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How to Take Better Photos


If you are interested in learning how to take better photos, you are invited to attend a workshop on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Georgetown Media Center.  Amanda Troyer, one of our parents, will lead this class.  If you are interested, please complete this form:  PHOTO NIGHT RSVP

Amanda is holding this workshop for us for FREE! Ashley VanArkel, one of our 3rd grade teachers,  attend Amanda’s workshop earlier this winter and rave’s about all she learned about framing a subject–as well as getting to know her camera better.  We would love to see you there!

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365 Project: A Year of Photos

One of my goals this year is to learn how to take better photos.  I have signed on to a project called the 365 Project.  There are many projects out there with the goal of taking one picture each day–but these involve more expertise in photography or deeper reflection about each photo.365 project

In order for me to accomplish this project with all my other interests, I need to be able to point, click, upload and post.  Along the way, I have been picking up tips about my camera–some I remember and some I don’t!  Amanda Troyer, a parent in our building, is also participating in this project.  On February 18, Amanda will also be hosing a “HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS” for anyone interested.  This will be held from 7-8:30 pm in the Georgetown Media Center.  If you are interested, register by completing this form:  PHOTO RSVP

You can watch my album grow by checking the slide show on the bottom left side of this blog.  And…with my camera in hand at nearly all times, you never know when I might snap a picture of you!

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Winter Scene

On December 21, the winter solstice (the SHORTEST DAY of the year) arrived and this was my signal to update the photo on our blog. With the help of Amanda Troyer (our resident photographer extraordinaire) and picnik (one of my favorite photo editing sites), the winter scene photo of our beautiful school is now available!

SnowflakeFor those of you who are looking for fun sites to learn more about winter, check out these links by one of my favorite online resource teachers, Larry Ferlazzo. He shares great links to winter images, snow flake creators and even a winter game.  My personal favorite is FLURRIOUS–a site that allows you to create a snowflake to send to someone special!  Here’s a snapshot of one that I sent to a special friend of mine.

If you are a fan of the winter sky, you won’t want to miss the blue moon that is scheduled to appear tomorrow, December 31.  We had our first full moon of this month on December 1 and it was stunning as it sat over our school.   The second full moon of the month is blue moonreferred to as a blue moon which occurs once or twice every two and a half years.   This year we will also have a lunar eclipse! It is rare that we would have a blue moon and a lunar eclipse on the same night and we could call this a “once in a blue moon” event.  As you may gather, this idiom means “rarely” or “not very often”  and has it’s origins in the field of astronomy.  If you are interested in learning more about phrases that mean something other than the literal meaning, check this site:  IDIOMS

Finally, if the skies are clear and you manage to take a photo of the blue moon, please send it to me and I will share this on our blog.