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Clear, Smooth, Sparkly Ice

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, January 30, 2015,
The pond was perfect today.  I can NOT schedule anymore outdoor skating dates as that simply ruins the ice.  With no threat of us skating on it the ice was beautiful today.  

Have a great weekend.  Get outside and soak up some sunshine, some fresh air and hope for some snow.  Rest up as next week promises to be busy--Train Research Project, Winter Carnival, I love to Read activities, Pennies for Patients, Pulleys, Social Studies, and more.     Mrs. Kovacs

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Gym Time Rocks!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, January 29, 2015,
I sure had fun after school yesterday shooting baskets with you guys.  You guys are great ball players.  I had no idea.  Did you see Ms. Schiele's shot?  She is AMAZING at basket ball.  Did you know Ms. Dahlem is a great basket ball player too?  In fact, after she played college ball she was a referee in the WNBA and for college ball for years.  She is retired now but she had a great career in basketball.

Blog a comment to let me know whether or not you enjoyed your time in the gym.

Mrs. Kovacs...
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Outing Still ON Though Altered

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, January 26, 2015,
Tomorrow's "Outing with Mrs. K" has been changed to an "Inning".  Ha Ha

Due to the warm temps our ice pond is more like a puddle than an ice rink so we will NOT be skating tomorrow.  We will be playing games (Feel free to bring one from home) and eating (if anyone brings food) and heading to the gym for floor hockey and basketball.  

There was also a time change.  It will be over by 5:00 pm so make sure your ride knows that.

See you tomorrow.
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Outing With Mrs. K Moved to Tuesday

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, January 21, 2015,
We are 0 for 2 on scheduling ice skating outings.  Can you believe it's supposed to be 38 degrees on Friday?  Yikes.

So, rescheduled it for Tuesday.  There is a permission slip/invitation of the event that went home today.  

We are reading the actual "I Have A Dream Speech" given by Martin Luther King, Jr. this week.  Each kid has a part and we are performing it as a chorale reading.  Practice your part at home and get help with some of the pronunciations of the really hard words.  There are so...
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The Pond's Been Shoveled!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, January 19, 2015,
Ok wonderful kids, who came and shoveled the pond?  I was so doing the happy dance when I drove up this morning and saw the WHOLE ENTIRE POND is cleared off and ready for fun.  We will spend some time on the pond every day this week.  I'm pumped!  Thank you , thank you, thank you, to the lovely people who came and did the hard work.

In other news, the computers still are not working well at WBL Area Schools.  Hopefully they can get it resolved before you get back to school on Wednesday.  I am ...
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Martin Luther King Day and the End of a Semester

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Saturday, January 17, 2015,
What do you get when you add Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the end of quarter 2, semester 1?  That's right, 4 days off of school for students.  What about teachers?  A work day to do report cards and prepare for conferences AND a staff development day where you can hash out the curriculum and talk about "best practice" with your teacher friends.  I actually miss you guys on days like that and wish you were at school with me!

So Lauren and Maija and Katelyn and Rachel and Destiny:  if you can ...
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, January 8, 2015,
Don't you just love a pretty snowfall?  I sure do.  I could do without the wind chills and the blowing and drifting and the icy roads husband and sons who love to snowmobile are SO EXCITED!!  Next week it is supposed to be a bit warmer so with any luck we can hit the habitats and maybe get some ice time in on the pond.  If anyone has the ability to come and shovel or snow blow over the weekend we will LOVE YOU for it.  That's about all I can promise.  

Have a warm evening and make you...
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Health and Nutrition

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, January 8, 2015,
Our new writing project is all about nutrition and health.  What topic ideas are your throwing around or mulling over in your head?  The food pyramid?  What is a balanced diet and what are the requirements from the food groups?  No, kids, candy is NOT one of the food groups.  What would a healthy breakfast be?  How much exercise does a 5th grader need?  What are some ways to get the exercise a kid needs?

Blog a couple topic ideas and you can have a couple tickets tomorrow.  Claim a topic as yo...
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How Did It Go?

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, January 5, 2015,
So, from your perspective, how was the first day back?  Blog a comment that tells your point of view and you can have 4 tickets tomorrow.

Review my whole list of things that were due today, my yesterday's big comment, and check things off in your head.  Do you have everything turned in?  Are you being responsible and getting your work done?

Have a great night.
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Tomorrow's the BIG Day

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Sunday, January 4, 2015,
After 3 days at Long Lake and two weeks of Holiday Break, we are finally heading back to the classroom tomorrow.  I have run into a few kids and they all say the same thing--YEA!!  I miss all my friends and all the fun we have at school.

Things to bring with you for the first day back:
   1.  December reading calendar;
   2.  December book project;
   3.  Lit circle book, completed and the discussion pack that came with it done and ready to turn in;
   4.  Holiday Brainwork pack with 2 word pag...
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All About Me

Jamie Lyn Kovacs I am married to John Kovacs and have 5 sons, John age 35, Jim age 33, Joe age 29, Jake age 27, Vlad age 25. I also have 5 grandchildren, Jack and Lydia and Josiah, who are the kids of my oldest son and his wife, and Kennedy and Chloe who are the daughters of my second son and his wife. My husband and I live in WBL in the house where we raised all those boys. ____________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 daughters are very funny and cute and I often show the class pictures of them. __________My son Joe graduated from Moorhead State and now got an MBA at George Washington University. 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. Now he works for IBM! __________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 got married in Jan. 2020 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. _________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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