Celebrate This Week - May 3, 2014

This year, I am trying to increase my awareness of the many good things that happen, which are frequently overlooked by me.  To help me, I am joining Ruth Ayres' Celebrate This Week.

Here's what I am thankful for this week...

This week has been a strange week.  I feel like I have rushed through one day to the next and moving from one meeting or event to the next meeting.  As a result, the week feels like a blur.  However, I do have some things to celebrate.

1.  Surviving April - This year, we had our spring break in March, which meant that April was the long month without any days off.  It was also very, very busy and every weekend too was packed. My mantra was "May is coming."  So, I am celebrating that I survived April.

2.  #WeNeedDiverseBooks - I am so excited that this is trending and that authors, teachers, librarians, students, bloggers and well just about everyone is bringing this need to everyone's attention.  I loved seeing the post on the LA Times website about the campaign going viral.

3. Special Edition Literacy Café -  This week Barbara Brauner and James Mattson came to Roosevelt School and did a literacy café with a group of fourth and fifth graders.  I was thankful for my connection with Scholastic Book Fairs, which helped me be able to provide every student with a copy of The Glitter Trap.

4.  Pasadena Teen Book Fest - I have been waiting to grab some photos from friends in order to do a wrap-up on this event that happened last Saturday, but I haven't had any time this week to search for them or ask friends. Last week, I celebrated that we were having it, and today, I am celebrating that it went well.  I promise better pictures to follow at some point.

5. First Graders - I am really, really enjoying my time in classrooms.  This week, we continued to work on a writing project for Open House (basically taking what we have been learning and applying it in a fun way). I had to take photos of the students for the project. I have enjoyed editing the photos because I am reminded of each of their personalities.