Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Made It - June 20


Last week I created and uploaded a new freebie to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I created planner bookmarks with cute Melonheadz clip art and inspirational quotes.







Visit my store to download this new freebie!

In other news...I moved from Utah to North Carolina at the beginning of June. I will be teaching 5th grade in a year round school and have Meet the Teacher night on June 28th! I got a jump on my planner updates early this year (thank goodness) and finished them mid-April this year. Due to school starting soon for me, I printed my planner last week.

I have been using the Staples Arc binding system for 4 years now and absolutely love it. I chose to go with this rather than having my files bound because I can add/remove pages at any time, and reuse this notebook base every year.

The cover is from Staples. It's called M by Staples Arc and is purple leather. {I did have to purchase the Arc punch, but it's so worth it.}

did print all of the pages myself. I purchased 32 lb. paper to print on. It holds and prints better. I don't have to worry about bleed through with this paper - for printer ink or pens. I also found that when writing on 32 lb. paper with a pencil, it erases a lot better than on regular paper.







My teacher planners are editable and come in 5 different designs. Each year you can redownload the updates for free! Check them out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!



Over the last 4 years, more lunch boxes went missing than I had time to search for. At my previous school, each classroom had a "lunch bin" for which students would place their lunch bags after they finished eating before going out to recess. Lunch helpers would go grab the bin after recess and bring it back to class. Being a charter, we didn't have a "working lunch room" - all paid lunches were catered in from fast food restaurants. Therefore, 90% of my students brought a home lunch each day. Lunch boxes went missing all of the time. My 3rd year teaching at this school Lunch Bag Tags were born. I had to have a way for students' lunches to be returned to my classroom if they ended up in someone else's lunch bin. And let me tell you, it worked like a charm.

How do they work? Type in the student's first and last name, along with your name and room number. Print, cut apart, laminate, cut again. Why cut before laminating? Lunch bags get wet sometimes, and I like the edges to be sealed with lamination so they don't get ruined from liquid. Loop the tag around a handle on the student's lunch bag and staple. Parents love it because it doesn't damage the lunch bag or add permanent info that will change the following year...and it ensures the lunch bag is returned to students if misplaced!

I've created an editable file to share with you - which is currently only available on my blog! There are 5 options for design, and you can change the fonts to your favorite font, if you'd like. Last year I used the plain ones and printed on colored paper.


11 comments:

  1. Are you still using the Arc system for your planner? I am trying to decide what to use!

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    1. Hi Laura,
      Yes, I am still using the Arc system. I absolutely love it!
      Tiffany

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  2. Oh...I need to use lunch tags! We had bus tags on backpacks this year, but I hadn't thought about lunch tags! Now only if I could get my kids to remember to take their lunch boxes home every day! Thanks for sharing!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. I love your adorable bookmarks! What a genius idea! Your planner is adorable. I almost bought the teacher Happy Planner, but ended up getting another Erin Condren. I can't seem to break out of the EC obsession! Thank you for sharing your fabulous projects! :)

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  4. I LOVE your planner bookmark idea and THANK YOU for the freebie in your store! I downloaded them already and will get started this week! How creative! I also love your web site theme...too cute!! Visit me at PJ Jots!

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  5. I've been following your blog for several years. I'm so excited to learn that you've moved to NC and teaching 5th grade! I too live in NC and teach 5th grade. I'm looking forward to seeing your ideas. Best of luck to you!

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  6. I LOVE your planners. I will have to look into them more. Where in NC are you now? I am a 4th grade teacher in NC.

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    1. Hi Sammie,
      Thank you! :) I'm in Raleigh. Where are you?
      Tiffany

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  7. I'm a planner addict so that planner is fab!!!! Love those lunch bag tags! So cute and the planner bookmarks!!!! Adorbs!!! Thank you for linking up:)

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  8. I LOVE your blog design! Those bookmarks are too adorable!

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  9. The bookmarks came out really cute! Thank you for the freebie. The lunch bag tags are a fabulous solution for a common problem.

    Mary
    Elementary Engagement

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