Conference Week

Hallelujah, Glory Be - I made it to Conference Week!!!  This is a HUGE accomplishment.  This means that in two weeks and three days, I get a four day weekend.  And then one week after that, I get Thanksgiving break.  And you all know what comes after that so I won't even tell you or write it down here because that actually FREAKS ME OUT.  But I've made it.  WHEW.  From here on out, the year is broken up into nice little pieces.  This is big for a girl who was used to a year round schedule and is supposed to be going off track THIS FRIDAY.  (little tear just rolled down my cheek)  Also, I know I can express to all of you that I love my job but I need a break.  I think it's because we put SO MUCH OF OURSELVES (like, actual blood, sweat, and tears) into our kids that we end up working MORE than the average human being.  A long, long, long time ago I switched schools.  And I went from a traditional schedule to a year round schedule.  So I got out of one school year in the middle of June and started a new school year at the beginning of July.   I'll wait for you while that sinks in.
I KNOW!!  I only had TWO WEEKS between school years and I had to move my whole entire classroom like hundreds of miles away (or maybe like 35 miles but at least an hour away with traffic) and it was HORRIBLE.  I did not get a break.  If I was talking to a teacher about it, I always got the sympathetic nod and clucks and shoulder rubs and "hang in there" and "you poor thing".  But if I was talking to ANY OTHER KIND OF PERSON with ANY OTHER KIND OF JOB, I always got "All I ever get is two weeks of vacation so shut it."  (maybe that last one was more my husband but you get the jist)  The point of all this rambling is that I know I can tell all of you that I am SUPER EXCITED for a four day weekend in two weeks and three days.  And I know you get it.  

Parent Conference week is actually really nice (besides the fact that I have to talk to 29 families and act like I know what I'm doing and that I'm in charge) because we have MINIMUM DAYS all week.  It's teaching at high warp speed.  I don't slow down.  The kids arrive, I start talking, and I just keep going until I'm chasing them out the door telling them just ONE MORE THING.  Seriously.  Here's the schedule:

8:45 Arrival
Do some stuff.  
Have recess.  
Do a little bit more.  
Have lunch.  
12:32 Go Home

It's beautiful, isn't it?  :) :) :)  Nothing seriously bad can happen in that short amount of time.  I don't think anyone will have time to throw up on their desk and/or pee their pants in that short amount of time.  (both of those have happened TWICE this year and I am proud to say neither were me!!)  It's just beautiful.  I am filled with glee.   

Obviously, instead of starting a new Theme, we will be doing lots of review in Language Arts this week.  One thing we'll be doing is reviewing what Houghton Mifflin calls "clusters with r".  Not sure what you call it but that's what my kids are calling it these days.  So we're going to do this cut and paste activity.   

I imagine once we're almost finished gluing these down, it will be time to go home.  Beautiful.  (PS  I always copy the pictures onto colored copy paper so that students can get their supplies easily and there is {almost} no confusion)

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Did anyone watch Part 2 of the New Jersey Reunion??????  Holy Macaroni and Pasta, it was so fun!!!  I'm telling you right now, I will not leave my first graders unattended.  You can bet your bottom dollar on that.  :)


  1. Hey girl- I've been loving your blog so much AND I'm passing along the BLOG ON FIRE award to you! Check out my blog for the rules!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  2. Once again, you totally crack me up!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you!!!! Thank you for keeping the humor in our very long and sometimes very stressful days!!!! Hang in there, you are almost to that 4 day weekend!!!!!

  3. Yeah for you for making it! You deserve to rest and be papered! Ummm are you listening hubby? Big hip hip hooray, more than 700 followers!!!!!! Gotta go now, RHOBH starting! :)

  4. Okay, seriously, please think about writing books! You can totally do a spin-off of Junie B!

  5. I agree with Hadar. Forget the kid's books, write a book for us grown-ups!:)

  6. You da bomb!!! Totally love your blog. I agree with the other posters, you really MUST write a book. (In all your spare time, right??) Thanks so much for all the laughs.

  7. haha! I've never worked in a year round school...the thought actually scares me - eek!
    And NO, I haven't seen part 2 yet - but it's in my DVR! now I can't wait to watch it!

  8. We all feel ya...each and every one of us! Happy conferences....

  9. Only 2 weeks! I feel for ya. I'm am sure that you are ready for a 4 day weekend. Enjoy :)


  10. Hooray for conference week (only because you are closer to your break and the conferences are over) and short schedules! You can do it!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  11. Kristin, finding your blog has made this school year extra special; I read your thoughts and shout "Amen!".

    I've had vomit and urine among my students, too! See, you are soooooo NOT alone.

    I watched Part2 of the reunion tonight (yippee, TIVO). So sad to hear about Caroline and Dina. And, what happened to Jacqueline? AND, have you ever seen so many mean girls in one room as the crowd in Beverly Hills? They need to read about bucket fillers, lol!


  12. You crack me up! I can relate to what you're saying and totally get your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I'm not the only one that feels this way!!

  13. I just love reading your blog. It's exactly what I'm thinking and how I feel!! Especially this week as we are also in full swing of conferences. (12 hour days, yuck!) Thanks for the laughs!


  14. Your blog is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your ideas and your cute activities. :o)