As you know, the 3rd grade class has had not just one loving teacher in the room this year, but two! Ms. Silverman, a senior at Butler University, has been with us since August, learning what it takes to be a classroom teacher. Today is Ms. Silverman's last day, and the students have worked hard to make it special for her.
First, we wanted to express our gratitude for all the time, effort, and heart Ms. Silverman put into teaching this semester. We decided the best way to do this would be to make a book for her. Each student had his/her own page to write a letter to Ms. Silverman and draw a picture of a nice memory they shared. I've included some examples below. The cover of the book is a picture of Ms. Silverman with the class on Grandparents, Family, and Friends Day. Rachel was travelling that day, so I had to (hilariously) add her in.
When discussing what else we can do for Ms. Silverman, Shlomo Moshe had a great idea: "We should make her a shirt!" So we did! The students worked together to come up with the design, and were so happy with the final product. We presented the gift yesterday so that Ms. Silverman could wear it to school today. It was the perfect symbol of our time together. Good idea, Shlomo!
In the afternoon, we had a farewell party! We ate treats, told Ms. Silverman our wishes for her, and read her the letters in the book we made for her.
All in all, it was a lovely day. We made plans to see Ms. Silverman again next semester and gave lots and lots of hugs.
You may remember that last year's 3rd grade class owned and operated their own real-money bracelet business. This year, the 3rd graders are making and selling t-shirts!
Our first t-shirt order came at the very beginning of the year. The middle school designed shirts to wear on their retreat way back in August. Because we had a short amount of time to fill this order, I wasn't able to do any documenting for the blog.
Our first order was such a success that we recently obtained a new customer! The Schusterman family is celebrating a family member's 70th birthday, and they wanted shirts for the occasion. So how does one go about making a shirt? Here are the steps!
STEP 1: PRESS THE SHIRT TO ELIMINATE MOISTURE AND WRINKLES
STEP 2: CENTER THE DESIGN ON THE SHIRT AND PRESS AGAIN. HOLD FOR 30 SECONDS.
STEP 3: RELEASE THE HEAT PRESS. VOILA!
The process may sound simple, but we did encounter some bumps along the way. For example, after spending hours printing the design onto the transfer paper, our first shirt came out with a backwards design! Whoops! I forgot that the images must be printed in reverse. Processing this mistake with the kids gave us an opportunity to discuss loss, a very common occurrence when running a business. Not only did we lose 30 sheets of transfer paper (on which I had printed the designs), but those transfers used lots of valuable ink from our printer, and I lost hours of time! When running a business, one little mistake can cost a lot. Lesson learned for all!
Next week we will work on calculating our earnings for this order.
Stay tuned to hear what the future has in store for Star Shirts!
Little people, big minds.