Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November is Family Blogging Month!

Mrs. Ranney and her students to share what they are
learning and experiencing.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are proclaiming:

November is Family Blogging Month!

Each student made a list of their family members. After looking through the archive, students selected specific posts tailored to the interest of a particular relative. 

We're inviting everyone to comment: moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
We welcome friends, too!

Students will be inviting their family and friends to participate in a conversation! 

Frogger, the Blogger, says: 
"Maybe we'll get some 2-point comments! Follow the chart below for some tips!"

Here is the key we will use for  Family Blogging Month~

What do you think of our idea?

Who are you inviting to be a part of our online community?

Please leave a comment and introduce yourself! 


  1. Dear Mrs.Ranny,
    My name is Acacia from Mrs.Yollis' classroom.

    I think it's a great idea! I'm trying to invite my grandparents, mom, and dad. My grandparents don't now how to comment yet so I am going to teach them.

    Wish me luck!

    Your new blogging pal,

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    My name is Natali and I am Eve's mom. I am so excited that you have decided to invite the family to your blogging community. I think it is a great idea and a great way to share information about our classmates. By getting to know each other’s families we actually get to know each other better as well. It is also a good way to share different customs, traditions and just share in general. I will be inviting my mother, Eve's grandmother, to join in as well. I look forward to read the family comments and to be a part of the community.

    Excitedly Yours,
    Natali ★

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    I am Grace's mom, Tami. I am a brownie troop leader with Maya's mom. We had a wonderful time today visiting the Leonis Adobe historical landmark, which is right here in Calabasas! Our troop learned so much about being a farmer and rancher in our local mountain range, El Scorpion. At that time, the ranch began next to Sagebrush Cantina and extended as far back as Bell Canyon. One of the most interesting facts that Grace remembered from the tour is that they lived in a home with dirt floors and she enjoyed meeting the family that lived there through the historical pictures posted all over the home. The man that lived there was very wealthy, so the family had a kitchen that was unlike many homes of that time period. Also, they had a stove outside that was used to cook large animals like cows to feed the entire ranch. They used the sheep's wool to make scarves and sell them to people in the area and in Los Angeles. In those days, they rode stage coaches and it took 3 days to get to the city of Los Angeles and back to Calabasas to gather supplies!

    It was much harder to live in that time period.

    Hope you and your family get to visit some time soon!


    Grace and her mom

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    I am Quynh-Anh's father. Blogging is becoming an active affair in our family. It has been fun for us to read everyone's comment. We will be inviting Quynh-Anh's brother, mom, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins to participate in your blogging community.


  5. Francesca's momNovember 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney's Class,

    My name is Libeth, I am Francesca's mother. We want to share a story about our dog Max. Almost 5 years ago, there was a dog who was mistreated by his owner. This poor dog was a beautiful black lab that never received any kind of love and affection. For almost 2 years he was outside day and night without a dog house. This person moved out and left the dog. The dog was in the shelter when we adopted him. We teach Max how to live with people and he learned very fast how to gives and receives love. He is very sweet with the kids and we love him very much.

    Francesca's mom:)

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    We're so glad that you're having a Family Blogging Month! I think it's such a wonderful idea and we're planning to have one later this year! It looks like many of you are already off to a great start!

    Have a great weekend!

    Mr. Avery

  7. Josefina ( Vanessa's mom)November 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney

    I love the idea of family blogging. I love to go shopping for Vanessa's school supplies. Nothing will stand in the way of me spending time with my incredible little girl, Vanessa.

    P. S I was born in Spain

    Vanessa's mother,

  8. Hi Mrs. Ranney,
    It's Logan and Savannah.

    We are Dylan's dogs. We like all the comments that everyone is writing.This is a good way to know people's families. We will be inviting Dylan's mom, dad, uncles, aunts, and other relatives.

    I would like to see everyone else comment.

    Logan and Savanna

    (Dylan's Dogs)

  9. Dear Mrs Ranney,

    My name is Zohrab I am Gregory's dad. Tania, Gregory's mom, and I truly appreciate this blogging ritual. It has been a compelling experience for Gregory as well as us in guiding him to be a responsible blogger.
    I also coach Gregory's basketball team in our Armenian community center, currently practicing at Bermingham High School. I am truly proud of Gregory since he plays basketball using his mind as well as his skills.
    We will try and ask Gregory's grandparents, aunts and cousins to try and blog and share their thought.
    Tania and I are very glad to be part of this blogging community and we are enjoying the other blogs posted within this lovely new community.

    Your new blogger

  10. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My name is Annie, I am Oliver's mom. This blog is very important to our family as most of Oliver's grandparents are in England. It is a great way for them to see what is going on in class, and to see all of the fabulous projects you get to take part in. Oliver's grandma and his brother are going to be sending posts this week, so keep an eye out for them!

    You are all so very lucky to have this tool at your disposal, what a fantastic way to learn how to use the computer as well as helping with your grammar.



  11. Cipriano an VanessaNovember 6, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    I want to share a story about our puppy called Lucky. He is almost 3 years old. It all started when my dad and I were given a dog called Pepper. He was only 2 years old. My sister's friend had 5 dogs and 3 cats. She gave us Pepper. After 9 months he died because a coyote bit him in the neck. We took him to the animal hospital. They said that the doctor will try to do his best to keep Pepper alive. He also said it will take 2 hours to try. My mom and I were so sad. I asked my mom if he would be be ok. And my mom said maybe. After 2 hours we went back to the animal hospital. The doctor said he didn't make it. My mom and I were super sad. After we told my dad about Pepper he said that I should look for another dog. I searched and searched and finally I found a dog. My dad called the owner. He came all the way from Dallas,Texas. His name was Grayson. We called him lucky. And that's the story about Lucky and Pepper.

    Best regards,
    Cipriano ( Vanessa's dad) and Vanessa

  12. Hi Mrs. Ranney,
    It's Sport, Josh's dog.

    All these comments are wonderful. I'm really glad I can blog. This blogging community is awesome.

    See you around,
    (Josh's dog)

  13. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,
    Hi I am Tanya, Maya's mom. I really love the idea of family blogging month. It is a great way to get family members involved. The blogging chart under Frogger the Blogger is very helpful. I used it to show Maya's brother how to post a quality comment.
    How do I make symbols in my comment? I noticed some people use heart or star symbols.

    Tanya (Maya's mom) :)

  14. Dear Ms Ranney's Class,

    Hi my name is Brandon, and I am Sydney's brother. I too was in Mrs. Ranney's class two years ago. I thought it was a great idea that Mrs. Ranney started a blog, where people can post and read other messages. Everyone can learn what people customs are and what people do every year in their families.

    Your past student,


  15. Sydney's dog, CookieNovember 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and Class,

    My name is Cookie. I am 2 years old. Sydney and her family found me at the shelter. I was at the shelter because my old family was moving into an apartment that had a no dog policy. I was very grateful when Sydney and her family adopted me. When I first got home I was very excited about my new life.

    (Sydney's dog Cookie)
    p.s I love cookies

  16. Hi Mrs. Ranney's class,

    My name is Blaze and I am Hayley's pet. I am a Senegal Parrot. I am 9 months old. I was adopted by Hayley and her mom, stepdad and brother in June when I was 4 months old. I love to play with Hayley and her brother Reed. I love to cuddle and sit on shoulders. I also like to chew on things....especially pencils! So keep your pencils away or else they will turn into sawdust! I also like to talk.....right now I just imitate sounds, but someday hope to say "Good Morning" and "pretty bird".

    That's all for now....
    Blaze (Hayley's parrot)

  17. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    My name is Rori and I am Hayley's mom. This is my first time blogging...ever!!! I figured since Hayley is such a pro, I'd better get with the program! I love reading everyone's posts and learning so much about all of Hayley's classmates and their families. This weekend Hayley's stepdad, Shawn and I are going to New York City. I was born in New York, but Shawn has never been! He is very excited, and I'm excited to show him around! While we are there, we will also be visiting with my aunts, uncles and cousins. I am really looking forward to this, as I don't get to see them very often!

    Well, have a great rest of the week, and I'll blog again with all the fun things we did in New York!!

    Best Regards,

  18. Grace H. and her fishNovember 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    My name is Coral. I am grace's clown fish. Blaze, I love your comment. I cannot believe you are 9 years old. I am only 1 year old. I was born last December and was adopted last December. I was a Christmas present for Grace. She was so happy when she saw me. She couldn't believe that she got her own fish. We even took a picture of her surprised look on Christmas morning. It was really hilarious. I was so happy to be a part of the family.

    Blaze, how many years have lived with Hayley and her family?

    Best Regards,
    Coral (Grace's Fish)

  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My name is Max, Adam's cousin. Learning about bogging is very cool. Since I want to be a fireman when I grow up, I will start a blog about that.


  20. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I am Zoe, Adam's cousin. I like the idea of blogging. It enables me to express my views on my favorite topics such as shoes.

    Thanks for getting me invovled.


  21. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    My name is Gali, and I am Eve's grandma. I appreciate this blogging,and enjoy taking part in all the work you are doing. It's a great idea to let us be part of what's going on at school.
    I will keep reading and keep updated with the blog and continue to be involved.


  22. Dear Coral,

    In your comment you made a mistake on my age. I'm 9 months old instead of 9 years old! It's o.k. everybody makes mistakes! I can't believe your a year old I'm not even that old! I am so happy that we are now blogging buddies! I lived with Hayley and her family for 5 months.

    Best Regards,

    Blaze (Hayley's bird)

  23. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    My brother, Benett, lost his 4th tooth today. He got a silver dollar from the tooth fairy. He lost his tooth by biting into a bagel for breakfast. Then, when Benett saw his tooth he screamed and was very happy. Then he said, "Mommy I lost a tooth." The whole family was really excited. I had to write this for him because he was too embarrassed.

    Grace and Benett

  24. Dear Mrs.Ranney's Class

    Hi my name Mike and I am Hayley's grandfather. I think the class blog is FANTASTIC! It is a great way to learn all about other families. I thank you all for inviting us to your blogging community. It's a great way to share whats going on in life.


    Mike☀ (Hayley's Grandfather)

  25. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    My name is Ernie, I am Nate's cat. I am so happy that pets can participate in blogging. My family thinks I have a lot to say because I meow all day long. In reality, I am always saying the same thing, "Feed me now!"

    Best regards,

  26. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    My name is Tony and I'm Bella's dad. I'm very pleased to be making my first blog entry on this lazy Friday night. I hope everyone enjoyed their day off and took time to honor all the men and women who serve our country so proudly on this Veteran's Day. I also hope Shawn and Rori, Hayley's parents, are enjoying their trip to NYC. Our family moved from the East Coast and we miss visiting New York.

    Good Night to all,


  27. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I am Gena, Annabella's mom. I am so happy to finally blog on your site! I tell so many people about Mrs. Ranney's classroom blog and everyone is so impressed that students in 3rd grade are doing this.

    We hope to have some friends and family members blog this month. My sister has her own blog so I am sure she would love to check this one out and maybe even learn a few things!

    Keep up all the great work!


  28. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I am Rosa. I am Josefina's great grandmother. I will try to be with your blogging family.

    Best regards
    Rosa ♥

  29. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Hi, I am Noah Dylan's cousin.
    I am 4 years old. Our whole family lives in New Jersey, so we are going to get red dots.

    Have a great Thanksgiving,

    Noah (Dylan's cousin)

  30. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My name is Gianna and I am Bella's little sister. I am 6 years old.
    I am happy to write on the blog. I know a lot of Bella's friends and I want to meet more.
    I hope I am in your class when I'm in third grade.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  31. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Hi, my name is Rachel and I am Maya's Aunt. I am here visiting Maya as a late birthday surprise. Maya told me about her class blog, and asked me to leave a comment. I have never seen a blog before. I think it is a great way to get families involved. I look forward to checking back often to see what Maya's class is up to.

    Rachel (Maya's Aunt)

  32. Hi Mrs Ranney's class,

    My name is Joshua and I am from Melbourne Australia. I am 9 years old and I have been blogging on my class website this year. As part of homework this week I have to find a blog that interests me and I think this is a really cool one. Getting family to post comments is a good idea. I'd love to hear more stories about your class and your families.

    Your new Aussie mate, Josh.

  33. Dear Mrs. Ranney's Class,

    My name is Angel, and I am Alex's older Brother. I am very honored to write on Mrs. Ranney's Class blog that Alex has invited me in to. I hope there is room for one more blogger, myself, because I think this is a great opportunity to share my ideas and thoughts with the class. I think this is a great idea to communicate with other families and friends. Thank you Alex and Mrs.Ranney's class for letting me join. I will send invitations to my other siblings as well. I can't wait to hear from other families and their experiences and thoughts about life. Happy Thanksgiving to all, I hope everyone has a good day and night.

    Your new pal,


  34. Hi Mrs. Ranney's class.

    I am Mary, Annabella's Great aunt. I am very happy to participate in such an interesting and creative venture. I am a teacher of adults, and the way we can share our thoughts and feelings with Annabella's friends at school should be done in every school! We are all together for Thanksgiving, and I wish a joyful holiday season to everyone at Chaparral.



  35. Dear Mrs.Ranney's class,

    I am Bella's Grandmother. Her grandfather and I live in Boca Raton, Florida. We are so excited that they all came to Florida for Thanksgiving. We have the whole family here. Great Grandma, Aunt Mary, Uncle Cary, Uncle Phil, Uncle Dino, Aunt Dina, Uncle Britt, and cousins Lorenzo, Jared Davis, Sophia and Darby . Hope to see you when we visit in January .


  36. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    As November comes to an end, I want to wish everyone a great December and a close to 2011.


    Jack (Adam's Father)

  37. Dear Class, I wanted to share what I found online regarding the Navajo Indians and their Thanksgiving. "For some Native Americans Thanksgiving is not quite the same kind of celebration that it is for other Americans. After all, the Pilgrim arrival and settlement didn’t exactly work out well for the Natives. In the vast Navajo Nation in the southwest, many do gather with families to give thanks on this holiday, just like their Anglo neighbors. But Navajo traditions teach them that Thanksgiving is, for them, a daily practice."
    I think this is very interesting and we can all be thankful for every day.
    Grampy ( Lucas )

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