I love being the Ridgely middle school girls softball coach! This is my 6th year coaching. Last weekend we took the middle school girls to practice with the Dulaney high school softball team, a lot of our students go to Dulaney for high school.
Coach Dave really set up a wonderful practice. There were 4 stations for batting, and we had time practice covering the field with runners. My team learned a lot to improve their skills! I look forward to our home game today to see how it pays off!
Yesterday we had a master gardener come to green club! She presented on pollinators, and pollinator gardens. We learned a lot of information about the different types of pollinators there are… did you know the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly was the Maryland insect?
We have a pollinator butterfly garden which was created about 5 years ago. Over the past few years, the garden had been neglected due to a transfer of responsibility. Taking on this new role as green school coordinator, the transfer of information from the last coordinator was not easy. After experiencing this, I have decided its best to keep very well organized records. I plan to remain the green school coordinator for a while… but if I were to move on from the position, I want to be able to give the next teacher all they need to be successful in the endeavour of keeping the green school climate going. If my goal is to assist in a climate and culture shift in perspective in terms of reducing the amount of pollution and waste…then it only makes sense I keep in my the future of what I am creating and not only thinking of the future of the earth. Micro/Macro. I’ll talk more about this in an upcoming blog.
Back to the garden…
Here is the before:
Big thank you the PTA who sent out a signup genus to find some parent volunteers. There were 3 parent volunteers who were a HUGE help.
Our garden turned out completely transformed, and we now can start to think about planting some more pollinators, and adding some type of art installation! It was such a wonderful time, being in nature and helping the pollinators!
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It does not feel like there is only 12 days left of this school year!! I have started cleaning, clearing and organizing my classroom!!
Believe it or not, I really enjoy this part. I am all about organizing things, I just can’t always find the time to do it! 12 more days to get this room in order!!
In the mean time, my 8th grade students are doing Intuitive painting! We experimented with tools and techniques to create the background color for our paintings. It was way too much fun!
The students are totally enjoying working the hallway…. I like it too. It makes the classroom a lot quieter and the kids in the room can focus better. Those in the hallway are getting more work done as well!
My 8th grade GT art students are working on their self portraits, and they are turning out FABULOUS!
There are so many amazing things happening here… and we only have 12 more days of school, which is really only 6 for my classes to finish because I see them every other day!
Every year Ridgely PTA host an amazing craft fair at our school, with over 100 vendors, a silent auction and a used book sale. For the past 4 years I have been apart of this wonderful event, and every year it has been a blast. My students come with their parents, and I get to meet a bunch of amazing creators from around the area.
My table usually consists of lots of paintings, mostly my work from my painting parties. This year I painted 8×10″ canvas with vibrant colors and inspirational quotes, along with personalized 10×10″ framed mirrors. The quotes were a HUGE hit! I also sold a lot of my 16×20″ painted canvases! I love it because my students always come by and buy my art! It’s really cool to me to know that my paintings will be hanging in their rooms. I also hand paint and resin actual crab shells with logos of sports teams, or even our very own RMS stag.
My son Landyn joined me this year, he is 8 years old. He stayed with me and was in charge of selling clay pendant necklaces. It was so wonderful seeing him make a sign and talk to customers about how much the necklaces were. He made $9 and was super excited to go spend it! Haha, I really love watching him experience life.
One of my favorite coworkers and dear friends Lorianne also had a booth where she sold her amazing jewelry!
This year I had the pleasure of being placed next to a lovely knitter. Kristin Rowe with Letter K Crochet. She had beautiful scarves and hats. I purchased one for my daughter Element and when I brought it home to her she said “Mommy I love it! It’s the most beautiful hat I’ve ever seen!”
Jennifer P was also near me, she is an amazing jewelry maker! Lots of creative designs!
I was able to take a little stroll around the fair myself and purchased a LOVELY turtle turquoise necklace from Donna Valleix of Valleix Designs. Her dream catchers were most fantastic! They inspired me to start making my own!!
I would say all the networking, selling and socializing I did, along with the time I was able to spend with Landyn, made this craft fair the best ever!