The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Browsing Archive: December, 2009

2009 ends with a Brrr...

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, December 31, 2009,
Yikes, it's freezing out there today!  Actually, it's about 22 degrees below freezing which is 32.

What are your plans for New Year's Eve?  My family still has one Christmas left to celebrate and we are doing it tonight.  Then Jim and Courtney (who are out ring shopping...shhh....it's a secret) are leaving, Friday my brother leaves, Sunday John and Pam leave and then Monday we are all off and running again with school and work.

I got all 51 of our documents apostilled today by the Secretary of ...
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VACATION!!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, December 28, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 

It's finally here!!  Christmas Vacation.  So, is it all you had hoped for and more?  I love having a house full of kids and friends and family though it does get overwhelming and the occasional break is needed.  We are having a wonderful time of sledding, eating, skating, eating, gift opening, eating, playing games, eating, you get my point.  I will definitley need a workout program when this is all over.

I gave Vlad $10.00 and had Joe take him to the dollar store to buy gifts for everyone in ...


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How did this happen to me?

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Sunday, December 20, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 
We finally got our tree (it's not up yet)  but we still have much to do to be ready for Christmas.  Yesterday (Saturday) was supposed to be my big day to get things done.  And then it happened.

The phone rang, nothing unusual there.  I answered it, nothing unusual there.  Then the woman on the other end said, "Hi.  I'm with the hosting program that Vlad came here on and...well...there is a set of brothers in Coon Rapids who are having a hard time.  The family that is hosting them wants them ou...
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What a Week!!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, December 18, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 
My head is spinning--we did so much and have so much to do!

There will be no new story next week, no spelling words and no IE time.  We wrapped up my IE "Keep in Touch" unit by going to the computer lab and blogging on this website.  Oh my, we had to have a discussion about appropriate use of blog space, language, and even that this is a permenant written record of your ideas that ANYONE can log onto and read.  One kid said, "How do you delete!"  Trust me, some of them needed to know how to de...
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Oops! I went a little manic.

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 
So many ideas, so little time.

Today we started Factorville, family Christmas gifts (I asked and everyone in our class celebrates Christmas so we are going to call it that since it shouldn't offend anyone), and worked on our reindeer art and story.  It is crazy trying to get all this done by December 23.  But it will happen.

Kids, go ahead and bring a few things for Factorville.  We will work on it some more tomorrow.  Ideas of fun stuff to bring include little trees, matchbox or smaller cars, ...
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Off to the Wild Game

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, December 16, 2009,
Vlad's been in the United States under 48 hours and he's already taking in a Wild game courtesy of Joe Y. and his family.  Great seats, great company, a great night!

Vlad will be in the room with us tomorrow.  I hope he's not too tired from the big game, Joe. I know we will have a very exciting day.

I'm off, enjoy your night!         Go WILD!!                Mrs. Kovacs...
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It Won't Be Long Now

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 

Vlad is going to be here on December 13.  It won't be long now!  We practiced having him around tonight.  I grabbed the ketchup out of Jake's hands at supper and said in a loud voice, "No no no ketchcup.  You no like tomatoes.  Ketchup many tomatoes.  You no.  No ketchup for Jake."  My husband chimed in, "Why why why you take ketchup.  You no like.  No tomatoes, no ketchup.  Why why why, Jake?"  Then I held the ketchup far away from Jake who rolled his eyes and said he didn't think this was s...


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Kennedy's in Florida and we're freezing our patoopies off!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 

There really is no justice.  How is it Kennedy gets to be in sunny Florida and I'm stuck here in cold old Minnesota.  Oh that's right, I love the cold.  Now if we just had some snow.  Still, I love a vacation in Florida too.  Kennedy--wish I was there!

Hey everybody, let's all blog comment to Kennedy so she sees how much we miss her.  Miss you Kennedy.

Have a great night everyone.  I'm too pooped to pop so I'm planning on heading off to bed by 10:00.  I wonder if I'll make it.  I usually don't....


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I Love Snow

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Saturday, December 5, 2009,
Johnny called from Washington D.C. and said he sure hopes it's cold here.  He says it's 45 degrees in D.C. and he misses the cold.  I think he'll be very happy.  I'm glad it's cold too.  I love winter.  Do you?  I love to look outside and see the traces of snow.  Actually, I really love that our seasons change.  I love the beginning of each season and am ready for the new to come when it's time.  It's time for winter.  Bring on the snow.

We are calling Vlad in a little bit.  Next Saturday at t...
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Better Late than Never

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, December 4, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 

I just got done putting the homework on the site.  You should be good to go.  Better late than never, I always say. 

2 tickets to anyone who can tell me what the theme of last month's Marvin and Jessie play was.
2 tickets to anyone who can tell me what kind of animal is swimming behind the group of kids in the zoo photo (by the water, 
        a whole group of kids--not the bear and not the one with just Chance)

Have a great evening.  I'm going to veg out on the couch now.  This seems like it w...


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Gotta Run!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, In : Messages from Mrs. K 

It's time for the Book Fair!  Fun times.

I can't believe so many people knew that it was The Steve Miller Band that sang about time slipping into the future.  Rock on!  And thanks to the dad who reported this is a song from the 70's not the 80's.  Honestly, it's all a blur--it was 30+ years ago!  Wow, I must be a lot older than I feel (and look I'm sure you're thinking).

Gotta go. Oh, 5 tickets to anyone who comments on the blog tonight about how Tanya felt at the end of the Tanya's Reunion sto...


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Ticking = Slipping, duh!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, December 1, 2009,
Ok, I was saying ticking as in the ticking of the clock but the REAL song by the band you get 5 tickets for if you can figure it out is "Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future".  Still worth 5 tickets if you tell me tomorrow who the band is. 

Blog a "Hello" to Makayla and ask her how she is.  That will get you two shiny new red tickets.

Did you journal about the tickets and the prize bucket? 

See you tomorrow.                         Mrs. K...
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Time Keeps on Ticking, Ticking, Ticking, Into the Future

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, December 1, 2009,
The title comes from lyrics sung by a group in the 80s.  If you can tell me tomorrow the name of that band, you can have 5 tickets.

No one got the time right on the clocks.  When we call Vlad at 10:00 a.m. our time it is 6:00 p.m. his time.  We are just finishing breakfast and he is done with supper.  Weird!  So his day is already over--same date as what we are about to live.  So, the question is, is he talking in the past or are we talking to the future?  In order to get a blog comment ticket...
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All About Me


Jamie Lyn Kovacs I am married to John Kovacs and have 5 sons, John age 33, Jim age 31, Joe age 26, Jake age 24, Vlad age 22. I also have 3 grandchildren, Jack and Lydia, who are the kids of my oldest son and his wife, and Baby Kennedy who is the newborn of my second son and his wife. The older kids are 5 and 2. My family lives in White Bear Lake. ____________My son John is married and lives in Turkey with his wife Pamela and son Jack and daughter Lydia. Hey, that makes me a grandmother--yikes! John is a teacher too. A couple years ago he taught at White Bear Lake but for the last couple years he's been teaching social studies to middle school kids at Hope Academy in Minneapolis. He also has taken classes at a seminary. He wrote a book called "The Historia" which you can buy on Amazon.com. He was a hockey player and played college hockey at Bethel. His wife is a lawyer worked at a big law firm in Minneapolis. Cool! Hey, guess what. I am a lawyer too!! This will be my 13th year teaching as I practiced law for over 15 years. Teaching is way more fun!! Now they are living in Turkey and simply trying to learn the language and make connections. This year my son will be teaching high school world history at an international school. __________My son Jim lives in Blaine with his wife Courtney. They both graduated from Winona State where they were star pitchers on their baseball and softball teams. Jim graduated from St. Thomas School of Law. He clerked for a judge and now he works for a law firm in Golden Valley. His wife graduated from Des Moines University Medical School where she studied to be a physical therapist. She works for Twin Cities Orthopedics. You can check out pictures of their wedding on the summer vacation tab. __________My son Joe graduated from Moorhead State. He, like his brothers was a good athlete and loved sports. He also is a great singer and performer and was Danny Zuko in Grease, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Curly in Oklahoma--all in WBL high school. He has a teaching license and did some long term subbing in WBL most recently at Hugo Elementary School. Next he worked at Infinite Campus training teachers on software that his employer makes. He got to travel all over the United States. He is married to Emily, and there are pictures of them you can check out on the vacation tab as well. Emily is a pharmacist for CVS in Targets. They just moved to Washington DC so he could attend George Washington University and get an MBA. __________My son Jake graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a superstar in math. He was a TA for a professor in the computer science department. He really likes to golf and was on the White Bear Lake golf team. He worked at Gem Lake so if you ever golf there, you may have seen Jake. Do you like golf? As soon as he graduated he started working full time at a company that writes online computer games. He spends his day writing code to create games. He loves that kind of writing, do you? He taught many of my students to write code in Scratch. _________Vlad officially became our son in June of 2010 although we have loved him since we met him a couple years before that. We traveled to his homeland, Latvia, 3 times to make him ours. He has been living with us since March of 2010. He graduated from WBL High School too. He traveled to China with the high school a couple years ago and wants to go back. Can you believe that you can travel with your classmates and friends when you are in high school? He is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He spent a semester in Seoul, S. Korea in a study abroad program through River Falls. We will officially be empty nesters. _________My husband John works for Collins Electrical Company as a project manager but he is amazing with computers. He set up this web site for me!! Thanks John. He is the IT guy for my mom, his parents, and our whole family!! My husband and I have a cute teddy bear puppy who is 1 and a half years old. He is very spoiled.

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