Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Welcome Back ~ 2019-2020

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?

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  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am happy to be in your class!

    This summer I went to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. I went kayaking in the ocean, and I went jet skiing. When I was jet skiing, I felt dizzy and thrilled.

    Did anyone else go to Mexico this summer?


    1. @ Kasra,

      Thank you for being our first commenter! You told us where you went, and you gave us two detail sentences about what you did and how you felt. Well done!

      You asked if anyone has been to Mexico. I went to that beautiful country years ago. I went to La Paz, Mexico. There I swam in the beautiful blue water and ate Mexican food.

      What did you eat when you were in Mexico?

      Your proud teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. @ Mrs. Yollis,

      My favorite food is Mexican food. So, I was in heaven when I was in Mexico. I ate lots of tacos and burritos.

      What is your favorite food?


  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am excited to be the second commenter!

    Like Kasra, I too went to Mexico, but I went to Cancun. I also jet skied, and boy was it fast! It was quite thrilling. I felt like my ♥ was beating 5,000 m.p.h.

    Who else went to a foreign country this summer?


    1. Dear Emily E,

      Sounds like fun, I want to go too!

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am excited to be the third blogger!

    This summer, I left our country and went to a foreign country. I flew to London, England. At night, we went on a double-decker bus that had flashing blue and red lights. It was exciting to see the city that way.

    Big Ben was beautiful. It is a big clock and bell that tourist love to see and take pictures. I also saw Buckingham Palace. The beefeaters were wearing big, black hats and bright red uniforms.

    Have you ever been to London, England to see the beefeaters?

    Your royal blogger,

    1. Hi Evan,

      I went to London last summer. I remember seeing the Beefeaters too. They were really cool. I also heard the chime of Big Ben. It was also a little chilly, but overall it was really fun.

      Did you go to the London Science Museum? We had a Greta time there. What was your favorite part of London?

      Your friend,


    2. @Evan

      Two summers ag♥ I also went the London,England with my grandpa. I remember that I was stand right under Big Ben which was super cool. I also saw Beefeaters at Windsor Castle.

      Have you ever been to the English Countryside?

      Your Classmate,

      Emily F.

    3. @Isla
      We did not go to the Science Museum, but it sounds fun. I loved the Tower of London and seeing the Crown Jewels!

      @Emily F. We took the Channel Tunnel to Paris, so we saw some of the English Countryside on our way, but didn't stay to visit.

      Your London-loving friend,

  4. Bonjour Mrs Yollis,

    This summer I also went to Paris, France. I saw the Eiffel Tower and even went to the top! It was so exciting to see the city from up there. I ate snails, they are called escargot in France. They were yummy.
    Guess what? My family ran into Archie's Family at the Louvre Museum, it was funny! We took a picture together!
    I love Paris.

    Have you ever had snails?

    Au revoir,

    1. @ Evan,

      What a lovely trip!

      You asked if anyone has ever eaten escargot, or snails. Well, when I was in Paris I did! When I first looked at them, I thought to myself, "What are you thinking? Snails?!" However, I think it is important to try new things so...I popped it in my mouth. It was delicious! I finished the entire serving!

      Thanks for being brave while traveling!

      Your escargot-loving teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. @Mrs Yollis,

      Did you eat anything from a pastry chef? If you did, how was it? Did you have a croissant? I had a creme brulee. Hope you write back!

      Your French student,


    3. @ Evan,

      Merci beaucoup for your reply!

      You asked if I ate anything from a pastry chef? Yes, I enjoyed a yummy chocolate croissant each morning with my coffee. It was so light and flaky with just the right amount of chocolate. I can still smell the delicious aroma when I think about it.

      What were some other foods you enjoyed?

      Au revoir,
      Madame Y♥llis

    4. Hi Evan it's Archie. It was so funny when I saw you in Paris and I ate snails there that trip. My mom posted about it online. She said, "I can get this boy to eat snails but i can't get him to eat broccoli"

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This summer, I went to Cancun with my family. We met my cousins. I swam a lot, and had a fun time.

    I also went to Disneyland to see Star Wars land. My dad, my sister, and I love Star Wars! But my mom does not. Do you like Star Wars?

    See you tomorrow!

    Your student,

    1. Dear Arjun

      I have been to Cancun and I love Star Wars too!



  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am excited to be seventh student to comment on the blog.

    On summer I went to Kentucky because my grandma lives there. When I saw my grandma we went house boating together for three days straight. We slept in a beautiful lake. I was excited and scared because I have a phobia of big fish and snapping turtles. Luckily, I saw no snapping turtles and one big fish. Though I saw turtles.


    1. @Carsyn
      This summer I also went to Kentucky, because my grandma and grandpa live there too! We also visited a lake. We rode in a boat, tubed, swam, and played on a big float called a lilypad. I didn't see any fish or turtles. It was exciting to be at the lake!
      Bye y'all,

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I'm excited to be blogging with you.

    This summer I went to Chicago. In Chicago, I saw the Bean and visited with lots of friends and family. We also ate a lot of pizza. It was delicious.

    Has anyone else ever been to Chicago? If so, what was your favorite part of the city?

    Ivy ♥

  8. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    I’m so glad to be in your classroom this year!

    This summer, I was in a play at the community theatre I go to. The play was Guys and Dolls. I also made some new friends which was cool. It was really fun to watch other performances and see the other kids do the show too.

    Also, we went to San Diego for a couple days to celebrate my Great Uncle’s 85th Birthday!! It was really fun to be with my cousins. It was nice to feel the breeze blow through my hair when we went to the beach.

    Where is your favorite place to go to in San Diego? Do you like the beach? Or is Sea World your favorite?

    Can’t wait to hear back from you.

    Your student,


  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am so excited to be in your class this year.

    This summer I went to Kentucky with Evan's family. We stayed at Evans's houses. In Kentucky, we saw horses, swam, and then we went on a road trip with them. One day we had breakfast in Kentucky, at the original KFC, lunch in Tennessee, and dinner in North Carolina. Then we drove to South Carolina. We saw Fort Sumter, went to the beach and saw jellyfish, and we saw rainbow houses. We walked around a lot and we all had a lot of fun!

    Have you ever been on a road trip? Where did you go?


    1. @ Kate,

      You mentioned Fort Sumter. Why is that famous?

      Your history-loving teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. @Kate
      I am so happy that you and your family came to visit us at our Kentucky house! The road trip was awesome, but my favorite part was "Fortnite Live" kids vs. parents! Remember when your mom and I hid in the bushes and sprayed you with water hoses? You kids were so surprised! I'm looking forward to many more family trips.

      Go Wildcats!

    3. @Mrs Yollis

      Kate and I learned that Fort Sumter is famous because it was where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
      When we visited we saw lots of old cannons and stone walls.
      Did you know that Fort Sumter is on an island in Charleston Harbor? We had to take a ferry to get there.

      Your history knowing student,

    4. @MrsYollis
      Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began. The South fired on the fort first and this started the war. The walls here were very tall and there many cannons. It was very fun to visit.
      Have you ever been to Fort Sumter?

  10. Hello Mrs. Yollis,

    I am excited to comment on your blog. I wanted to tell you about my fabulous summer break. At first on June, I flew to New York with my Mom, and I visited my best friends Ellie and Eyal. I also went to see Aladdin, the musical on Broadway.

    Have you ever seen a musical?


    1. Hi Daniel,

      I love New York! Arjun's dad lived in New York before he moved to California. We plan on visiting next summer with Arjun and his sister.

      Aladdin sounds so exciting! My favorite musical is "Wicked". I saw it at the Hollywood Pantages theater.

      Have you ever been to the Pantages theater?

      Daksha (Arjun's mom)

  11. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    How great to see your class back blogging!

    My name is Kathleen Morris and I am a primary school teacher from Victoria in Australia.

    Back in 2009 Mrs Yollis and I met through educational blogging. Our classes began connecting through blog comments, Skype sessions, and global projects. It was a lot of fun!

    I now work on the Student Blogging Challenge which is an 8 week project to help students learn about blogging while connecting with others around the world.

    I'm not currently teaching as I'm taking care of my daughter but I hope to follow along your wonderful learning journey.

    A note for parents and studnets: you have hit the jackpot with Mrs Yollis! She is a role model teacher for me and so many other educators around the world. I know you're going to have a lot of fun together and learn a lot. So, strap yourself in. It'll be a year to remember!

    Best wishes from Australia,
    Kathleen Morris

    1. @ Mrs. Morris,

      What a treat to receive a message from you in the southern hemisphere! You truly made my day!

      Our years of blogging together have brought me so much joy, and I know all my students feel that way too! It's hard to believe such a wonderful friendship could be formed when we live so far apart, 8,000 miles!

      Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to me coming from you!

      Since you live in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite. What is the weather like for you today? Also, you are so many hours ahead! I wonder if any of my students can guess how many hours ahead you are in Melbourne, Australia.

      Your blogging buddy,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. @ Mrs. Yollis,

      It is crazy to think you're 8000 miles away but we can communicate as if you were just down the road!

      I am happy to report that spring has sprung in Melbourne! It was quite a cold winter. We don't get snow but lots of grey skies, rain, and cold weather. I am ready for some more sunshine!

      Just last week I noticed the fruit trees in my backyard have started blossoming. What a great sign. I wonder if any of your trees having started losing leaves?

      I look forward if to hearing if anyone knows about the time zone here in Melbourne, Australia. Even after collaborating for so long, time zones continue to fascinate me!

      Best wishes from down under,
      Mrs Morris

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am super happy to be in your class.

    This summer I went to South Lake Tahoe which was very hot and fun. When I was in Heavenly Valley, we went on a rollercoaster call the Mountain Coaster, and I went on it nine times! It was fun!

    When I was at the lake, I went paddle boarding. I did yoga on the paddle board. How fun is that? When we left, I was super sad.

    Who else has been to Lake Tahoe?

    Your roller coaster ♔,
    Emily F.

    1. Hi Emily F,

      Ivy and I (along with Ivy's brother and dad) went to Lake Tahoe last September! We traveled with 3 generations of family friends from 3 families. Seventeen of us flew on an airplane together. Seven additional friends who live in Northern California drove to meet us. All 24 of us stayed at one of the friend's houses! When I was growing up, these 3 families totaled 11 people. Our families have grown now that the original children have spouses and children of our own!

      The weather was cool, but not cold enough to snow, and not hot enough to swim. We went on walks and spent time cooking and playing at a nearby park.

      It was so much fun being with these friends who are like family. It is a trip we will never forget.

      I would love to try yoga on a paddle board! Were you worried about falling in the water?

      Your friend,
      April (Ivy's mom)

    2. @April

      When I did paddle boarding yoga, I was not worried ab♥ut falling in the water.
      I fell into the water on purpose and it was cold.

      Your Friend,
      Emily F

    3. Hannah F. / Emily F's sisterSeptember 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM

      Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      I did paddle-boarding yoga with Emily and a friend we met there named Dylan. We had so much fun paddle-boarding and swimming in the lake. At the beginning of paddle-boarding, Emily almost bumped into the water taxi (boat).

  13. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I am really happy to be in your class.

    This summer I went to Europe. I went to Spain with my family,including my grandparents. We explored the South of Spain! We also visited Gibraltar.

    We saw a cool cave, apes, palaces, a castle, a really big church where Christopher Columbus is buried, a thrilling water park, and an exciting Flamenco show.

    My favorite experience was cliff
    -diving into a river. It was terrifying at first then it felt amazing.

    Has anyone tried cliff-diving before?

    Your cliff-diving boss.

  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This summer I went to Avila Beach, California with my friends and family. The boys got to go ATVing. I was scared at first but after we practiced it got cooler and cooler! We rode on giant dunes and steep hills. Meanwhile the girls and my younger brother got to go shopping all over town.

    There was a playground on the beach. I went boogie boarding with my brothers and friends. We celebrated a birthday at a restaurant where a waiter places a cup on top of the birthday person's head, then they stand on a chair behind the person and try to pour water in the cup while blindfolded. The birthday boy got soaked!

    We do this every summer. It's a new tradition. Avila Beach was a BLAST!

    Have you ever been ATVing before?

    Your buddy, Darien

  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I'm excited to leave the 25th comment on your blog!

    This summer, My sister and I went to New York City to visit our Grandmas and Grandpas who live there. I went on a ferry boat around Manhattan and visited the Statue Of Liberty. I also went to Virginia Beach and had a blast fishing at the piers. We went with My Grandmother and My Aunt. We all had so much fun and can't wait to visit them again.

    Have any of you been to Virginia Beach or New York City?

    hasta luego,

    1. Hi Mia My mom gets to go to New York every month for her job. Sometimes we get to go with her. My favorite part is going into taxis.

  16. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    This summer was so much fun! I was excited to go to two different camps.

    During the first session of the summer, I went to Camp Keystone where I learned to do horseback riding, ride on a go-cart and even did some boating! I also made a lot of new friends.

    The second session was at Art Camp where I was able to make slime everyday. I learned the difference between warm and cool colors and all the different types of shading. My favorite part was when I fooled everyone with my fake food art.

    After camp, I did some traveling. I went to Philadelphia and learned a lot about American History by visiting Betsy Ross's house and the Liberty Bell.

    We spent the rest of the vacation on the beach and at the boardwalk for some fun games and rides. After an 6 hour flight home, my grandma and grandpa met me back at my house with open arms and gifts! We had such a great visit. It was a great start to the new school year.

    Has anyone been to the East Coast?


  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I am very happy to be the 37th boggler!
    This summer I went to my home country, Argentina, which it is in the south hemisphere so it was winter. We ate empanadas which is one of the traditional foods of the country. We visited my cousins who live in a farm and had many sleepovers with my other cousins who live in Buenos Aires. We also visited my father's family who live in Tucuman, that's the northern part of the country which is beautiful.
    My great grandparent turned 100!! We had a big party with family coming from all over the world.

    Does anyone have a relative from Argentina?


    1. Hi Ben this is Archie. My grandma was born in Argentina too!

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    This summer my mom’s friends came to visit us. They flew from Texas, Michigan and Florida. There were 19 people staying at my house!

    While they were visiting, we went to Disneyland, California Adventure, Santa Monica and Paradise Cove. My favorite part was California Adventure and riding the Incredicoaster. I had a great time hanging out with all of the kids.

    Do you like roller coasters Mrs. Yollis?

    Your Student,


  19. I went on a trip to Europe. First i went to Ireland, then Italy, then Paris. I loved Cinque Terre it was beautiful. It means 5 lands I went to all 5. I also went to Lucca a walled city. We biked on the wall as a family. I biked most of the way. It was really fun in Italy. I also went to Paris. In Paris I saw the Mona Lisa and also ran into my friend Evan! Can you believe it! We were both outside of the Louvre and it was a coincidence. In Ireland I loved the potatoes. They were the best potatoes in my life. Have you ever tasted Ireland's potatoes, and if done, do you like them?

  20. During summer I found a family of mice in my barn.
    One mom, one dad, two kids and two babies. I saw the two babies being born. We entered while the mom was giving birth. The baby mice were adorable but they weren't doing well. One had a cut and the other one was overheated but they still made it. Would you like to have mice in your barn?


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