Friday, July 13, 2012

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation...

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, prayers, and heartfelt thoughtfulness.  The passing of my student, whose life was taken through violence, was very difficult to deal with.  Every comment and kind word that all of my sweet bloggy friends posted, warmed my heart tremendously.  I am grateful to you all.  Thank you!

Friday, July 6, 2012

A student lost...

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, as I sat at Mavis Tire, dreading the bill I would soon be paying for new tires, I received a phone call from the secretary at school.  She prefaced her call by saying she had some "not very good news".  I immediately assumed this was a phone call to tell me I have to change classrooms, or I was being moved to another grade level...You know the feeling.  But instead, she spoke about a student of mine, and proceeded to tell me that he had been shot and killed in Brooklyn over the weekend.  I know she told me the details, but as soon as I hung up--I could hardly remember any details, only that my student, Jaquan Cox, a bubbly, energetic, happy little boy had been killed.  The details are too gruesome to relate here, but Jaquan, my seven year old student, who I had hugged, said goodbye to, and wished a great summer less than two weeks ago, had been killed.  He was visiting his grandmother who lived in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn.  He, along with his grandmother, were victims in a double murder-suicide. 

I don't have to tell you, the followers of my blog, who are mostly teachers, just how close you grow to your students as the year progresses.  The loss of a student is crushing, but a loss to violence seems even more unbearable.  

A fund has been established through to help raise funds for the funerals of both Jaquan Cox and Alma Cox.   If you are willing to donate, you may do so here: EverRibbon: Jaquan Cox and Alma Cox.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kohl's Cares

I had to order every Eric Carle book and stuffed animal when they came out. And now...Skippyjon Jones! YAY! I love the Skippyjon Jones books, and my firsties go nuts for them. Did you know that Kohls has some books and animals on clearance for half price? The Guy Parker-Reese books: "Giraffes Can't Dance", "Down by the Cool of the Pool", and "Dinosaurumpus" are all only $2.50, and the matching stuffed animals are also only $2.50! I'd rather order them online and pay the shipping than to drive all the way to Kohl's and find out they are sold out--which happens all the time at my Kohl's location! ☺