Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Back! 2014-2015

Welcome back to a new school year! 



 Here's a video greeting from Mrs. Yollis!


 


Here is the photo I mentioned in my Welcome Back video. After many days of practice,  Buck was able to master the skill of dock diving! 

Go, Buck! Go! 

Photo by Mr. Yollis

Such JOY!




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Parents & Students

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



A.  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.

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!  :-)


C.  I am proud to tell you that I am a finalist for a BAMMY Award in the category of Elementary School Teacher of the Year. I will be flying to Washington, D.C. in September for the national awards ceremony! Here is a link to my BAMMY nomination page.  Being a finalist is a true honor!






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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 enjoyed?

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! Students must always be supervised on the Internet! 

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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!

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91 comments:

  1. Mrs Yollis (and new classroom)
    Welcome back to being online, your students are so lucky to be Third Graders in Your Room. The world will be watching.

    In New Zealand its not Summer, its the middle of Winter. We also have our school year nearly half way through. We are at a small rural school in New Zealand - we're in a place called Taranaki, next to a Volcano and with Cows on three sides of our school.

    We look forward to sharing your adventures and learning in your new school year.

    Mr Webb and Room One, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand.
    mrwebbauroa.blogspot.com

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    1. Dear Mr. Webb and class,

      Thank you so much for your quality comment! I appreciate your kind words. We are just learning about blogging as today was our first day, so we only read the comments. Soon we will be learning how to comment on a blog. Your example is a good one!

      We visited your blog and enjoyed the videos about the Maori hand game. We want to learn it! No one could find New Zealand on a map, so the geography lessons have begun!

      Everyone was amazed that you live near a volcano. We'd love a photo for 365 blog. Pictures of cows would be interesting too. We have neither in our suburban community.

      You mentioned that you live in a rural community. What is the population of your town?

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Mrs Yollis
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on our blog. Our students were very excited to see and hear from you. It inspired our students to film another video explaining the words and slowing down the speaking. They were very, very excited to think that you might be learning to play a traditional Maori game taught by our students in the USA. We'd LOVE it if you could film a little bit, as it is very authentic learning.

      We do live next to a volcano. We will take some photographs of it tomorrow and send them through. We will also take some photos of some of the Cows near our school.

      The population of our town, where our school is would be about 100. We have a school of 200 students who get the bus to school from up to half an hour away. 95% of students at our school live on farms and are involved in the dairy industry. The biggest farms that we have can have up to 1,000 dairy cows on them and lots of our students are involved in things like milking and calving.

      Thank so you much for the great comment and what an amazing start to your blogging this year.

      Mr Webb and Room One, Auroa Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand
      mrwebbauroa.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi! My name is Sean. I am in Mrs. Yollis' third grade class this year. I am looking forward to meeting her. Over the summer, I went to Hawaii where I went paddle boarding, swimming and surfing. I just got back two days ago. I also went to camp at UCLA for soccer, baseball and basketball. See you tomorrow!

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    1. @ Sean,

      Congratulations! You are the first student from our class to leave a comment. Well done!

      Your trip to Hawaii sure sounds fun! When Mr. Yollis and I were in Hawaii, we tried a little surfing too. It was very difficult to catch a wave, and I often missed it. Then I had to turn my board around, paddle back out, and try again. I did manage to make it up a few times!

      Did you snorkel while you were in Hawaii? I did. Here is a hyperlink to a video I made about snorkeling.

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
      Yes I did go snorkeling. I saw so many fish! I did not see the state fish of Hawaii but I did see sea turtles. Did you know that sea turtles can hold their breath for five hours and when they come up out of the water, they are usually just looking at the people around them? One night when I was at a luau with my family and friends, we saw a dolphin jump up out of the ocean. It was very fun.

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  3. Hello, Mrs. Yollis' class,

    I look forward to third grade. This summer I had a leak at my house and we had to stay at the Residence Inn for two weeks. It was a surprise. I also went to San Francisco, New York and New Jersey. In New York, I stayed with my grandparents while my brother, Royce, went to Washington, D.C. with my mother.

    Sincerely,

    Tabby

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    1. @ Tabby,

      I look forward to having you in my third grade class this year!

      I am sorry to hear that you had a plumbing leak at your house. We had a leak in our floor one time, but we did not have to move out. The plumber came and dug a big hole in the floor, found the break, patched it, and covered it back up. It was funny to see dirt beneath the bedroom floor!

      What did you do with your grandparents in New York?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Hello, I wonder what I will learn this year? This summer I went to Wisconsin for 5 weeks! Minnesota is close to Wisconsin. See you tomorrow.
    From,
    Troy

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    1. @ Troy,

      Thanks for a terrific comment!

      I was in Minnesota for about three weeks. We all had fun swimming and watching Buck jump in the lake! I wish that we had a lake nearby so we could take a refreshing swim with Buck more often.

      What did you do in Wisconsin?

      What do you want to learn about this year?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
      I am glad I got to tell you about Wisconsin in class!
      Next year my parents want to rent a lake house!

      Troy

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  5. Hi, Mrs. Yollis' class of 2014-2015!

    I am one of Mrs. Yollis' former students, Tabby's brother, Royce. I am so excited for you guys to learn and have fun with Mrs. Yollis! She was the best teacher I have ever had! Seriously, she's amazing! I hope you have a wonderful year in her class!

    Over my summer, I went to my grandparent's house in New York! I had so much fun hanging out with them all day! One day we even went into New York City and saw a Broadway play! You might have heard of it. It's called The Lion King! My personal favorite part was when some of the animals walked down the aisles next to me! After a week of fun-filed activities, I went to Washington, D.C with my mom and a family friend! We saw The White House, The Capitol building, (we even toured that!) The Washington Monument, the Bureau of Engraving (that's where they make the money) and many more famous monuments! The entire trip was incredibly fun! After Washington, D.C, we hopped on the airplane and said "goodbye" to the east coast, but I wished that we could have stayed longer!

    Please tell me how your summer went if you have the chance! I would love to hear about it!

    Sincerely,
    R♔yce

    P.S. If you want to know how I made all of the bold and italics, try this post: Learn HTML Code!

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    1. Dear Royce,

      It was a pleasure to read your comment! The class was quite amazed at your writing ability and your HTML skills! Many of the students will be ready for that level soon. I have a girl named Tabby who seems to know a little about it. :-) Thanks for being such a great role model!

      I will be going to Washington, D.C. in September. I don't know if you read LETTER C in the above post, but there are some links about the BAMMY Awards. I am a finalist! Maybe you could do a post for us on your blog about Washington, D.C. Then I could plan my trip a little based on your recommendations.

      Your proud former teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  6. Hi. My name is Leah. I am so excited for third grade. I have a new baby sister named Kaia. I like to dance, cook and act. Over the summer I went to Bass Lake. I went on my uncle's boat. I went to a campfire and went horseback riding. That was my favorite part of the summer.

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    1. @ Leah,

      Welcome to third grade! It must be exciting to have a new sibling. How old is Kaia?

      You mentioned that you like to cook. What is your favorite dish to make?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Hi. My name is Ty. My sister, Jenna, was in your class 2 years ago. I remember all the blogging she did then and now it's my turn to learn! I went to Italy for a month this summer. It was awesome! Venice and Pompeii were my favorites. See you tomorrow.
    Ciao (bye),
    Ty :-p

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    1. @ Ty,

      I remember meeting you when Jenna was in my class two years ago. I am excited to have you as a student!

      You mentioned you went to Italy this summer. That European country is suppose to be beautiful! What was there to see in Pompeii. I heard they had a volcano erupt years ago. What can you tell us about it? Maybe you can send some photos to the 365 Project.

      Here is a hyperlink to the directions for submitting an original photo to the 365 Project:

      Join Our 365 Project

      Ciao!

      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  8. Hi! My name is Ruby. I am excited for third grade. I went to two sleep away camps and a trip. The camps were both for one week. The trip was for two days. See you soon.

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    1. @ Ruby,

      I am excited to have you in my class!

      You mentioned that you went to two camps. What activities did you enjoy doing at the camps?

      I used to be a camp counselor. I liked to hike and make crafts. One time we made these woven lanyards. They were fun to make and useful too!

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I had a great summer! I caught 2 rainbow trout and my mom cooked them and we had rainbow trout with capers and lemon for dinner. It was delicious! We went to Palm Springs and it was so hot. It was strange because it hailed as we were driving through Palm Springs even though it was so hot. My family went on 2 guided hikes in Palm Springs, we had to go at 7AM because later it gets too hot. We saw a king snake on one of our hikes.We also went to Santa Barbara. It was a great summer. I look forward to a great year!
    Nicholas

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    1. @ Nicholas,

      I see that you like to fish! I love to be outdoors and fish too. A few years ago, Mr. Yollis and I went fly fishing in the Arctic Circle! You can learn about the Arctic Circle and see the fish I caught if you go to this blog post:

      Mrs. Yollis Goes Fishing in the Arctic Circle

      What kind of bait did you use to catch the rainbow trout?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am excited to be a third grader in your class. This summer I went to Sports Plus camp. I also went to Las Vegas with my family. I rode the Desperado roller coaster at state line. I also rode ghost rider at Knott's Berry Farm.

    As you can see, I like roller coasters and anything adventurous. Like skateboarding, surfing, and riding go carts at MB2. I love to play and watch all kinds of sports, but my favorite one is baseball.

    My older brother Dominick wanted you as his 3rd grade teacher, but he didn't get you. I live with my mom, dad, and brother. My mom also teaches 3rd grade at Lupin Hill.

    I look forward to meeting you tomorrow.

    Derrick

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    1. @ Derrick,

      I am excited to have you be a third grader in my class!

      You mentioned that you like adventure. Our first unit in our reading book is called Off to Adventure. What is an adventure? How would you describe it?

      I remember Dominick very well. He was in a computer class that I did a few years ago. Does he remember that?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  11. Dear Mrs Yollis and your new 3rd Graders
    Welcome back!
    I am Mrs McKenzie from New Zealand, and my class is known as B4. There 22 six and seven year olds.
    How many students are in your class this year, and how old are they?

    We have five weeks to go before we have a two-week spring break. I am looking forward to the end of winter, which has alternated between being wet or frosty.

    I'm sure we will get to know you all better as your school year unfolds.

    regards
    Mrs McKenzie

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    1. Dear Mrs. McKenzie,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a comment! None of my students knew where New Zealand, so it was fun to find your great country on a map. It was exciting to get two comments from New Zealand in the same day! We sure appreciate you and Mr. Webb!

      Like Mr. Webb, you live in a rural community. What is the population of your town?

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Dear Mrs Yollis
      How nice to get a reply!
      Our town is indeed located in a rural area. The town has a population of around 900 people, and about 1000 if we include the farms within 20 miles or so.
      Our school has around 200 students, ranging from 5-18 years old.

      How many students are at your school?

      warm regards
      Mrs McKenzie

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  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I can't believe another summer has passed! I was excited about the new school year, and I always wondered who would be in my class.

    Over the summer, I went to Yellowstone National Park. Just like you, Mrs. Yollis, I also drove! The drive was actually kind of entertaining because my car had a television, my parents and grandparents chatted with my brother and me, and I had Rocky to play with! Rocky was in a cage because he shedded too much, and I was in the back with him! Through the holes I patted him. Mostly, he slept, but when he was awake, I would look at him and scratch him where he likes it.

    When we finally arrived at Yellowstone, we drove around to different landmarks. Most of them were geysers, rivers, or waterfalls. One of them was Old Faithful. The geyser was timed to be about 92 minutes (1 hour and 32 minutes), and we waited for one to erupt. 30 minutes passed when we saw lots of smoke and water started to bubble out. Then one shot into the air! "It's about 100 feet," somebody said.

    There were a lot more geysers, but there are too many to write.

    Now, I have some tips for the new bloggers:

    1. If you want to show more excitement, use more words, not more exclamation marks.
    2. Always start your sentence with a capital letter, and end it with a punctuation mark, exclamation mark, or a question mark, not a comma.
    3. If a word is a proper noun, start the word with a capital letter.
    4. Compliment the writer in some kind of way.
    5. Add new information.
    6. Make a connection with the writer!
    7. End your comment with a question so that you can get a conversation.
    8. Don't repeat yourself.
    9. Use a greeting and an ending.
    10. Use high level vocabulary.

    Do you have any other tips?

    Your former student,
    Heather

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    1. @ Heather,

      I can't believe that summer is over either! It seems like it went too fast! I am going to miss all of you now that you are in fourth grade. I hope you will continue to blog with us. My new students can really learn a lot from a master blogger like you.

      Yellowstone National Park is an amazing place. Did you take many photos? Maybe you can do a blog post about it, and we can all learn about this great national treasure from you. Let me know if you decide to do so.

      I love all of your tips! I will share them with my students tomorrow. You are an excellent role model for us all.

      What did you do with Rocky while you were at the park? Did he stay in the car or did you put him at doggy day care?

      Your proud former teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  13. Dear Class,
    I hope you had a wonderful 1st day of school.
    It was great to see everyone today.
    Your classmate,
    Sean

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  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    We tried to preview our comment before publishing, but we weren't allowed to. :( Sorry if we messed it up. Anyway, Ty, Jenna and I are all happy to blog with you this year. See you tomorrow!
    Warmly,
    Gayle

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  15. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    My name is Mrs Morris and I am a teacher from Victoria, Australia. Mrs Yollis is a very good friend of mine! We met via our class blogs back in 2009. In 2012 I travelled to the US and presented at a conference with Mrs Yollis. I have very happy memories of spending time with Mr and Mrs Yollis! http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/blogging-buddies-meet.html

    I am taking a break from full time teaching at the moment as I have a little girl, Novalie, who has just turned one.

    Despite not having my own class blog at the moment, I love checking out all the blogs of my former blogging buddies. This is one of my very favourite blogs and I look forward to seeing all the exciting adventures you're going to get up to this year.

    @Royce and Tabby - Funnily enough, I was just thinking this morning about your new school year and I wondered if Mrs Yollis would have Tabby in her class this year. I was thrilled to see she does! Are you now in sixth grade, Royce? I hope you and your family are well!

    Students, you are all very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Yollis as your third grade teacher. You are going to have a marvellous year so enjoy every minute of it.

    Your friend in Australia,
    Mrs Morris

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    1. @ Mrs. Morris,

      Thank you so much for your fabulous comment! I have such happy memories of blogging with you and your class and then meeting you in person. Remember when we went to Royce's house so you could meet some of my students during the summer break. As you noted, I now have Royce's sister in my class, Tabby! I feel fortunate in many ways! :-)

      Today was our first day of school. We looked at our blog and some of the elements that make up a blog. We have not yet started to learn how to comment. However, I will be starting lessons soon!

      A big hug to your husband, Nate, and your beautiful daughter, Novalie. I invite you to come back and visit again when you can!

      I remember that you live in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. What is the population of your community?

      Your northern hemisphere friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. @ Mrs Y♥llis

      Thank you for your lovely reply.

      I would certainly love to return to visit you and Mr Yollis one day soon! The lunch at Royce's house was so much fun. I loved meeting students and parents that I had connected with through the blog. What a joy for you to be able to teach Tabby this year!

      There is so much for your students to learn about blogging. I know they will enjoy your lessons and get a lot out of being part of a blogging community.

      Our suburb is growing rapidly as there are a lot of new houses being built. The population in 2011 was just over 10,000 but I would say it has risen a lot more since then.

      The population of the school I used to work at is now over 800. It has grown a lot since I started teaching there 10 years ago. Does your school have a growing population too?

      Your friend in the southern hemisphere,
      Mrs Morris

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    3. Dear Mrs. Morris,

      We are happy to be blogging with you again. I can't believe your baby is already a year old. We would love for you to visit us again. However, we know that would be so hard with the baby. Enjoy the time home with her.

      Sincerely,

      Tara

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  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I love computers and I can't wait to learn more. I love this class.

    I went to Camp Keystone and had a lot of fun. I also went to Knotts Berry Farm and had fun!

    Ethan

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    1. @ Ethan,

      I love computers too! Actually I love learning and sometimes that includes technology and sometimes it does not.

      I noticed that you used some html code to bold the name of your camp. Would you like to teach the class how to do that?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    I had a great first day. My brother told me that we are going to learn cursive this year. We might not do cursive because they might have changed it. In my opinion, third grade is the best grade even though I have only been in it one day.

    Sincerely,

    Tabby

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  18. Good morning to all Mrs. Yollis' new 3rd Graders!

    I am so excited that this year, since I'm retired and no longer teaching at your school, I get to be your blogging buddy! I also hope to visit your classroom from time to time!

    I enjoyed a relaxing summer enjoying gardening in my backyard and spending time at the beach. A highlight of the summer was camping in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains with Mr. Ranney in our new travel trailer. We enjoyed breathing in the fresh mountain air, viewing the colorful wildflowers, and hiking some rugged trails up over 12,000 feet above sea level!

    Tomorrow I'll be taking a trip to the Los Angeles Harbor to spend time at the Tall Ships Festival. I'll be sure to send in a photo for the 365 blog!

    I wish you all the best in third grade. I know you'll listen well and follow all Mrs. Yollis' instructions! If you do, you're sure to have a successful third grade year!

    Cheers!
    Mrs. Ranney

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    1. @ my dear friend, Mrs. Ranney,

      Everyone cheered when they saw that we had a comment from you! My students are thrilled that you will now be one of our blogging buddies!

      Your trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains sounds lovely! We are lucky to have such beautiful areas for camping. Wow! Hiking at elevations of 12,000 feet is tough! Did you see many wild animals while you were in the mountains?

      You mentioned that you were visiting the Los Angeles Harbor to see the Tall Ships. What will you see at the festival? How tall are the ships?

      Your proud former colleague,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. Ahoy and good morning, Mrs. Yollis and class!

      I was very flattered to hear that you cheered when you viewed my comment! I'm certainly excited to get to know you, and I look forward to my first visit later in September.

      I had a wonderful time at the Tall Ships Festival yesterday and wanted to leave a quick comment with you this morning, so I could share a post I've just published: http://ranneysrecord.blogspot.com/2014/08/terrific-tall-ships.html

      I will tell you that many of the ships were over 100 feet tall. Tall ships are sailing vessels with tall masts. It was interesting to me that, although they are called tall ships, the emphasis seems to be more on how long and how wide they are!

      If you check out my post, you will also see a photo of the largest rubber duck in the world, which was on display at the festival!

      I hope it is "smooth sailing" in class today with Captain Yollis!

      Fair winds, everyone,

      Mrs. Ranney

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  19. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am super excited about third grade! I heard you are one of the best teachers in our school. I hope that this class has a really great year.I guess we are really, really, really, really, really lucky to have you as a teacher.

    Sincerely,

    Kate

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    1. @ Kate,

      I am thrilled about our year together as well!

      What do you want to learn about in third grade?

      Your new teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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  20. Dear Mrs Yollis and your new students,

    I would like to wish you all the best as your new school term begins.

    I remember when I first met Mrs Yollis no more to the point when I first started blogging with Mrs Yollis it was way back in 2010. My daughter was lucky enough to have Mrs Morris as her teacher and introduced BB to blogging and of course I went along for the ride and I truly loved it.

    The greatest thing about blogging is the wonderful connections and friendships you make. Just like Mrs Morris and Mrs Yollis now that is special.

    I hope you all have a wonderful year with your amazing teacher Mrs Yollis.

    Sincerely AA

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    1. @ AA,

      How nice to receive a comment from you! I appreciate you taking the time to connect! :-)

      Even though we live in different hemispheres, we have developed a wonderful friendship and blogging is where it all started!

      I hope that BB is enjoying school. Is she still performing at the theater? Please say hello to her from me!

      Your pal,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

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    2. @ Mrs Yollis,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my comment and like you love connecting with you once again.

      BB is having a wonderful year at school. This will be her final year at school and will be going to high school in 2015.

      BB is still enjoying and doing theater as a matter of fact she is performing the Wizard of Oz at the end of the year and I am making all her outfits for this production.

      Please say a huge g'day to your mum from her friends down under.

      Take care Mrs Yollis.

      From a pal down under,
      AA :)

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  21. Dear Mrs Yollis and your new 3rd Graders
    Welcome back!

    My name is Mrs Monaghan, and I am a teacher in a small primary school in the north of England. My class has been blogging with Mrs Yollis' class for a little while, and really enjoy sharing ideas and projects - last year, your class even appeared in our local newspaper! Our town has a 900 year old castle and is famous for its race horses. Our school has around 60 pupils, and my class has 15 children in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. I hope we get to share a whole lot more this year, too!
    It sounds like you have had some interesting and exciting holidays. This summer, I went to Scotland with my family (my husband is Scottish and we used to live in Glasgow). We spent a few days in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, then headed to the islands - Mull and Skye - where we camped, walked, climbed mountains, swam in icy mountain streams, visited ancient monuments and even entertained a little mouse who moved into our tent with us for a few days, and nibbled our supplies!
    I hope your year gets off to a wonderful start, and we look forward to blogging with you over the coming year.
    Mrs Monaghan & A Room with a View

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    1. Dear Mrs. Monaghan & A Room With A View,

      The opportunity to blog with teachers, students and friends all over the world is one of the most exciting and wonderful aspects of this blog! I feel fortunate that my son is in Mrs. Yollis' class this year and this is one of the many reasons I have for feeling that way!

      What small town in northern England exactly do you teach in? While in Italy last month, we met a wonderful family from Liverpool. They had two children close in age to mine and they really bonded.

      Is your town famous for raising racehorses (like the state of Kentucky is here) or do you have a famous racetrack where they actually run? We traveled to Siena too while in Italy, where I understand they have a famous horse race as well; running bareback around the great big piazza in the middle of town, which sounds a little dangerous yet exciting! Does anyone know the name of that race?

      Your trip to Scotland sounds like it was wonderful. You were kind to entertain that little mouse, although I'm fairly certain it was not by choice. :)

      I hope your class has a wonderful year and same, of course, to Mrs. Yollis' class!

      Happy blogging to all!
      Warmly,
      Gayle (Ty's mom)

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    2. Dear Gayle,
      Blogging with Mrs Yollis' class is a rich and rewarding experience for everyone (myself included!), and you obviously appreciate the wonderful opportunities provided for your children. Thank you for replying to my comment - I had already noted that you had been to Europe on your holiday; that sounded like a wonderful experience for your family. I love Italy - we visited Rome and Naples a few years back, and then more recently Venice and Lake Garda on an inter rail trip. I love the language, the landscape and of course the food (especially the ice cream!) I would love to visit Tuscany one day - Siena sounds beautiful, and I've seen films of the Palio - it looks like utter madness!
      Our school is in Middleham, and the nearest cities are about 50 miles away - York, Newcastle or Leeds. However, I have many friends from Liverpool, a beautiful, warm and vibrant city with a reputation for friendliness and banter, so it doesn't surprise me that you made good friends with a family from there.
      Around fifteen different trainers work out of the stables in Middleham, which is famous for training racehorses. Early in the morning, all the horses are ridden up through the town out onto the moor to be exercised, and it's a wonderful sight. The largest of the stables has around 200 horses. Many of the children in my class have parents who work in the industry.
      I wonder if your children will keep in touch with their pals in Liverpool? I hope so!
      Kind regards,
      Mrs Monaghan

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    3. Dear Mrs. Monaghan,
      Thank you for the reply to my post. I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Yes, I must agree, that blogging with Mrs. Yollis and her class is a wonderful and rich experience. We learned this 2 years ago when my daughter was in her class and now we get to have fun in here again with my son Ty.
      You are so fortunate to live in England where so much history and beauty is so near, whether it be in England itself, Italy or so many other incredible places. We absolutely loved Rome! We missed Naples, but saw nearby Pompeii. Did you visit the museum in Naples? I hear much of the artifacts from Pompeii are kept there. Venice is just extraordinary. We did not get as far north as Lake Garda. I understand it is beautiful. We almost went up there since, I think, there is a large amusement park for kids. Time, however, did not permit. We missed seeing the Palio by about one week. I would have loved to! Sounds crazy!
      I really enjoyed reading your post about Middleham and its racehorses. What an incredible sight to see the racehorses each morning coming through your town. Is there any chance you might be able to post a photo of that? As a horse lover, I would love it! I'm sure the kids here would enjoy that too. Since many of your children's parents work in the industry, do most of the children in your class ride too? We had a horse until about 2-3 years ago when I had to give him away due to lack of time. However, I am seriously considering buying another one. There is something so special about being around them.
      You definitely should visit Tuscany one day and Umbria too. The little hilltop towns are magical.We stayed in a 2,000 year old monastery, a castle and a villa in a teeny tiny village while in those spots.
      I hope my kids will keep in touch with their Liverpool friends. One sweet Italian girl who worked in one of the hotels we stayed in has already emailed me a couple of times. Perhaps she will come for a visit. I hope so!
      Warm regards,
      Gayle

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  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I enjoyed the second day of school. I look forward to the new school year!

    Leah

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  23. Dear Yollis,

    It is only my second day of school and I am so excited. I love being in your class. I am happy that my friends are in the class.

    Sincerely,
    Noa

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  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis
    I had a fun summer, I went camping in San Diego by the bay. I went jet skiing and I got to drive it. I also went paddle boarding. I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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    1. That sounds like so much fun.I wish I was with you
      Kiano.

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    2. I went jet skiing also. It was so much fun.

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  25. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    You are actually even more fun than I thought! My brother liked the picture of Buck.

    Troy

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  26. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved the second day of class. It was so much fun!

    I Ioved reading my book.

    Ethan

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  27. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    you rock! I love being in your class.

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  28. Dear Mr. Yollis,
    I'm writing a comment to you for homework. I'm looking forward to a new fun year of success! I had fun today the postcards will be amazing! I am also happy you are my teacher.

    Aryana

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  29. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
    I had a great summer! I went to New York and it was so much fun. We stayed at my grandparent's house. We went on walks around their neighborhood. I also went to summer sleep away camp, which was a great experience. We went into the freezing pool water at 6am! In Arts and crafts, we created jewerly boxes and necklaces.
    Today is the second day of school and I'm having a great time so far!

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  30. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
    I had a great summer! I went to New York and it was so much fun. We stayed at my grandparent's house. We went on walks around their neighborhood. I also went to summer sleep away camp, which was a great experience. We went into the freezing pool water at 6am! In Arts and crafts, we created jewerly boxes and necklaces.
    Today is the second day of school and I'm having a great time so far!

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  31. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    The postcard making was so much fun. Splash Math was out of this world! I hope I learn some exciting things tomorrow.

    I adore being in your class.

    Sincerely,

    Tabby

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  32. Dear class I hope you had a great day.
    It was fun learning with you today.
    Hopefully it is not so hot for
    California tomorrow.

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  33. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What a wonderful class you have here! I can't wait to hear more about your class.

    Over my summer, I did a multitude of things. The first thing I did was read the complete Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is fiction. My favorite character was obviously, Harry. He's very athletic, he's fearless, (literately), and an amazing Seeker in the game of Quidditch. I also read Percy Jackson, which was another great series.

    I went to Wisconsin. I saw many relatives there, and I went to Mall of America, which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mall of America is the must biggest mall in America, maybe the world. IT IS HUGE! I also went to a house on a lake. I caught many fish there, including a walleye. I drove a boat around the lake, paddle boarded, kayaked and went in a paddle boat.

    Can't wait to here more from you!

    Your former student,

    Peter

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    1. Mrs. Y♥llis and ClassAugust 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      @ Peter,

      That was a wonderful comment! Thank you too for coming into our classroom and sharing your interesting comment with us.

      Here is what we learned from you:

      Peter is very good at commenting.

      We love reading too! What was your favorite book in the Harry Potter series?

      We enjoyed your paragraph about your vacation. What rides did you go on when you were in the Mall of America? When you were fishing, did you ever eat any of them? If so, how did they taste? What kinds of fish did you catch? Which was your favorite? Did you ever fall out of the boat? How long were you away?


      Your blogging buddies,
      Aryana, Tabitha, Arena, Asha, Nic, Sam, Ella, Nicholas, and Leah

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    2. Dear Peter,
      I loved your story about your summer. I'd like to share mine with you. I went to Camp Elk and it was a blast! I had a great experience. I went to a pool at 6:00 in the morning! It was so cold! I also went to New York. In New York, I saw my grandparents. We had so much fun. We played this game called Carrom and we also went on walks around their neighborhood.

      I heard that you like the Harry Potter series. I am interested in chapter books too! I like the Junie B. Jones series.

      I hope you have a good school year!

      Asha

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  34. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Over the summer, I went to a place called Mountasia. When I got there, they had go-carts, bumper boats, and a rock climbing wall. The rock climbing wall was scary, but I climbed the easiest one and finished it. I made it half way up the medium one.
    My cousins also visited this summer. We went to the beach with them. I boogie boarded in the waves.
    What else did you do this summer other than visit Minnesota?
    I love being in your class.
    Sincerely,
    Sam

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  35. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
    I am so glad I have you as a teacher. I am looking forward to this year with you! I have had a fun time with my new class.
    Sincerely,
    Ruby

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  36. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    I had a great summer visiting all my New York family and friends.
    I also did one week of sleep away camp with my twin sister and a few friends. I really look forward to 3rd grade in your class!!!

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  37. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for fun Friday.
    I love the picture of Buck
    jumping in the lake.

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  38. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am glad it is Friday. I am going to visit my grandma in Long Beach. My grandma lives on the beach and I love to play on the sand. I like making sand castles. I hope you have a good weekend.
    Noa

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  39. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Did you know today I have baseball try-outs and soccer practice?

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  40. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  41. Dear class,
    I hope you had a nice weekend because it has come to an end. I am looking forward to the second week of school!

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  42. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    Thank you for introducing the alpha smarts and the 100s math chart to our class today.

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  43. Dear Ruby,
    Happy birthday!
    I hope you had a good birthday.

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  44. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I hear that you really like to read. So do I. I'm very excited about being in your class.

    I also heard that you have a dog. What kind of dog is it?

    Asha

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  45. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    We really liked your class video about commenting. We learned how to comment on blogs. This is our first comment on a blog. We are also a third grade class with a blog. Our URL for our class blog is: avnorclass.weebly.com
    We were wondering how many students are in your class?
    From Mrs. Avnor's Third Grade Class

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  46. Dear Mrs. Yollis' third grade class,

    It feels as if summer vacation had started a couple of weeks ago!

    Over the summer, I went to India to visit my extended family and friends that live there. We had a wonderful trip, and we visited several glorious cities in India

    I hope you all are having a great start of the school year. Mrs. Yollis has taught me so much about technology and all of the other subjects for the last two years. She is the most optimistic, polite, and astute teacher anyone can ever have. You all are very fortunate to have a teacher like her for third grade.

    I'm looking forward to contributing with you! Have a wonderful school year filled with lots of blogging and learning.


    Sincerely,
    Aashi

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  47. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Michael and I and in third grade at Bay Laurel school.I really like your blog.I will leave you many comments.

    Over the summer me and my family went to Rome for four days. Then we went to Israel for sixteen days. We went to Israel to meet our friends.The beaches were beautiful and very warm. We went to the beach every day. It was very crowded.

    From,
    Michael

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  48. Over the weekend I went swimming, got a new baseball bat,and
    saw a movie

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  49. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Third Graders, ,

    We are a Year 3 (Second Grade) class of 29 children from Meadowbank School in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. We are in a suburb of Auckland city and only 15 minutes from the city center.

    Our school has two sites a Junior and Senior campus. The two sites are separated by a bushed gully and stream which are utilised in science and environmental studies. Our class is in the Senior site.

    We have been busy getting ready for our art exhibition coming up in a couple of weeks. We're excited to display our artwork for our parents.

    We hope you have had a great start to the school year and we look forward to following your blog!

    From
    Ms. Lologa and Room 19

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  50. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    Over my Labor Day weekend, I went swimming,played baseball,and went to Sky High. For Labor Day lunch I went to Topz.I went to the park and rode my bike.I also went to a football game at Calabasas High School where I ran into my friend Derrick. Lastly, I went to Sushi Planet where I bumped into Ruby.
    What did you do over your Labor Day weekend?
    From,
    Sean

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  51. Dear Mrs,Yollis and friends,

    Today I went to lunch with my mom and my sister,after lunch I went to my tennis class with my sister.It was a lot of fun playing tennis.
    Then I did my homework and went to my grandmother's house for dinner. I love her cooking.
    What did you have for dinner tonight?

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  52. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I had so much fun working on my lucky hat after school today. After working on my hat, I helped my mom cook dinner. My mom made stuffed peppers and it smelled so good. What did you do for dinner?
    Sincerely,
    Noa

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  53. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Yesterday I went to a Dodgers game for one of my friend's birthday party. We went with 3 adults and 5 kids.We left early so we could see them practice. For dinner we had Dodger dogs,chicken,fruit and for dessert we had ice cream with sprinkles.Then we went on the field and got the player's autographs. Next,there is something called "kids take the field" where you get one player to sign your ball. I had A.J. Ellis, the team's catcher sign my ball. Then we got to our seats and watched the game. Matt Kemp hit a home run in the second inning. At the end of the game, the score was 2-1 Dodgers. We saw fireworks because it was firework Friday. Then we dropped every body off back home. I got home at 11:45 pm. I got sunglasses, a bobble head and a Dodger helmet. Did you ever see a live Dodger game before?
    Sincerely,
    Sean

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  54. Dear Class,
    Today I played baseball. I got hit in the foot but a different person on my team got seriously hurt. He got hit in the face and he had a bloody nose. We won 9 to 3. Do you play baseball?
    Sincerely,
    Sean

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  55. Hi Mrs. Yollis,
    I wrote another comment to Royce and I saw he wrote me back! I saw your comment and I'm glad you put my name in. Do you wonder how your former student's classes are now? You should look at Royce's comment section I made a compliment about you.

    Bye,
    Aryana

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  56. Mrs.Yollis,
    I looked at Royce's comment section and he wrote to about what an obelisk is. He wrote me back a second time! I think after you get a conversation going with people it feels good when they write back to you.

    Happily,
    Aryana

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  57. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
    I am happy to be one of your special helpers. I like a bunch of things we do in class. I hope those people with the deck are home! You should take notes of what the deck looks like and don't forget to put your name tag on.

    Bye,
    Aryana

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  58. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    Can you take a picture of the deck for photo of the day?
    Sincerely,
    Sean

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  59. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    I liked the story of Mulan and her her family. I read it twice and I still feel like reading it again! I like Mulan because she is brave and strong. She cares a lot about her father and for her country. I liked when she said she didn't want any gold but instead wanted to go back home to her family. I thought the story was sad because she leaves her family. I really like the story.
    Sincerely,
    Noa

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