Back in School

Sad that summer is unofficially over, but a lot (good and bad) did happen.  I'm more upset about the things that did not happen, like the total inside-out cleaning of my apartment, but I'll work on that this weekend.  Chef is at the shore for the "bachelor weekend" for his cousin whose wedding we will attend in a few weeks.  

And no, I'm not worried he's doing anything bad.  In fact, I'm feeling a little bummed for him because he's sort of "babysitting" his relatives while they're drinking--he doesn't drink, for medical reasons mostly.  It's not fun being the only sober one in the room, I know that much.  And frankly I think these guys (most of them a few years his senior--and mine) are too old for that kind of "partying."  It bothers me no one's trying to make sure everyone has a good time.  Kind of rude.

I struggled with bad anxiety before the first in-service on Wednesday, and having bad PMS did not help the situation.  In a few months I expect the PMS will lessen as the result of the progesterone treatments, but we'll see.  The most anxious thing was the class schedule was up in the air for days--and was looking as if I might have to go teach kindergarten library classes at another school to help out, ridiculous because we're still the biggest elementary--but today it all got ironed out and it appears I actually have a tiny bit more breathing room in my schedule.  That's an answer to prayers right there.

Will I be ready for classes to start Tuesday? Probably not.  I was out all day at meetings today, and I have an off-site meeting Monday morning.  So Monday afternoon is it--and remember, I just got my schedule (after already having planned out three weeks of lessons which I now have to "fix").  My assistant was in yesterday and half of today, and won't be in Monday.  

On top of that, they re-drew the school boundaries so I've "lost" some students (mostly good ones, a couple of pests) and have some new ones.  The proportion of students in poverty and/or not speaking English as a first language has risen.  But I'm kind of excited about the challenge and I hope that encouraging them to embrace literacy will open doors for them here and in the future.

When I was putting away some extra packs of scratch paper under the Circ desk, I found an old dusty mug.  Inside it was a weird piece of plastic, a crusted-on, disintegrated rubber band, and a penny.

The penny's year was my birth year.

I try not to look for signs, but I really think it was a somewhat-needed confirmation that I'm in the right place.



Good luck with the start of the school year! Transitions are always challenging. I'd be interested in hearing more about your work with students living in poverty/with English as a foreign language. I work with a lot of patients who meet that description, so I'm always interested in other people's experiences/perspectives.
ccr in MA said…
Starting work again at this time of year has made me feel like I'm really in that back-to-school mode, for the first time in a long time! Of course, I've never been on your side of the equation, but I imagine it's a lot like starting work: knowing that you're as ready as you can be, and that you will make do with situations as they happen and change around you, doesn't entirely alleviate the butterflies. I hope this turns out to be the start of a great year for you!
Kate P said…
S.D.--it's interesting, the district just put out a call for people to join their 5th "cadre" on the various cultures. I signed up and I hope enough other people do. It will be studying, classes (I get paid!) after school throughout the year. Also, we have a strong ESL department and there's a translation line we can call to use an interpreter to call families. I was too timid to try it last year but I think I will have to this year with some of the kids who lose/damage books.

CCR--That's right, you are back at work now too! It's funny you mention butterflies because I have a saying about them taped to my fridge (it's an old fortune from a cookie): "It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach; just get them to fly in formation."
ccr in MA said…
Nice! That's the trick, isn't it?

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