Friday, January 22, 2010

Half Eaten Biscuit

I was visititg this year's new kindergarten teachers' classroom and discovered a napkin with a half-eaten sausage biscuit wrapped up in it. I held it up and asked, "Who left this here? We're not supposed to take food from the cafeteria." Tyler spoke up, "But I forgot to bring a snack today." :(

The new kindergarten teacher got a ziplock bag for him to put his biscuit in for snack time.

She's doing a good job!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cutest Turd Ever

Ok, so, I'm walking past the 1st graders' restrooms, and the most awful smell ever is filling the entire hallway. I think, "That has to be coming from the boys restroom--one of these little 1st graders must have forgotten to flush."

I walk into the restroom and am greeted by a tiny little turd-let on the floor. I investigate further and find that one of the toilets has poo all over it and is filled with toilet paper as if someone was trying to clean up their mess.

I then realize that the small "gift" left on the floor is only a portion of the mess and that the entire floor has tracks of poo on it from where kids have been walking in it AND the tracks have spread out into the first grade hallway--which is why the smell was so powerful.

How are the restrooms at your workplace?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two Conversations With Jenaya Today

Jenaya was here in kinder, then moved away. All I remember of her is a blur. She was a little ball and never sat still--and she liked to fight with teachers (verbally, of course.)

Now she is in 3rd grade. She's REAL calm. I ran into her this morning:

JENAYA: Mr. Bowers, you like my purse?

It's very stylish and fun looking, black and white with a long strap.

MR. BOWERS: Oh, yeah, that's cool, I like that.
JENAYAH: I got it from my grandma. She just died. Yeah, I've had about 12 people in my family die just now. My uncle, my grandma, uhh, this other man...i think he was related...
MR. BOWERS: Oh, my goodness, I'm sorry...well, you sure have a lot of people waiting for you up there in'd better be good and make sure you get there!

Then I see her again this afternoon:

JENAYA: Whew, my medicine makes me sleepy.
MR. BOWERS: Oh, do you take some medicine to help you behave at school?
MR. BOWERS: Oh, haha, I bet you got in a lot of trouble at your other school after you left our school, didn't you?
JENAYA: (with a huge grin) Yeah.
MR. BOWERS: Well, do you think the medicine is working?
JENAYA: Oh, yeah, I never get in trouble.
MR. BOWERS: Does it keep you focused in school?
MR. BOWERS: Well, you seem to be doing a good job, keep it up.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Little Mr. Bowers

Guess which one's me?

The Tooth That Got Lost Twice

Coach Reid and I were teaching some Pre-K kids when suddenly Connie starts screaming. We go over to her and her mouth is bleeding and there is a fresh hole where a tooth used to be.

We both were so excited for her that we kind of ignored the fact that she was crying. We were saying things like, "Oh boy, you lost your the tooth fairy will this your first tooth?...did you pull it out yourself?..." I drug her over to the mirror so she could see the hole in her mouth--but this made her cry more.

She didn't seem to know how her tooth came out and in fact, she didn't even know where the tooth was. We looked in her mouth and couldn't see it anywhere. I thought she had swallowed it or something, then finally one of the other kids found it on the floor. It was the tiniest tooth ever!

Finding her tooth helped her stop crying so we sent her to the nurse. The nurse at our school gives the kids a necklace with a little container on it—shaped like a tooth--to keep the lost tooth in. Connie came back to class smiling with her new necklace.

I saw her the next day and she said that she got $2 from the Tooth Fairy. Man, prices keep going up and up for these kids’ teeth!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Unclear on the Concept

I was talking to a student about the gifts she got for Christmas on the day we returned from winter break. Phillip walked up on the conversation:

PHILLIP: (Smiling as usual) I didn't get to celebrate Christmas.
MR. BOWERS: What? I thought you said your mom was a Christian.
PHILLIP: She is.
MR. BOWERS: Well, did y'all go to church on Christmas day?
MR. BOWERS: Well, then you celebrated Christmas.