Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Welcome Back 2018-2019


Welcome back to a new school year!

 

Here's a video greeting from Mrs. Yollis!




Parents and Students



This blog is the centerpiece of our classroom community. It is a wonderful space for sharing and learning together. Here is a link to an article I wrote about the benefits of classroom blogging. I hope you'll have a chance to read it before our Back to School Night.




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If you are a new or returning student, please leave a comment telling me about yourself. What did you do over your summer break? What adventures and experiences did you enjoy? Be sure to limit personal information! 

If you are one of our blogging buddies, please introduce yourself to my new class. Where are you from? What have you been up to?

Remember to proofread your comment with a parent before you publish! 

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If you are not sure how to comment on this blog, watch this video tutorial! It will walk you step by step through the process!


Happy Blogging! 

I am looking forward to learning with you!

54 comments:

  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis and my new class,

    My name is Faith. I am a new student, but both of my brothers were in Mrs. Yollis' class. Now here I am in this class! I like horseback riding, swimming, playing with toys, making block creations, and beagles. I am a Brownie Girl Scout.

    This summer I went on a big long New England trip after visiting my Grandma in Wisconsin. First, I went to Boston, Massachusetts. Then I visited Vermont, New Hampshire, and Bar, Harbor, Maine. After New England, we went to Washington, DC. and met my Grandma Barb, who is a blogging buddy on this blog.

    Just like Mrs. Yollis went to National Parks this summer, I also went to National Parks. I went to Acadia National Park in Maine. I also went to the White House and got a Junior Park Ranger badge there. Did you know that the White House is a National Park?

    I'm looking forward to all of this fun! Did any of my classmates go to National Parks too?

    Love,
    Faith

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    1. @ Faith,

      I would like to commend you for being the very first blogger of the year! You published your comment at 7:34 P.M. and Logan, your new classmate, published his at 7:56 P.M. How much time elapsed (or passed) between your two comments? How did you solve the math problem?

      I am thrilled to have you in my class! As you said, Grandma Barb is a friend of the blog, and I look forward to connecting with her. Do you think we will get any other grandparents or family members connecting with us? I hope so!

      Like you, I love National Parks! What did you see in Acadia National Park? What is a Junior Park Ranger badge and how do you earn them?

      Looking forward to seeing you in class!

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. @ Mrs. Yollis,

      I was really, really excited to be in your class today and this was probably the best first day of class in my life. You asked how I solved the math problem. I counted by tens from 7:34 to 7:44 then from 7:44 to 7:54 and then added two more which equaled to 22. So Logan commented 22 minutes after me.

      Love,
      Faith

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    3. @Faith,

      When I saw your comment, I just had to reply. My name is Faith too, and it is very rare that I meet another one!

      Your trip to New England sounds wonderful. Acadia National Park is definitely on my list of places to visit one day.

      I look forward to future conversations with you here on the blog!

      Regards,
      Faith Ranney

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    4. @ Mrs. Ranney,

      Thank you for your reply. It is rare that I see another Faith too.

      My big brother Troy used to communicate with you on this blog when he had Mrs. Yollis. He loved your pictures of birds.

      I hope you do get to go to Acadia National Park. My favorite things there were eating licorice from a candy store in Bar Harbor and picking wild blueberries on a mountain.

      Are you still watching and feeding birds in your backyard?

      From,
      Faith

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    5. @Faith,

      Thanks so much for responding! I definitely remember Troy and the love of birds that we shared! I still have a drawing that he made for me of a very special scrub jay! You can probably find some photos of my friend Scrubbers on the 365.

      I love hearing about what you enjoyed doing in Maine. I love both blueberries and licorice!

      Yes, I still watch and feed birds in my backyard. Although Scrubbers doesn't visit anymore, we do have two new scrub jays who visit often, calling out and waiting for peanuts. We also have many hummingbirds and finches, and just two days ago I spotted a towhee in my garden doing the towhee shuffle! That's what I like to call what they do as they hop back and forth in the dirt foraging for food!

      One unwelcome visitor to our backyard recently is not a bird, however. It's a skunk! We haven't seen it, but you can probably guess how we know!

      Please say hello to Troy from me. Is he still birding? What special hobbies do you enjoy?

      Looking forward to more conversations with you and your classmates!

      All the best,
      Mrs. Ranney

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  2. Mrs. Yollis,
    I am excited to be in your class this year! This summer I went to Camp Keystone and had so much fun. I really liked the go-karts and the zipline. I went to Mammoth Mountain and went horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. I caught a trout too!

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    1. @ Logan,

      Welcome to our class! I am excited to have you be a part of our learning community. I believe your mom knows me from somewhere. :-) Please tell the class about our connection.

      You said you caught a trout in Mammoth. Did you keep it or did you throw it back? What bait did you use?

      See you tomorrow!

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis
      AKA Ms. Pfau

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    2. @ Mrs. Yollis,

      I used bait that smelled like garlic and felt like play-doh. We didn't plan to go fishing but went last minute. We were surprised when we caught a fish! We named the fish Mr. Trout. We didn't have the tools to clean the fish so we threw Mr. Trout back. I loved fishing and want to go again. What did you do with the fish you caught?

      I am so excited to have the same teacher that my mom had for third grade!

      Your new student,
      Logan

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  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and new students,

    My name is Mrs Morris and I'm a teacher in Australia. My students have been collaborating with Mrs Yollis' students since 2009!

    I was excited to see this first post of the new school year.

    I loved hearing about Mr and Mrs Yollis' summer adventure with Buck. Because we're in the Southern Hempisphere, it's winter time here in Australia. So we haven't had our long break. We will have to wait until Christmas time.

    Have an amazing first day of school!

    Mrs Morris
    Victoria, Australia

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  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    My name is Cassidy and I am so excited to be in your class! I went to two camps this summer and had a blast. The first was Art camp and my favorite activity was being in the play Peter Pan! It was the first play Ive ever been in and I loved it! The second camp was Sierra Canyon and my favorite part was Magic. I liked it because the Magic teacher did cool tricks. I also went horseback riding and to the beach this summer. I learned how to boogie board!! I can't wait to meet you today!

    Love,
    Cassidy

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    1. @ Cassidy,

      What a wonderful first blog comment! I like how you did not use your last name or any personal information about our community or school. Limiting personal information on the internet is so important! Well done!

      It sounds like you had a fantastic time at your camps. You mentioned your favorite part was the magic. Can you do a magic trick for us next week?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and new third graders,

    My name is Ben Vizvary and I was in your shoes fifteen years ago!
    Mrs. Yollis was my second grade teacher in 2002 and my third grade teacher in 2003. We didn't have a blog back then, but I love being able to see what you will all be doing during the school year.

    Like all of you, I started my first day of school this week too! I am 24 years old and currently in my final year of Law School in Chicago, Illinois. It is hard for me to believe, but yesterday was my last first day of school ever!

    You are all very lucky because Mrs. Yollis is one of the nicest and best teachers you will ever meet. There are so many fun activities that you will do during the school year that you will be excited to go to school every day to find out what you will be learning next!

    I hope everyone has a great first day tomorrow and an awesome third grade year with Mrs. Yollis. I cant wait to see what you all will be doing!

    Ben Vizvary
    Chicago, Illinois

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    1. @ Ben Vizvary,

      I have smile a mile wide! What a treat to get such a beautiful comment from you! I appreciate your kind words!

      This year we will be learning idioms, so I want to thank you for using one with my students. I wonder if they know what you meant when you said, "I was in your shoes fifteen years ago!" We'll see when we read it tomorrow.

      I am exceedingly proud of you! It takes a lot of hard work to become a lawyer. You were a hard-worker as an elementary student, and I see nothing has changed. Well done, Ben!

      Here is a trip down memory lane involving your sister. When she was in my class, we won First Runner Up for Best Class Blog. We made a video to celebrate our win. Here is a link for you: Edublog Awards :: 2009. Did you spot her?

      If you are home visiting, we'd love for you to stop by. My students would love to meet you and hear your stories from second and third grade.

      Again, you made my day with this comment!

      Your former teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. @Ben, I was thrilled to read your comment and hear what you are currently doing! Like Mrs. Yollis, I also had a mile-wide smile! I agree with her about the fact that you were a hard-working elementary student.

      I look forward to staying connected with you here on the blog!

      All the best,

      Another of your former teachers, Mrs. Ranney

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  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and my new third grade class,

    My name is Katie and I'm excited for third grade. This summer, I went to Paris and London with my family for almost two weeks. My favorite places in Paris were the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. In London, I loved the Tour for Muggles. If you don't know what a Muggle is, it's a non-wizard in Harry Potter books.

    I also went to two camps, Camp Keystone and Art Camp. My favorite thing at Camp Keystone was the zip-lining. At Art Camp, I enjoyed the Harry Potter class, where we made creations inspired by the books.

    If you had not guessed, I love Harry Potter. This summer I finished reading the entire series. Now, I am trying to find a new book I love just as much. Do you have any recommendations?

    From,

    Katie

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    1. @ Katie,

      Thank you for writing such a wonderful comment! I noticed you capitalized all your proper nouns, and you put space between the paragraphs. Sometimes it is hard to read on a computer screen, but having "eye breaks" (white space) between paragraphs really helps.

      You are a person who perseveres! (That's a fancy word that means you never give up.) I hear you were using the Safari browser and the comment kept disappearing! Luckily your mom saved it in a document, so we finally got your outstanding comment. I recommend using the Chrome browser or the Firefox browser. You won't have any problems then.

      It sounds like you had a fabulous summer. Did you see any famous paintings at the Louvre?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

      I am so happy that I got you as my teacher. Today was a great day even though it was too short.

      You asked about the Louvre. Yes, I saw many famous paintings. We went on a scavenger hunt throughout the Louvre to find clues to unlock a mystery. During this, we learned about many paintings and sculptures. We saw sculptures of gods and paintings of a variety of subjects.

      My favorite painting was the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Di Vinci. Even though it wasn't as big as I expected, I still liked it. It was cool when she looked at you no matter where you were standing.

      I also saw paintings based off the four seasons. Different faces were made of fruits, flowers and foods that represent each season.

      Do you have a favorite artist?​

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    3. @Katie

      My favorite artist Monet. My mom and I have similar taste in art. My favorite Monet painting is from the Waterlily Collection. I have a framed copy/poster of one of the water lily paintings in my room.

      @Class, Mrs. Yollis and fellow bloggers,

      Does anyone else know who Monet was and enjoy his paintings?

      Cheers,
      Lily

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    4. @Lily,

      I enjoyed Monet's paintings at the Orangerie Museum in the Jardin de Tuilleries in Paris. I saw Monet's last pieces of art he ever painted. They were huge and filled up the walls.

      From,

      Katie

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  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    My name is Kishor and I liked your back to school video. I’m excited to be in 3rd grade. In school I like to do math and I’m excited to learn multiplication. I don’t like writing because my hand hurts.
    When I’m not in school I take Karate classes. I’m a red belt in Karate. I take piano lessons and I practice with my Dad. I also play soccer and my Dad is the assistant coach.
    This summer I went to Toronto, Canada. I visited my Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. I went on roller coasters at least once a week. I went to Niagara Falls and played games at the arcade. I also saw the falls and the fireworks. I carefully played with sparklers at my Cousin cottage. I went bike riding, played mini golf and played soccer with my Cousins. Sadly we didn’t go to the CN tower this time.

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    1. @ Kishor,

      What a terrific first blog comment! I'm excited to have you in my class, and I'm glad you are too.

      You mentioned that you play the piano. How long have you been studying? Do you have a favorite song you could play for us? We have a piano in the MPR.

      It sounds like you had a terrific time in Toronto! (Hey, that's alliteration!) I have never been there, nor have I seen Niagra Falls. Do you have any pictures you can share?

      I hope some of your relatives will participate in our blog!

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and my 3rd Grade Class,

    This summer I went to sleep away camp in Big Bear for the first time! It was so awesome! We did zip lining, horseback riding and my favorite, canoeing!! I also learned archery. I got a bullseye!!
    But most of the summer I spent at Camp Wildcraft! Camp wildcraft is at King Gillette ranch which is in a National Park! Faith, did you realize our camp was in a National Park? Thats is so cool!! At Camp Wildcraft we we hiking and did arts and crafts and made a whole village! After lunch they would spray us with the hose until we were soaking wet!
    I'm looking forward to getting to know you and my new 3rd grade class!
    Love,
    Carlie

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    1. @ Carlie,

      Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! What a terrific first comment!

      It sounds like you had a very active summer! Archery is a fun sport. You must be excellent to get a bullseye! I also love to canoe. One time I went on a canoe trip down the Colorado River. We were gone for several days, and we camped at night. One canoe tipped over, but everyone was safe. Did any tip over at your camp?

      I'm looking forward to getting to know you, too!

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis


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    2. @Mrs. Yollis,

      Thankfully, none of our canoes tipped over! Did you know that the Colorado River feeds into Lake Havasu? Lake Havasu is one of my family's favorite places to go! I love jet skiing and being pulled by the boat on big tubes!

      Love,
      Carlie

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  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Lily and I am very excited about this year and our class!

    I love to play soccer and I play club on a team named Barcelona. I also love reading, golf, travel, spending time with my family and my dogs named Babe and London.

    This summer I traveled to London and Paris for over two weeks. Some of my favorite London places were the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Platform 9 3/4. Platform 9 3/4 is from the Harry Potter book series where they get onto the Hogwarts Express. We also went to Manchester and saw the Manchester United soccer stadium. It was impressive. We also went to Kensington Palace and saw the Princess Dianna exhibit and memorial. A highlight in London was going to Mad Hatter's Tea.

    In Paris some of my favorite things were The Eiffel Tower and looking down from the amazing views, The Louvre Museum, Musee d'orsay and The Palace of Versailles and all of the rooms and paintings.

    During summer, I also attended golf camp. We traveled up to Pismo Beach and visited some colleges like UCSB and Cal Poly for my brother Aidan. Aidan is in high school, and my brother Lucas goes to the middle school.

    I just finished reading the Harry Potter book series. I am a Gryffindor, is anyone else a Gryffindor?

    Cheers,
    Lily

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    1. Lily, We had the exact same summer. And guess what? I am also a Gryffindor. It's no wonder we are friends.

      From,

      Katie

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    2. @Katie,

      That is really cool!

      We are going to have an awesome year.

      Cheers,
      Lily

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    3. @ Lily,

      Thank you for writing such an outstanding comment! I see you already have a reply from Katie. You two are fabulous bloggers!

      When I read your comment, I thought the same thing as Katie. You two had matching summers! Did you plan together or is just a coincidence?

      I loved being in Paris and visiting the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre. Is the Musee d'Orsay the one with the giant Monet paintings of lilies? I adore museums! Which museum was your favorite and why?

      You mentioned you visited the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). That is where I went to school! Isn't it a gorgeous campus right there on the ocean?

      What are you looking forward to learning in third grade?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    4. @ Mrs. Yollis,

      We did not plan our summers it was a coincidence. We spent most of our time in London and only three days in Paris.

      Musee d' Orsay has a huge waterlily painting. I adore museums too. My favorite museum was the Palace of Versailles because of the beauty of the paintings and the very elegant outfits.

      UCSB was an amazing campus. I love the ocean and the beach!

      I love Math and I am looking forward to learning how to multiply and divide. I am also looking forward to learning how to type and to having an Acer.

      Cheers,
      Lily

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  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I am very excited to be your student. My brother Sam was in your class last year and had a great time.

    This summer was very good. I went to four weeks of Chaminade camp and four weeks of JCA Shalom camp. My favorite activities were swimming, art, playing with my friends and making jewelry.

    This was also a very special summer because I got a new baby brother named Ben! He is very cute and I love him very much.

    Did you ever go to camp during the summer? What was your favorite activity?

    Love,

    Abby

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    1. @ Abby,

      Welcome to my class! I remember meeting you when your brother, Sam, was in my class. He was a great blogger just like you!

      What exciting news that you have a new brother named Ben!

      Camp life sounds fun. It was such a hot summer here, I can understand why you liked swimming. What sorts of jewelry did you create?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Sasha L. and I am looking forward to a great year! This summer I went to sports camp and I played lots of baseball and other sports. I also went to speed zone where I played different arcades.

    I enjoy reading (I am almost done with book 6 of Harry Potter), playing baseball, snowboarding, swimming, boogie boarding, and spending time with my family. I also like playing with my pet hamster.

    I'm a Gryffindor too.

    I also enjoy visiting National Parks. Last May I went to Yosemite National Park with my family where we did a lot of hiking.


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    1. @ Sasha,

      What a fabulous first comment! I like how you gave lots of interesting information, and you broke your paragraphs with some white space. That makes your comment easier to read. Well done!

      You mentioned you had a pet hamster. Please tell us about him/her! What is his/her name and be sure to tell us about her appearance. I've never had a hamster as a pet. What do they eat?

      Yosemite National Park is a really beautiful place. We are lucky that it is in our state. Did you hike to any falls?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis' New Third Graders,

    My name is Lisa and I am Faith's mom. In the past, when my sons were in Mrs. Yollis' class, I was a very active participant on this blog. I always enjoyed connecting with others here! I look forward to another year of blog conversations and meaningful connections.

    In reading the comments that have been left, I have already read some very interesting things! I really enjoyed reading the perspective of Ben, the former student of Mrs. Yollis. Plus, he goes to law school in Chicago, which is where I went to college. That was an immediate connection that I made to his comment. As soon as I read Ben's post, my mind immediately thought of all the sights and sounds of Chicago.

    Katie and Lily's posts made me recall when I visited London and Paris for the first time. Carlie, Cassidy, Abby, and Kishor's comments made me think about how great summer adventures can happen far away or close to home! Logan's comment really made me want to visit Mammoth. I have never been there, but most of my friends have.

    I look forward to seeing all of the blog posts, group work, videos, and more that you will create this year as third graders in Mrs. Yollis' class. I bet that other parents will get "hooked" on the blog just like I did!

    Have a great second day of school!

    Sincerely,
    Lisa (Faith's Mom)

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    1. @ Lisa (Faith's mom),

      What a treat it is to have one of my super-blogger parents in my class! I always appreciate that you take the time to comment. You not only interact with your own child, but you make an effort to interact with others. Your actions make our blog a very special learning community. Thank you so much!

      You mentioned you read Ben Vizvary's comment. Can you believe I got a comment from a former student who is soon to graduate from law school? It melted my heart to keep that connection after all these years.

      I know some of my new students will be commenting back to you! Again, thank you for your quality contributions!

      Your blogging buddy,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. @Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you for the compliments! It is a treat for me to be blogging with you again, too.

      I am not at all surprised that you got a comment from a former student now graduating law school. You are an unforgettable teacher! But I can only imagine the pride and satisfaction you feel knowing that he would want to take the time to comment.

      I am looking forward to Back to School night and seeing the changes to your room for this year.

      Have a great long weekend! I know sometimes you do posts about holidays that we celebrate in the U.S. Have you ever used the blog to explain to your international followers why we celebrate Labor Day? (Hmmm, I think I will go search your blog to see if I can find the answer to my question myself!)

      Best,
      Lisa (Faith's Mom)

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  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis and new third graders,

    I’m Barb, Faith’s Grandma from Wisconsin also known to Mrs. Yollis’ students as Grandma Barb. I’ve just been reading through all of the thoughtful and informative comments on the blog. It sounds like everyone had exciting adventures this summer.

    I too have had a busy summer. As Faith mentioned, I had two opportunities to vacation with Faith and her family. Once at my house in Wisconsin and once when we met in Washington, D.C. and explored that city.

    In between my time with Faith and her family, I sold my house and am currently packing everything up and moving to a condo on the river with views overlooking Lake Michigan.

    In Wisconsin, we get a fair amount of snow during the winter. One of the best parts of moving to a condo is I won’t have to shovel any more snow. Yay! I have shoveled snow for many decades so this winter I am looking forward to just watching it snow without having to clean it all up.

    @Mrs. Yollis, your 5,000 mile trip sounds like so much fun. How many states did you drive through on your adventure? How many days were you traveling?

    @Faith, we saw so many historic and fascinating things when we were visiting Washington, D.C. Can you make a suggestion of something you saw that you think your classmates might find interesting to see if they were to visit there?

    Happy Blogging!
    Barb, Faith’s Grandma from Wisconsin

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    1. @ Grandma Barb, (Faith's grandmother)

      Welcome back! I am thrilled to have you be a part of our learning community again! You are a role model for parents, grandparents, and extended family!

      Wow! You have had quite a busy summer! Moving is a big job that requires so much work. I look forward to seeing some of your views. As always, you are invited to contribute photos to our 365 Blog! I have fallen a little behind on that, but am getting back on it!

      You asked how many states we drove through on our 5,000 mile trip. We traveled through the western third of the United States. We visited: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. We were out on the road a month! Buck loved it because he got to jump in so many rivers, lakes, and ponds.

      Looking forward to connecting with you again!

      Your blogging pal,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  14. Hi Mrs. Yollis and Classmates,

    My name is Lila. I am so excited to be in class with each of you this year. It is going to be a lot of fun.

    I earned my green belt in Taekwondo this summer. It was really cool after practicing so much. I also went to summer camp. At camp, I went swimming, played sports, did art projects, climbed a really tall rock wall, and walked across a high rope. It was awesome.

    I had fun juggling at school yesterday. I'm looking forward to juggling again this year. What are you looking forward to?

    See you soon!
    Lila

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  15. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Scarlett and I'm excited to be in your class!

    This summer I went to New York to visit my family. We spent three days in New York City enjoying the sights and then traveled to Hudson Valley where we stayed on a lake and I learned how to canoe!

    I also spent two weeks at a surf camp and one week at golf camp! I love spending time outdoors, swimming, biking, soccer, surfing and dancing. But my true passion is singing! Do you like to sing?

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  16. Hi Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    My name is Lucas and my little sister, Lily is in this class. I am an eight grader at the middle school. In third grade, I was in Mrs. Raney's class that also blogged.

    I hope you all have a fun year!

    Cheers,
    Lucas B.

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    1. @Lucas B., I was so excited to see your comment and to find out that Lily is in Mrs. Yollis' class. It's so great that she can carry on the family blogging tradition! Have a wonderful eighth grade year, Lucas. I look forward to seeing more comments from you here on the blog!

      All the best,
      Mrs. Ranney

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    2. @Mrs. Ranney,
      I am so glad that Lily finally gets to experience the fun of blogging that I did in third grade. I can't wait to see all of the fun things that they post this year and what they will do that is similar to what I did in your class.
      Cheers,
      Lucas

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  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I am so excited for this new school year you are embarking on together! I know you're in for many wonderful experiences.

    I taught at Chaparral for 30 years before retiring in 2014 and have known Mrs. Yollis since she started teaching! When Mrs. Yollis and I taught 3rd grade together, she encouraged me to start a blog. I loved blogging and so did my classes!

    During the summer I rode on the beach bike path every week, took water aerobics classes, and spent a great deal of time in my backyard garden. I also enjoyed camping and hiking in the Eastern Sierras. Although I didn't visit any national parks, I have visited many in the past and have plans for the future as well. One of my favorites is Glacier National Park in Montana. In fact, the first time I visited there was with Mrs. Yollis 22 years ago!

    I am an avid photographer and plan to submit some photos this year for the 365 Blog. You may search and find some that I've contributed in the past!

    I look forward to following your adventures together here on the blog. Here's to a super 2018-2019 school year!

    All the best,
    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs. Ranney

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    1. @ Mrs. Ranney,

      I am excited you are one of our blogging buddies. I am very excited to be in Mrs. Yollis' class so I can blog like Lucas did in 3rd grade.

      I hope to see you again soon.

      Cheers,
      Lily

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    2. @Lily,

      Thank you for your reply! Way to keep the conversation going! I'm also very happy to keep connected this way.

      I noticed when I read one of your previous comments that you and I have a couple of things in common. I also love museums and particularly enjoyed the Palace at Versailles when I visited Paris. In addition, I love the beach and ocean! In fact, I try to get to the beach at least once a week, usually to ride on the bike path and sometimes to take photographs - particularly of birds.

      Looking forward to reading about all your class adventures!

      Cheers to you,
      Mrs. Ranney

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    3. @Mrs. Ranney,

      Wow! You and Mrs. Yollis have been friends for a long time! I love taking pictures as well. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos!

      I'm looking forward to many blogs with you!
      Love,
      Carlie

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    4. @Lily,

      Thank you for your reply! Way to keep the conversation going! I'm also very happy to keep connected this way.

      I noticed when I read one of your previous comments that you and I have a couple of things in common. I also love museums and particularly enjoyed the Palace at Versailles when I visited Paris. In addition, I love the beach and ocean! In fact, I try to get to the beach at least once a week, usually to ride on the bike path and sometimes to take photographs - particularly of birds.

      Looking forward to reading about all your class adventures!

      Cheers to you,
      Mrs. Ranney

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  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and New Classmates,
    My name is Rebecca. I had a fun summer. I went to San Diego. In San Diego, I saw my grandparents and uncle. They are from my dads's part of the family. We went to the Wild Animal Park. We also went to two resorts in Orange County. The resorts also had fun things to do like swimming pools with water slides, an arcade and a walkway to the beach. I had a great summer!
    Love, Rebecca

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  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It's me Jake F.! I hope you had a wonderful summer. Thank you for everything last year.

    This summer I went to Nantucket, which is an island located off of Massachusetts. We went with my brothers and my mom and dad. We spent time with our cousins and family.

    We also drove the entire way to Sedona on a different trip! It was a long drive, but I had a great time once we got there. I also went to Hurricane Harbor, which is a water park, twice this summer! I celebrated an early birthday there, with a couple of my friends.

    I hope you have a great school year with your new class! You will be missed!

    Yours truly,
    Jake

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  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis and classmates,

    This summer, I went to Nantucket with my family. The flight was four hours, but it was worth it. I learned how to ride a bike with my friends and cousins.

    I also got two new puppies who are very cute! Their names are Olive and Hazel. They are fluffy white and black bernadoodles. I have so much fun playing with them. They are already five months!

    I look forward to being in Mrs. Yollis's class this year. My brother had her last year! I am excited to start 3rd grade!

    Warmly,
    Benjamin F.

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  21. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Mrs. Talley, and I am a school librarian in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Yollis and I have been corresponding via this blog and via Skype for a few years now, and I couldn't wait to read the first post and comments of the new school year. I must say I am incredibly impressed by the comments you third graders have written! You are already off to a fabulous start with your authentic writing, and I look forward to reading more of your comments in the months to come.

    I teach 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade library students. My 4th graders take part in a mini-blog unit during which we have the opportunity to correspond with your class through the 365 blog. I am looking forward to learning more about your class. I read all of the comments that have been written thus far, and it's amazing how similar your interests are to my own students here on the east coast! We, too, have many Harry Potter fans in our school - most of whom prefer Gryffindors! Many of my students have traveled to the same summer destinations as students in your class, and I visited one of the National Parks mentioned in your comments, Acadia National Park located in Maine. I plan to post some pictures from my summer travels on the 365 blog. Until we connect again through blogging, I wish you all a fabulous school year ahead. You are so very fortunate to be in Mrs. Yollis' class because she is dedicated to making learning both meaningful and enjoyable!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs. Talley

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  22. Will (former student)September 9, 2018 at 7:08 PM


    Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Hello everyone! A lot of you may know me, and I am one of Mrs. Yollis's former students. She is an amazing teacher in all areas, especially writing! Without Mrs. Yollis, I would still be typing the wrong way and never know! I wouldn't be even close to as good a writer as I am now. You're very lucky you got her as you're teacher!

    You're new blogging buddy,
    W♦ll

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