Teacher bans Valentine’s from classroom

My son’s first grade teacher has banned Valentine’s Day from her classroom.  With all of it’s frilliness and kindness.  This teacher decided that Valentine’s Day was offensive and sent a letter home stating that Valentine’s Day Celebrations were off.  Meanwhile, everyone else at the school is preparing for this special HOLIDAY that falls on February 14th.  Kindergarten is working diligently to create special cards for each “friend” in their class and 5th grade is selling Valentine Candy Grams that will be delivered to friends all around school on Friday the 12th.

What are your thoughts on this?  Personally I am offended and not sure why we must continue to be politically correct. It makes me sad that society continues to take away these traditions and bringing disappointment to our young generation.

 

We had already purchased Valentine’s prior to this notice being received.  In fact my son was so excited about the Star War’s Valentines he picked out for all of his friends.  He is such a social bug and is friends with everyone!  He knew, Monday (the 8th) he would get the class list and get to write up his Valentines.  Instead he came home with a note stating he was not to bring anything in that said the word Valentine’s on it.  He simply stated, “my teacher says, Valentines is not allowed and we can never celebrate it again.”

This is in Florida.

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UPDATE*** The principal of this school did respond 24 hours after email was sent.

Her response:  “As a school, classes are celebrating this tradition and have sent out any communications stating otherwise.”

She did seem concerned as  to who provided this notice to me.  When I replied with the teacher’s name, she replied:

“I apologize for this miscommunication. Mrs. ___________  is new to our school this year and may have been confused regarding our celebration policies. I will meet with her today to clear this up. Classes are celebrating this day as her class is permitted to celebrate as well. Thank you for letting me know.”

I think the principal was unaware and the teacher would have successfully removed Valentine’s Day for these children had I not complained.  I think the teacher was pushing her beliefs onto her students and this is unconstitutional.

The principal was genuinely concerned and apologetic for the situation.

UPDATE*** 2/11/2016

The principal emailed me a class list and informed me that the teacher sat with the dean the day before calling all the parents informing them students were permitted to bring in Valentine’s cards and goodies.  I did not receive a call from the teacher and discovered it was because someone in the office had failed to update my contact information in December when requested.  I did speak with the teacher this morning and it went like this:

 

Teacher:  Good morning Mrs. ______  I apologize it seems I had the wrong number yesterday and I wanted to call and let you know I made a mistake and the children can bring in their Valentine’s cards.  I made a mistake and did not get my letter approved and I apologize.

Me:  Well, why did you think it was okay to cancel Valentine’s  to begin with?

Teacher:  I wasn’t cancelling Valentine’s, I just didn’t want to exclude anyone in my class.

Me:  The letter stated students could not bring in anything with the words Valentine’s Day on them.

Teacher:  Yes, that was my mistake I did not word it right and should have had my letter approved before sending it home on Monday.  Students may bring in their Valentine’s cards Friday.

 

Me:  Will you inform your students that they are having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday?  My son and _____ both came home yesterday telling myself and ______ that they could not make Valentine’s Day cards.

Teacher:  I will mention it to the class today.

 

Idea:  Make it fun for the whole entire class.  Get excited about it and let them make a lil Valentine bag or Valentine mailbox for their cards and goodies.  Valentine’s Day is such a great day to share encouragement, love, and kindness.

 

Extra, Extra Read All About It!

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So honored to be a guest writer for Positiviti.  Check out my post on “How to Defeat Your Inner Bully.”

What is Positiviti?

“Positiviti is a student-organized anti-bullying organization that offers emotional support to all students. Both students, parents, and devoted encouragers are invited to join our cause to lift up others and offer friendship to those who need it!” – Positiviti

Please share Positiviti with a teen you love!

 

 

New Years Resolutions

is7 days into the new year and most of us probably have already given up on our new years resolutions.  Ahhh….but it was worth the try.  Right?  NO!  Perhaps you are setting goals that are not realistic.  It is important to set small goals and conquer them one by one rather then set a HUGE goal that sets you up for defeat before you even begin.  Or maybe you are just setting the wrong goal for yourself…you have not found the right jelly to go with your peanut butter or in my home Nutella.  Yes, you guessed it,  I’m hungry and I have just digressed myself into a food blog.  lol

Seriously, resolutions are truly another word for GOALS.  So start small.  Instead of setting a goal to lose weight this year, think smaller and set a goal of walking every day for thirty minutes or eliminating something from your diet.  Start Small!!!  It is easy to say my resolution is to lose 40 pounds this year.  But if you never set smaller goals you will never accomplish it and in 2017 you will be right back where you started.  Year after year the same goals and after the first week of the new year we are waving the white flag, pat ourselves on the back for good effort, and go back to our regular habits.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?

This year I sat back and thought about the resolutions I have had in the past and why I failed them.  And I realized not only was I thinking too big, but…I wasn’t letting God help me.  I never once thought to pray and ask God help me to fulfill my New Years Resolutions.  And why not?!  God should be in control over everything in my life.  God has walked with me through all my up’s and down’s and knows my deepest, darkest secrets.  Of course God would know the best resolution to fit me and how to see it through.  So this year my resolutions not only include taking family walks,  decreasing sugar and caffeine intake,  spending more time with family, and putting down the technology.  A while back my Pastor spoke of “BEING ALL THERE” for your children and loved ones and taking a break from the smart phone and FACEBOOK.  I have done well with this thus far, my phone does not stay on me at all times and I do not go online much when at home.  This year I am taking this a bit further and I will limit my tech time to an hour a week.  This gives me more quality time with my children and is a great stress reliever.  It is amazing how much one can miss when they are surviving in a virtual world and not the real world.

BUT ALSO…to pray more!  Spending more time speaking to Jesus.  Not just a couple times a day, but multiple times throughout the day.   Praying for my family, health, help with meeting my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, happiness, healing, peace, for our country and brave soldiers fighting for our freedoms, for Christians around the world, for strangers, for wrong doers, and everything and anything that comes my way.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

“But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”  Jeremiah 20:11

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Put Jesus in the driver’s seat this year and be blessed!

 

“Ugly” Christmas Sweater- DIY

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Have you noticed a new Christmas fashion emerging in retail stores?  The Ugly Christmas Sweater is a new trend that can end up costing you a pretty penny.  My daughter found one online for $75!   I am going  to show you how you can make one for almost nothing by using what you already own.  Not only will it be unique and in a class of it’s own, but you will have a blast making it!

Materials:

Old sweater or a long sleeve shirt (take it from the closet)

Christmas odds and ends…garland, stockings, ornaments, candy canes, etc…(found em in our Christmas decor totes)

Hot glue gun

E 6000

 

What we did:

Jammed out to our favorite Christmas carols and giggled as we 3 dimensionally designed our sweater.  Our sweater is actually a long sleeve shirt with sweater like arms.  It has a pink cheerleader image on the front, which was easily covered with our Christmas Trim.  Using hot glue and E 6000 we secured the stocking, fake snow, and ornaments in place.

My daughter designed her “Ugly” Christmas Sweater for a contest at school.  She was feeling very confident and very proud of her creation.

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Please share your “Ugly” Christmas Sweater pics

and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Storybook Pumpkins

Check out the storybook pumpkins my amazing kiddos created this year!  This is such a super fun idea and best of all very lil to no mess!  We use fake pumpkins that can be purchased at your local craft store so we can keep them for decoration the following year.

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Maleficent Pumpkin:

Natural colored pumpkin

Paint: green, purple, black, red, pink, and yellow

Black pipe cleaners for horns

E6000 for gluing horns to pumpkin

Black felt for collar

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Bad Kitty Pumpkin:

Black pumpkin

Yellow wiggly eyes

Black pipe cleaner for tail

E6000 for gluing tail and felt pieces to pumpkin

Felt: pink, black, and red for facial features

Black sharpie for mouth lines

I would love to see your Storybook Pumpkin creation, please share below or post on social media using #spookilypumpkin and #thecutecountrychick

Happy Halloween ya’ll!

Bring Your Bible to School Day- October 8th! reblogged from Focus on the Family

Reblogged from Focus on the Family.  Not my original work.  Sharing Bring Your Bible to School Day.

The Bible Should Be Celebrated—Not Banned!
Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family.
Students Shouldn’t Have to Hide Their Faith

A teacher “humiliates a fifth grader for reading the Bible during free reading time.”

“A student is fighting for students’ rights after a public high school banned them from praying, singing Christian songs, and discussing religious topics during their free time.”

“One couple says their daughter was banned from reading the Bible at school. … The alleged Bible ban isn’t sitting too well with parents.”

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Do you know students with a heart for God’s Word? Then they’ll love Bring Your Bible to School Day, a free-speech event for students on Oct. 8sponsored by Focus on the Family.
Download your free, get-started guide today!
That’s just a small sampling from television reports we’ve seen within the last year about students being censored or punished for their faith. Do you agree with us that students shouldn’t be forced to hide their Biblical beliefs when they walk in the school door?

The fact is, they do have the religious-freedom right to bring their Bible to school and read it during free time.

But the good news is, you can be a part of empowering and encouraging Christian students:

Let them know about Bring Your Bible to School Day™ on Oct. 8!

Last year, an estimated 8,000 students participated in every state in the nation. This year at least three times that many are expected to participate!

Will you be a part of making this a nationwide movement?

On this special day, students—from kindergarten to college—will celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with their friends. Help spread the word by taking three easy steps:

  1. Sign up; then share this link with other students and their families:FocusOnTheFamily.com/BringYourBible. Let them know that we’ve created Elementary, Teen and Pastor/Parent Editions of the downloadable guides.
  2. Share sample announcements with church leaders so they can let the youth in their congregation know about it.
  3. Join the conversation! Like us on Facebook® and follow us on Twitter®; VisitBringYourBible.org.

Thank you for your heart for empowering Christian youth across the nation and for working with us to protect religious freedoms for future generations.

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