Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to School Night!

Normally Mrs. Yollis' class looks like this.

Tonight, Mrs. Yollis' class looked like this!

It was Back to School Night!

Parents came to hear about third grade!

Mrs. Yollis shared her website, where 
homeworkspelling words, parent information, and learning games 
can be found.

Parents viewed the reading video about how to choose the right book. They also learned about searching for a Reading Counts book.

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What are you excited to learn about this year?

What did your parents think of your organized desk?
Parents, how is third grade different from when you were in school?

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  1. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    That is really funny.I just lost a tooth.That spot really hurts.Now I have lost 7 teeth.When you were a kid what did the tooth fairy give you?

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thanks for a great back to school night. Great pictures, but the chairs were a little small for the adults!

    I was so impressed with your blog. This certainly wasn't what I had in third grade.

    The students are so fortunate to have a teacher who is so forward thinking, yet so caring.

    I just hope I can keep up with my kids!

    Best Regards,
    a.k.a. Ryan's Dad

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis

    I think it is funny how different most of the kids look

    Your student,

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I bet you had a great time at back to school night. I ♥ your post! My dad is already ♥ing your blog! Lucky hat day is tomorrow. I'm soooo excited, and my hat is going to be so cool! Even my dad might wear the hat!

    Here is a question for you:
    What did you like best about back to school night?

    Your student,

  5. Hi Mrs. Yollis,
    Thank you for such a great and informative Back to School Night! We are so excited to have Ben in your class! My third grade class was very different. We didn't have computers and the technology that the kids have now! And we didn't have backpacks. We carried a folder called a Peechee home.
    From Ben's Mom - Mrs. Blanken

  6. @ Jaden,

    What was funny to you? :-) Be specific!

    Yes, it really hurts when you lose a tooth, but now you'll get your adult tooth! Yes, the Tooth Fairy used to visit when I was young. I got a quarter for a small tooth and fifty cents for a molar.

    @ Steve, (Ryan's dad)

    Thanks for a wonderful comment, and so quickly! Love it!

    I'm glad you like the blog. Yes, things have certainly change! The authentic opportunities for learning are countless!

    I appreciate your kind words. Teaching is a real joy for me, and I'm glad it shows. :-)

    @ Iman,

    Thanks for your comment. Which picture were you talking about? The kids or the kids?

    @ Ryan,

    I did have a wonderful time at Back to School Night! You asked me what is my favorite part of the night. I always enjoy meeting the parents. It is fun for me share what the year will be about. It is also funny to see them sitting in your seats! I noticed that your dad is already a good commenter! I ♥ it!

    @ Mrs. Blanken, (Ben's mom)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I'm excited to have Ben in my class.

    Your memories about your third grade experience are similar to mine. I remember the Peechee folder!


    Mrs. Y♥llis

  7. Hi Mrs.Yollis,
    I'm Lachlan.
    I go to leoppold priimary school
    australia. (The school that miss McMegady taaches). I'm in grade 5 and I have my own blog. Here's the adreas ( sorry it wouldn't link)
    your class blog is great. I' only just learning but I have a lot of stuff on it. I think you've been on Tarlea's blog. Well she is a girl in my grade. The people in Miss McGeadys grade that have a blog allways are talking about you. So here I am on your blog.
    I hope you cann look at my blog.
    The holidays have just Started so my blog won't be updated for a 10 days.

    Happy blogging

  8. Hello to Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Last night I went to Back to School night, Thank you for all of the information you shared with us. We feel lucky to have Alie in your class and we look forward to a great year.


  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    That is a funny picture because it was the parents sitting in our chairs.

    I am excited to learn how to blog this year. Learning multiplication and division is something I look forward to. I'm looking forward to the hard spelling words this year. For example, this week we had some hard words like directions, situations, equator, worried and unusual.

    Mrs. Yollis, did you have Back to School Night when you were little?


    Adia, Nicole, Amitai, Iman, Hannah, Lindsay, Miriam, Jaden, and Grace

  10. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    Thank you for a wonderful back to school night. I am really glad that you are bringing technology into the classroom.

    When I was in third grade, we did not have computers in the classroom. At school, we were first introduced to computers in 6th grade, when we were taught to type. I believe the earlier the children are exposed to technology the better. Keep up the great work!

    Have a good weekend,
    Victoria (Miriam's Mom)

  11. @ Lachlan, (from Australia)

    Welcome to our blog! Yes, we are great friends with Miss McGeady's class and have been blogging together for three years!

    I will follow your link and check out your blog. Yes, I have been on Tarla's blog. She left a comment here, so now we know her as well!

    Blogging makes for fun connections!

    Have a wonderful two week holiday!

    @ Mary Beth (Alie's mom)

    Glad that you were able to leave a comment! Once you get the hang of it, you'll enjoy being a part of this online community! :-)

    @ Adia, Nicole, Amitai, Iman, Hannah, Lindsay, Miriam, Jaden, and Grace,

    Thanks for a wonderful comment. I specifically liked how you gave examples to support your ideas. Like you gave several spelling examples so I would know what you meant about harder words.

    You asked if I had a Back to School Night when I was little. Yes, my mother used to attend the meetings so she could learn about my school day!

    @ Victoria (Miriam's mom)

    Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment. I'm glad that you see the value in integrating technology.

    I didn't have computers when I was in third grade either.

    I learned to type when I was in eighth grade. However, we learned on an old typwriter. The keys were harder to press, and when I got to the right hand margin, I had to take my right hand and physically move the carriage back with the return bar. Plus, if you made a mistake...there was not delete key. You had to use a liquid called White Out to cover the mistake and then retype. Typing on a computer is so much better!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for your wonderful presentation at Back-to-School Night last Thursday. We continue to be amazed by the incredible opportunities you create for Alexa. She is thrilled to be in your class, and so excited about learning. Your class blog is an all-time favorite for our family!

    When we were in third grade, we did not have the same technology that third graders have today. We did not have computers, projectors, or white boards. Our teachers wrote on black boards, and a favorite classroom job was the opportunity to erase the blackboard at the end of the day.

    Your students are so fortunate to have your enthusiasm for teaching. We know Alexa is going to have an incredibly enriching year, and we are delighted to share in all of her educational opportunities.

    Lori and Brad (Alexa's Mom and Dad)

  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My dad was astonished about the blog and the class room at back to school night!!! My mom wishes she could have been there!
    As you can see my dad is going to be posting comments throughout the year! I am going to ♥ this blogging year!


  14. @ Lori and Brad, (Alexa's parents)

    You are welcome for the Back-to-School Night! :-) I am excited to have Alexa in class, and I love how involved your entire family is with the blog.

    Yes, I remember the chalkboards and especially the long green eraser that would make the board so clean! Funny!

    @ Ryan,

    Thanks for you supportive comment! I'm glad your dad was excited and I'm super-glad he will be commenting throughout the year! It's fun to have parents be a part of our learning!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What a terrific Back-to-School night! It sounds like it's going to be a year full of learning and FUN! It makes me wish I was back in 3rd grade again. My 3rd grade teacher was a sweet, quiet lady. I remember lots of Spelling Bees and times tables, but no blogging:). It was so interesting to learn that you and I have the same Master's Degree--funny huh?
    The entire Grace household is looking forward to a very exciting year!
    Thanks again,
    Catherine Grace
    (Tucker's mom)

  16. @ Mrs. Grace,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the Back-to-School Night! I do have a fun year of learning in store for everyone! :-)

    Thanks for all the support!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  17. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I hope you had fun with the parents.
    My mom and dad had a lot of fun.
    When you were with my parents, I was with my grandparents.



  18. Dear Mrs Yollis

    It looks like everyone had a GREAT night! I hope we will have a night like that when we are older.


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