Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog!

On November 6, 2008, this blog published its first post!

On Friday, we had a birthday party, complete with a birthday cake to celebrate! 
Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog is 2 years old!

Thank you, Lexi and her family, for the cake and decorations!  :-) 
Lexi has the honor of being the FIRST student commenter!

The bloggers from each year!

 Class of 2008-2009


Today! They're 5th Graders!

 Class of 2009-2010

Today! They're 4th Graders!

 Class of 2010-2011

Interesting Stats:

♥ 33,000 visitors ♥

♥ 3, 800 Published Comments! ♥

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What is your favorite memory of our blog?

Do you have a favorite post? Tell us what it is! Why is that your favorite post?

Have you ever been to a blog birthday?


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    Happy birthday to your blog!

    I ♥ed reading this post as I almost felt like I was there at the party with you all.

    How fantastic that I share my own birthday with that of your blog! I turned 29 and your blog turned two! :)

    I just loved seeing so many familiar student faces from 2008-2010 and I'm so glad I've been with you on your blogging journey since early 2009.

    33,000 visitors and 3,800 comments is an amazing achievement!

    How terrific that you could celebrate with a beautiful cake courtesy of Lexi's family. I'm so glad Panda got a taste!

    I just cannot decide what my favourite post on your blog has been. I have got so many good ideas from you and your blog like the Family Blogging Month Challenges and the instructions on how to write quality comments and use HTML.

    I hope your blog continues to have many more birthdays to come!

    One of your biggest fans,

    ★★Miss McGeady★★

  2. Dear Mrs Yollis's blog,
    Happy Birthday!:) This is my first blog birthday and I hope to attend many more in the future.

    My favorite posts are the ones that Nonno posts about Italy. He always has interesting pictures and information to share with the class.

    Which is your favorite post?


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    @ Miss McGeady,

    Can you believe that our blog birthday is the same day as your real birthday? How funny!

    You have been a big part of our blog and we value your friendship immensely. I remember when we met you:
    Our Global Friends!

    Then we connected through song The Hello Song! Educational blogging is the best!

    Thanks for your support and for your friendship! ♥ Even though we live in the different hemispheres, it feels like you are right next door!

    @ Miriam,

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I ♥ the Where's Nonno? post too. Did you know that he is going to be visiting the United States in November? We just might get to meet him!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  4. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    What a fabulous post and what a fabulous celebration! :)

    Happy Birthday to your blog!

    It looks like you had a wonderful time at the party, and reflecting on your blogging adventures would have been just terrific!

    Like Miss McGeady, I love reading your blog to get great ideas. The Family Blogging Month is a real winner! I am so glad to have become more involved with your blog this year, it's been great!

    I also like to see regular posts of what your students are learning about and making comparisons between life in the U.S and here in Australia.

    Keep enjoying the blogging journey!

    Your friend,
    Miss Jordan

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Happy birthday to your blog!
    We had such a good time visiting it and reading your fantastic posts!
    You really help us in learning English and inspire us to learn more in blogging.

    Kind wishes,
    Your Russian friends

  6. Mrs Yollis and class, my warmest congratulations on such a wonderful achievement in such a short space of time, I loved the 'history' aspect of this post to include your former students. 33,000 visits in three years is such a wonderful figure but then given the quality of the material that you post and how wonderful that it is I am not surprised in the slightest! I really love anything that involves Panda in your posts as no matter what kind of day that I am having it always, always makes me smile! A cake is a great way to celebrate but I would also like to say congratulations from the other side of the world, we have enjoyed working with your classroom this year and look to do so again!
    Mr Webb, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis' blog,

    Happy Birthday! This is my first blog birthday and I hope I will be invited to many more.

    My favorite post is the one about matter. I like anything that is about science, I hope to be a scientist one day.

    My favorite memory of our blog is when I participated in the "How to Compose a Quality Comment" video.

    I hope you have many more birthdays!

    Warm regards,

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis' blog,

    Happy Birthday! It was really fun to come to your party. Thank you for inviting me. I really loved the cake.


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    @ Miss Jordan,

    Thanks for your kind wishes! We had such a fun time getting together and reminiscing about the good times blogging! The kids from each class had a great time talking and making speeches about their memories of the blog and what were some special moments for them.

    I enjoy the comparisons too. It is always interesting to see what people are learning and how they approach certain subject. Students and teachers get to learn through blogging!

    We are very happy to have met you! ♥ My class speaks fondly of their 2KM and 2KJ blogging friends!

    @ Russian friends,

    Здравствуйте! Hello!

    Thank you so much for your birthday wishes! We learn from you too!

    @ Hannah★,

    I'm glad you enjoyed our birthday party. You mentioned that your favorite memory is the "How to Compose a Quality Comment" video. That's one of my favorites too!

    @ Leila★,

    We loved having you at our party! As a second grader, you are already a first class blogger!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  10. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    A very big Happy Birthday to your blog. Here's to many,many more!!

    I just loved watching you slide show of seeing past and present blogger.

    What a wonderful cake and I loved the fact you did celebrate in style with a cake.

    Now as for my favourite post I have to admit I have two.
    The first is Birdy and the second the Death Valley post. They were just wonderful.

    I hope to continue this wonderful journey for a long time with you and your wonderful students.

    Thankyou for making me apart of your wonderful blog as I am truly grateful.

    From your friend down under AA.

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,
    Happy Birthday to your blog!
    It has been wonderful seeing the enthusiasm in the students for sharing their journey in education through the blog. Personally, it has been a wonderful experience for me and my daughter Ava. We miss your class and may your amazing blog always be as exciting as it has been in the past.
    It is hard to say which blog was my favorite, but if I had to pick one it would be the Traveling Map.

    Lots of luck and happy blogging,

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Congratulations to you and your students on your second blog birthday. I have been following you and Kathkeen McGedy from Geelong Australia for about a year. Both of you have fantastic blogs. Your passion for kids and learning comes out in every post. Hats off also to you and your class on your efforts with the Ugandan Global Project. A wonderful way for kids to make a difference in the world. At our school we are using Read to Feed from Heifer Intersational as a way of giving students the opportunity of making a difference. I love the projects I see taking place in your classroom. A big fan of yours from San Antonio Texas. Rich Cantrell

  13. Dear Ms Yollis,

    I am a 5th grade teacher at ACS Athens, Greece. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration your blog has given me in setting up my own blog for my class! Would you give me permission to share your blog at an in service presentation I am preparing?
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Penny Kynigou

    PS: Happy Birthday for your blog!

  14. @ AA,

    Thank you for your birthday wishes! YOU are a big part of our blog and we certainly appreciate all of your contributions. ♥

    Our Baby Hummingbird is Released!


    Visit Death Valley National Park!

    are big favorites of mine too. I was so afraid that little Birdy would not survive! Having the story published on the blog allows me to go back and relive the events! Death Valley was so spectacular! To have beautiful lands like that set aside by the government for all to enjoy is wonderful. We did really get lucky with the weather and the wild flowers. I don't think it is always like that!

    @ Soosan, (4th grade Ava's mom)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a thoughtful comment! You are the one who first introduced me to the ♥! Can you believe all of the fun HTML codes the kids now use in their comments? You started it!

    The Mrs. Yollis’ Class Visits North America! shows what a great program the giant traveling map series is! Did you know that we are getting another one in January? Africa will be in the MPR for one week!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  15. @ Rich,

    Thanks so much for your support and your kind words! Educational blogging is so powerful and can be integrated into any subject!

    Thanks for your thoughts about the Ugandan Global Project. Not only were all the students able to learn about new places and people, but they were able to make a big difference in the lives of some young Ugandan students. We are quite fortunate in our community, and for the students to be able to use their resources to help other kids is remarkable. Good luck with your project Read to Feed. Blogging opens up the world for us to learn from one another and help each other!

    @ Penny,

    Good luck with your presentation! You may certainly share our blog at the inservice. In 24 years of teaching, I have never seen a project more valuable that educational blogging. I hope you get some teachers to join in!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  16. Dear Mrs Yollis.

    Happy Birthday to you.
    Happy Birthday to you.
    Happy Birthday to your blog,
    Happy Birthday to you!

    Wow two years old how wonderful.
    I have to say my favourite posts are the Death Valley it was just amazing and I♥ the Huge map of North America.
    Also I liked your post on How to comment.
    Your Panda is pretty awesome too.

    I really hope to keep blogging with you for a very long time Mrs Yollis.

    From your blogging buddy Bianca.

    PS just love your music notes would love to know how to do them.

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I ♥ed the birthday song video and also enjoyed the slideshow. What great captions we wrote!

    Unfortunately , :-( I have never been to a blog birthday before, until I happened to be in your class. :-)

    All of the posts of the blog are my favorite but if I had to choose a particular one it would probably be the post about the baby hummingbird released. My little brother adores that one.

    I wish every day could be the blog's birthday so we can always have delicious birthday cake!

    I can't wait to see you in class.

    Your student,

    Adia ★

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It looked like you had a wonderful party! I enjoyed the before and after pictures.

    My daughter learned a great deal by visiting your blog and she had fun doing it! I noticed her vocabulary, spelling, sentence structuring, and typing skills all improve during the year and I'm sure much of it was a result of her utlization of your amazing blog!

    It's hard to select a favorite post, but I'd have to say the Family Challenges were fun for us as we recruited as many family members as possible to comment.

    Thank you Mrs. Yollis, not only for your wonderful blog, but for giving Kendall a wonderful year of teaching last year. Your incredible skills and enthusiasm are noticed and greatly appreciated!

    Shannon (Kendall's mom)

  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    The party was awesome! I liked hearing the 4th and 56h graders talk. My favorite post was with Panda and Hoppy! Did you realize33,000 visitors to our site is about the same as the population in our city?
    From your student,

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    What a fabulous celebration you had, and for a very good reason! I think I first found your blog when it was about 3-4 months old, and I have followed it ever since.

    In fact, your blog inspired me to switch from a web-page to a class blog, and I am so glad I did! It has been a fantastic experience communicating with you all (and all of our other blogging buddies) through the posts and comments. I have learned so much from blogging with you.

    It is hard to pick just one favorite post, but I really like the traveling map posts. Another of my favorites was the collection post from last year. My favorite so far this year was the one about how to leave a quality comment.

    Happy Birthday to you (Cha-cha-cha)!

    Mr Salsich

  21. Dear Mrs. Yollis, Current & Past Classes of bloggers,
    Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment! It is a fantastic milestone for an amazing learning tool.

    33,000 visitors! That is amazing.

    Your friend
    (Jaxon's mom - current 4th grader)

  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis class, Happy birthday to your blog. I think your video was very cool and the pictures. I would like to know if the cake was good? I bet it was! BYE!!! ~ Emily

  23. Happy birthday!! Have planty more!!

  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I was so excited about the blog birthday! My favorite part was eating cake with are hands.

    From Nicole

  25. Nicole, Kristen and AndrewNovember 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    Happy Birthday blog! My favorite part
    was when we did not have forks so we stuck our face in the cake.

    Kristen,Nicole and Andrew

  26. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Happy Birthday to the blog! My favorite post is lucky hat day.The party was great.I have some questions:

    How old is the blog?

    When did you make the blog?

    How did the cake taste?



  27. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class:
    You have a great blog! I've really enjoyed spending some time reading through it and learned a lot reading the tutorial on writing HTML code. I'm looking forward to future posts. I would love to learn how one adds their photo to their user name.
    Warm regards,

  28. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Happy birthday blog!
    I loved how we sang happy birthday to the blog. It was kind of funny to me that we said it to the blog and not to a real person. That really interested me. I thought that the frosting was really good and that Lexi's mom did a good job picking it out. This is my first blog birthday that I have ever gone to.

    I really like the posts that Nono does in Italy. He always puts interesting pictures, and more.

    I also loved how Nono came to our classroom. I thought that was very cool because he brought us chocolate and things that we can hang up in our room, like the colorful banner. Again, happy birthday blog!

    I have two questions for you:
    (1) Did you like celebrating the blog's birthday?

    (2) What is your favorite post that Nono does about Italy?

    Best of all,

  29. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Happy Birthday to your blog!
    I relly ♥ your post. I think my favourtie post is the Reading Roundup post. I ♥ it becaues the vidoe the vidoe was grate! I hoop you can go on my blog and leave a comment soon.

    Your friend Alina (for 2KM)


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