Sunday, May 24, 2015

Elijah's Zoo Field Trip and Ella Visits the Police Station

 I got to go to the Denver Zoo with Elijah for his field trip. 
He got paired up with his friend Connor and this was my group! So fun! 

After the zoo field trip, Ella had her last girl scout activity.. a trip to the Denver Police Station. 
It was a fun time and the guys at the station were so generous and kind and patient with the kiddos.
They taught them about safety and let them ride a cool tricycle course. 
The girls made cards for the officers and put them in their boxes.
The guys even had cake for them! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sophia and Arianna's Fifth Grade Continuation Ceremony

My sweet first-born twins have completed elementary school. I am so very proud of all their hard work over the past years. I am SO grateful for the amazing teachers that have motivated them and encouraged them and loved them so sacrificially. 
Ari was able to play some piano songs at the beginning of the continuation...

I really was doing pretty good emotionally until they started talking about several staff members retiring and the girls went through the line of teachers that have meant so much to them throughout their years at Hopkins. It was very beautiful as parent to see the love that these people have for my daughters.  So moving...  

 Many of these kiddos have been at Hopkins since the beginning and have become dear friends. 

Sophia was getting so emotional during the song- it was so unlike her. 
She just loves Hopkins so much! 

 So grateful for many friends and family who came out to celebrate with the twins! 

our principal who is retiring 
our awesome librarian

Friday, May 22, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week: UP theme

Teacher Appreciation week has come and gone and this year, we went with an "UP" theme. 
We had $400 to spend on 5 days and I was under budget $1! 
Day One: "BATTER UP" 
Parents brought in cupcakes for the teachers and were entered into a cupcake contest 
The winner was Michelle Helm who won a $25 gift card to GiGi's cupcakes. 

 Day Two: "DRINK UP"
For this one, I had different seven-ups and fresh fruits with seltzer water so teachers could muddle their own ingredients and make their own fruity drink. I also printed the "7-UPS of teaching" and got cute paper clips to give away from the dollar store. We served the drinks on plastic champagne flutes.

 Day Three: "WAKE UP" 
We provided a yogurt bar with fresh fruit and granola. 
Peet's Coffee generously donated coffee for the morning! 
LOVE when our community gets involved with recognizing our teachers! 
We had several classes fill out little suns with ways that their teacher brightens up their lives! 

 Day Four: "DRESS UP" 
This was one of my favorite days. Kids were encouraged to dress up and bring in flowers to hand out to their teachers and staff in the school. They really stepped up to the plate! It was beautiful! 
We provided 40 vases and a rose in each one to get the fun started. 
Peet's Coffee also gave us a bunch of complimentary drink coupons to give away too! 

 Day Five: "GIDDY UP"
The last day, we had a BBQ lunch for the teachers. Parents brought in sides, salads and desserts. Texas Roadhouse catered the pulled pork and rolls. It was yummy! 

It was a fun week and there is no way we could adequately spoil the staff 
at Hopkins enough for all they do for our kiddos!