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Tuesday
May262015

Cutest Little Book Group! 

We started up our final round of book groups for the school year in April and this time around our youngest TLCers got to have a book group of their own!

Miss Heidi on Cliff has been leading the pre-schoolers from Monhegan, Isle au Haut, Frenchboro, and Cliff in a weekly book group where they read picture books, sing, dance, draw, and work and play with one another virtually!

The pre-school group have been reading books that have to do with plants and growing which is a perfect theme for spring. Miss Heidi shares an e-book with the students on her screen so everyone can follow along to the story! Don't you just LOVE technology!?

After the story the students get the chance to draw something that relates to the book. During this lesson students drew a picture of what they would want to plant in their garden! There were pictures of kale, carrots, and strawberries! Each student took turns sharing their picture with their TLC classmates!

It is pretty impressive that these four-year olds can work together using this technology! For some of them, it is the only time at their schools that they get to work with other pre-schoolers and work on skills like taking turns, sharing and talking with other children their own age.

Well done TLC pre-K! Book groups never looked so darn CUTE!

Thursday
Apr092015

First Annual Virtual Swap!

Our amazing student council has been chalk FULL of new, fabulous ideas for the TLC this year. 

The newest idea they put into action was our first annual "Virtual Student Swap!" The plan was to pair up students with a classmate from another island to give them a chance to virtually show off their school and give a glimpse of what a normal day was like on another island. It was a great activity to do in the dead of March when everyone could use a little extra social time. 

Our student council leaders paired up students with a TLC classmate on another island and brainstormed a list of questions for the pairs to ask one another about their schools and lives!

One of the questions was, "Will you show me something cool you have in your desk?" It was so cute to see what they all wanted to show one another.

Some of the other questions were, "What is your favorite part about school and why?" "What would you want to change about your school and why?" What are your favorite books to read..." The discussions went on and on...

Once everyone got through their list of questions the kids were allowed to ask questions of their own. They talked about everything from favorite sports, to pets, to what they like to do in the summer time.

The 8th grade student council leaders helped to facilitate the swap by visiting each of the groups to make sure the conversation was flowing and the technology was working.

We are so lucky to have such wonderful student leaders in the TLC this year!

Some of the students gave a bit of a virtual tour of their school to their partners.

I loved watching them all show off their school. This fourth grader read her entire daily schedule to her partner. She was so proud.

The swap was totally ADORABLE and AWESOME and all those other FEEL-GOOD adjectives you can think of! Big round of applause to Student Council for coming up with this idea and making it HAPPEN!

Wednesday
Apr082015

TLC Makers Club

This winter our TLC student council came to me saying, "we really want to do more in the TLC to help others." Pretty awesome thing to say! But really, a pretty challenging thing to do when you are on an isolated island.

That is why we came up with the idea of "Makers Club!" 

The idea behind makers club is that each month students and assisting adults make something that can be donated to folks who need it.

For the month of March the TLC Makers Club decided to make blankets to donate to Project Linus!

Each island held their own Makers club either during or after school hours and started making blankets.

These two cuties on Frenchboro made these super soft "no-sew" blankets to donate AND they just finished up a third blanket which they used an actual sewing machine to make! 

The Cliff Island School also made some no-sew blankets during an "in-school" Makers Club!

These blankets are snuggle-approved!

The Ashley Bryan School worked diligently on three "no-sew" blankets to donate.

Millie lended her blanket making skills during the process!

It took TWO sessions of Makers Club to produce these three lovely blankets.

And this super-star mom on Islesford made this gorgeous "mermaid" blanket to donate on behalf of the TLC!

Isle au Haut worked together to crochet a beautiful blanket during in school "makers club!"

The TLC inspired other makers to donate quilts to the Linus Project as well! Two talented quilters from Rockland made these GORGEOUS quilts to send on behalf of the TLC!

Because of all our making we have 12 gorgeous and warm blankets to send to children in our state who need a little extra love, warmth, and care!

Thank you TLC Makers for all of your work and generosity!

Monday
Mar302015

TLC Spirit Week - Animal TLC DAY!!!

Our final day of Spirit Week is traditionally "TLC DAY!" This year we put a new spin on our final day... "TLC ANIMAL DAY!" Millie could not wait!

I dressed up as Millie and Millie dressed up as a giraffe!

On Islesford there was a grey wolf in the school!

And a kitty with a pet lobster!

I loved this little "TLC Hot-Dog!"

And this 5th grade TLCer named herself the "Mother of all Animals."

Wooohooo! The teacher at the Ashley Bryan School turned herself into a ZEBRA!

On Isle au Haut one student grew a pair of wings out of her TLC t-shirt! She was a butterfly!

And the Isle au Haut teacher turned into a pretty kitty! What magical teachers we have in the TLC!

On Monhegan we had a TLC monkey and a duck!

Even our babies have TLC spirit!

TLC tiger!! Grrrrr!

Even batman paid us a visit on our final day of spirit week.

Since it was our last day, we celebrated the TLC with a round of TLC Jeopardy. Our categories included "Teachers," "Students," "Field Trips," "Curriculum," and "Mystery!"

Schools also made signs and cheers to celebrate the TLC. It may be just me, but I think the TLC is the most spirit-filled collaborative this side of the Mississipi! 

I've got TLC spirit! Yes, I do! I've got TLC spirit! How about you!?

Monday
Mar302015

Spirit Week - Zombie/Pirate/Ninja Day!

Day number four was the spookiest of TLC spirit week... it was Zombie/Pirate/Ninja Day! Everyone could dress up as one or all THREE of the themes for that day!

Captain Hook's Grandma was teaching on Isle au Haut during our virtual share time!

Isle au Haut also had a pleasent looking pirate and cute looking ninja!

I was still on Cliff Island during share time so I got to see many real-life ninja and pirates in the flesh!

This ninja and pirate duo on Great Cranberry appeared to be having a jolly time together. It is good to know that ninja and pirates can be friends.

Eeeek! A real-life zombie on Monhegan!

And look at these super cute zombies!

A pair of sweet pirates on Frenchboro with matching smiles!

This pirate on Islesford even had a name tag, "Dixie Bull," who was the FIRST female pirate to sail the seven seas. See, even Spirit Week can be a learning opportunity!

Female pirates ROCK!

And once again... the entire zombie/pirate/ninja crew on Cliff! What a scary looking, spirit-filled bunch!

Oh Spirit Week, you are so much fun! Mwahahahahaha!