Wednesday, July 03, 2013
About 10 days ago I posted a blog about anticipating my vacation and called it, "All I Ever Needed." It was what I needed AND wanted: beach, mountains, family, old friends, new friends, anticipated and unanticipated days, but always joyful. I am sad to have it end, but ready to get going again. I have decided that I am not going to worry if I have to ease myself back into the routine! Feeling very tired and jet lagged right now, but headed to the store for healthy foods and plan to do a light workout at least!
Friday, June 21, 2013
"Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, had to get away." - The Go-Go's
Hmmm...should we go to the beach or the mountains? Let me think...BOTH! First, the beach for a few days by ourselves and then to the mountains to see our son. Perfect! Thought this school year would never end. Not the kids, but our admin and NYS. Since NYS isn't going anywhere with the new Common Core and apparently our whole admin team isn't going anywhere, it will be Round 2 in September (or August for me). Already begun thinking about what my most at risk kids will need in August, but for now, vacation, here i come. Whoo-Hoo!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This motto is going to be in front of me for the next two days until I board a plane at 6:30 on Saturday! Lots of "have-to-do" things before I am done tomorrow at 3:00. I hate paperwork, but that will be done first. Everything that has to be boxed up before the cleaners can come in, second. Pretty much the rest of the stuff, not so important. So I am fine with that! Exercise has not happened the past two days and will probably not happen tonight, but I realized yesterday that when exercise becomes a major source of stress, it's defeating its purpose! I am doing a LOT of walking, however, back and forth to our office, the district office, and other people's rooms, etc. Have a thoughtful Thursday!
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!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
1 1/2 days left with kids and every year I remember these words. So true!
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