“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Friday, 10 May 2013

It's Here! The secret is out!

Pssssst!  Yes, you!  Guess what?

It is that time of year again...NO not summer vacation (not yet!)  It's time to write REPORT CARDS...or at least it is in Ontario.  I see some of my American blogger buddies are almost done their year!  Their reports are probably signed, sealed and delivered!  Not so for us Canadians, we hearty folks have to soldier on for another 48 days! (but who's counting?)

To help beat the report card blues, I am hosting the FIRST EVER 31Gifts Blog Party!  Yeah!  If you are Canadian you can finally order these awesome bags and have them shipped to you from my new teacher buddy Jen.   

Personally I want this one!  Can't you picture it personalized with HOT PINK stitching?  I might even get one with my blog name on it!  This tote is an steal at only $36!  Think of all the use you will get out of it.  If you buy this, you can get the matching thermal tote for only $11!  Think of the last time you were able to buy such cute items for such a great price?
I also really like this one...

Who doesn't need a nice lanyard for hanging classroom keys and ID Cards?  This super cute one comes in a variety of designs and and a charm with an inspirational word.  Only $6!  

There are LOTS of other great designs and colours...I just happen to be IN LOVE with this one!  To view more great products click HERE.

Love personalized products?  I DO!  Look at this cute tote!  Make sure you check out the embroidery guide while you are shopping!

Not convinced yet?  Check out all the cute styles and designs!

Here is Jen's son showing off his personalized CAMO cinch sack and thermal!
These would great for CAMP!

Ready to shop? 
Get 50% off any thermal 
when you spend $35 or more in May!

The prices are really reasonable for such high quality merchandise...go ahead click on the image above to browse the catalogue, you will be amazed by the awesome variety!

IN ONTARIO: Just click on the image above or HERE.  
 If you live elsewhere in Canada you can view the catalogue through the link and then email: jen.bellinger@hotmail.com

IN the US: You can access the party HERE.  Michelle is a NY teacher who is also a Thirty-One Gifts consultant.

Ready for the giveaway?  
Who wouldn't want to win this awesome tote full of supplies to help with marking and report card writing?

Please read the terms and conditions of the GIVEAWAY.  

Do any of you struggle with personalizing the comments?  I find that I have the expectations (standards) and I can write a great standard comment, but it needs to be tweaked to fit different students.  Very much like a rubric!  I have created a list (it's by no means exhaustive) of qualifiers that might help you make your comments a little more specific.  
Click on the image above to download this FREEBIE.  I hope it helps with report card writing!

Pinkadots Elementary is hosting their first ever LINKY PARTY!  The theme is school supply lists.  What better for next year than a great tote or organizer from 31Gifts? Click on the image above to find out what other people have on their school supply lists! 

Freebie Fridays

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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  1. We have to do our report cards are our laptops so this bag would be so cute to carry my laptop in!

  2. Ooohh you are so right about that! I don't have a bag for my laptop either!
    Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The pens and stickers make it fun! Plus the bag would cheer me up. :)

    Recess and Beyond

  4. I love 31 bags. This giveaway would make report cards easier because you would have everything handy. All those pockets are amazing!
    First Grade A to Z

  5. Love the bags. Thanks for the freebie though. I keep a stash of ideas for comments in my report card folder and this will join them.

  6. LOVE these bags! It would make carrying everything so much more convenient! And, that makes it easier!

  7. Thank you for having the tote giveaway! What teacher wouldn't like an incredible bag and free supplies to make teaching easier? It would be wonderful as I begin teaching in my first classroom soon :)

  8. I love these bags but haven't gotten one for myself yet. This would make be so nice because everything would be in the same spot and be easily transported.

  9. I really, really, really want that black and pink and white tote!

  10. Oh and about reports, I do have some trouble making them specific and personalized but what I do now is just use whatever specific topic they wrote about or for science I'm putting in exactly what their individual structure was because they all built different things. But in some subjects it's difficult to do (like Health and Physed).

  11. I love having everything at my fingertips--that way I'll be less likely to procrastinate! haha


  12. Would love this bag to keep me organized!

  13. As an new teacher I need all the tips, freebies and what not I can get!

  14. I would love to have everything I need for report cards handy and ready to go. And as a new teacher, this bag and all the goodies would simply make my day!

  15. Would be so great to have everything you need all in one place to write report cards! Great way to transport it back and forth:) Thanks for the freebie! Love 31 bags.

  16. I am the most DISORGANIZED person ever. I have piles of papers everywhere. When I look at these totes,(cloudy skies opening up to bright sunshine) it looks like organization heaven (cue the rainbow!!!)

    <3 Peggy

  17. Anything to keep me organized is great. Love all the products and so happy they are available in Canada now.

  18. I love the bag and all of the office supplies. It would be a great incentive to help me get through the rest of the school year.

    Sue Lattea

  19. I would love this giveaway, to keep my organized as I finish out the rest of the year!!!

  20. i love 31! anything to keep a teacher organized is awesome! the report card giveaway helps to come up with comments to give each kid.

  21. This would be great to keep me organized and have everything handing when finalizing things this year!

  22. Thank you for sharing your report card comments resource. I will be starting report cards soon.

  23. What teacher could not use another bag? This bag looks like the perfect size to carry things back and forth from school. Thanks also for the report cards comments. It is always helpful to have a different way to say a comment.
    Blessings on the rest of your year.

  24. Wow how do you know so many people and find such cute things!!!!

    1. LOL! You are too funny girl! I don't do a thing lil ole me:) Will you post something on your blog to link up to this? I promise to make it worth your while:) Hope you and hubby are feeling better! We're almost at the end hon...hang in there!

  25. The bag is adorable and I am addicted to colored pens! Your blog is awesome -- great ideas!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  26. Thank you for the opportunity to win this bag! :)

  27. What a great prize! I just put an order in yesterday for a new 31 wallet wristlet & landyard!

    Thanks, I'm a new follower & am currently hosting a linky party! Come on over! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

  28. Oh my! I absolutely love Thirty-One gifts. Who wouldn't want their day brightened by looking at the gift bag filled with all of those teacher goodies!

  29. A beautiful bag has to make everything better!
    Learning in Bliss

  30. I love me some Thirty One but I am probably also the weird one who loves writing report cards. Comments are my favorite. In the districts that I have been in we only have a select few that we can choose from and aren't able to complete our own.

    Instead, I normally tuck a note in with the report card or now I just give them to the students on an irregular basis!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  31. I love it! I own two 31 bags...and I would LOVE this one! I dedicate one of mine to baseball now...the other bag has to "share" responsibilities which seems VERY unfair!!! Great blog!

  32. Great giveaway! Those bags are beautiful! Thanks!

  33. Love this! I just had my first 31 order delivered yesterday! I used my Large Utility Tote (with lid :0)
    today to carry my school ipads in! It was awesome!

    Thanks Sidney!

  34. I am sooooooo excited 31 is in Canada..I have been drooling over their bags for years.
    Between now and the end of school....the 28th of June as you know, I have to pack my house because we are moving on...wait for it...the 28th of June!! Crazy. I also have to pack up my classroom because I am pregnant and will be on mat leave next year...and of course, do EQAO because I teach Grade 3. Did I for get anything? Oh yeah...report cards!! Wow...what a long 7 weeks it's going to be.
    Thinking of Teaching

  35. Well.. winning would make me happier and that would make life easier. Ha! Thanks for letting me know about this great giveaway:)

  36. Thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know about your giveaway celebration! It is so exciting to see all the awesome things going on with my blog-friends :) That tote looks adorable!

    Miss L
    Miss L’s Whole Brain Teaching

  37. The totes look like such a great way to keep organized. Thank you for doing this giveaway!


    "The Perks of Teaching Primary

  38. Winning this tote would totally help with organizing the masses of papers I have spilling out of my current one! What a great idea!


  39. So glad you told me about your giveaway!! It looks amazing! As far as report card writing, I'm one of those teachers who make notes about each kid and sit down and type. I find it faster than inserting a comment and then modifying it for the next steps...call me crazy but it works for me! But, since I'm on MAT leave right now, I am enjoying the sun instead of reports...sorry guys!
    Doodling Around in 6th Grade

  40. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know about this fabulous giveaway! I love totes and I love being organized! It's the little things right?! :)


    Today, in Second Grade

  41. Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway, Sydney! This would be an awesome way to get ready for my new grade!! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  42. I love the colored markers, 'cause I always love to hand-write on our report cards, ♥ Mrs. Smith.

  43. This bundle would make my report card writing easier, as I will be teaching a new grade next year and need some new material to write reports. This would be an awesome addition. Thanks

  44. This looks like a fabulous bag and so cute! Thanks for this giveaway!!!

    http://lovelyliteracyandmore.blogspot.ca/ Lovely Literacy and More

  45. Great bag to stay organized!! And I always am looking for ways to say things on report cards... I can't ever come up with them on my own!! :)

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