{Free Printable} Back to School Teacher Questionnaire

We’re in countdown mode over here.  Tax free weekend….check.  Back to school supplies….check.  Fresh haircuts…..check.  Registration….check.  All that’s left is the back-to-school jitters.

Last year, I ended up really liking all of the teachers my children had.  And numerous times throughout the year, I wished I knew more about all those wonderful people that loved on my kids so much.  I wished I was a little more prepared to love on them throughout the year…not just at Christmas and “Teacher Appreciation Week.”

So, I figured I’d get ahead of the game a little this year, and came up with a fun little survey for the first week of school to learn a little more about the leaders in my kiddos’ lives.  And I’d love to share the printable with you!

A back to school printable about your teacher's favorite things

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Happy Back to School Time!

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Sunday Scripture: A Mama’s Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please keep your arms around my children as they settle into their school routine.  Help them to hear your voice in everything that they do.  Remind them to be kind, helpful, and respectful to all.  Encourage them to be good role models, and to rise above peer pressure and temptation.  Sunday Scripture: A Mama's Prayer #faith #children #backtoschool #SundayScriptureReassure them when they make mistakes, and whisper reminders to me to be forgiving as well.  Thank you for your unconditional love!

In Your Holy Name, Amen.

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First Day of School Jitters

Whelp, here’s the obligatory “First Day of School” post.  As if you didn’t see enough of my kiddos on Instagram and Facebook this week!  The past few weeks have been a blur of busyness, school shopping, and sibling nit-picking.  Pretty typical for the end of summer in most houses, I’d like to think.

But now, the school year has officially started, and all three are in new classes and new schools.

Jayna and Millie started 2nd and Kindergarten at a brand new school up the street.  It was a little dicey whether it would open on time, but we had Meet the Teacher on Sunday afternoon and the kids were ready to roll on Monday morning.First Day of School 2016They hyped up the new school opening with a balloon arch, a “photo op” backdrop, and their own hashtag!  The girls were more than happy to pose with their best friends while we waited for the doors to open for the first day of school.Rockstars on the First Day of SchoolI was a little nervous about Millie’s transition to “Big School,” especially since it was a completely new environment {she had at least visited Jayna’s old school a few times}.  And the school itself was only about 80% done by the first day of school…safe for kids, but not as inviting as an established building with cubbies and colorful bulletin boards.  But I know it will get there, and I’m just happy the school opened on time!!The First Day of School (and Kindergarten!)Millie’s teacher, Ms. Miller, is a veteran teacher, and happens to be married to one of the developers of the new development where the new school is located.  So she’s familiar with the plan for the new community, and felt like she was meant to find a home in the new school too.  She seemed truly excited for the school year, and I found it endearing that she still gets choked up meeting her new little ones even after teaching for 20-some years!First Day of School and 2nd gradeAgain, it might be just because the school barely opened in time, but Jayna is in a Big Kid classroom this year.  No carpet squares.  No colorful calendar for Circle Time.  Real desks instead of tables.  Jayna’s teacher, Ms. Cushman, transferred over from our old school, but we don’t know anyone that had her….so it’s a blank slate!  Jayna is thrilled to have a neighborhood friend in class with her, and can’t wait for Reading and Writing time {surprise, surprise….}.First Day of School in the Two Year Old ClassLincoln had his Meet the Teacher on Monday, after his big sisters went to school.  My little guy had no problems acclimating, making fast friends with another handsome blondie, and mastering the peg puzzles that were out on the floor.  He was ecstatic about the dress-up clothes, which should please Dave because there were waaaaaay more Firefighter/Doctor/Superhero outfits than Princesses!  And I am thrilled that his teachers, Ms. Lianne and Ms. Christy, are friends of mine from when Jayna was a baby at CDC too!I took the traditional “before school” picture, that I have taken with all the kids each each they start CDC.  And I managed to dig up the girls’ pictures from their first day of the 2-year old class.  It’s fun to see them when they are all the same age!It's always reassuring to get a mid-day pic of a smiling kid on the First Day of School! #teacherwinI have to say, as a parent with a Little at school for the first time, it was so reassuring to get a {SMILING!!!} picture in the middle of the day.  Linc barely kissed me goodbye at drop-off before he ran over to join friends.  And when I picked him up, he didn’t want to leave!  He even told me in the car that he was going to “take a nap and THEN go to ‘cool again!”.  Needless to say, I think they ALL are going to have a fantastic school year!

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Sunday Scripture: A-Z Prayers for the School Year

I have three kids in school this year.  My seven-year old, starting 2nd grade, is pumped for the school year and feeling very confident.  My four-will-be-five-a-week-after-school-starts kindergartener is a bit nervous about starting “big school.”  And my two-year old has no clue that he’s about to start preschool, but his mama has mixed feelings about letting her littlest go.

Prayers needed.

So, I found this awesome website that has specific A-Z prayers for the school year, in a printable version.  So I thought I’d share with you some of the prayers I will be focusing on this week, as my three head on to their adventures in school.The kids are back in school...you need some prayers for the school year! #printables #SundayScripture #faith #backtoschoolI love these printables from Arabah Joy .  She prints them out and puts them around her house, so she  remembers to pray throughout the day.The kids are back in school...you need some prayers for the school year! #printables #SundayScripture #faith #backtoschoolThe kids are back in school...you need some prayers for the school year! #printables #SundayScripture #faith #backtoschoolThe kids are back in school...you need some prayers for the school year! #printables #SundayScripture #faith #backtoschoolThe kids are back in school...you need some prayers for the school year! #printables #SundayScripture #faith #backtoschoolI know all three of my kids are going to be just fine and have a fantastic school year.  And hopefully, yours will too!

Have a blessed week!
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Sunday Scripture: Teachers

It’s hard to believe we are already at the last week of summer.  All of my teacher friends head back to work tomorrow, setting up their classrooms and attending trainings to prepare for the school year.  As a former teacher, I remember the mixed feelings I always got at this time of the year.  Brand new school supplies and a fresh start got my Type-A personality all excited, but I also mourned the end of summer and stressed out about the x factor of the personalities of my incoming students.

So my Sunday Scripture today is from 1 Peter 5:2.  Let’s take a moment and pray for the teachers and faculty of our schools.  After all, they will be shepherding our children for 6-8 hours a day.  Give them patience, wisdom and kindness to deal with everything they have to deal with every day. {Bless!}Sunday Scripture: Teachers #backtoschool #SundayScripture #teachers #prayerHave a blessed week!
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A Dr. Seuss Door

Do you remember when we were in elementary school, there was always a “Class Mom?”  You know, that one mom who was in charge of organizing all of the class parties, collecting money for teacher gifts and helping to color/cut/laminate everything?  I always envisioned that would be me.  And maybe someday it will….I love that kind of stuff, and the nod to my former teacher-days.  However, with Lincoln still in a stroller and Millie only in school part-time, it’s really hard to get all three of us up to Jayna’s kindergarten to even have lunch with her for 20 minutes, let alone volunteering to help with art projects or reading tests.

So when Jayna’s teacher asked if I wanted to possibly be in charge of decorating their classroom door for the month of March, I jumped at the chance.  And then I realized that March is Dr. Seuss month!  Hooray!

I immediately began Pinterest-ing ideas for a Dr. Seuss door.  I finally settled on The Lorax theme, and began sketching out The Lorax himself using the picture from the cover of The Lorax (Classic Seuss) book.  I was amazed at how easy he was to draw, and how handsome he turned out!

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I make the truffla trees out of crinkled and twisted brown paper, and tissue paper pom poms that I made.  I’ve gotten to be a pro at making them, ever since I used them for Millie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday party!

The Lorax themed Dr. Seuss door for the classroom - Palmettos and Pigtails

I think the end product turned out quite cute, although I kind of wish I had added a quote or wording of some sort.  And Jayna was loving life since we were able to join her for lunch and she could show off her siblings to her friends!

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{From the Archives} School Lunch Ideas

This is an oldie, but goodie!  My school lunch ideas round-up has been one of my most popular posts ever!  So I thought I’d repost it for you with a couple of new ideas at the bottom too!

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It’s that time again!  School starts next week, and this year I’ll need lunches for two kids!   So twice a week for Millie, and 5 days a week for Jayna, I have to come up with fresh, healthy, and portable food to eat.  And their routine lunch of peanut butter and jelly, heated up leftovers, a bunch of grapes, and a fruit snack won’t work at school.  And yes, they really does eat all of that!  And to top it off, I’m just not that creative {or a morning person}….so I can’t be one of these moms.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails


So I’ve been scouring the internet {aka Pinterest} for some easy, make ahead meals.  Preferably ones I can maybe freeze too.  Here’s what I came up with:

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

I love the idea of smoothies.  Healthy AND yummy.  But they are kind of a pain to make every morning…..but, if I make several and freeze them, by the time Jayna’s lunchtime rolls around, they shold be nice and thawed in her lunchbox!  This site has a bunch of different flavor ideas.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Meet the Dubiens

And I found a bunch of cute ideas of muffin-tin lunches.  Although the kids won’t have access to a microwave, I’m hoping if I heat them up and wrap them in foil, they’ll stay pretty warm.

Little Potpies stocked with veggies and meat and topped with Bisquick!

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Betty Crocker

Don’t you just love the tiny pepperoni?

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

Really From Pinterest

Here’s one I’ve actually made before.  The personalized mac and cheese bites are definitely a crowd pleaser!

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe - A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

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And the next two are from my friend Jaima….she has tons of great freezer and toddler recipes on her site.

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

 Ring Around the Rosies

And the seven layer dip that we bring to um, every single party? What if I just make them in little individual Tupperware instead?

A round up of peanut-free make ahead school lunch ideas from Palmettos and Pigtails

The Girl Who Ate Everything 

I also had a few of my own ideas too! {gasp!}

  • I make these little cream cheese pinwheels for parties using tortillas, cream cheese and dry ranch dressing….I’m thinking of doing those again, but adding more veggies (like peppers, broccoli, carrot strips,etc.) inside before rolling them up and slicing them.
  • We routinely make stuffed crescent rolls for dinner and it has become a favorite quick dinner.  We’ve done pesto, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes….cheddar, apples and onion vinagrette….and of course string cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni (I’m sure you can find that on pinterest!!).  What about ham and cheese?  Or bacon and eggs inside?  Super portable and freezer-friendly!
  • I also thought about making little burrito bowls.  Taco meat, cheese and salsa in a Tupperware in the freezer.  Thaw it out and top with sour cream for the lunchbox? Hmmmm…..

I also plan on stocking up on and pre-washing, cutting and bagging various fruit, veggies, cheese cubes, dried fruit and crackers.

How about you?  Got any ideas for me?  Leave me a comment!

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