The Perks of Disney Movie Club

Chances are that if you’ve bought a Disney movie in the past 5 years, you’ve noticed the little piece of paper that they stick in all of the DVD cases promoting the Disney Movie Club. If you were like me and ignored them, that’s fine, but out of curiosity about 6 months ago, I actually decided to look into it.

I thought it would be a scam. They offer you 4 Disney movies for $1 each if you join the club. Then you can add on two more movies for a total of $25. So an initial investment of about $35 once you pay shipping.

I was still on the fence. I needed more information. After some digging (the fine print was hard to understand), the only thing you needed to do to get the rewards and discounts on Disney movies was to purchase 5 Disney movies at the membership price. Better yet, you have 2 years to reach this commitment.

Thinking of all of the movies I want to buy and being perfectly okay with buying 5 movies at a certain price, I went for it.

I was not disappointed.

I got the 6 movies that I requested when I signed up really quickly. The first 10 movies that I bought actually cost me less than $75 and I even used my Disney Rewards points to get free movies like “The Jungle Book” and more recently, “Wall-E.”

They send you monthly emails with the movie that is being featured and you can “Accept” or “Decline” the offer. I’ve accepted a couple of them and these movies go towards your fulfillment commitment. They also send you extras like lithographs for your collection.

I’m only 6 months into my commitment and I’ve already gotten 4 of the movies I’m required to get. I like to think of this as a subscription box. Instead of getting mystery items every month that you may or may not like or use, you know exactly what you’re getting with this.

Guess what?

If you’re interested in joining, let me know! I can give you a code! In fact, every time you refer someone, you get 2 free movies!

Need I say more?

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August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

Being a teacher in these terrible times.

What happened yesterday during the White Supremacist Rally in Virginia is absolutely terrible. It continues to blow my mind how selfish the world can be. My friends and I speak often about the state of the world and it makes me terrified for the future.

School hasn’t started yet for me and even though it’s only a few days away, I’m already preparing myself to answer questions my kids will have about what happened yesterday. I thought back to September 11th, 2001; the day the Twin Towers were attacked. I remember walking into Mr. Chase’s class and being thoroughly confused about what was happening. He didn’t hold back but told us the truth. Explaining terrorism to a bunch of 6th graders couldn’t have been easy, but he took our questions one by one, and got us through.

As things came to light on TV in the following days and weeks, we’d come in with more questions for our social studies teacher, Mr. Greig. He’d answer everything he could and even though I couldn’t stand talking about terrorism and what it meant for our country, I’d sit and listen, holding back tears. I am a worry wart by nature so this time of my life was especially stressful.

As a teacher, I can see now that I never gave my own teachers the credit that was due for what they have to teach the next generation. We need to help these kids navigate the world today and just hope that some goodness rubs off on them.

I’m terrified for the kids that are growing up in this world. They have so much access to information and opinions and have a direct line to the good, the bad, and the ugly. When 9-11 happened, I could tune it out by not watching TV. These days, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, you can’t avoid it. The good news is that I’m more aware of what is happening now but it doesn’t make it easier.

I can only hope that I can be like my teachers and help my students get through the tough times just like they helped me.

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PlayMakers Club

I’m new to this whole, teaching thing, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to have a great experience at my school. With our schedule everyday, we have time set aside for different things and Thursdays are “Club Days.” The club that I host is something I call PlayMakers Club.
Do you remember the show Z Games from Zoog Disney? Basically, it was a show where kids could show the backyard games they made up. Then, the kids in the studio would be given 3 or 4 random things and they had to make a game out of it.
That’s what we do in PlayMakers Club.
Week 1, students got into groups of 3 and had 20 minutes to devise a game using 2 hole hoops, 1 foam frisbee, a scooter, and a pickle ball racket. After those 20 minutes, everyone shared their games, describing the rules, scoring, and penalties. All 3 games invented were different. We talked about the things the games had in common and then voted on the game we wanted to play. The game was “Frisbee in the Hoop” which was designed by Jonathan, Kylar, and Deen. All players sit on scooters and try to get the foam frisbee into the opposing team’s hoola hoop at the other end while the goalies try to keep the frisbee from entering the hoola hoop.
After playing the game for 15 minutes or so, we reconvened and discussed any changes we wanted to make to the game. We decided that falling off of your scooter did not mean you were out of the game until the next score, but instead, you have to pass it. They also wanted to make the goalie’s box smaller in order to score more goals.
This is a great way to get students to think outside of the box and use their imagination. I’m totally going to use this idea for my actual PE classes.
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