Commenting Guidelines


Use only your first name.  Do not leave any identifying information such as your school name, your email or home addresses, phone numbers, names of  your sports teams.  Do not use last names. 

• Remember other people are reading your writing.  Be responsible for what you say and respectful in how you say it. 

• Use proper grammar.  Write as though you are writing a letter, not a text. 

• Participate in a thoughtful conversation.  Create and invite an intelligent and pleasant exchange of ideas.  Strive to write more than, “Cool!”   Think about asking a question which will encourage a response.

• Have fun!

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  1. Dear Mrs. Donofrio,

    It’s so cool that you started a blog! I think it’s going to be a lot of fun this year. I don’t think I’d be able to make a blog as good as this one. I saw that we will be meeting Mr. Webb and his class from New Zealand! How cool is that??? And thanks for arranging the trip today. It was a lot of fun! See you in a week!


    • Thanks for your comment, Christian! I’m glad you checked out the blog and liked it. I am just sitting down to put the pictures on from our field trip today. I had a good time on the trip, too. I can’t wait to join Mr. Webb’s class in New Zealand either! I have also “met” a few other teachers from Iowa, North Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Florida, who are interested in some collaboration this year. I am psyched! Thanks for your encouraging words. See you soon!!

  2. Dear Mrs.Donfrio,
    Today my family and I visited the Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Fl. It was an interesting experience. The only problem was that there were more flies and gnats than monkey’s. The cages and most of the monkeys were nasty, but otherwise it was O.K. I don’t think the monkey’s really liked me, most of them pounced on the cage wall and hissed when I was looking at them. So I hissed back, witch did not solve the problem, but made it worse. An interesting fact we learned they’re was that most of the monkey’s were used for service animals. One of those monkey’s that sit in the hot springs was found wandering around on a road in Nevada, and he is suppoused to be living in Japan! Well that was my weird day!

  3. Courtney! This is great. I used it for your first Teddy post, too. I would like to use it for an example in class, if you don’t mind. Thanks for writing.

  4. I went to school a long time ago. I was in school in the 50’s and 60’s. I went to a Catholic grammar school.
    There were 2 to 3 times more students in our classrooms We had all nuns in habits as teachers.
    We didn’t have phys. ed. back then . We did have the children’s Mass, but not once a week.
    Way back then we had pretty much the same subjects. Those subjects have really changed over the years. Social Studies for example–there are new countries today that didn’t exist then. Some countries have disappeared too!
    The technology today in the classroom just didn’t exist then either.
    I am learning alot from my students textbooks and school work, and I still remember things that cah help
    her too.
    Have a great school year!
    Mary Anne

    • I had one nun who wore the black habit, Sister Conchetta. She only taught penmanship, Palmer method, to second graders. Some of the other nuns wore a short veil and “regular” clothes, although they weren’t what I would call fashionable. They were practical, modest, and neat. A few didn’t even wear the veil. As for the countries, I agree! The Soviet Union is gone now. So is Yugoslavia. Thanks for writing!!!

  5. Hi Ms. Donofrio and class: I’m the producer of the movie version of Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury.
    I found your blog(s) on the web and think they’re terrific! I’ll show the site to Graham Salisbury so he can post you a note as well. Pls send me your classroom address and I’ll send you some bookmarks and postcards with artwork and information for the movie version. Or you can check out the Facebook page for the movie at and Like us to see updates and photos and much more. Keep up the great reading and writing work!

  6. Dear Ms. Hankins,
    Your comment has made our day! We are so excited that you found us! We really loved Under the Blood Red Sun; many of us will be reading the sequel, House of the Red Fish, this summer. Thank you for your very generous offer to send us some bookmarks and postcards. That is so kind of you and will make a very special reminder of what we learned from reading Under the Blood Red Sun. We would be honored to have a comment from Graham Salisbury on our blog. Thank you for taking the time to write to us; I can’t tell you how excited we were to find your comment!

    Beth Donofrio

  7. Ms.Donofrio, I am so excited have you as my Language Arts teacher thisyear! This is my first time on the blog and it is awesome! Well see you tomorrow!

  8. Ms. Donofrio,

    What is the difference between Perceous and Percy Jackson? Because they are both the same people and if they are the same people they have to be the same… right?

  9. Mrs. Donofrio,

    I am so happy that I’m in your class!
    I love learning about ancient Greece! I like how your filled with so much energy! I know I’m going to have a great year!

    • Evan,
      Thank you so much for this great comment! You made my day! I am so happy to have you in my class! You are a great student who works hard, participates eagerly, and listens well. I love those qualities in a student. You make my job much easier and more fun.
      I’m glad you like the mythology. It’s one of my favorite units as well.
      Keep up the good work!
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

  10. Ms.Donofrio,

    I didn’t see the good deed post on the home page so I decided to do it here! So today I ….

    1. Helped my little sister with her homework
    2. I called my relatives
    3. I cleaned up the computer lab
    4. I said a prayer for the 911 victims
    5. Helped pick up classmate’s books that fell

    So those are the deeds that I have done. So, did you do a good deed today?

    • Hi Ellie!

      That is a great list of good deeds. You are a wonderful girl, and you are so smart to have put the list up on a different post. I am late to get to the computer tonight.
      I have done some good deeds, but they are not very different from the deeds I do every day as a mother and teacher. Today I:
      1. let all my students know about doing good deeds.
      2. called my mom
      3. made dinner for my family
      4. gave Mrs. Gunther a ride to and from school
      5. brought Ellie to tae kwon do
      6. bought each of my kids their favorite snack at Publix

      I’m not sure what else I can do before bedtime. I will have to do more good deeds this weekend. See you soon!

      ~Mrs. Donofrio

  11. Dear Mrs. Donofrio,
    I thought that it was really neat to have met the author who wrote the book “Mission Liberatad”. I also thought it was cool that we got to ask her questions,and get a picture.It was the first time I have ever met an author in person.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed meeting the author, Joseph. I agree that it is a thrill to meet someone who has published a book. It’s quite an accomplishment! It was fun that you were standing in the front so that you are in the photo with her. Do you think you will read her book?
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

  12. Dear Mrs.Donofrio,
    I am one of Mrs.Roaches eight grade students. I had noticed how you gave each of you students a blog page of their own. I looked at some of them and thought, “Wow, that’s a great idea!” I like how your students post about where they have been recently, about school, or some things about themselves. I talked to Mrs.Roach today to try to get her to do the same. She said she thought it would be a great idea and told me to propose my idea to her in an email and she may do it. Any input on what I should tell her?

    • Dear Yasinya,
      We are so glad that you found our class blog! We love making connections with students all over the world. You can tell Mrs. Roach that one of the best parts of blogging is “meeting” students and teachers from many different schools and cultures. Blogging also sharpens your writing skills. Everything you write is available to the world to see. That fact is a great motivator for students who want to look their best in front of their peers. Mu students love the technology involved with a blog. They like seeing where their visitors are from on the Clustrmap. They like designing their pages. They especially like getting comments and visitors from other students. I hope those three ideas- making global connections, improving writing skills, and developing technology skills- help you persuade Mrs. Roach to let you join the blogging world. Please let her know she can visit my class or me anytime!
      What other blogs have you visited? We like the blog called Huzzah! It always has good posts and photos.
      Good luck and have fun!
      Mrs. Donofrio

  13. Dear Mrs.Donofrio
    Hi, so far you are a great teacher and like my new class. I’m enjoying the blog! So far I I’m learning a lot in Ela. You are so funny and you always have a smile on your face! Thanks for being a wonderful teacher!


    • Thank you for your lovely note, Courtney. Thank you for being a wonderful student! I’m glad you are learning a lot, and I hope that continues all year. What was your favorite part of language arts in your class last year?
      See you tomorrow!
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

  14. I am writing a comment about the book Ever After High 3, by Shannon Hale.
    I loved this book because of all the adventure and excitement. You just never knew what was going to happen next! In the beginning, everything was going just fine in Ever After High. But then a few chapters later, a huge, magical, Wonderlandian beast called the Jabberwock was awaken from its long (and I mean long) sleep. Then, he flew to Ever After High, and with his magic he made it half wonderland, and half Ever After. Every Student and teacher became things, except three Wonderlandians, and a very special wooden girl. It was up to them to get rid of the Jabberwock.

    • Hi Diana! Thanks for sharing your book with us. Have you been reading this whole series? There is another book, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, that has a Jabberwocky as a character. Perhaps your book is alluding to this magical creature. What kind of things do the teachers and students become? I hope you have a great school year!
      Keep reading!
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

  15. Dear Mrs.Donofrio,
    I’m super excited to be starting the second quarter with The Odyssey, you have taught me so much about the Greek gods and goddesses and its my favorite lesson so far. None of my teachers in the past had blogs so I’m thrilled that our class can see your blog from previous classes you’ve taught and your classes here at your new school! I’m still trying to figure out where things are on this website but its pretty easy to navigate and see how many people have seen your blog. People from all over the world have seen it! Almost 3,000! I think that’s so cool that classes and people all over can see our class and we can see there’s.

    • Hi Kailey,
      I’m so glad to find you on the blog! I have really enjoyed blogging with my classes for the last three years and want to continue with all of your kids. One of the nice parts about my last teaching job was that I met with the kids for 90 minutes every day; that gave us a lot of time to get everything we needed done, including creating our own blogs. Every one of the students had his/her own blog, and we used them every week to write or to connect with other classes. This year, I am finding it a bit harder to find the time, so I really appreciate your encouraging words. My motto is: Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Thanks for reminding me about this great learning opportunity!
      Thanks also for teaching me about horses. I am learning a lot from you, too. Would you like to work with horses someday?
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

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