Monday, May 10, 2010

Family Blogging Winners Announced!

Last month, Mrs. Yollis had the first annual April is Family Blogging Month!"

It was a real hit!

Comments were collected from: moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, great-uncles, great-aunts, uncles, aunts, brothers, and sisters!

It was so much fun, the students voted to continue until Friday, June 11!


The winners received:

  1. A certificate for a free meal at a local restaurant!
  2. A free blog posting of their choice on Mrs. Yollis' Clasroom BLog! (Even if it isn't technically an educational post.)
  3. The opportunity to selected the Custom Glitter Text for this post!

What do you think of our winners?

How did you encourage your family to participate?


  1. Dear Gal(1st place), Ethan(Second place), and Trent(Third place),

    I encouraged my family to comment by asking them to comment on which post I think they would like.

    I showed them how to comment since they never commented before. Lastly, they ask me to see if their comment has punctuation, spelling, grammar, and capitalization.

    Best wishes,
    Kayla =)

  2. Dear Gal, Ethan, and Trent,

    Congratulations to the three of you. I am encouraging my family to comment to our blog. I hope to be one of the winners this month. Do you have any tips that I can do?

    Your classmate,
    Jollene =}

  3. Dear Gal, Ethan and Trent,

    Congratulations! 2KM was excited to read about the big announcement.

    We were particularly excited because your wonderful teacher, Mrs Yollis, gave us the idea to have a "May is Family Blogging Month" competition. So far Bianca is in the lead but it is close. We are getting many comments from students and family members.

    I love the prize idea (might have to borrow that idea too). Gal, Ethan and Trent - what do you think your posts will be about??

    From your friend,
    Miss McGeady

    PS read about 2KM's "May is Family Blogging Month" competition here

  4. Dear Gal,Ethan and Trent,
    WOW!! congratulations to you three on a wonderful achievement. I have really enjoyed reading your comments and your family comments too. I have learnt so much from each post with the different comment from your family members and you.
    I really am looking forward to your post and cannot wait to see what it will be about.
    From your friend down under AA.

  5. Dear Gal, Ethan, and Trent,
    I am so happy for you all. It is always wonderful to see so much enthusiasm. Congratulations again and good luck to all of the students for the extended competition.



  6. @ Kayla,

    What a nice comment to our winners! You had a lot of family comments as well. You have the right approach. Asking or inviting people to read the post and comment is so much better than telling people they have to comment.

    You have a great method! First, you show them how to comment, then proofread for punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar errors. Great advice, Kayla!

    @ Jollene,

    Thanks for a terrific congratulatory comment. Read Kayla's comment for some great tips to help your family comment. Perhaps we'll get some good ideas from some other people too.

    @ Miss McGeady,

    We had a very successful month! Having the whole family comment makes the conversations so interesting. Many family members are now regular readers and commenters! We like that!

    Glad to hear you like the idea and are using it! I wonder what our winners will post about!

    @ AA,

    Thanks for the big congratulations for our winners! I, too, enjoyed reading all the comments. Thanks for being a big part of our blog! We appreciate your support!

    Mrs. Yollis

  7. Dear Gal, Ethan,and Trent,
    congratulations to the three of you! :)
    I like the idea of family blogging month because you get to read all the comments and who gets the most stars on the chart at the end of the month. Keep up the good comments because I like checking out your blog from your friend

  8. Is it me or are there 4 winners in that picture? I didn't know Pandas were allowed in schools these days. Isn't it hard for the bear to type on the computer?

    Anyway congrats to Gal, Ethan and Trent. Great work!

    This is Jaxon's fake uncle Craig! Send her my love!

  9. Congratulations to all the winners!

    You should be very proud of your accomplishments. It must be very exciting to see which of your family members participate. I look forward to reading your winners' posts.

    I'm glad that the competition will continue. Jaxon will do her best to encourage her family and friends to participate.

    (Jaxon's mom)

  10. Dear Participants,
    Congratulations to all who participated in the friends and family blogging month. It is not always easy to get others to participate, but it is always worth a try. Keep up the good work.
    Nancy (Anais' Mom)

  11. Dear Gal, Ethan, and Trent,

    We were so excited to see that our cousin won in first place for Family Blogging Month! We love her little crown that said first on it. Congratulations to everybody else you guys all did a fantastic job. Our cousin told us what she was going to write about in her post. We will only say that was on a trip to where we live, and you will need to read the post to figure out where she went there.

    Learon, Coral, and Dean
    (Gal's cousin)

  12. Dear Jollene,

    Here is a tip for you: ask your mom or dad to comment and then maybe they will get some relatives to comment. That's how I did it.

    Happy commenting,
    Trent =D

  13. Dear Gal, Ethan and Trent,
    Good work and congratulations. I'd like to try this idea, too. I bet you had fun doing this challenge. You certainly look happy in the photo.

    @ Mrs. Yollis - I have nominated your class blog for an award. Please visit our class blog to receive the award and for instructions to pass on the award to your favorite 10 blogs.
    Mrs. Lynch

  14. Dear Gal, Ethan and Trent,
    Good work and congratulations. I'd like to try this idea, too. I bet you had fun doing this challenge. You certainly look happy in the photo.

    @ Mrs. Yollis - I have nominated your class blog for an award. Please visit our class blog to receive the award and for instructions to pass on the award to your favorite 10 blogs.
    Mrs. Lynch

  15. Dear Gal, Ethan, and Trent,

    Congratulations you three. It is so great that your family is involved in commenting. I love Gal's little crown that said first in gold on it. Your family must be so proud of you just like Gal's family and I are. Your class is so lucky to have a family that comments.

    (Gal's cousin)

  16. Dear Gal, Trent, and Ethan,

    Congratulations on your award! It is fantastic that you were able to get your family and friends so involved in Mrs. Yollis' blog.

    Kendall and I have been asking family members to take a look at the blog and to comment if they see something that interests them.

    Congratulations again!

    (Kendall's mom)

  17. Dear Mrs Yollis class

    Well done! to Gal,Ethan and Trent
    for comeing 1st,2nd and 3rd keep up all the good work and be good
    for Mrs Yollis

    from Courtney 5D class

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Madison would like to be a winner because you get special privileges. Sydney would like to be a winner because you get a free pass to a restaurant. Would you like to be a winner why or why not?

    Madison and Sydney

  19. Dear Gal, Ethan, and Trent,

    I'm so happy for all of you for getting the most family comments!

    I've read most of the comments. It was impressive to see some of the comments from different countries.

    ~Kayla's mom~

  20. Dear Gal, Ethan and Trent,

    Congratualtions to you all. All of you have done a good job. I believe that thanks to Mrs. Yollis, our kids have shown more and more interest in blogging and putting more and more interesting commments. This is a good way of learning.

    Jade (Paul' mom)


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