5.30.2012

On vacation!

Wow!  Where does the time go?  I posted 2 1/2 weeks ago, wanted to post before, but there wasn't any time.  And I didn't make time.  I was busy being mommy, teacher, custodian, designer, etc.  Now I am officially done with school! 

Friday the 25th was our last day with kids.  I had taken the 24th off for my daughter's kinder graduation and was so glad I did.  It was nice to be mommy that day.  Her ceremony was very nice.  Her class sang 2 songs - You're a Grand Old Flag and Zippity Doo Dah.  Too cute!  There were 4 classes at her school - 2 classes that are full time, 5 days a week, 1 class that is half time and one class that is all home schooled.  Kinda weird, but whatever works for them!  A lot of the half timers want to be full timers, but there isn't room.  For now, they are capping it at 50 kids full time.  Her class was the first one - all the other kinder classes had 25. 

Anyway, the last day of school came and went fast.  It was cold and drizzly here, considering Monday was 100* and Friday was 60*.  The kids did some "work" in the morning, then we watched A Bug's Life for the rest of the day and ate snacks.  At 1:56 they left!  And that was that.  I stayed for a bit, getting some things ready for next year, but nothing major.  I need to go in in the next couple weeks to finish cleaning, but other than that, it can wait til August. 

Yesterday was our last day of work.  We were supposed to be there, but not all the teachers were.  I had a leadership meeting, so there went 3 hours from my day.  We were calendaring for next year, which is good, but 3 hours?  I then had my evaluation meeting with my principal.  I got a glowing evaluation.  Makes me feel good, but I always wonder if it's true.  Does that sound weird?  I am a pessimist by nature, so I always think that things could be better.  But, I got evaluated and don't have to do that again for 5 more years!  By then, I will more than likely have a new principal, so who knows what will happen then!  :) 

Today I had to run some errands, do some blood work and do some shopping.  Now it's cleaning time.  Fun!  We are leaving on Saturday for our week in Orlando.  I can't wait for a  nice vacation with my little family, seeing some new things for us and just not being at home.  I have a million and one things to do at home, but getting away sounds nice. 

Well, I guess the house won't clean itself.  It would be fabulous if it did.  I am hoping to blog more, but then again, I might enjoy my summer without thinking of school.  Until July anyway!   Maybe I will post as I think of fun, new things to do next year with even more kids than this year!  Yikes!  Happy Wednesday!

5.13.2012

T-minus 10 and counting

Yep...you read that correctly!  There are 10 more days of school.  What?  Where did the year go?  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were getting ready for the first day of school and now we are getting ready for the last 2 weeks.  I will miss my kids, but I am ready.  I'm done.  Only there are 2 more weeks of kids, testing and Open House to deal with.

We have Open House on Thursday and I can't wait to be done.  My room won't be cute,  but it will have all their work up and out for the parents to see.  The fire marshall just came on Tuesday and we passed this time.  So I have been frantically trying to get things up where I want them, redo bulletin boards and make things look presentable.  This on top of "teaching", which is more like testing with a little bit of teaching thrown in for fun.  Oh, and did I mention that we have random trainings and meetings thrown in for good measure?  Crazy!

This end of the year has been the most hectic for me.  I am not organized, which is causing me stress, which in turn causes me to panic which in turn leads me to leave and go home.  It's a vicious cycle.  I have to get my butt in gear this week and get it all done, organized and ready for summer.  I don't know how much time we will have at school in the summer.  I haven't been able to get a clear answer from anyone.  We are out on the 25th, we have to be at work on the 29th for a teacher work day and then on the 30th, 31st and 1st we are not allowed in as those are furlough days.  We are able to come back in on the 4th of June (on our own time of course, which I am fine with!), but I will gone on a family vacay for that week.  I am hoping to go in a little the week after and then have the rest of June and all of July away from school.  I will of course do things at home, but that can be at night, in the morning or whenever the inspiration strikes (July 31st before school starts!).

I have 2 more days I am off before the end of the year.  I will miss Friday for a benchmark meeting (snooze).  We have Career Day that day, so I am missing the "fun".  The sub I have is less than stellar, so I am worried about how my kids will do when I have to plan the "filler" activities.  They are good, but the sub has trouble when things aren't planned to a T.  And, we normally get the schedule the morning of Career Day, and I will be in the meeting by then.  I will have to find some fun things to do for them to keep them occupied when they aren't in Career Day stuff.  I am also taking off the day before the last day of school for my daughter's Kinder graduation.  Then we are heading to Legoland to celebrate afterwards.  Should be a fun day!

I spend my Mother's Day working on stuff for Open House.  I got most of it done (Yay me!) and now I need to work on Pinks and Blues, getting report cards ready, making an end of year math test and then preparing to cram as many DRA's in tomorrow as I can.  Luckily I know where they are level wise, but I have to have it on paper for their file (which no one sees, no one cares, etc.).  We will sort our classes out for next year on Tuesday, which is always a fight, which leaves my BTF and I with the leftover spots.  But, I am trying to learn to not worry about my kids, but it's hard when the 2nd grade team complains about every child.  Um, you have now had them for 167 days - GET OVER IT!  I hope they love my kids next year, cause I sure do!  I have a great bunch that I will be sad to see go.  :(  But, they will move on and get smarter and hopefully have a great year!

Well, I need to get a million things done before 10pm, and it's already 9.  Guess that ain't gonna happen!  Happy Mother's Day and Happy Sunday!