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Summer! Really!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It is the first day of summer. At 11:30 this morning. Really! Our students get out then. Every year at this time I think of my own summer vacations. Some years a vacation, but not too many as we didn't have much money. Lots of reading and playing outside. We lived out in the country and there was no talk of having friends visit or talk to them on the phone since all calls cost money. Today, I make sure that I send home loads of writing paper and my students will get 2 new books to read and a big coloring book. I have sent home information of all the free activities our wonderful library and recreation department offers. Some have told me of their vacation plans, most have said nothing. I always wonder what some of their lives are like during the summer. Yesterday I saw too many kids carrying two backpacks home - one with final stuff from their rooms and the other filled with food because we have a program that sends home food for our neediest children every single weekend during the year. This year there are two boys I wish I could take home this summer. Strangely enough, they are my two worst behavior problems. Before you think I am some "teacher of the year" idealistic person, it is not so. Sure, most of us are counting the minutes to have some time off before we start committee work, curriculum work with grade levels, professional development classes, and for some teaching summer school, but the majority of us think and wonder about how "our kids" are doing during the summer. Too often, we are their only support and cheerleaders. Then that stops. I then think how everyone needs that at all times of their lives and I found that support and encouragement here at SP. So thank you to all of you. You continue to make my life richer and positive, so I can go to work every day and make other lives positive! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLITZEN40 6/19/2013 11:55PM

    I totally understand how you would want to take your two biggest behavior problems home with you and why you would be most concerned about them. In most cases, biggest behavior problems= least parental guidance and most neglect. It's practically unbearable to know that you are sending young, innocent kids home to that for an entire summer. Sounds like you've sent home some great summer packages though, so as a teacher, you've really done all you can. Hope you enjoy your summer break!

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KARRENLYNN 6/19/2013 11:24AM

    I'm glad you care so much about your students welfare even when they aren't in school. They are lucky to have teachers like you.

have a great day,


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KIMPY225 6/19/2013 9:14AM

    emoticon It is awesome you think about your students in such a positive way!

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LOPEYP 6/19/2013 8:39AM

    I enjoy reading your blogs. I don't know anyone who is a teacher so your insights give me a good perspective on your job. It is the most important job and I feel that many times it is not given the respect and attention that it deserves.
Hats off to you for thinking about the kids entire life not just the school time.
Enjoy your vacation!

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/19/2013 8:13AM

    I love your cartoon!!! Let your summer begin!!!

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BLUENOSE63 6/19/2013 6:59AM

  I wish you well over the summer months my friend. Take the time to regroup through hobbies, friends, and SP.

Thanks for doing what you do each and every year!

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    Congratulations on a year well done! Enjoy your summer!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1 1/2 days left with kids and every year I remember these words. So true!

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SUNSETSMILE 6/19/2013 9:08AM

    They can definitely remind you about what is important and that life is too short to stress the small stuff.

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BLITZEN40 6/18/2013 11:56PM

    That's right! emoticon

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    I love it!!

Have a wonderful end of year! emoticon

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But It's All Good!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I feel like this woman! All week! 2 1/2 days left of kids. All the paperwork that needs to be done. Classroom ready for the cleaners at 3:30 on Friday. Keeping summer school supplies in a place I can find them quickly! Meeting with my mentee for one final meeting. Start packing and shopping for vacation which starts on Saturday! Getting the house and deck semi-clean because I am hosting a bridal shower for my niece 2 days after we get back. Whew! Makes me tired, but as my husband tells me, "You can always sleep on the plane." The thing that strikes me after reading the list is that they are all wonderful things to get ready for. How often do we get caught up in the "busyness" of life instead of enjoying the special moments? Now...I will take a breath or two! Have a fun-filled, enjoyable, and, probably a busy week. Start juggling!

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BLITZEN40 6/17/2013 11:09PM

    Sounds like all good stuff! Enjoy the busyness! As an elementary school teacher I'm sure you know that busy hands are happy hands! emoticon

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PURPLEDRAGONM 6/17/2013 3:52PM

    Remember to breathe while you are juggling! End of school year rush is always hectic, but finite. You seem very organized, and think how wonderful it will be to come home to a clean house! Even nicer would be to hire someone to come in and really clean while you are gone. Wouldn't that be heavenly to come home to? (ok, now I'm just day dreaming! emoticon )

I've always enjoyed the cyclical nature of working in education. Start the year, have closure when the year ends, rest a bit, start again. I hope you enjoy it all, especially your vacation and the bridal shower.


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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/17/2013 9:31AM

    Know it well. I spent 70 hours a week working for 30 years and commuting 3 hrs daily. I was juggling my life away. Now retired I have slowed down. But I needed a part time job for 8 years to help me slow down to retire. After 3 months of my first "retirement" Boredom set in. Now I am finally back to where I was a child. I "play" most of the day. I read, do hobbies, garden, visit friends and relatives when I want, I volunteer when I want and am finally able to get my sleep back. All of these things are now making me able to tackle my weight issue that has built up during those "rush" years.

Enjoy your trip and your life while you can. Read "Your Money or Your Life". I did and it had a profound impact.

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    emoticon I'm back in the office for my first day after vacation! THAT is me!!!

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KARENKANDO 6/17/2013 7:22AM

    How right you are! "Live in the moment" - otherwise we let life pass us by without taking time to enjoy it. Best of luck to you in juggling your busy schedule. Enjoy every single second of it!!! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/17/2013 7:09AM

  I have often said that my second job is at the circus, as I am constantly juggling balls in the air!

Have a great trip and try to get some good rest even if it is on the plane emoticon

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

One of my favorite lines is from "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo - "To love another person is to see the face of God." I have been lucky enough to have had in my life for 40 years a person that epitomizes this quote. He has loved me no matter what. I recently found another quote by Victor Hugo and need to find out where it came from. (Smart man, Victor Hugo!)

I want to be on the lookout for beauty everyday and also to look for beauty in myself! If I can do this, there will be light in my life!

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BLITZEN40 6/17/2013 2:27AM

    All you need is love! Glad you married your soul mate and have had a long, happy marriage. emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/16/2013 3:11PM

  I love Victor Hugo and after reading the book in university in the 80s; I went to see the Broadway production 3 x's when it came out a couple years later in Toronto

The phrase you quote is one of the phrases that moves me as well. I too have been married to someone who always see the beauty and the goodness in me even when I feel ugly and miserable! (no pun intended there)

Have a good day with the kids at school tomorrow

Happy Father's Day

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    Yes, yes, yes!!

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Post-Flag Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Great lesson yesterday in trying not to stress the things you can't control and fix as quickly as possible the things you can! We got bumped out of the aud. for our last rehearsal in the morning, which we found out after we went down and set it up in the morning before school. Then our boom box and CD went missing. Apparently another grade level took it for their talent show practice. We had put the microphones up on stage and taped down the cords with duct tape as per safety rules. Microphones were down on the floor with the tape pulled up. Assigned tech person MIA and PowerPoints of each class wouldn't work? These are only the ones that I can think of! Through it all, however, our kids were troupers and were so cute! Not one of those things fazed them. So, even though things do not go perfectly, or even come close, there is success at the end. Once again my kids teach me as much as I teach them!

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BLITZEN40 6/16/2013 12:49AM

    I think with a fun event like that the positive air of excitement amongst the kids will keep things happy no matter what details go amiss. For kids, it's all about the fun. Somehow we lose that when we become adults and the responsibility of making everything right falls squarely upon our shoulders. Glad you had success in the end!

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BLUENOSE63 6/15/2013 8:27PM

  You know I think you are a great teacher but thought I would say it one more time! I miss those early elementary days with my son singing in concerts for school....time flies so fast

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/15/2013 11:59AM

    Ignorance can be bliss. LOL They only knew what they needed to do and came through just fine!

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    What a blessing children are!!

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LOPEYP 6/15/2013 8:39AM


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RIDLEYRIDER 6/15/2013 8:21AM

  A great ending!! Thanks for sharing!

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