***Lots to Share*** - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

***Lots to Share***

This week was JAM-PACKED with DRA assessments, MAP tests, Mother's Day, and other end of the year craziness! Did you survive?   I am here to celebrate (barely) with Kasey's Five for Friday!

1.  I adore each and every purchase I made during the sale this week.  Please, please, please don't tell my hubby what all I bought.  It's quite a lot.  Oh and you thought you were finished shopping?!?!? Wait until you see all the goodies you can add to your wishlist!

2.  My kiddos have worked their tails off on counting coins this week!  We used my Money Mega Pack and had a blast!!  We also took both the reading and math portions of MAP, and I could not be prouder of my kids! They worked so unbelievably hard all year long and their growth matches their effort!

 3.  I chopped 8 inches off my hair!  The last two years at my school we have had several teachers diagnosed with breast cancer-including one of my beloved teacher partners. Every single one of these women has taught me a lesson on strength and grace in how they have handled their fights.  I donated my hair to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths so that someone fighting cancer can receive a wig free of cost!

4.  My students made some beautiful fingerprint bouquets for their mommies.  They also wrote the sweetest letters to their moms on the back too!
 My own little family remembered me with flowers too!

5.  And last but not least I am finally ready to announce on this little blog of mine that the Kings are packing up and moving to the beautiful state of South Carolina!!!! If you are a frequent reader of mine, you often see pictures of my kids and I visiting Charleston.  Well- we are headed home!  I am experiencing all kinds of mixed emotions....

and it is mainly because I will miss my team like crazy.  I am blessed to work with the most amazing-supportive-enthusiastic-loving women EVER.  They have been my rock for many years and I may just pack them all up to go with us. 

Are you still with me:) 

This weekend is going to be full of catching up around my house! I hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  1. It was such a fun week of buying items! :) How exciting about moving home, but I completely understand leaving an amazing team. A great team can really make or break you! Good luck at your new school.

    Flying High in First Grade

  2. What a week you've had! Good luck with your move and all those mixed emotions. They can be rough sometimes (and yes i'm talking about both moving and mixed emotions!) :)

  3. Love all of your purchases! And I love that you are moving back to SC!!!! I'm a native of SC and live right outside of Charleston! We will have to get in touch with each other after you are settled in!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  4. Hope you have a Great Mother's Day and weekend. Thank you for all you do. I love all your designs and have several on my wish list. Have a safe trip and move.

  5. Your fingerprint bouquets are adorable!! Good luck with your move!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  6. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Katie! Your vases turned out great. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  7. I am so excited for your move!! Soon we will be real life blogging besties ;)

    Kindergarten Smiles

  8. Awe, thanks Katie! <3 you and your new hair.

  9. My mom who writes my blog & creates with me lives in South Carolina! Hilton Head Island! I will be headed there in a month! It is beautiful there! Best of luck to you!!

  10. Looks like you had a great week! Love the new hair cut! It's adorable!!!

    Soaring Through Second

  11. I bought the same pack from The Brown Bag Teacher. I can't wait to use it!

    Wow, I knew you were moving, but I didn't know you were going all the way back to South Carolina. I have to admit, I'm super jealous. I want to move south!

    I also love your new haircut! It's adorable, and I love that you donated your hair to people in need!

    Blooming In First

  12. Yay!!! We live in charleston!!! Isn't it just the best!!! Congrats!!! Let us know if we can help in any way!!


  13. Your haircut looks darling! You'll never miss that hair and it will help someone else out in the sweetest way! I'ma new follower!

  14. Exciting about your move. I am moving this summer too. It's definitely exciting, but also scary! Looks like you got a whole lot of fab stuff at the sale!

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

  15. I love, love, love the new haircut...and for such a great cause!
    Fun in Room 4B

  16. I've just found your blog and started following along! Your hair looks incredible- and it's so cool you donated it and cut it off to support all your friends and colleagues like that!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  17. Charleston is my favorite city! I love the architecture, history, southern charm and of course the food! The haircut is adorable and I am sure that your teacher friends are touched by your gesture :)
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade

  18. Your hair is ADORABLE! I love how you laid out your purchases. You are just too cute!
    Just Reed!

  19. You made some fab purchases and your haircut is too cute! I'm from South Carolina! We'll be headed east for the summer in a few short weeks! My family keeps trying to convince me to move back too....I've learned to never say never. We'll see...best of luck on your move!

    A+ Firsties

  20. Katie,
    I agree. Assessing was at an all-time high this week...And it pours into next week too! But Mother's Day project were fun and I love your bouquets! I did the same! I hope the moms love them! The kids really put the effort in!
    PS: Your hair looks so cute! What a great cause. Good for you!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  21. I have worked with some women diagnosed with cancer. I got choked up when I saw your donation. I think that's great.

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  22. Congrats on the move! I teach first grade in Charleston county if you need anything or have any questions I'd be happy to help! jkroske@gmail.com


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