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This Week’s Happenings May 1-12

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

For the last couple of weeks I have been part of the planning committee for our term break camps.  Each school break the kids that stay at the hostel return home to be with their families.  Periodically during these breaks we will bring those that are 15 years and older back to the hostel for a fun filled camp.  The camps consist of sports, guest speakers, life skills training and much more!  Last week was our camp for this school break and it kept me super busy!  Mikayla and I would leave the house each morning and not return until supper or later!!  I was the "behind the scenes girl".  I did not have a super specific role, but floated around and helped to fill in the gaps where needed.  I was on my feet a lot and running around, which made me super tired!  Not sure how I taught kindergarten right up until Mikayla was born!!

Part of the camp was a mural project.  We took the theme "Live Your Best Life" and had each group (there were four) complete one of the words in the theme on a large board.  The kids spent the first day brainstorming, then Ben took their ideas and created the designs.  I then projected them onto the board and traced them. The kids took over after this painting and filling in with additional thoughts and ideas.  I think they turned out pretty good for their first big art project.  Thanks to all my time at Kaleidoscope I was able to help get this project completed!!

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Another highlight from the camp week was the Cabrini staff vs. Camp kids soccer match.  It was quite entertaining and actually a really well matched game (with the exception of a couple of out of shape gentlemen)!  Here are a couple of shots from the game. Oh and the kids won (1-0) in overtime!!

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Staff in blue, kids in green.  Anyone notice something out of place in this picture?

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We spent the weekend recuperating from camp and relaxing!  I had a fabulous Mother’s Day where Ben and Mikayla let e watch movies and relax on the couch all day.  They served me food and wouldn’t let me lift a finger!  Just what this momma needed!  Love my family.

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Dr. Seuss Fun

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Dr. Seuss!  It is perhaps one of my favorite units I teach all year long.  I love Dr. Seuss so much that when I saw this dress on Etsy, I had to have it for my little lady.  Doesn’t she just look cute?  Thanks Aunt Christa for an early birthday gift!

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At school last week, we went Dr. Seuss crazy!  So crazy that my assistant even commented, "You said you loved Dr. Seuss, but I have never seen someone love him so much!"  I didn’t get pictures of everything, but here are a few of my favorites.

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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff self portraits.  They named themselves Dr. ___(insert first name) Seuss.  They turned out really cute!

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After reading Horton Hears a Who we made "oo" words into silly faces.  We also made Horton contraction ears.  I failed to snap a picture of these.

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On Wednesday we had a birthday party for Dr. Seuss.  Complete with a guest read aloud of Wacky Wednesday (another teacher at school that does skits in morning assembly), the cutest Dr. Seuss cake (made by a fantastic and very talented mom), and Pink Yink Ink Drinks.  We even got to watch a little Horton Hears a Who.

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Then the same mom who made the Dr. Seuss birthday cake, surprised me with my very own Dr. Seuss themed birthday cake (my birthday was on Monday).  So sweet!

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Notice my fabulous apron that was a birthday gift from my sweet friend.

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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish cake!

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More cake shots

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One last shot of the cutey, delicious cake!

Mikayla got in on the Dr. Seuss fun too, but I will save those details for a later post!  It was a great week, but between everything else going on I was exhausted and definitely ready for the weekend.

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Sugar Mamma’s Shop

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

In February I began making hair clips and jokingly called my "shop" – Sugar Mamma’s Shop.  Just recently I decided to expand and add a new "shop" page to my blog.  I am still making hair clips as a hobby, but if you are interested in buying any you should check out the new page.  Just click on Sugar Mamma’s Shop above for details!

Here is a sample of the free business cards I ordered from Vista Print.


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A Long Day…

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Today was a long day at work.  It started out okay, but about 10:00 we were asked to take our kids to the hall for a "severe weather drill".  In case you haven’t been in one recently here is what it looks like.  First, you cram a hundred or so K-3 students in a small hallway.  Then you have them get down on their hands and knees, tucking knees in under chest.  Then you have them duck and cover their heads with their hands.  All while not talking or moving.  Are you kidding me??  This is hard enough for an adult to do, not to mention this many kids under the age of ten.  We were this way for about 20-30 until we got the "all clear".  My kids were so confused asking why we were practicing for so long!  This was drill one.

Then, while my kiddos were walking through  the lunch line we got called for another "severe weather drill"…I think my kids were catching on at this point that it wasn’t a drill anymore!  So we quickly left their trays where they were and headed to the gym.  This time it was much harder to keep them in the right position and still for the thirty minute block.  Now, while this may not seem like it is exhausting work, keep in mind that the schedule was now way off, the kids were feeling the chaos and the day was only half over.  Oh and did I mention we had a fun assembly with Woody the Weiner Dog this morning?  Yeah, add all that together and it was a pretty hectic day!  However, despite the chaos, these cuties made it all better when I got home!

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Ch – Chubby

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Here are some more funny stories from my students!  These were overheard while they were completing work.  I hope you enjoy.


Student 1:  What makes the "ch" sound?

Student 2:  C-H…like in chubby.

Student 1:  (very offended) I am not chubby!

Student 2:  (very matter of fact) I know you’re not chubby.  Chubby means half fat … like me!  I am half fat, chubby.

Student 3:  Hey, my sister is chubby!

Student 1:  So what makes the "ch" sound?


Student 1:  Have you ever been robbed?

Student 2:  No, have you?

Student 1:  Yeah, because we lived in C—d (I don’t want to say the actual city for confidentiality purposes, but in a kids mind it could be any city on the globe).  They stole my Cinderella movie.  That is why we moved to Bowling Green.  People don’t get robbed here, only in Cleveland.

Student 2:  Oh!

There you have it folks, we don’t get robbed in Bowling Green!


Again, you might not find these stories humorous, but at the time they were quite funny!

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Kindergarten Students Say the Darndest Things

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I have decided to start sharing some of the funny things my kiddos at school say.  You may not think they are funny, but I sure do…enjoy!


When having a discussion about stomach and intestines one student says, "I know where your food goes when it leaves your stomach…your testicles!"


Student:  "Mrs. Kickert, if you love ______ I can’t love you anymore."

Me: "I am sorry, but I love both of you." (insert a bit of explanation why and how that makes me sad, etc)

Student:  "Well I don’t love you anymore."

Next day…

Student:  "Mrs. Kickert, remember what I told you yesterday."

Me:  "About you not loving me, yeah."

Student:  "I didn’t mean it, I still love you."


The other day I saw a student picking at her bottom.  When I asked her what was wrong she replied, "Mom made me wear my wedgie pants today".  I didn’t know you could buy wedgie pants these days, but now I do!


Student:  "Mrs. Kickert, do you have any appetizer?"

Me:  "Appetizer?"

Student:  "You know, hand appetizer?"

Me:  "Oh, hand sanitizer!"

Student:  "Yeah, hand-itizer."


Stay tuned for more funnies!

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Kindergarten Olympics

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Yesterday was probably one of my all time favorite days at school.  We hosted our very own Kindergarten Olympics.  Usually my team teacher and I are not the most organized, not to say we don’t know what’s going on, but often we get "crazy ideas" and then forget a few pieces in planning.  It always comes together and turns out great.  However, this time we planned everything very well.  We hand picked parents and teachers to be team coaches, we had detailed notes for our coaches, we really studied and worked hard with our kiddos learning about their countries and the Winter Olympics, we had music and videos, we had photographers, we had fun events and we even had the whole school on board with supporting our kids.  It was a tiring day, but all in all a great one.  Here are some highlights from the day. 

First, we made an Olympic ring snack.  We took butter cookies, icing and sprinkles and turned them into the Olympic rings.  Here is what the end result looked like (not the best lighting, but you get the idea):

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Then at recess we had the kids train and warm up for the big events.  We began the day with Opening Ceremonies.  The kids had each made a flag that represented their country and we played the Olympic theme song while they paraded around the gym.  They were so proud and excited.  Then we moved on to the main events!  We had eight events set up around the school.

1.  Speed skating – We had the kids skate around the gym in their sock feet.  They were so cute, and they all pretended to be Apollo Anton Ohno.

2.  Ski jumping – They ran and jumped from a piece of tape to see who could go the farthest.

3.  Hockey – They took turns shooting a hockey puck between cones. 

4.  Snowball toss – Not a real event, but we were running out of ideas.  They tossed marshmallows into Olympic rings.

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5.  Bobsled – The coaches pulled kids around a course on a plastic sled.

6.  Luge – By far the favorite event.  We used an old plastic square scooter  and let the kids race down the main hallway in our school.  It is a ramp, so they had a lot of fun.  Here is a picture of one of the coaches racing along.  There were more wrecks with the adults than there were with the kids.

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7.  Wii Figure skating

8.  Wii Snowboarding – Complete with a photo-op on a real snow board.

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We completed the day with a medal ceremony where each child earned a bronze medal, silver medal and gold medal.  It was a great day. 

Here are some videos of the teachers having a little fun! 







I think the teachers enjoyed themselves more than the kiddos!  There were a few more videos of adults, but I did not post because I didn’t want to embarrass anyone!  It was a great day with lots of laughs and giggles, and I think the kids learned a little too!

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We have a star among us

Friday, February 19th, 2010

At least among the people involved in my school.  This guy…

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…will compete in a competition tomorrow night for Funniest Kid Around.  I have always known he was funny, but now the whole world (or at least the people at the show) will know just how funny he really is!  This kiddo (don’t let him know I called him a kiddo though, he might deny it) holds a special place in our hearts (all of us Kickert’s, even Shiloh).  He has been in our lives since my first year of teaching.  We have seen him grow, mature (at least a little), learn, laugh, play ball, learn to read and write, and much more.  He is an all star in my eyes!  He is so special to us we had him complete an art project for MLK’s nursery.  I think it turned out great!

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He will probably never read this, but….GOOD LUCK!  WE WILL BE THERE ROOTING FOR YOU!

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Thinking of D-

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I have been teaching for almost five years now.  In those five years I have dealt with a lot of sadness, heartache and illness.  But it wasn’t until this year that I ever had to deal with a life-threatening disease.  Just before Christmas one of our students was diagnosed with leukemia.  She immediately started chemotherapy and things were looking good…until today.  I just got a call from a fellow teacher and my principal saying that the reports are not looking good.  The cancer has spread to her bones and they have had to significantly increase her medicines  She is still at home, which is positive, but she is about to be a very sick little girl.  I am heart broken for her.  No child deserves to endure such a sickness.  I look at my little MLK and am so thankful she has had a healthy 9 months of life and I hope she remains healthy in the years to come.  It is just hard for me to grapple what this little girl and her family are dealing with.  It is so sad and hard to hear. 

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Kindergarten Reality TV

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Kindergarten teachers should really have their own reality TV show!  Really!  If you don’t believe me check out some of these anecdotes.  Keep in mind that these are all from the first week of school!

  1. Unlike ducks, kindergarten students do not follow behind their momma!  Enough said…
  2. Names I have been called this week:  Mrs. Kickermon, Ms. Beth, Mrs. Kickers…the list goes on!
  3. Bathroom breaks are always an adventure.  This year I have a bathroom in my room, which only adds to the adventures!  Several times I have had students walk out with their pants down to get a drink of water.  I have also had students scream at me about how they had to poop, while I was trying to teach.  The best was a story about a little girl.  She had been in the restroom for ten minutes when I decided to go check on her.  Upon opening the door I saw that she had taken her shoes off and she promptly told me how she had to poop.  I left and returned ten minutes later to find that she had now removed her pants.  Again, leaving and returning a few minutes later to a completely naked child.  Who gets naked in a kindergarten classroom bathroom?  Apparently this young child!
  4. Fire drills are always an experience.  This year our alarm is extremely loud, almost deafening.  Of course when the kiddos heard it the first time they all held their ears (no tears surprisingly).  When we returned to the room one little guy asked if he could use the bathroom.  I let him go and he was in there for a few seconds before he came running out.  He asked me if the alarm was going to ring again.  He was scared that he would be in the bathroom when the alarm was going to go off.
  5. It is also not strange to be interrupted in the middle of a lesson for a student to shout out a random thought.  I had one kid interrupt me during calendar to tell me all about Transformer World that he apparently visited this summer.  He was full of detail about his experience and the things he saw.  (Side note – there is no such thing as Transformer World).
  6. I got an email from a parent on day one that mentioned three things.  One – her child was scared of the automatically flushing toilet (what four/five year old isn’t).  Two – The family would be moving soon and they just wanted to make me aware.  Three – They wanted to let me know about Ropey and Ron, the child’s best friends.  These aren’t ordinary friends, they are imaginary friends!  They are allowed at her house, but not school.  Apparently there are family members and more friends along with these two.  Only in kindergarten world!

Of course this is just the beginning.  Tomorrow begins week two and I am sure there will be more Funny Moments to share!  But for now, I must venture to bed!

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