The Class of Mrs. Kovacs

Browsing Archive: April, 2018

Spring May be Here!!

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, April 24, 2018,
As it gets nicer and nicer we will spend more and more of our time outside.  
We will read outside.
We will do math outside.
We will think outside.

In order to be prepared for outdoor classroom time you may bring a lawn chair or towel or blanket to school.  You can leave it here so you are prepared to go every single day as you never know when we may go out.

I will schedule an all out outdoor classroom day or two later in May.  For now, we will just go out an hour or so at a time.

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Oops on the Snow Day Challenge

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, April 17, 2018,
I was soooo surprised and caught off guard by the snow day that I completely forgot to issue a challenge.  Sorry James.

Did anyone make a trash to treasure as it turned out to be a 3 day weekend.  Clara did.  Anyone else?

Tomorrow we start MCA testing.  We have 2 days of reading, tomorrow and Thursday.  Then  next week the 5th graders have the science MCA.  Finally, the Math MCA is on May 1 and 2.  Go us!!  

It is really beautiful outside even if it's a bit cool and snowy.  Get out there and pla...
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Ice Out

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Tuesday, April 10, 2018,
Since there are conferences again Thursday and since it seems unlikely the ice will be off the lake before then, I will extend the 10 ticket offer--anyone who blogs a comment with a predicted ice out date can have 10 tickets until Thursday. 

Is is really supposed to snow more this weekend?  Check it out and blog an answer and you can have computer time rather than morning work time on Friday!!

Enjoy your night.  For real, get outside and play.

Mrs. Kovacs
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Conferences and Ice Out Date

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Monday, April 9, 2018,
Conferences started today and will continue on Thursday.
Did you know that White Bear Lake keeps track of the date on which the ice out happens on our lake?  Mr. Schmidt sent the teachers a note today that told the earliest ever ice out, the latest ever ice out and the average ice out.  Blog a comment with a prediction of when you think this year's ice out will occur and you can have 10 tickets on Tuesday.  This is a one day offer.  Let's see who can find it.

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April Showers

Posted by Jamie Kovacs on Wednesday, April 4, 2018,
Snow showers, that is.
We are writing poems that will be published and put around town in coffee shops like Caribou and Anchor Coffee.  We will be published authors with a real audience.

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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 28, Jake age 26, Vlad age 23. 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 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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