holiday is dedicated to you in respect and appreciation for the work you do in or outside of the home, union or non-union, big company, small companies, or government. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you! The first Labor Day was held celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 and was started by the Central Labor Union in New York City. In 1884, it was moved to the first Monday in September where it is celebrated today. Labor Day quickly became popular and one state after another voted it as a holiday. On June 28, 1894, the U.S. congress voted it a national holiday. Labor Day is also viewed as the official end of summer. While the Fall Equinox is still a couple of weeks away, kids go back to school and summer vacations are over. So this marks the end of the season. Many people celebrate this weekend with one last picnic. It is also the date that many people close up the pool, and put away the boats.
    I hope this helps answer some questions.
    Jaden's Mom

  14. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    Its amazing wow how you got 100 comments on your very first post.
    WELL DONE everyone.

    Your students are learning about blogging super fast which is great.

    Also well done to Jaden he is a very good commenter and replying to people who writes on your blog.
    He is a star ★

    Keep blogging from your friend Bianca 2KM.

  15. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    Wow what an amazing feat to get so many comments on your blog. You must be very busy in your first week to make and read so many comments!

    I was interested to read about Labour day. We also have Labour day in Australia. It depends what state you live in when it is and for us, in Victoria, it is in March.

    Whenever Labour day comes around I always think about how I spend the hours in my day. When the eight hour working day came in for workers (they used to be forced into working a lot longer than this.) The Labour movement said this was for 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of sleep.

    Luckily blogging is very enjoyable for me so I don't count it in my working hours!

    How many hours a day do you spend working or sleeping?

    Congratulations again,
    Miss Cashen and 4/5/6 Learning Centre
    Victoria, Australia

  16. Dear Mrs Yollis and Grade 3
    I am very impressed with how quickly your students have learned to comment well. In fact, Ryan did such a good job commenting back to us that I have made a post on our blog talking about his comment. He might like to read it.
    In New Zealand we have Labour Day at the end of October.
    from Mrs McKenzie

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I am looking forward to visiting your classroom blog again this year. As the grandparent of a former student, I can tell you that you are very fortunate third graders to be enrolled in this exceptional class. My granddaughter,Kendall, loved being in Mrs. Yollis's class. As I read the posts on the blog and watched the videos throughout the year, it was easy to understand why she loved coming to third grade so much. You are all going to experience learning in an atmosphere of inquiry, cooperative learning, communication, experimentation, and creativity. As a former teacher, I can attest to the excellence of the lessons you will be taught. Do you have a special question you would like to find the answer to this year? If so, this will be the perfect class for you to find that answer. If not, this would be a great time to begin thinking of a special question you may have hidden in the back of your mind!

    I wish you all a great school year. I am looking forward to checking in on your class throughout the year.

    Marsha Cooke

  18. @ Mrs. Pendola, (Jaden's mom)

    Thank you so much for the wonderful response about Labor Day! As you can see...many read it and learned from it! Thank you!

    @ Bianca,

    Thank you so much for the comment! We cannot believe it either. The kids really enjoy blogging, so we'll all have some fun this year!

    Yes, Jaden reminds me a bit of you! And excellent writer and super ★ blogger. I think he'll have a blog in November.

    @ Miss Cashen,

    We have been busy these first few days, but I must say...the kids are really excited and applying what they are learning right away! Digital citizens are here!

    That's interesting that they celebrate Labor Day on different days depending on the state. Ours is a national holiday...and really kind of marks the end of summer. :-(

    Your question brought up some great discussion today. Thank you! Like you, I enjoy blogging and it does not feel like work at all!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  19. @ Mrs. McKenzie and class B4,

    We so appreciate your post about Ryan's comment. The kids have been learning how to comment and many of them are ★s at it already! I ♥ it! Blogging is a great way to practice the language arts skills in a fun and enriching way!

    @ Mrs. Cooke, (Kendall's grandmother)

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate your kind words.

    It makes me very happy to hear that you and your husband will be back visiting our blog! You always contributed greatly in the comment sections, and I consider you both part of our online community.

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    My name is Nicole and I am 8 years old. My mom's name is Leila, my dads name is Reza and my brothers name is Shawn.I love to read. My favorite colors are blue,purple and pink. My favorite food is pasta and pizza.My favorite TV show is Hanna Montana. I enjoy being in your class.
    Love Nicole

  21. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Leila and I am Hannah's younger sister. I am in Mrs. Clebanoff's second grade class. I really like your blog and would love to be in your class next year.

    Until next time,

  22. Good evening Mrs. Y✪llis,

    Yes, I do know why we celebrate Labor Day. We celebrate Labor Day to honor the working people in the U.S. On this special day we do not work. Instead, we spend time with our families.

    For example, I went to Zuma beach with my family. Some of my friends came along with their families, too. We had an incredible time doing handstands and cartwheels on the sand. It was funny, I fell into the freezing ocean water while doing a one-hand cartwheel.

    I also played paddleball for the first time with my mom, dad, and friends. My mom thinks that I am a very fast learner.

    See you tomorrow,

  23. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Congratulations on having such a such a successful and popular classroom blog!

    What an amazing first week of school for Hannah! She is thrilled to be in your class and as her parents we couldn't be happier.

    In the past week, we have really enjoyed reading your classroom blog and are so impressed with the quality of the comments made by your young bloggers!

    Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn and to communicate with their classmates and others from around the globe.

    Warmest regards,
    Marsha and Michael Malak
    (Hannah's parents)

  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis:

    Thank you so much for introducing Jaden into the world of blogging. It is so nice that you are teaching him how to blog properly and safely. As you have already seen, Jaden is very excited about this new world you have opened him up to and, I believe, he may be blogging for the rest of his life.

    Thanks again.

    Gregg Pendola (Jaden's Dad)

  25. Hello,
    We are happy for all the comments! I have a question for our friends in Australia. Can we see your school on Google Earth?
    From Ben

  26. Dear Dad,

    Thank you for leaving a comment.It was a very good one.Did you make your own blog?
    Your son,

  27. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    HELLO! It's Macaylah from Bendigo North PS, Australia. I love your blog. I saw that you have got 100 comments. This is really exciting.
    Your kids must love putting comments on the blog just like us.
    from Macaylah!

  28. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    Hi! it is Dallan from Bendigo North Primary School. You guys have a lovely blog. Your students
    leave lots of good messags.We were very happy to see us in your blog roll.
    From Dallan

  29. Hi Jaden:

    Yes. I created my own blog. This way you can comment there as well.

    Mrs. Yollis:

    Any idea why my post showed up as Coach Gregg? Not that I am complaining. I do coach my daughter's soccer team.

    Gregg Pendola (Jaden's Dad)

  30. @ Mr. Pendola, (Jaden's dad)

    Thank for visiting our blog and for leaving a comment! I love how Jaden already responded back to you! He's a great blogger!

    I was thinking "Coach" was a nickname...or you are a coach.

    Thanks again for your participation!

    Mrs. Yollis

  31. Hello Mrs. Yollis and Class~

    My name is Jillian and I am a Childrens book illustrator, more importantly I am Jaden's "Just Jillian"(Just is our word for Aunt). I've been enjoying reading all the blogs and look forward to following them throughout the year!


  32. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    What a great accomplishment to get so many comments so quickly! What is really cool is that many of the comments were written by you, and many of them were from people all over the world. So, you are making great connections right from the first day of school. That is awesome.

    I want to thank everyone who has left a comment on our blog. I'm going to teach commenting today and I can use the comments you left as examples of "quality comments." So, you are teachers as well as students!

    Keep up the great blogging!

    Mr. Salsich

  33. @ just Jillian,

    Thank you for talking the time to write a comment.Maybe I will bring in one of your books.To bad we can not read them.When are they going to make them?Try to leave a comment on my dad's blog.

  34. @ Nicole,

    I'm glad you enjoy being in our class. You have a terrific comment and will be an excellent blogger, I can tell!

    @ Hannah and her family,

    Thank you for your wonderful comments! I am impressed with the quality of the comments coming in too! Usually it takes many weeks to get students to reach that quality. I am very happy!

    @ Adia,

    Fantastic comment! I must did you make that great start/circle in my name? I'd love to learn how to do that!

    Thank you for your summary of Labor Day! Not only did you explain WHY we celebrate, but you added WHAT you did! Great contribution!

    @ Ben,

    Thanks for a great comment! We will be using Google Earth a lot this year. I'm glad you enjoyed that online globe!

    @ Macaylah, (from Bendigo North PS, Australia)

    Greetings! Welcome to our blog! We were thrilled to receive so many comments! Like you said, we love that part about blogging. We'll be visiting your blog again real soon!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  35. @ Dallan, (from Bendigo North Primary School)

    Thank you for a terrific comment! We love your blog and were happy to add your class to our blog roll.

    @ Jillian, (Jaden's aunt)

    Welcome to our blog! Glad you are enjoying reading about our learning, and we look forward to hearing from you again!

    @ Mr. Salsich,

    Welcome back! We're glad you had a fantastic summer, but we happy to be back learning together.

    We were thrilled with the response to our Welcome Back post! Having blogged for three years, we feel fortunate to have made such great global you! :-)

    @ Jaden,

    Thanks for being such a great blogger! I love how you comment back to our readers...that's the polite thing to do! Terrific!

    I will be talking about blogging with parents at Back to School Night. It will give me a chance to share my thoughts about publishing and linking on our classroom blog.

    @ all of my students,

    Feel free to visit any of the educational blogs in our blog roll and leave a quality comment!

    1. Be sure to stay on topic. Think about what the post is about and add a comment that is *relevant*. (Remember that new word?)

    2. Be sure to mention you are from our class.

    3. Use your first name only!

    4. Parents must help with proofreading!

    Have a wonderful Fall Recess!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  36. Dear Mrs. Y♥llis and class,

    I still can't believe we got to 100 comments.
    Now that we got to 100 comments I have to ask you some questions.

    When do you think we will get to 100 again on another post? What month do you think the 100th day of school will be on?

    Have a good weekend.



  37. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I can't believe we got 100 coments on the welcome back post. The comments are so fun to read!


  38. @Jaden,

    You are a great blogger you might be the best blogger in the class, your also a great student.

    Your classmate,

  39. @ Iman,

    You are also a great blogger. I liked the comment you did with Amatai. You are also a great blogger. Do you think we will ever get 100 comments again?

  40. @ Jaden,

    Thank you for the great comment. You asked me if we will ever get 100 comments again, I think if we post a great post then if we get lucky hopefully we will get 100 comments.

    Your classmate,


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