Sunday, August 22, 2021

Welcome Back :: 2021 - 2022

 Welcome back to a new school year! 





Wednesday was our first day of school!

Like my former dog Buck near a body of water, we jumped right in and started our third-grade adventure! 



Photo by Mr. Yollis 


When we got to the classroom, Mrs. Yollis introduced herself. She has been teaching for one score and one decade and five years. How many years has Mrs. Yollis been teaching? 

Here is a photo of Mrs. Yollis on her very first day of teaching back in 1987!




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Parents:

Here are some links for you to peruse as we start our year of learning together:


A. This educational 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.




B. We also have a class Photo-of-the-Day blog! Anyone is welcome to contribute a photo or comment throughout the year. Join our 365 Photo-of-the-day project! :-)



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Like Buck off a dock, let's jump right into blogging!





Students, please leave a comment telling us about yourself. What did you do over your summer break? What adventures and experiences did you enjoy? 

IMPORTANT

When writing on the internet, never give away your YAPPY. 





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. No need to log in, select NAME/URL to comment. Write your FIRST name and leave the URL box empty. (See image below.)








Happy blogging!


44 comments:

  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Ayda: I think you are a wonderful teacher! I especially like

    Lucas: I am enjoying the class because everyone is so nice!

    Anais: Mrs. Yollis is very fun and exciting!

    Jasmine: Mrs. Yollis is super kind because she helps us with doing our work.

    Tyler: I think Mrs. Yollis is kind because she helps us with our computers.

    Ava: It is exciting to be in Mrs. Yollis' class because

    Daniel: I like Mrs. Yollis because she is nice and teaches us with care.

    Molly: I like how Mrs. Yollis is always thinking about her students.

    What is something you want to learn this year?

    From,
    Mrs. Yollis' class


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  2. I like you because your so nice I think you rember mia

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  3. I think cause I like you be your so nice you rember mia

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  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Amelia: Mrs. Yollis is the best teacher. I am very grateful to be in your class because everyone is so nice.

    Ayda: I love your laser pointer! It helps me follow along.

    Ryan: I like this class because we do outside learning sometimes. Mrs. Yollis calls it al fresco learning.

    Macayleigh: I love this class because we do lots of learning. For example, we have learned to blog.

    Jasmine: My favorite part of the class is the microphone. I like it because I've always wanted one.

    Victoire: I like being in Mrs. Yollis' class because she is the best!

    Miryan: I like how Mrs. Yollis makes learning fun. For instance, she hasn't given any homework yet!

    What would you like to learn this year?

    From,
    The Class

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  5. noah you are funny and helpful

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  6. To Mrs.Yollis,Today I am talking about my summer! This summer I went to Lake Arrowhead for four days! I really like that friend Luka was there! I was really sad when I had to leave! Love Lucas

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  7. scarlett you are the best teaher becuse you care of us

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  8. Hi Miss yollis thank you for being the bing the best teacher you can be (: from jacob to miss. yollis (:

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  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I'm so excited for you as you start this 2021-22 school year! My name is Mrs. Ranney, and I've known and worked with Mrs. Yollis for many years. In fact, I remember her first day back in 1987! I have been retired since 2014 and still enjoy staying connected through the classroom blog and the 365 Project as well. You might find some photos I have posted there, and I'll be sure submit some more during this school year.

    During this past summer, I've enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening and visiting with my grandchildren. A special camping trip I took this summer with my husband was to Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The colorful formations we viewed in each park were stunning to behold! My daughter and her family live near Joshua Tree National Park, so while visiting them we were able to hike there as well.

    What trips or activities did you enjoy this past summer? Have you visited any National Parks?

    I look forward to reading your comments and staying in touch through the blog.

    Your blogging buddy,

    Mrs. Ranney

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    1. Mrs. Yollis' classAugust 24, 2021 at 1:25 PM

      Dear Mrs. Ranney,

      We were shocked to learn that you were at our school in 1987.

      You asked if anyone has been to a national park. We have!

      Noah: I went to Arches National Park too. We took a big hike and we ate at a restaurant. Then we went back.

      Ava: I went to Bryce and the Grand Canyon. One the way back we went on a boat in Lake Powell. We swam in the deep water.

      Daniel: I went to the Grand Canyon. Did you go to the ghost town near by?

      Eli: I went to a national park in New York. I will ask my mom about the location.

      Tyler: I go to Leo Carillo state beach. Have you been there?

      Jacob: I went to Yellowstone National Park. There were bubbling water features that could kill you! We also saw a lot of bears.

      Marcus: I went to Yosemite National Park. We hiked up a river and it was fun.


      Do you miss teaching?

      From,
      Mrs. Yollis' new third graders!

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    2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

      I have never been to a National Park. I want to go soon. I went to Maui this summer. It was fun.

      From,
      Molly

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    3. Dear New Third Graders,

      I was so excited to receive your reply to my comment! I love to keep the conversation going.

      Not only was I teaching at your school with Mrs. Yollis back in 1987, I was there in 1984. I also taught at two other schools between 1973 and 1984!

      How great that so many of you visited National and State Parks this past summer.

      @Noah, I love that you and I have visiting Arches in common. Mr. Ranney and I thought being there was like being in another world. Which hike did you go on? I enjoyed many hikes while we were there, including hikes to Delicate and Landscape Arches. We also ate at a restaurant in the nearby town of Moab.

      @Ava, aren’t Bryce and the Grand Canyon beauitiful? I have visited them in both summer and winter. Seeing the snow covering the colorful rocks is a sight I’ll never forget! I’ve never been to Lake Powell. Boating and swimming there must have been so much fun!

      @Daniel, I love the Grand Canyon. I’ve actually visited there in 3 out of the 4 seasons. One of my visits there even included spending time with Mr. and Mrs. Yollis! I have not been to a nearby ghost town, though. I’d love to hear more about that.

      @Eli, I am so interested to learn about which park you visited in New York. Please tell me more about it! One of my daughters lives in NYC, so I love to visit there now and then.

      @Tyler, yes, I have been to Leo Carillo State Beach. In fact, I have camped there. Did you camp? What did you enjoy doing there? I love spending time at the beach. It’s one my favorite things about living in California.

      @Jacob, Yellowstone is spectacular, isn’t? I haven’t been there in many years and would love to go again. I definitely remember those bubbling hot water features and lots of wildlife. My favorite animal sighting was of a moose. What were the bears that you saw doing?

      @Marcus, it has also been many years since I’ve visited Yosemite, another beautiful National Park. What river did you hike up? Was the water deep? The hike I remember going on the last time I was there was to the top of Vernal Falls, called Mist Trail.

      Well, everyone, I look forward to getting to know of all you better and seeing the exciting class activities posted on the blog.

      Yes, I do often miss teaching, especially because I miss working with Mrs. Yollis! Retirement does provide time for me to pursue many other interests like visiting National Parks and spending time with my granddaughters! I will be going to three more National Parks in the next few months: Kings Canyon National Park, Channel Islands National Park, and another visit to Joshua Tree.

      All the best to all of you!

      Your blogging buddy,

      Mrs. Ranney

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  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think you because you are so nice. Do you remember Mia?

    From,
    Nathaniel

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    1. Dear Nathaniel,

      I'm glad you think I am nice. I try! Yes, I remember Mia. Please tell her I said hello!

      Warmly,
      Mrs. Yollis

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  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I had a great time this summer!I hope you did too!

    From,
    Anais

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  12. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    This summer I went to Washington State to visit my nana. Did you do any
    traveling this summer?

    From, Macayleigh

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    1. Mrs. Yollis and MollyAugust 24, 2021 at 10:32 AM

      Dear Macayleigh,

      Congratulations on being our first commenter!

      You asked did I do any traveling. Yes, Mr. Yollis and I went to Maui, Hawaii. I loved swimming with the sea turtle and other tropical fish.

      What did you do with Nana in Washington?

      From,
      Mrs. Yollis and Molly

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  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This summer I went to day camp. I spent 10 days at my Nana and Papa's house. I am super glad to be in your class. I'm having a really good time.

    From,
    Eli

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  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I'm sorry I'm just sick but we don't think it's covid. I think I'm coming back on Thursday. See you then.

    Love,
    Drake

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    1. Dear Drake,

      We hope you feel better soon. We hope that it is just a cold and not covid.

      All of us miss you!

      In class, we have been doing al fresco learning. For writing, we wrote a letter to Mrs. Yollis telling her about ourselves and our family. Some people wrote about what they want to be.

      In math, we learned about odds and evens. Here are the even numbers: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20. There are more. Here are the odd numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21. There are more.

      Here is a couple of questions for you:

      If you add an even number and an even number, do you get an odd or an even sum?

      From,
      The Class

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  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I went to sleepaway camp this summer and it was really fun. I also went to Maui this summer with my family. It was really fun. You are a great teacher and I am really excited to be in your class this year.

    From,
    Molly

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    1. Dear Molly,

      What a terrific comment!

      You mentioned you went to sleep-away camp over the summer. What made it great? I love to get some details.

      Maui is one of my favorite places to vacation. First of all, I love to snorkel and see all the beautiful tropical fish. One of my favorite fish to see is the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. I is so colorful.

      Another reason I love Maui is because of the sunsets. Mr. Yollis and I like to go out to the beach and watch it set each night.

      What did you enjoy while you were vacationing in Maui, Hawaii?

      Aloha!

      Mrs. Yollis

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    2. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

      Sleep away camp was great because my best friend Molly was there and also my friend Ella. My counselors were very nice and I went away for two weeks!

      In Maui I liked to go on water slides and I went with my family. We also were with our family friend.

      From,
      Molly

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    3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      What month did you go to Maui? I went in June.

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  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis, today I am talking about my summer! This summer I went to Lake Arrowhead for four days! I really like that my friend Luka was there! I was really sad when I had to leave! Love, Lucas

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  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I went to Empire State Building in New York. I went to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania. I went to Lake Havasu and rode a Jet Ski.

    From,
    Elan

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  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis, today I am talking about my summer! This summer I went to Lake Arrowhead for four days! I really like that my friend Luka was there! I was really sad when I had to leave! Love, Lucas

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  19. Hi Mrs. Yollis,
    This summer I played baseball in different cities in Los Angeles. I play 3rd base. I also went to the beach with my friends. My favorite part of the beach was boogie boarding. Did you go anywhere over the summer? Did you see any family?
    From,
    Noah

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    1. Dear Noah,

      It sounds like you had a wonderful summer.

      You asked if I went anywhere this summer. I did! Mr. Yollis and I went to Maui, Hawaii and had a fabulous time. We swam with sea turtle and lots of colorful fish.

      Have you ever snorkeled?

      Warmly,
      Mrs. Yollis

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    2. Mrs. Yollis,

      I have never snorkeled, but I wish to go snorkeling soon. Was it fun? Did you see any other animals? I love animals. My favorite animals are zebras and giraffes. What is your favorite animal?

      From,
      Noah

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  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I went to Maui and the Big Island this summer, and I swam in the ocean with my friends. We saw turtles and fish, including eels. I went surfing for the first time! I got shaved ice and boba tea. We fed a horse during a van tour down a deep valley with a huge waterfall, and we went through many streams.

    In August, we went to Hood River, Oregon. We saw our friends, who stayed at a big orchard. I climbed up a giant rope tied to a tree, and I got very high up. We went to see a bunch of waterfalls. It was a very long hike to see them. Also, we hiked along Hood River and played in the water. It was very cold but fantastic. We met a kitty named Kitcat, who lived next door. She was very nice and cute. She also let us pet her.

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    1. Dear Amelia,

      What a terrific comment! I learned so much about you and your fantastic summer vacation.

      You mentioned that you were in Hawaii. We have that in common! Like you, I saw green sea turtle swimming gracefully and tropical fish darting here and there. What flavor shaved ice did you have? I enjoyed a fruity coconut flavored one!

      You also said that you visited Oregon. What kind of orchard was it? Apple? Walnut? How high were the waterfalls?

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Yollis

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    2. Dear Mrs. Yollis

      Once I had tropical sunset (mango, passion fruit, and guava). Another time I had coconut and lemon-lime I think. Our friends were staying at a pear orchard! Well we hiked up many waterfalls: the first one went all the way up a high cliff, the second was kind of the same, and the third was not very small but medium. Did you see an octopus? I saw one!

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  21. Dear Ms. Yollis,
    I had a great summer. I went to Boston. I saw a Red Sox vs. Yankee game. I climbed a high treetop ropes course and went to a fun place called Boda Borg where there are lots of escape rooms. We also went to Cape Cod with my grandparents and cousins who live in Boston.

    From, Tyler

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    1. Dear Tyler,

      You wrote an excellent comment! I'm glad it got through use a different browser than Safari.

      It sounds like a fabulous trip! You mentioned you went to a Red Sox vs. Yankee game. Who won? Which team were you rooting for?

      Next summer I will be traveling to Boston and Cape Cod. What are some places that you recommend I visit?

      Yours truly,
      Mrs. Yollis

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    2. Hi Tyler-
      It is cool that you went to a Red Sox game. What was the score? Did anybody hit a homerun? It is cool how you climbed the tree. I would like to climb a tree with you soon.
      From,
      Noah

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    3. @Yollis - The score was 5-3 Red Sox. But I left in the 8th inning. I was rooting for the Red Sox.

      I recommend Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. What part of Cape Cod are you going to? If you go to Falmouth I recommend going to Old Silver
      Beach.

      @Noah, Yes there was a home run at the game. And I didn't climb a tree. It was a ropes course in trees.

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  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    After a challenging year, I was able to have an amazing summer. I went with my family to Maui which is in Hawaii. My parents rented a car and we drove to many different places in nature. My favorite part was to drive up the Haleakala mountain and watch the beautiful sun set above the clouds.

    On a different week, we rented an RV and went to an RV park which had a pool, a water park, and a lake. Also, I went to sleep away camp for a week with my best friend Emmy. We had a lot of fun!
    Lastly, I went to many lakes with my family and our boat and I went on the tube.

    I had a blast throughout the Summer break! What did you do during Summer?

    From
    Ori

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    1. @Ori,

      I noticed your well-written comment and just had to respond!

      I have been to Haleakala National Park twice before and it is one of my favorite places to visit on Maui. I'm always amazed how such a place exists on the same island as the lush beaches where I love to snorkel.

      The first time I visited Haleakala, Mr. Ranney and I got up very early one morning and drove there to see the sunrise. I will never forget how spectacular that was. Both times I've traveled there, I've enjoyed hiking down Sliding Sands Trail. Were you able to do that?

      What else did you do on the island of Maui?

      It sounds like you had a full and very fun summer!

      Cheers,

      Mrs. Ranney

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  23. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This Labor Day Weekend I went to Sequoia National Park. We rented a house for four days and three nights. It had a pool. We played football, we did front flips and back flips, we collected rocks, we did technology, and we had lots of fun. On the third day I went to Sequoia National Park. And I saw the world's massive tree. It is called General Sherman tree which is the largest tree on earth by volume. I hope everyone gets an opportunity to visit sequoia.

    Thank you
    Ryan

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  24. Dear 3rd Graders,
    My name is Mrs. Lewis and I teach third grade in Lisbon, Maine. I am currently working on a master's degree in technology integration and came across your blog in some of my research. I absolutely love that you have such a wonderful digital space to share in your classroom! I am feeling inspired to start a blog with my own class. Do you think this is something my students would enjoy?

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Mrs. Lewis

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