The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Browsing Archive: January, 2016

Feed The Need to Read

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, January 29, 2016,
No books, silly minions.
Hope you are taking advantage of this 3 day weekend to fill out the forms needed to participate in the Lincoln read-a-thon. Our class is hoping for 100% participation, people.  You can do this!  Sign up today!

It's very spring like outside.  Get out there and play, play, play.  

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We Need a Motto or Theme!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, January 28, 2016,
Start those brain engines!  We need a motto or theme for the read a thon kick off tomorrow.  We need a sign that shows it off too.  Start Brainstorming and blog any ideas you have regarding a motto.  The theme is of the read-a-thon is minions.  Something like Samantha's Piece of Peace only about reading.  Come on, spam the blog with ideas!  PLEASE!!

We will vote on a motto for our classroom at morning meeting and then I'll get some crafty kids on the sign right after lunch.  

You can read books...
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Carlson Art and Science Fair

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, January 26, 2016,
The Carlson Art and Science Fair was a big hit.  Man, kids worked so hard and learned so much.  What a fun way to show off what you learned.  In my mind we need to make it an Exploration next year and present our findings or art pieces in class.  What do you think?  Voice your opinion about that on the blog and you can have 4 tickets tomorrow.

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Parts of a Whole

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, January 25, 2016,
Ten kids have remembered to bring in their baby pictures so far.  Of those, 4 are from our room and the other 6 are from Mrs. Stonehouse's room.  Blog a comment about the fractions and decimals and percents you notice in that and you can have 2 tickets tomorrow.  Think of what part this is of the whole group and make some more fractions and decimals and percents that you notice.  2 more tickets if you blog 'em.  Additionally, 6 kids in our room have finished their research papers and posted t...
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Another Weekend Underway

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, January 22, 2016,
So Lauren, the girl from my class last year, says the ticket question should have to do with our read aloud book.  SO here it is...sum up what Jordie is so upset about and tell what things he's glad he's doing that he's hoping will distract him.  Then, respond to a couple other kids comments.  4 tickets for the first and 2 for each response.

Find fractions everywhere you look this weekend--the pound of butter, the eggs in the carton, the toilet paper rolls in the bag, and so on.

Don't forget to...
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Explorations on Display

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Thursday, January 21, 2016,
Did you feel like our classroom was on display yesterday?  It kind of was.  It will be again next Tuesday.  How cool for the next round of exploration kids to have a place to visit before they have to make their decision.

Today's ticket question has to do with how we have the groups split up for social studies and science.  As we are nearing the half way point of being done with this, I would like you to consider if you think it has been a good arrangement to have the boys in one class and the...
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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, January 18, 2016,
What are you doing on your day off?  Did you tell your family all about MLK and his civil rights movement and how it was to be peaceful?  Tell them today.  Why are you celebrating MLK day today?  How are you celebrating?  Today's ticket question is to 1. tell something interesting that you discovered about MLK and his life or speech or peaceful civil rights movement; and 2. Write about your feelings and thoughts on how far we've come or the lack of growth we've shown in civil rights from 1963...
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Did You Miss Me?

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, January 12, 2016,
How was your day with the sub?  Were you good to this person?  I hope so!!

Blog a comment that tells how YOU were for the sub (no using names of classmates unless you want to compliment them on exemplary behavior) and how YOU think the day went (no dissing classmates, reporting misbehaviors of others etc.) and you can have 4 tickets on Wednesday.  Any one who does tell on or report on a classmate in this forum will lose the privilege of winning something in the ticket drawing on Friday. 

Here i...
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Happy Blogging!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Saturday, January 9, 2016,
This weekend is double ticket weekend.  For every blog RESPONSE you may to someone else's blog comment that is AT LEAST 10 words long, you get DOUBLE TICKETS!  

Check out the lunch tab.  The menu is now really interactive (thanks to WBL schools) and it is now just one or two click's away with the cool new link that's been added to this site's lunch tab.  Hope you find it helpful.

Updating the homework tab and putting new Krypos on next.  

Happy Weekend.  GO VIKINGS!!
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The Ticket Bank is Back in Business

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, January 5, 2016,
Now all we need is the banker to come back to work!  Hope you are feeling better Emma, we need you!  Olivia will pay out tickets tomorrow with assistant Robbie if Emma is not back.

Tuesday Ticket Question:  What is the weather forecast for tomorrow and what does that mean for you and recess?  Answer in a blog comment and earn 6 tickets.

More MAP testing in the morning.  Rest up!  Eat a great breakfast!
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Happy New Year!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Friday, January 1, 2016,
I can't believe it's 2016.  Oh man, I must really be getting old.  How old will I turn this year since I was born in 1960?  My husband is so happy because he will actually have a birthday this year!  How many birthdays will this be for my husband if he was born in 1960 just like me?  Remember, his birthday is February 29 so it's not the same answer as how many years has he been alive.  Be the first 5 to blog an answer to the above questions and you can have 10 tickets on Monday.

Did anyone hap...
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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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