photo 1 photo 2 photo 3Love these fabulous nature collages by my talented second graders!

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Please Read This Post!!!!!

I am very curious of how many people look at this blog.  Please make a comment if you read this post.  THANK YOU!!! MerleIMG_3814

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Dear Parents,

I am in need of lots of Altoid tins!  I need the regular sized tins, not the minis.  If you would kindly send them to the art room, I would be so grateful!  I need about 60.   You may leave them in the office and label the bag, Attention Ms. James-Art Room 


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“Oh the things that can happen in the art room…”


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We love to recycle your trash into amazing works of art so before you toss items into the trash, consider donating them to the art room!      Here is a list of items we would love to have in art class:

  • Old calendars & maps
  • Used stamps
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • old black and white photos
  • Button, beads, old jewelry
  • Old ticket stubs
  • Old post cards (used are best)
  • Small wooden rulers
  • old dress patterns
  • Shells
  • Empty matchboxes and Altoid tins
  • 8 oz yogurt containers
  • Small trinket type toys
  • Game boards and pieces (we love scrabble letters and boards)
  • Marbles
  • Sea glass
  • Old reading glasses

You may leave your donations outside the art room or in the office, write Attention Ms. James/Art Room Donations on the box or bag.  Thank you so much!


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Hello!  My name is Merle James and I am the art teacher at Echo Lake Elementary School.  Welcome to the MOST FUN, CREATIVE, COLORFUL, AND EXCITING room at ‘The Lake’. This is going to be an awesome year in the … Continue reading

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The joy my kindergarten students brought to me today…….

I showed my kindergarten students the movie called,’The Snowman’,which is based on a beautiful book by Raymond Briggs.  It is a very magical and and classic animated film  about a little boy and a snowman  The little boy makes a snowman, who comes alive and takes him flying across the sky to the land of the snowmen.  As the snowman and the little boy flew in the movie…the students comments were classic!  They were trying to figure out ‘why’ and ‘how’ the snowman could fly. ” The snowman has magic from Santa’  or “He was wearing a magic hat, so he can now fly”…”Santa gave him the power  to fly.”  They would all hold their hands up like they were flying with the snowman. Then at the end the snowman melts…..comments were “why and  how did that happen?”  “He won’t be back for a whole year or until it snows again.”  “This IS real.” I my students..I love it that they get excited thinking of a flying snowman…I love to see the wonder and amazement in their faces as they dream.  Precious!


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Go and visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 2012 Gardenfest of Lights and see Echo Lake’s Tree!

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Students in Mrs. Hart’s 4th grade class decorated a tree this year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights Exhibit.  This is the third year Echo Lake has represented Henrico County Public Schools in this exhibition.  This year’s theme … Continue reading

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