The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Browsing Archive: October, 2013

Halloween is Finally Here!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, October 31, 2013,
Don't forget to bring:
    1. a costume if you want to
2.  a flashlight for in the dark reading of scary books
3.  a treat to put into our witches brew--nothing with peanuts--think cheerios, pretzels, pop corn, m n ms, skittles, and
stuff like that
4.  a drink for just you
5.  things to get cozy and read in and under

Please remember that you should NOT wear your costume to school as we won't put them on until 2.  However, you should wear clothes that you can simply slide our costume over.  W...
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Science fair, Monster Descriptions, Halloween and More

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, October 29, 2013,
We wrapped up our pendulum experiments and found some very interesting things.  Did the mass on the end of the pendulum matter?  Did the start point of the swings on the pendulum matter?  Did the length of the string that made up the pendulum matter?  Blog a comment that explains the results we got on our pendulum experiment and you can have 2 tickets tomorrow.

Thursday is our Halloween party.  Bring a flashlight, your costume, some candy/cereal/crackers to mix into our witches' brew, and a dr...
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The Boxes are Stained

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, October 24, 2013,
And they are beautiful.  I keep changing my mind as to which stain color I like the best.  To be honest, it's like at the GAP where all the different colors are stacked together--they look the best in an array or display of them all.  They are going to be so much fun to use!!  I have pictures to post--stay tuned for that.

So, we are not going to varnish them yet.  Here's my thinking.  We are wasting valuable time that we could be using them so let's just get started using them.  I think we'll ...
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Cooler Weather Ahead

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Sunday, October 13, 2013,
Do you think it will be warm in your habitat?  Remember how you were looking for shade for a while.  On Monday we may be looking for sun.  It will still be warm in the shady habitats IF you are protected from the wind.  Don't forget to wear a sweatshirt or coat and bring your sit upon if you made one.  ALL those things will help.

Next week will fly by since it will only be 3 days.  We need to wrap up our Native American studies and so we are ready to start science when we get back.  Have you h...
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Outdoor Classroom For Over and Hour

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, October 10, 2013,

We packed up the outdoor learning boxes today and hit the road.  We sat outside for read aloud, a mini lesson on sequencing, our word work, and independant reading.  We were out there from 1:20 to 3:00!!  It actually was our best day outside.  The weather was perfect, the habitats are amazing, and all is well in the outdoor classroom.

Blog a comment that tells what you like about learning outdoors and you can have 4 tickets tomorrow morning.  Ticket drawing and spelling test tomorrow. 


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Pictionary Note Taking Rocks

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, October 9, 2013,
How many of you liked taking notes via pictures or short one word thoughts made into wordle like word art?  Blog a comment about the note taking and you can have 2 tickets.  That makes a total of 10 available tickets per kid.  Oh my, have I lost my mind?  I must have.  Did you find the place that gives you more ticket earning opportunities?

Tell your parents about our bully awareness day.  

How is your habitat?  They are ALL pretty cool.  I wonder if the deer sleep in them during the night when...
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Outdoor Classroom is Running Smoothly

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Saturday, October 5, 2013,
I think the weather is supposed to be amazing next week so we will get a chance to do some more work in our outdoor habitats.  If more kids had sit upons, we could go out even when the ground is wet.  Well, I mean go out for more than just a walk around the bus loop for Walk and Spell.

Next week we will read Chapter 3 in Social Studies and continue to read Native American stories in reading class.  We will be close to finishing our Native American read aloud book, The Birch Bark House, which i...
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Inside Day

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, October 3, 2013,
Today we adapted to our environment by staying inside.  Bummer.  The girls who have the way cool habitat were really disappointed.  Hopefully we'll get out there tomorrow.

We also did an amazing art project where simple lines jump off the page and become tubes of flowing energy.  Check out Art with Mr. E--line design and you can see what I mean.  We can do another one on an artist trading card tomorrow.

Any ideas of something fun we can do for family day tomorrow?  Think think think.  Blog me a...
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Adapting to our Environment

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, October 2, 2013,
I just love your team habitats and learning environments outside.  I love the adaptations you have made to create cozy, out of the wind, tucked in areas for your team to work.  We are working on expectations for those learning spots.  It is a fine line between ruining the nature and using the assets of your area to make the space more comfortable.  We have kids weaving weeds into bundles to make sit upons--cool.  We have learned from our Native American predecessors.

Today we did Book Talks in...

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All About Me

Jamie Lyn Kovacs I am married to John Kovacs and have 5 sons, John age 34, Jim age 32, Joe age 29, Jake age 27, Vlad age 24. I also have 4 grandchildren, Jack and Lydia and newborn Josiah, who are the kids of my oldest son and his wife, and Kennedy who is the one year old daughter of my second son and his wife. The older kids are 6 and 4. My family lives in White Bear Lake. ____________My son John is married and lives in Turkey with his wife Pamela and sons Jack and Josiah 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 and then for a 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 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 14th 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 has started free lance writing for many different publications. __________My son Jim lives in Blaine with his wife Courtney and daughter Kennedy. 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. Their daughter is very funny and cute and I often show the class pictures of her. __________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 moved to Washington DC so he could attend George Washington University and get an MBA. This last summer he did an internship with the Washington Nationals baseball team for his MBA program. __________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. He is engaged to a darling girl named Molly who works at his same company. She is a game tester and plays the games the guys like Jake write. They are getting married January 2. _________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 graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He spent a semester in Seoul, S. Korea in a study abroad program through River Falls. He also a semester in China in 2019. _________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 his parents, and our whole family!! My husband and I have a cute teddy bear puppy who is 3 years old. He is very spoiled.

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