November 17

Bits and Pieces

 Crazy Hair Day Friday

Book Fair!

T 11/17     7:45 – 4:30 pm
W 11/18     7:45 – 6:00 pm
T 11/19     7:45 – 6:00 pm
F 11/20     7:45 – 4:30 pm
M 11/23     11:00 – 6:30 pm

Remember, you can also shop the Book Fair online by visiting the link on our homepage:

Thank you for your support. All funds raised from the Book Fair are used to support our ongoing library programs and special events.

Miss Welch!

Miss Welch’s last day is Thursday!

November 2

SBAC Interim Test

No, don’t panic!  This is just an interim test, not the ‘real’ deal!

I plan on giving this low stakes assessment Wednesday morning.  Kiddos will be doing a language arts portion and it should be relatively stress free  –  we’ve been practicing a similar type of test for the last three weeks.

Please try, as best you can, to have kiddos present Wednesday morning.  We always like to test well rested, well fed, and with as many kiddos here as the current virus situation will allow!  If a child needs to stay home, I have make up time scheduled, but it is easier on students if they can test with the group.

Speaking of tests, tomorrow is our Unit 2 math test …. and ….. I’ll be having a few tests done myself tomorrow morning to ensure there is never a repeat of last Tuesday!

Thanks for all the support in all our testing endeavors!

October 26

Red Ribbon Week

This morning we had a special guest share the history and sorrow behind Red Ribbon Week!  Ask your kiddo to tell you the story!  In honor of the event, tomorrow we all wear denim and FRIDAY we all will try to wear red!IMG_3774

October 20

Care to Volunteer?

I’m hoping one of our fabulous parents is willing to take on our Four Winds presentations!  I know many of you have asked about volunteering in the classroom, you are all welcome at any time – but this is a special request!

Four Winds is a great science enrichment program that is run by parent volunteers.  It’s extremely well done and provides you with enough training that you’ll feel quite comfortable presenting the content and running the activities.

If you are interested in taking this on, please contact Stephanie Stahl at  She’s our district Four Winds coordinator!  Thanks for considering this!

October 7

They Picked Their Movie!

I gave a wide variety of choices – but your children voted for Big Hero 6 as their movie reward!

This movie is rated PG, for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements.  If you do not wish your kiddo to see this movie, please send me an email and I will make other arrangements.  I’ve seen it many times and it met my Puritanical moral code – but no pressure!

As a reminder, kiddos are allowed to wear jammies, bring a backpack sized stuffie, and a personal snack to nibble on during the movie!  Friday afternoon is our target!

October 6

In Anticipation of Achieving Our Goal!

I think today is the day!  We’ve only one more ‘jewel’ to earn for our jar in order to reach the goal of 23 perfect transitions!  In case we do ……

                      Friday is movie and pajama day! 

Kiddos asked that we be able to wear jammies and bring stuffies to school, followed by a movie in the afternoon.  I am okay with this!  Obviously, wearing pajamas to school is a choice, not a requirement!  ;)  Stuffed animals should be able to fit into a backpack and jammies need to be school appropriate.  Students may need a reminder that recess is still outdoors!

As for the movie, I have a large number of appropriate videos for the Bunch to choose from – I’ll bring them tomorrow and we’ll have a class vote.  I will post their choice tomorrow and please let me know if you prefer not to have your kiddo watch that particular video.

Stay tuned for their selection!

September 28

Scholastic Books

Thank you so much for supporting Scholastic book orders!  I enjoy offering these to families and typically order from them for both our classroom and my own family!

I try to keep ordering simple, but please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

There are two ways to order books:

  1. Visit Scholastic Book Clubs online at
  2. Use code GW2W2 to access the Buswell Class page.
  3. Enter your order and credit card number.


I will receive an email notification an order has been placed and it will automatically add to the local order.


  1. Complete your order form.
  2. Return it, along with a check payable to Scholastic Book Clubs to school.
  3. The orders will be placed the Friday after the magazines are sent home. I allow one full week for families to get their orders to me.


Please do not send cash, or wait to submit the check.  If I receive cash, or do not have family payments, I must write my own personal check to cover the order and I do not usually carry my personal check book.  This slows down the ordering process and makes kiddos impatient to receive their books!