I’m checking in from the beautiful shores of Bear Lake, Idaho! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, despite the craziness of 2020. I miss all of you 4th graders SO much! If the current plan sticks, in exactly one month from today, most if not all of us will be back together in our classroom, learning amazing things together! I can’t wait! That will be 165 days since we were last there learning together…way too long!

I am so grateful that we will all be moving up to 4th grade together. I’m so glad that we will be able to finish what we started almost a year ago. I am more and more grateful for that every day.

Teachers report back on July 27, and I can hardly wait to dive deep into the 4th grade curriculum. There are some really, really awesome things we are going to learn about this year! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a school year to start.

I can’t wait to launch our rockets! I was really hoping we could have done that before I came up here to Idaho, but the heat and the virus thwarted those plans. But that will be something to really look forward to in the fall.

You may be getting a supply list from the school or from ALA, but please ignore that one like we did last year. I am attaching the 4th grade supply list, which is pretty much the same as last year’s. But note that this year there will be absolutely no sharing of supplies. All of the supplies that I purchase with the supply money, including pencils, will have your kids’ names written on them and they will be the only ones using them.

Have you all seen Comet NEOWISE? If not, be sure to go out and see it in the next few days before it fades away! It was just recently discovered and only comes close to the Sun and Earth every 7,000 years! It has a long tail and is so incredibly beautiful! It’s the brightest comet we’ve been able to see in decades. We’ll be learning about it in class, but it’ll be hard to see by then. If you have binoculars, just find a spot where you have a clear view of the northwest horizon. About 45 minutes to an hour after sunset, look directly northwest about 15 degrees above the horizon. It will be right between the Big Dipper and the horizon. You can see it with your unaided eye, but you’ll get a much nicer view with binoculars. If you don’t have binoculars, Walmart has a nice pair for about $30. It’s totally worth it! I am attaching a couple of pictures I took of it up here at Bear Lake with my camera and my telescope. Let me know if you see it!

I’d love to hear more about your summers! Feel free to email or text photos or videos that you’re willing to share!

I hope and pray that there are no more delays to the start of the school year. School is so important and it’s been almost 5 months since these kids set foot in a classroom. After teaching for 18 years now, this gap has made me miss it more than ever. I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love most.

You all are the best!