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Day 213

Did you know that August 1 is the 213th day of the year?   As of today, there are 152 days remaining in 2011.  August is a busy month for tourism — a time when families take their summer vacations before Labor Day and the September start of school. Have you ever used the phrase the ‘DOG DAYS of SUMMER’?   This phrase is used to describe August days that are stifling hot and unbearably humid.

My body and mind definitely move at a slower pace when the summer heat kick’s in.  Rather than get work done in the yard or around the house, I call up family and friends and invite them to swim in our pool and eat burgers under the cool shade of the hemlocks.  This collage is a series of photos my son took when we were hanging out with our nieces and nephew for a few days in July.

What are you doing to keep cool this summer?  Eating popsicles? Swimming?  Running through sprinklers?  Send me a photo that shows how your stay cool and have fun in the summer and I will post this on the blog!

Happy August!

Mrs. Reagan


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Summer Snapshot #2: The Dog Days of Summer

One of my absolute favorite favorite parts of summer is spending more time with my dog, Cooper!  He is a cross between a Cavalier KingPuppy ShadesCharles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise.  Best of all, Cooper is just perfect for our family…playful, gentle and adorable.  He is also my companion in the garden.  When he sees me with my shovel and pots of perennials, he automatically starts digging a hole.  Unfortunately, the hole is not always where I want it to be.

Cooper also loves to ride in the car.  It doesn’t matter where he is in the house, if the car keys are picked up that is his signal that I am getting into the car.   He’ll dart down the steps and around the corner to search for the key sound.  Cooper is so determined to not be left behind that he has been known to push open the screen door and wait by the car door. My family gets irritated with me when I want to take Cooper along for errands, so sometimes I sneak him into the car and hope that they don’t discover him until we are out of the driveway.

Whenever anyone in our family feeling sad or yucky, Cooper cuddles up by their side wherever they happen to be resting, staying by their side as long as he is needed.  My favorite thing to do is to grab a blanket, curl up on the couch and wait for Cooper to crawl into the crook of my legs and fall asleep.

Since January 1 of this year, I have been taking one photo a day –a project that I am doing “just for fun”.  Cooper and my own children are my favorite models.  I gathered some photos of Cooper so that you can see why I think he is the best dog and model in the world!   You will see pictures of him sleeping, riding in the car, playing in the snow and running with his friend Hatteras (Mrs. Woodring’s son).  Enjoy the COOPER PICASA ALBUM.

Mrs. Reagan

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Summer Snapshot = College Tours

To help our new parents and students become familiar with us (the Georgetown staff), we will be sharing a little bit about ourselves and families in the weeks ahead through our blog posts.

Through these posts, we hope you see all of us as teachers who are also family members, parents, spouses, community members and quite simply, individuals who can’t wait to learn about all of you too!

I am choosing to kick off my summer snapshot series with the feature: COLLEGE TOURS.  I know that some of you are enrolling your first child into pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, so the contents of this post may cause you to GULP as you think about preparing your child for college. Apologies for any anxiety I cause in advance!

My daughter, Kelsey, is officially a high school senior.   As a result, one of our summer adventures has been touring colleges in the midwest.   We have spent many hours together in the car driving through the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to visit schools with the hopes of finding the top four for application purposes.

A few highlights of our adventures include a flat tire (which we took care of ourselves), surprise meeting with an albino squirrel, a giant gum ball eating contest (we did this to entertain ourselves on long drives) and new friendships—we met so many great people along the way.

If you are interested in following how I cope with the final year of high school, feel free to follow my 365 Senior Year photo journal.  I plan to use these photos in some special way at my daughter’s open house next June.

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First Grade Chalk Drawings Say It Best

Have a fun summerIf you walked into Georgetown on Wednesday between 1:15 and 2:00, you saw a 80+ first graders writing “happy summer” wishes with chalk on the sidewalks, blowing bubbles, sitting in the summer shade or playing on the playground.  This is one of my favorite Georgetown traditions—our newest readers and writers for the year wishing all of us a the best vacation possible.

Wishing you a great start to your summer and many “just right” adventures during the months of June, July and August.  I will post updates regarding class list postings, teacher assignments, and much more throughout the coming weeks.

Mrs. Reagan

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Georgetown School Library OPEN this summer!

Reading  ClaytonIn order to keep reading going strong throughout the summer, we will be opening our Georgetown School Library once a week!

On Wednesdays,10:00-12:00 pm, we will have our library open for Georgetown students to Readerscheck out books. This is a great time to try out some new books, re-read some old favorites, re-connect with friends, and see some of your favorite teachers.

Our first date for Wednesday check-out will be June 16. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there!

Readers TroyI will remind you of this each Tuesday with a blog post.  Many thanks to Mrs. Bast (reading teacher) and Mrs. VandenBerg (librarian) for making this possible.