Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Each Saturday people take the time to reflect on the week and then share at Ruth Ayres Writes. Here I am, once again a day late.  It’s been that kind of week with school and the home front and the need to sleep commanding my attention.  I missed my Tuesday post on Deowriter for SOLSC14. I missed Poetry Friday here as well.

But as I went to Ruth’s blog today and read her post on Personal Landmarks, I read words that reassured me that I am not alone.  There are times we all struggle. This statement reminds me of my capabilities: “I’m a writer who writes -15 minutes each day on her current story.”

So now to my celebrations of the week.

ONE

Family. They are there when you need them.  We had a week that the support and love of family was critical.

TWO

The CYBILS nominations of the Poetry books.  I think we have a great selection of Children and YA books to review and select finalists for January.  As the organizer, this has been one of the time commitments this week.

THREE

A co-worker and I engaged in a banter of Picasso quotes:

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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It’s Saturday and time to celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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Celebrating the marriage of my “adopted” niece.

TWO
The annual district in-service day. The new deputy superintendent sat in our library media. As we move to a district with 1:1 devices, our roles are changing. And for the first time in a long time, I feel teacher librarians are being taken seriously.

THREE
Monday I met with my writing group. What I love about my group is the camaraderie and their feedback.

FOUR

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Family Library Night, the first one of the year. Bingo and Books is always well attended.

FIVE
Smaller kindergarten classes. This was the first week with the smaller classes. Now instead of twenty-five, each class has eighteen. It’s so much better. Even the students noticed the change.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: CYBILS Nominations Open

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Thanks for visiting. Thanks to Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect for stepping in and hosting today.
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It's Day Ten of the annual CYBILS nominating window for fabulous Children’s and YA books published from October 16, 2013-October 15, 2014. There are so many books and so little time as indicated by the nominations in all categories.

I noticed today that some poetry books have yet to be nominated. If you need an idea of what to nominate in poetry, here are some suggestions:

Cleary, Brian. Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems. Ill. by Andy Rowland.

Gittins, Chrissie. Stars in Jars: New and Collected Poems.

Swaim, Jessica. Classic Poetry for Dogs: Why Do I Chase Thee. Ill. by Chet Phillips.

Nominations are open until Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

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Time to celebrate the week with Ruth Ayres and others.

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The first PreK Storytime at school. We had five families and seven children. Such a great start for the year.

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The CYBILS nominations opened. The will be open until Ocotber15.

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Providing a birthday lunch to a co-worker who pretty much has a treat every Monday for us to enjoy. She also brings in soup, etc throughout the year.
She was overwhelmed and surprised.

FOUR
Meeting friends from Seattle for drinks on Thursday. We talked writerly thing. Hadn’t seen them for six years.

FIVE
Crisp flatly mornings, the turning of leaves, and warm sunshine later in the day.

What are you celebrating?

Poetry Friday: Autumn

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Poetry Friday is hosted at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. She always has something yummy at her site.

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Variations on a Theme

fallen maple leaf
the silence of morning
on the river bank

solitary leaf
swirls and twirls downward
maple beats rock

© 2014 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

And don’t forget to nominate your favorite books for the CYBILS. Nominations are open until October 15.

Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.

Announcement! Announcement! Announcement!

IMG_1322Nominations for the 2014 CYBILS Award opened this morning.

Do you love reading?  Have a favorite book for children or YA and published between October 16, 2013-October 15, 2014? It’s time to nominate!  From Graphic Novels to Fiction Picture Books to Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction and others, you need to head HERE and nominate a book.

Of course, as chair of the CYBILS Poetry Award, I sincerely hope you will nominate some fabulous poetry books for the panelists to read, discuss and determine the “Fantastic Seven Finalists.”

Do you need a list to refresh your memory on titles?  Head over to Sylvia Vardell’s Poetry for Children blog.  She compiles a list each year.

Don’t dawdle as nominations close on Wednesday, October 15!

Celebrate: Five Star Things About the Week

IMG_0626Celebrate with others at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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I found out that due to my school growing a class and the school where I teach two overload classes, I get to stay at my school.  Hooray!! Although I will say that the fifth grade I taught is getting a raw deal, they wanted the regular librarian and now they will have a second itinerant teacher.  A class that depends on relationships.

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This is the result of cleaning out my closet and drawers! So very much needed!  And a test for my shoulder. I had to use a step stool to bring down the clothes and I was tired BUT shoulder did great!

THREE

I worked out in the yard and attacked invasive like Rose Briar invasive. Slow going, I can’t overdo the shoulder. But it was so fabulous to be outside!

FOUR

Teaching about Banned Books Week.  I love teaching this and tying it to the Bill of Rights.  I am able to share with students my own experiences with parents challenging books.  At the end, one student said “Thank you for defending Harry Potter.”

FIVE

Coffee with a former student. She wants to write for children and is sharing what she’s done thus far.  I love that she’s putting her work out there in the world.  And I encouraged her to look into getting an MFA.

What are you celebrating?