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Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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Hating the disgusting cafeteria food at Maple Grove Middle School, Fitzgerald Traflon III refuses to eat it, even when Miss Buggy takes over, and when his voracious classmates start fighting for seconds, he knows something weird is happening. Original.
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Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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My oldest started his first year of preschool, and I‘m joyfully reliving my childhood looking through his Scholastic book order forms! 😍📚

Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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Back to school and I already feel a little overwhelmed as I get back in the swing of it. The only reading I‘ve been doing is with my textbooks. Hopefully as I get going I can plan more recreational reading! How are you all this weekend? Hopefully everyone is enjoying their weekend and upcoming week! 🤗
Also a little Harry Potter as background noise!

Chelseabillups30 @Ash.on.the.line, I feel you girl! That was me this week too! Hoping you find more time for pleasure reading as you settle in to a new semester routine! 2mo
Ash.on.the.line @Chelseabillups30 thank you! I hope you do as well! It‘s always an adjustment even though I‘ve done it before! 😂 2mo
Chelseabillups30 @Ash.on.the.line, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!!! I took last semester off and am working really hard to remain focused, diligent and organized myself....not an easy task to jump back into when I‘ve been out of school for over 6 months.... 2mo
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Ugh- I guess it‘s time for me to do this again! Back to school I go!!

Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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Here are some of the books I have acquired over the summer for my classroom library. Can‘t wait to introduce these to my kiddos—we‘re going to be all about choice this year! #classroomlibrary #teachersoflitsy

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Registered for fall at my local community college! I dropped out of my 4 year school I went to right after high school (I graduated in 2007) because of lots of reasons. But I finally decided to pull the trigger and go back! I‘ll only be taking one or two classes a semester since we‘re paying out of pocket and I don‘t want to get overwhelmed balancing my school, my son‘s school, the dog, the husband, and the house but I‘m very excited!

RvnclawWhovian That‘s awesome, congrats!! It‘s never too late to go back. My mom is 51 and just started to go back and finally finish her BSN. And I‘m also of the opinion that there‘s no such thing as a wasted education 6mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🍾🎉 6mo
TheLibrarian That‘s amazing! Congratulations!!! 6mo
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JoScho Good for you!!! 6mo
baes Way to go! I decided to go back to school at 32 years old with two kids. I‘m now in my second year with a 4.0. I do mostly online but I take some in person too. It has its challenges but being an adult makes you take things more seriously. I never did this well at 18-22 when I attempted college before...(I tried 2x). Good-luck! 6mo
JackOBotts Congratulations! 🥳 You got this!!! 6mo
BookNAround Best of luck to you! 5mo
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Chewie isn‘t going to know what to do tomorrow when I have to go back to school after our impromptu winter break!!

Amiable What a gorgeous cat! 😻 9mo
guinsgirlreads 😍😍😍 9mo
Kaye That cat could be on the cover of CatWorld or some type of cat magazine. Perfect photo. 9mo
Kshakal @Amiable @kaye thanks!! I love my beautiful boy!! 9mo
imabusybee So purty 9mo
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Survived my first day back after #WinterBreak! #TeachersofLitsy

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay! I‘m so glad you survived! 10mo
BookishMarginalia @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Me too! I‘m tuckered out, though! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookishMarginalia Home, bed, and book for you. Introvert doctor‘s orders 😉 10mo
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JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
dragondrool We went back on the 2nd. But I ended up home after a cold, a migraine, and inosomnia threw me a combined punch. So the two-day work week I ended up with was a softer segue. 10mo
greenhairdontcare Welcome back! I went back on Monday & it‘s fair to say that I am pooped. 😴 10mo
ladyshmelton Welcome back! Today was my first day back with kiddos, though I've been working since Monday. 10mo
BookishMarginalia It‘s tough to get back on my work schedule when I just want to read to all hours! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JoScho @dragondrool @tastemeimemo @ladyshmelton 10mo
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Despite the fact that I have been back to school for three weeks, I still managed to read some books this month. That probably explains why I am already desperately buried in grading that I need to do. I had a mixture of books. Some I really liked, others were forgettable. On to September 😊

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First weeks of school are really slowing down my Litsy posts! Just wanted to check in and say 👋🏼! I haven‘t been reading a ton, had to cancel my book club meeting that I run every month, and am just generally exhausted. At least we have a clean place!? Hopefully next week is better and I begin to build up my school/work resistance. Any suggestions for some fun, light reading!?

hermyknee I‘m in the same boat! I just downloaded this book on audible based on @JoScho ‘s recommendation: 1y
hermyknee Oh and I binge read this one in a day 💕 1y
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BarbaraBB Your shelves look gorgeous! 1y
Magslhalliday If you like comedies of manners in an Austen style, you could try Barbara Pym. 1y
JoScho @hermyknee 😀💖 1y
Nute Beautiful bookshelves! It‘s difficult to find a groove when you‘re super busy and exhausted. Maybe after establishing this year‘s routine, things will fall into place.🙂 1y
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After a really hectic weekend, this is the BEST way to spend the last night of summer break!

I‘m very grateful that my child got her act together early enough in the day to get all her stuff ready for school tomorrow, so we could spend the evening relaxing and reading. 😍

#catsoflitsy #HelloKitty

Reviewsbylola I hope she has a great first day of school! 1y
4thhouseontheleft @Reviewsbylola Thank you! She‘s ready to go back! And as a 5th grader, it‘s her last year of elementary school! 😮 Time flies. (edited) 1y
Clwojick Oh my gosh. Your cat looks so similar to my in laws old cat Duchess 😻 1y
Magpiegem 😊 what a wonderful way to spend family time! I hope 5th grade is a wonderful adventure for your daughter xx 1y
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August has been a crazy month! We started back to school Wednesday, and I feel like we hit the ground running! To celebrate a great start to the school year, here is my first #FeetUpFriday post!
I have a couple more things to pick up and my #TeacherCarePackage will be on its way to Texas! Happy Back to School, friends!
#TeachersofLitsy #BackToSchool #DiverseReadsChallenge

hermyknee 🎉🎊♥️ 1y
tpixie Tell me about your Colorful Post-Its 1y
TheBookAddict We also started on Wednesday and I also think we are off to a great start. Wishing you and your kiddos the best this school year. I‘m with @tpixie, what‘s the story behind the post-its? 1y
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AndreaReads @tpixie Nothing too special. I did a Back to School Station Rotation and one of the stations the students had to write on post-its what they thought a perfect classroom looked like, a perfect student looked like, and what were the characteristics of an excellent teacher. It led to some good discussion, and I‘ll leave it up a while as a reference as we become more familiar with our class rules/procedures. 1y
OrangeMooseReads Those shoes are fabulous! 1y
tpixie Great idea!! @TheBookAddict (edited) 1y
AndreaReads @TheBookAddict Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful year as well! @OrangeMooseReads Thank you! These are my Friday shoes—I always tell my students that my favorite color is glitter! 1y
tammysue 🎉🙌🏻💖 1y
sammisho Omg! My daughter would love those shoes! 1y
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This box of treats is getting sent out tomorrow! Keep an eye out @LiterRohde 😁😁😁
@hermyknee #teachercarepackage

LiterRohde Woo Hoo! Is it bad that I already really need a care package after only one week of school? 😜 Looking forward to it! (edited) 1y
hermyknee YAAAYYY!!! @LiterRohde you deserve all the goodies headed your way! We have our first day with the kids tomorrow - but, seriously, I need a care package after a week of in-service 😭 1y
LiterRohde @hermyknee In-service? Oh yeah. That was the week before last that I had almost blocked from my memory! 🤣 1y
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hermyknee @LiterRohde 😂😂😂 SO. BAD. 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @LiterRohde I‘m so excited for you to get it! I had so much fun picking everything out!!! 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @hermyknee hope you have a great first day with the kiddos! 1y
hermyknee @TheFunkyBookworm thank you!!! Annnd I loved picking out everything I got you - I really hope that‘s the general feeling of this swap. Can‘t wait til opening day! (edited) 1y
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Back to School | Betsy Haynes
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“Official” social media picture of Penny‘s first school day ever vs what our morning really looked like.
Bring on the wine and a good book!

Hollie Awww, I hope her day gets better! 1y
MommyOfTwo 😢 my youngest starts 4K this year, he wants nothing to do with it. I‘m dreading it! 1y
Mitch Oh no! I hope she comes home full of excitement for tomorrow 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1y
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saresmoore It‘s so hard! I‘m sure she‘ll have a good day, after all. 🙏 for both of you! 1y
Mamashep I wish we got this kind of honesty more often - we‘d all feel a lot better about our lives! 😂 1y
CouronneDhiver That‘s how I felt about my morning too... 😂 Poor baby 1y
Suet624 My library holds a “cheers and Tears” social event on the first day of School. Lots of Kleenex for the moms who are leaving their kids at school on their first day. 1y
Smrloomis Mornings can be so tough trying to get out the door! Hope she enjoyed her first day and is looking forward to going back. 1y
Mommamanzi @Hollie @Mitch @MommyOfTwo @saresmoore @Mamashep @CouronneDhiver @Suet624 @Smrloomis update on “the first day” Penelope LOVES school and was so beyond excited about her day and everything she learned. Her favorite part was being read to about a selfish crocodile who wouldn‘t let his friends in the pool and the playground. She‘s so excited to go back tomorrow!! Yay!😃 1y
saresmoore Oh, wonderful! I‘m so glad to hear it! ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
Mamashep Fantastic! 1y
Suet624 That‘s so great. 1y
Linear What does her shirt say ? Also today was supose to ve my 4 boys first day of school. My yiungest first day of kindergarden ( so first day of school ever) but the overworked register lady only got one out of four into the system. It took us all last night and this morning to fet him pumpped for school, only to be turned away. Worst first day of school ever 1y
Smrloomis So glad to hear she enjoyed it! 1y
Smrloomis @Linear 😳 I‘m so sorry that sounds awful! 1y
Avanders Awwwww 🤗🤗🤗🤗 1y
Mitch So glad she liked it! 😁 1y
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1. #ravenclaw
2. Nope! I didn‘t really start reading until I was 21 and living solo in Russia. It‘s impossible to survive a Russian winter without books!
3. Tess of The D‘Urbs
4. 😐 I‘m drawing a blank
5. Mind still empty!

@Mandigolightly #back2school

Mandigolightly Winters are optimal reading time 1y
Erofan "Living solo in Russia" - It's brave! Do you still live in Russia? 1y
MellieAntoinette @Erofan I do not. Went to college there to learn Russian then came back home! Beautiful country! 1y
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1. Hufflepuff and Proud 💛 🖤
2. For the most part, there was a few I skimmed.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, In Cold Blood
4. Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
5. 1984 and Brave New World. I still haven't read them but they are on my TBR list!

#Book2School @Mandigolightly

Mandigolightly I might reread BNW. I‘m not sure I was old enough to have the right mindset for it yet! 1y
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1) Hufflepuff/Gryffindor
2) Yes
3) Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut
4) Macbeth (thrice), Frankenstein (twice), and Moby-Dick (twice)
5) Anything else by Vonnegut


Mandigolightly I‘ve never read anything by Vonnegut. I‘ll have to check him out! 1y
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1. I actually have no idea. Never read Harry Potter
2. No. I read a lot of cliffs notes
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Any Shakespeare
5. Number the Stars

Mandigolightly Number the Stars was so good! I wasn‘t assigned it, but my brother was...and I did all his homework so yay! 1y
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My sweet, sweet 6 year old started 1st grade today! 😭 Loved the “Awesome students enter here” sidewalk chalk by the front door. Can‘t wait to hear about his day! 📖✏️📓🔬☀️

vivastory Hope he has fun! 1y
BookishMe Bittersweet milestone! Yay for Him ;D *pat*pat*Momma 1y
Cinfhen Oh wow!! #BigDay 💚💚💚 1y
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saresmoore Woohoo! He‘s going to do great! 1y
mariaku21 He's gonna have a great first day 😀 1y
Melissa_J I hope he loved his first day, and has a great year! They grow up so fast. My daughter starts grade 7 in September, and I can hardly believe it. 1y
MommyOfTwo Wow they start early! We don‘t start until September 4th 1y
Pamwurtzler Hope he loves it! I like that backpack 1y
CouronneDhiver Cute!!! 1y
britt_brooke @MommyOfTwo Yes, it‘s pretty early. They get about 9 weeks of summer (they get out right before Memorial Day), 1 week fall break, 2 weeks at xmas, 1 week spring break. It has worked out well as he is more than ready to go back, but summer went quickly! 1y
britt_brooke @vivastory @BookishMe @Cinfhen @saresmoore @mariaku21 @Pamwurtzler @CouronneDhiver Thanks!! 💚 He was so ready - and excited - for school to start back. 1y
britt_brooke @Melissa_J It goes so fast!! 😭 Next year, my other little dude starts school. 1y
JoScho 💚💚💚 1y
Soubhiville That‘s so sweet! I hope he had fun! 1y
minkyb Oh they are growing too fast!!!! 1y
britt_brooke @Soubhiville Thanks - he had a great day! 1y
britt_brooke @minkyb It‘s killing me!! 😭😭 1y
Blaire Aww! My son is going into grade 1 as well. He doesn‘t start for two more weeks and he is very ready to be back at school. Hope your son had a wonderful first day!! 1y
BarbaraBB Ow I remember this day so well: my son was so ready too and I so not 😢. I am happy your boy did well, it‘s an exciting new phase for both of you 😘😀 (edited) 1y
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. It is way too early for that! 1y
britt_brooke @Blaire He had a great day - thanks! Hope yours does, too, when the time comes! 1y
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB It hurts my heart to let him go, but thankfully he loves school. He had a great first day! 1y
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly I know! It seems early but we‘re used to it now. They get a lot of nice breaks during the school year. 1y
mdm139 My school growing up was always mid August to mid May and now that is my boys schedule too. We start back next Monday, get the whole thanksgiving week off, 2 weeks Christmas and spring break off. 1y
britt_brooke @mdm139 Very similar to our schedule. I like having the much-needed breaks throughout the school year. My son was beyond ready to go back. 1y
mdm139 @britt_brooke neither my 5th or 1st grader want to go back, they are begging me to home school them. Lol. 1y
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1) History
2) Math
3) Choir
4) Panther

# Hello Thursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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1. Spanish
2. Science
3. Yearbook
4. Warriors

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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📔 Drama
🚽 OAC Finite Mathematics. I was GREAT at math, but I had THE WORST Finite teacher.
🏅School play, and I played volleyball until grade 10.
🚌 University: Golden Gaels, HS: Red Devils, Elementary: Vikings

#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
Melissa_J I hated Finite! It was the only math OAC I took, and only had to take it because a math OAC was required to get in to U of T. I sucked at it big time. And I suffered through it for no reason since I decided to go to Queen‘s instead of U o T 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Melissa_J Wait a minute. I just realized you‘re a Queen‘s alumni, too! Geez we have a lot in common. What did you study? I took Political Studies and History. Spent a semester at Herstmonceux. 1y
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KatieCarpenter Theatre kids unite! :) although I only did the one act one year, but I was in speech and Prairie Fire Children‘s Theatre ever summer: 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Melissa_J I can't believe you went to Queen's, too! That's crazy. I was a Drama major (this was before their fancy, gorgeous new theatre building. We shared a building with the Theological College). I WISH I had done a semester or a year at Herstmonceux, that must have been an awesome experience! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @KatieCarpenter Woo Hoo! Drama nerds rock! I didn't do as many plays in HS as I would have liked, because most years they only put on a musical and I CAN'T sing! 1y
KatieCarpenter Aww that‘s too bad @TheKidUpstairs 1y
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1. Hands down, History! 🌎
2. Math ➕➖➗✖️
3. Student Council 👩🏼‍💼, tennis 🎾 + track 🏃🏼‍♀️
4. Panther 🐾


wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
tammysue @wanderinglynn Love your cute graphic ☺️ 1y
wanderinglynn @whatshesreadingnow Thanks! ☺️ I have fun making them. 1y
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#HelloThursday Back to school edition!

1) Math
2) Russian (still can‘t speak it well enough)
3) Rowing 🚣‍♀️
4) Didn‘t have one 🙄

Actually I graduated in June and won‘t be going to school this year so it‘s really weird to think about it 😀

wanderinglynn Congrats! 👏🏻🎉 And thanks for playing!😀 1y
Ddzmini But can you break the knee caps 🤨 1y
rather_be_reading no mascot!? omg 1y
BookwormAndra @rather_be_reading In Estonia we don‘t have school mascots... 🙄 1y
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1. Music and History
2. Math (I was so bad at it!)
3. Choir
4. Freddie the Cadet
#hellothursday back to school edition

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 for loving music & hating maths! Thanks for playing!😀 1y
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I‘m going to back to school soon and spent the day putting together a cozy study spot. I found the desk at Target for $10 on clearance! I spent way more than that on accessories. 😂 Also, I‘m super mature.

Smrloomis Nice work! It looks like a great place to study 😁 (edited) 1y
TheBookKeepers Haha I love everything about all of this 😜😍 1y
GypsyKat Hahahaha! It looks awesome! 1y
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mrozzz That looks fabulous! 👍🏻 1y
CindyE09 If so, are you liking it? 1y
StephBengtson @CindyE09 Good eye!! I just picked it up today and I‘m planning on reading it this weekend for the @24in48 #readathon this weekend. I absolutely loved Homesick for Another World, so I‘m excited to read this and Eileen. 1y
CindyE09 @StephBengtson She is going to be at a local bookstore this week and I am trying to decide if I should go see her and get a signed copy of her new book. I own Eileen but I‘ve never read it or Homesick 1y
LeahBergen This looks like a wonderful space. 👍🏻 1y
Sharpeipup You did a great job! 1y
CoffeeBooksRepeat Amazing!! 1y
ElaineHowlin Your little sign 😂😂😂😂 1y
StephBengtson @ElaineHowlin I wasn‘t feeling particularly inspired when trying to come up with something to write on that. 😂 1y
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