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Dear parents, Thank you for sending me such a sweet bunch of kids. They are very smiley and seem to like coming to school. They giggle when we read silly stories, and they already have favorite books (“The Pigeon!” “The Chicken!”). They love recess and Read More...


So I’ve decided to name my new class (for the purposes of this blog) after foods. Last year it was characters from children’s books, but I’m running out of ideas for those, so food it is. First up — Pumpkin. He is an ADORABLE little boy who in many ways Read More...


Princess, on arriving at school: Mrs. X, I have a mole in my tummy! Teacher: A mole? Is it a mole ON your tummy? Princess: Yeah! I have a mole on my tummy! Teacher: That’s okay. I have moles, too. Princess: There’s a mole in my tummy, and it hurts! Teacher: Read More...