Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to The Giraffe Class!

Greetings New Giraffes! Welcome to our classroom blog, I can't wait to fill it with pictures and stories from the amazing year we will have together! This week, you will be receiving a letter from me in the mail so you can learn a bit more about me, and you will also have the opportunity to tell me a bit about yourselves!

If you need another copy of our letter and survey/supply list, you can find it here. I hope to see you at our Open House on Thursday, August 24th from 1-2 pm. Our classroom is in a new location this year, just two doors down from MakerSpace 

Enjoy your last few weeks of vacation, I can't wait to hear about all of your summer adventures! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Fun!

Hello, Giraffes! I hope you've all had an amazing summer so far. We still have a few weeks left to soak up some fun and sun with our friends and family! I've been very lucky to see many of the giraffes I've already had in class as well as some of the giraffes who will join me this fall for second grade on my many summer adventures. Here are a few pictures from my travels around New England and across the country:

My first trip this summer was to Lake Winnipesaukee. I had so much fun swimming and boating with my friend Shannon!

I've gone on several trips to Massachusetts to visit my family at Camp Kinneywood. My mom and dad are the caretakers of this camp, and my brother and I grew up here! They have lived there for the last 25 years

Next, we drove up to Bar Harbor, ME to visit with friends and hike around Acadia National Park. This is Bubble Rock!

Catching some incredible views with my friends Ryan and Amelia at the summit of Cadillac Mountain

we spotted a White-Tailed Deer outside our hotel!

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

We went on a Nature Cruise and we got to see the seals on Egg Rock!

I hiked Mount Major with Ryan and Amelia, too! 
Some of the cairns at Odiorne in Rye. I love to visit there on the weekends!


Hank (my brother's dog) on the pond at Camp Kinneywood. Hank LOVES the water!

Visiting the happy piglets at Heifer Project's Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA

My most exciting news to share from this summer: I got ENGAGED! 

My fiance Andrew (aka "Mitch") proposed to me on a boat ride at the camp where I grew up. I was completely surprised and overjoyed ! 
I couldn't wait to share the happy news with my mom and dad, who were in on the surprise too :) 


For our last big trip of the summer, Mitch and I hopped on a plane to Portland, OR to visit his family. We got to see so many incredible things while we were there, including Multnomah Falls...

The International Rose Test Garden


Mount Hood

GIRAFFE CAROUSELS!!

The endpoint of Lewis and Clark's expedition west  in Seaside, OR

Haystack Rock

Sunset over the Pacific 


and, of course, Bigfoot!
I hope each and every one of you are enjoying your own adventures this summer. I cannot wait to hear all about them and begin our year together in second grade :) Until then, continue having a BLAST!

Love, 
Ms. Riley

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our Last Days in The Giraffe Class

While our last week in second grade was only two days long, we had a BLAST celebrating all of the growth we've made as friends and as learners in the giraffe class. With a trip to the park, dance parties in the gym, picnics outside, and one last group hug with fluffy, our days were filled with bittersweet moments reminiscing on all the wonder memories we've made, and lots and lots of FUN!


On Monday, we spent the day at Stratham Hill Park playing all sorts of fun games, going for hikes up to the fire tower, catching frogs, and having an epic water balloon fight! 




































Can we just say that Bunch o' Balloons are AMAZING?!






















One of the giraffes said farewell Monday afternoon before heading off to summer camp, we hope she had a great week!!


Finally, it was time for our last day of school :( While it was bittersweet to see our year come to an end, we couldn't help but smile, laugh, and even cry some happy tears as we reflected on all of our wonderful memories in the Giraffe Class


We started our day with an all-school morning meeting, where we saw some epic performances by the 5th grade teachers and students and then celebrated with one giant game of Freeze Dance!







 Afterwards, we had one last morning meeting as a class, where we read our last morning message together and shared our awesome summer plans with the class. The giraffes also got to check out the AMAZING poster they gave to Ms. Riley of a giraffe made up of all of her favorite giraffes! 


The best gift ever!!! 





Ms. Riley gave each of the giraffes a little something as well--a beach ball, some bubbles, and a framed picture 




















On the back of each photo, it says this message:


Giraffes, being your teacher has truly been one of the greatest joys in my life. Continue to show kindness in everything you do, and remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. You will always have a special place in my heart!

Love Always,
Ms. Riley



Before recess, we took our last day of second grade pictures with our "Fluffy Floatie" and after recess, we enjoyed a picnic together as a class




















Then, we bid farewell to Mrs. Zampini and our 5th grade buddies...








...we gave Fluffy one last group hug...


...and we said goodbye to second grade and hello to summer! 



Giraffes, your year in second grade has seemed to fly by, and while it makes my heart so sad to see you go, I am so proud of the growth you’ve made since you walked into this classroom back in August.

You’ve learned so much in the last 180 school days, stretching your brain in so many different ways, but what makes me the most proud is to think of all the ways your heart has grown. I’ve witnessed your hearts stretching and growing through new friendships, showing empathy for others, your determination to master new skills, and your optimism with trying new things.

I wish I could tell you in words how much it has meant to me to be your second grade teacher. You all hold such a special place in my heart, and know that I will always be here for you no matter where your journey takes you--roads can always lead back to the giraffe class.

Have a wonderful summer!

Love Always,

Ms. Riley