Shelly Lyon
Apple    This is Shelly ’Klingensmith’ Glennon. Shelly teaches fourth grade at Tularcitos Elementary School in Carmel Valley, California. Leslie volunteered in Shelly's first grade classroom for 14 years.

All of this exposure to the first-grade classroom has had a lasting effect on Leslie’s books, not just providing a setting but also making the books very curriculum friendly. Albert’s Field Trip was a direct result of a class field trip. Ms. Klingensmith (Shelly) can be seen (in her Pleasant Valley/rabbit persona) working with the first-graders in Albert’s Birthday. Shelly created these materials and used them in her classroom with great success.

School Spirit Softball

By Shelly Lyon

Schools are places where we constantly work, work, work! June is a time when we ought to think about balancing that output and in our serious academic setting start to include some play, play, play! At our school we have a tradition of ending the year with a school spirit day called Good Sport's Day. We look forward to this day all year long!

Good Sport's Day is Friday, June 6th this year. Our student body eagerly anticipates this day from the time they are Kindergarteners. Everyone has a part to play. We all dress up in our favorite sporting gear. We wear it all day long. Recess is great fun with all the sharing of uniforms and equipment!

In class the children graph their favorite sports, write about adventurous times participating in their favorite sport, and share good sportsmanship all day long.

The tension has been building for months for this day. The PE teacher has been coaching all 5th grade graduate classes in softball skills. Though there is always one competitive teacher who tries to get the staff together for a practice, it never seems to come off. Thus the aging stiff faculty has not played since last year's game and the kids know it!

The best part of the day is when lunch is over and the Mig hty Faculty strides out onto the softball field to take on the ever powerful and youthful Graduates. There is good natured teasing, shouting, and playfulness. The stands are full of Kindergarten through 4th grade classes. Here are some of the details that make this event work:

* The teachers take turns playing and watching over each other's classes.

* Since we have 4 graduating classes we play four innings and every graduate gets an up and play some position is a crowded field.

* Only as many staff members play as 5th graders each inning.

* The principal is the announcer and he has the loudspeaker on the field so the commentary is able to be heard by all.

* The local newspaper is invited to give the event an even grander image.

* The children who choose not to play softball have in years past preferred to be cheerleaders.

* Some parent volunteers bring lemonade and treats for the spectators and players.

It's a great way to end the year. It's a great way to go out of elementary school. What better way to remember your friends and former faculty than as jolly good sports full of spirit on Good Sport's Day?

Until next month!