Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Taking the Work Out of Paperwork

It is finally getting to be time for me to sink my teeth into my classroom and begin to set up for a brand new year. Classroom setup is one of my favorite things about a fresh year. I love to redesign and put a lot of thought into my set up. Bulletin boards are one of my FAVORITE things to do. I put my heart and soul into design that I have found myself scrambling last minute for all the necessary paperwork to send home with my sweet new little ones for their grownups.


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This product comes with 13 different forms to use at Back to School time as well as anytime throughout the year! Plus, don't they look great on Astrobright paper? I love to copy those beginning of the year forms on different colors for multiple reasons. When I go into a student's file and need a form, I can find it quickly if I know what color I'm looking for. Plus, when collecting all those forms, if one goes missing, it's a helpful way to help students and parents when you can say, "We're missing your contact sheet- the green form!"

Here's a highlight of some of my favorites from the pack!

Info about your students!

This is where I can find out logistics about them, such as their favorite color or book as well as how the parent would describe their child. I like to know their strengths and perhaps any hardships that their child may be going through.

I have to admit, I never thought of a family holiday survey until working with my teaching BFF for the first time a few years ago. Holiday Surveys are SO helpful throughout the year. I love being able to know what they celebrate and calling on parents to help us learn more about their cultures in the classroom!

Contact Info and Communication Log!

It dawned on me this year. Why create a separate Contact Card and Communication Log? Everytime I made a phone call I took out both- why not combine them? Now I have a contact form with a communication log already started directly below it! I photo copy my full page Communication Log on the back of it to continue going should I need to! It's the little things sometimes that get me excited and this was one of them!

Release Forms and Transportation Forms

Whether we find it a sad reality or a smart tactic, I always feel more comfortable when I have a few release forms signed at the start of the year. Every time I participated in ANY food related activity, I used to give myself the heebie jeebies! I was constantly worried that a child would slip an M&M while counting during Math when at home they have a strict no sugar policy or touch an ingredient during a whole group cooking activity and discover an allergy for the first time! Now, I have my families sign a Snack and Food Release. It sounds so silly, but food is a huge component of my classroom. It makes so many lessons come to life, and while many times we are only handling the food and not eating it, I want to be able to use these fun reinforcers without the worry!

(We have a district wide technology and photo release form that is filed out by all students, but I've always created my own technology release as well. It allows me to photograph or video record students for our classroom twitter as well as post their work too! Additionally it makes me feel more comfortable blogging to all of you knowing I am being transparent with the families of the little ones I care so very much about. Those forms can also be found in this pack!)

I've also included a Transportation Form to help you get your little ones to and from school each day. When I get the data from this form, I make a class list of where everyone goes and hang it by the door. It's super helpful at the ever stressful dismissal time and it's also a great resource for a Sub!

There are also Back to School Night Reminders, Social Media Handle Sharing and so much more! Check it out here in my TPT store!

If you like what you see, use this to pin it to your boards for later!

Keep you head in the clouds!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

500 Followers {freebie} THANK YOU!


Thank you loyal followers who have helped me boost my TPT Store up to 500 followers! I cannot thank you enough! Three years ago I posted one product on my store to test the waters of this whole Teachers Pay Teachers thing never knowing how much it could turn into. A blog, instagram and store full of products later, I can hardly believe I've hit 500 followers. The sky's the limit now on what this passion for teaching can accomplish inside and outside classroom walls.


To better show my thanks, I decided to upload a freebie for you all!

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Some of my favorite teaching quotes and classroom mottos have been put together for you as a FREE download to help decorate your room. Great decor in a pinch for back to school or anytime of year!

Don't miss out on catching the follower freebies! Follow me by clicking the green star on my TPT Page here!

Next freebie comes at 600 followers!

Enjoy and THANK YOU for your support!

Keep your head in the clouds! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Up and At Em! A {Groundhog's Day} Pack!

I still feel like we are just coming back from Winter Break, and yet, Groundhog's Day is only 2 weeks away! Groundhog's Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in the classroom. It is super child-friendly and adds a sense of "magic" to the air simply by the fact that the act of a shadow can predict our weather patterns. Just in time for the occasion, I've decided to make a Groundhog's Day Pack to help channel in on the fun of the day!

This pack has everything you need to celebrate the big day! Starting of course, with party hats! There are two choices depending on what happens with the groundhog's big debut in Punxsutawney! 

Along with the hats is a foldable reader with one sentence explanations of how the holiday works and what happens if the groundhog does or does not see his shadow. While these are a lot of fun, my favorite part of the pack is the ultra simple craft!

What better time to introduce (or reintroduce) the shape, hearts! Just in time for hearts to flood our classroom for Valentine's Day, this sweet groundhog craft is made out of three hearts!

There's also an option for a blank face if you'd like your kiddos to draw their own groundhog face!

There are also printables for tallying and graphing predictions for if the groundhog will see his shadow, making predictions as you read, and compound words (like groundhog!)

I hope you can find TONS of use for this pack in your own classroom! Get it here in my TPT store!

Have a Happy Groundhog's Day (I personally am rooting for no shadow and Spring to come early!)

Keep your head in the clouds!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Reading {Freebie}

It was COLD last week in Jersey! Too cold to play outside, too cold to have the snow melt away, and too cold to even THINK! My principal was kind enough to have an impromptu Hawaiian Day! Staff and students were invited to come in with their Hawaiian shirts on, were greeted with upbeat hawaiian melodies playing on speakers in the hallways and our principal even handmade Pineapple Smoothies in the teacher's room during lunch! (Is he not the best at cultivating a happy school culture for his students and staff?!)

In honor of keeping the warmth moving strong, I figured the only right way to contribute to the winter blues was to upload a simple, no prep, FREEBIE for your budding independent readers!

My kiddos have been working hard on their VERY first sight word: CAN

Since we are already masters at our uppercase letters, now we can read sentences that start with, "I can" if we use picture clues to help! Check out our picture clues below for some of the pages of our I Can Winter Freebie Independent Reader

Download your free Winter Reader here!

Enjoy this little piece of sunshine amidst the bitter cold!

Keep your head in the clouds!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ms. Bacsik Gets Married!

Hello Friends! LONG TIME NO POST! I know it's been quite some time since I've been able to update the blog, but for good reason!


For those of you who have planned a wedding before, you are aware of how the closer to wedding day, the longer the to do list grows! Needless to say, between starting the school year completely unpacking my 6 years of teaching out of boxes (my classroom was under construction this summer), with only two days to do so (EEK!) AND planning a wedding 2 months away, my time was quite preoccupied outside of the classroom.

One of the highlights of the day, however, was absolutely having my class invited to the ceremony.

If you ever get to do so, please consider having your little ones at your big day. The kids and families have been talking about it ever since and it was the cherry on top of a perfect day!

So while you wait for some more blog posts (and I've already got a few started- gear up for some Winter and Groundhog activities coming your way!), enjoy some wedding photos in the mean time!

All Photos by the incredibly talented Janet Lanza, of Janet Lanza Photography

Keep Your Head in the Clouds! :)