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Happy end of summer, friends

September 1st, 2021 · Comments Off on Happy end of summer, friends · Art, Author! Author!


(“My Wyandotte” Photo by Nancy Ellen Row Rawley)


That’s me, patiently waiting outside, waiting for school to begin. I’m teaching preschool this year! Will keep you posted and I will, of course, share book lists. Let’s have an awesome school year, and yes, we will be flexible.

We will go with the flow.

Learn a lot, play hard, have fun. Peace!


Ms. Nancy


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Hello, how are you and how’s school?

March 18th, 2021 · Comments Off on Hello, how are you and how’s school? · Uncategorized


(Southeast Portland, Oregon; photo by Steve P. Rawley, used with permission)

Hi kids, how’s the school year going? Do you know where you are? Do you know what season it is? Yeah. I get it. Some of the schools (including the district where I’m working) are switching to hybrid models, so students can do a combination of attending class in person, and also do some virtual learning. Or all virtual learning, if they prefer. 

Some schools have been doing this since the beginning of the Covid-19 situation, others are figuring out different styles and methods. 

We’re all in this together, don’t forget. Leave a message if you’d like!

Here are some books the students and I have been reading this year, all are recommended:

The Silver Crown, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (both by Robert C. O’Brien)

Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, Wacky Wednesday and The Cat in the Hat (all by Dr. Seuss)

Scooby Doo books

Pete the Cat books

James and the Giant Peach; Danny the Champion of the World; and The BFG (all by Roald Dahl)

Paul Bunyan, by Steven Kellogg

The Day the Crayons Quit (by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers)

The Earth Dragon Awakes (by Laurence Yep)

Have a nice spring, be safe, play hard, learn a lot and have fun.


Best, always,

Ms. R


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hey, kids, what’s new?

May 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on hey, kids, what’s new? · Author! Author!, Book Geek, Education

In case any of my former students drop by this blog… I’m teaching preschool at the moment. It’s kind of awesome, because even though you’re thinking to yourself, Self, the babies! They’re soooo cute. Aw, fingerpainting. Playing with the tactile table (ribbons, pasta, plastic marbles). Raising butterflies. Taking naps.

They are not babies.

They’re important, fierce, smart and on a mission. So don’t get in their way, man.

Hope y’all are well. Have a great summer, we’re almost there 🙂

Ms. Nancy

ps here are five of my top picks for preschool books 🙂 Bon appetit, not-babies!

“Bread and Jam for Frances,” by Russell and Lillian Hoban

“When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry,” by Molly Bang

“Corduroy,” by Don Freeman

“The Lion and the Mouse,” by Jerry Pinkney

“Frederick,” by Leo Leonni

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knock, knock. who’s there? 2017, y’all…

December 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on knock, knock. who’s there? 2017, y’all… · Art, Book Geek

lake of fog

“lake of fog”
Photo by Steve Rawley

Look, blogs are dead. They’re a thing of the past, and that’s okay. Facebook and all the other social media crap is alive and well and who’s archiving your stuff? Not you. Whatever.

But sometimes someone randomly stops by here and takes a look, and I want them to find something yummy. An Easter Egg, as it were.

So here’s a pretty picture by Steve, and some writing from me.

2016 was not a great year, for a lot of reasons, and I’m not the only one out there who is hoping for more from 2017.

So peace, love & Bobby Sherman, and I hope your world is everything you hoped it would be.



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hello, Harbor Seals!

April 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on hello, Harbor Seals! · Art

Hope you’re all having a nice spring. Suddenly… it’s almost May!

The Salishan Spit colony

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

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spring is on the way

February 3rd, 2016 · Comments Off on spring is on the way · Art


(Photo by Steve Rawley)

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January 27th, 2016 · Comments Off on winter · Art

Bear Lake

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

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TumbleBook Library & Storyline Online

October 12th, 2015 · Comments Off on TumbleBook Library & Storyline Online · Author! Author!, Book Geek

Shaft of light

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Would you like to read a book by the sea? Or perhaps on a computer, in a warm cozy room?

My students and I are very fond of the TumbleBook Library. (Storyline Online is another good one for virtual storytime.)

You can access it by going to Beaverton City Library, then click on Programs and Events > Kids > Little Kids > Stories.

(Hint: They have stories on there for big kids, too, and books in Spanish, Korean, Chinese and other languages. Search under “Language Learning.”)

Have fun!

— Mrs. R

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poem + pic

September 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on poem + pic · Art, Author! Author!, Poetry

toy boat toy boat toy boat

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

“The Secret of the Sea”

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!

Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor’s mystic song.

Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;–

Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;–

How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,

Till his soul was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,–
“Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!”

“Wouldst thou,”–so the helmsman answered,
“Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!”

In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Off to a new adventure…

September 5th, 2015 · Comments Off on Off to a new adventure… · Art, Author! Author!, Book Geek, Libraries

Capax Infiniti

(Photo by Steve Rawley)

Hello, students and anyone else who is reading this,

I am happy and I am a little sad, too. I’m leaving one school for another — from computer lab to library and computer lab — starting next week.

You kids at my old school — you’re great students. But you know this already, because I told you so all the time, am I right? I’m right. You are fantastic, and I will miss you so much. But you come and find me here, leave me notes, and I’ll send you notes back, OK? (Your e-mail does not show up when you leave a comment; only I see that.)

Note to my new students: I’m really looking forward to getting to know you! I’ve heard that you are a cool, smart bunch, too. Yay!

I just missed my library work too much. (That’s what most of my background is in.) But I do love computers, too, especially when we’re using them for reading and writing. That’s how I’m writing this blog post right now, as a matter of fact! Ha. This way I’ll be able to teach half the time in the library, half the time in the computer lab. That works for me.

So we will talk soon. Thanks for everything.


Mrs. R

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