Well hello there and happy Saturday!
I was SO looking forward to sleeping in today and then I woke up at 6:45am. And this would have been okay if I’d gone to bed at my normal 8:30pm Friday night bedtime, but I didn’t. Steve and I were party animals last night.
Listen to this! First, we went to our tax guy’s office and signed documents.
And then we went to Farmer Boys for a romantic dinner.
And then we strolled through the aisles of Target for cough syrup (him) and glue sticks (me).
By the way, wandering aimlessly through Target for Steve is like me wandering aimlessly through Home Depot so it wasn’t my usual Target experience because he kept saying can we go now?
I didn’t get into bed until almost midnight!!!
Like I said, party animals.
I wish I could say I was going to talk about Baskin Robbins’ 31 Flavors of ice cream, but I’m not.
I got a new student.
He is number 31.
This little guy is super quiet, sweet, and a hard worker. But he is struggling academically and we only have seven weeks left.
Any who . . . I have 31 students.
Our district thinks that our first grade is too full, what with three of us having 31 kids and one of us having 30 kids. I agree with them. I mean, COME ON.
So here’s how they’re solving that.
NEXT YEAR, they’re adding a second grade teacher.
So our second grade classes will all have about 24 students.
Isn’t that so nice?
I mean, don’t you want to clap for how my district is solving THIS YEAR’S PROBLEM?
THIS YEAR’S PROBLEM IS THE PROBLEM BUT NO ONE IS LISTENING TO ME WHEN I SAY THAT.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE LISTEN TO ME RANT AND RAVE BECAUSE IF YOU CANNOT TELL, I AM FIRED UP ABOUT IT.
Here’s my BIGGEST problem of all.
Our kinder program is half day.
And what that means is that every year, we have SEVERAL parents put their kids in all day private kindergarten AND THEN ENROLL THEM INTO FIRST GRADE AT OUR SCHOOL.
So even though our kinder classes are “low” this year (25 students each) and first grade is projected to have 25 also, we won’t.
We were only supposed to have 25 kids THIS CURRENT YEAR.
And then EIGHTEEN NEW FIRST GRADERS ENROLLED DURING THE SUMMER.
I’ll do the math for you.
Each one of us did NOT have 25 students on day one this year.
WE ALL HAD 30 OR 31.
And you know the EXACT SAME THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT YEAR.
But it’s okay.
Because we’re adding a second grade teacher and that’s all.
THAT IS ALL, I said.
And yes, you better believe I thought about moving up to second grade.
But I LOVE first grade. It is where my heart is. I can’t go. I can’t.
Alright, I feel better.
I’ll feel even better if someone leaves a comment saying that this is ATROCIOUS and NOT OKAY and HOW FIRST GRADE IS CRUCIAL ESPECIALLY WHEN THE KIDS GO TO HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN. And just to be clear, our kinder and second grade teachers are absolutely amazing and I love them all and they all work hard and this isn’t about the teachers.
It’s about the KIDS.
You can pretty much just copy/paste that, but don’t let me put words into your mouth.
Oh my word, that could have been a blog post unto itself.
Maybe I should try to go back to sleep . . .
OBSESSED WITH PRINTING ON STICKY NOTES!
Yes, a stamp would work for this. I get it. But I don’t have a stamp that says this (I know, I know) but I DO have sticky notes!
You can get the template FREE from Abby at The Inspired Apple.
And then you can print whatever the heck you want and stick it on things!!!!
It is so fun!!!
Things like this make me forget that I can’t really walk around my classroom without stepping on someone.
These adorable bunny rabbits were ALL OVER social media this week and so I had to hop on the bunny train.
The templates are free at Teach Starter! This made for a super fun Friday afternoon activity. My kids were really into this and it was SO QUIET while they made their patterns and designs.
Aren’t they so cool??!!!
I’ve read these books recently. Sisters One Two Three was actually FREE for me to read on my Kindle because of my Prime membership.
It was a pretty good book for being free. 🙂 It’s all about relationships between a mom and her daughters, and then of course, between the sisters. There is a brother, too, and that’s what kind of makes you keep reading because you want to know what is going to happen. Towards the end, I kind of guessed what happened so in that way, it’s sort of predictable.
Then I read Those Who Save Us.
Oh, it’s so good, but so so so heart breaking. It takes place alternately during World War 2 in Germany and the present. It was hard to read at times, but I couldn’t put it down because the characters are really well written and you have to know what happens. But it is gut wrenching.
Which is why I am now reading Andi Dorfman’s book because it’s about reality TV and the Bachelorette, specifically, and it’s just light hearted and fun. She does write it as if she’s talking to me (and you) about how to survive a break up.
And that starts to feel weird because I haven’t broken up with anyone in a really long time because I avoid confrontation like nobody’s business, plus I’m happily married and old.
But I loved Josh Murray on her season (not on Bachelor in Paradise where he literally sucked the face off of Amanda Stanton and I’m not kidding) and I REALLY JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY JOSH AND ANDI BROKE UP.
So that’s what I’m currently reading and it’s helping me get over Those Who Save Us which I couldn’t stop thinking about.
Have you seen this movie???!!!
Steve and I watched it last night and it is SO SO SO GOOD. It’s also TERRIBLY SAD!
I don’t know if I should have watched it last night.
I mean, I was tired. We’d been gallivanting all over town (remember I went to the tax guy and Farmer Boys and Target??), and I didn’t get to go to the computer lab because our upper grade students are state testing, and the teacher before me was still in there, and how can you say anything because they’re TESTING and you don’t have to test, you just want your kids on the computers for some peace and quiet?
You can’t say anything.
You just go back to class and try to come up with a 45 minute activity instead. Cue the bunny rabbits.
And then I sat in on interviews for our new second grade teacher.
And then I had a glass of wine because of all of the above, obviously, and watching this movie just made me cry.
Through most of it.
It is HEART BREAKING.
But it is so so so good.
And now I need to adopt 80,000 little Indian children because that is how many go missing EACH YEAR.
Oh my goodness, this post is sort of depressing.
I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
I swear I’m okay.
And that’s my life.
I teach (a crazy amount of children).
I do my taxes.
I go to Target.
I read and watch movies.
AND I CANNOT SLEEP IN.
How are you?
🙂 🙂 🙂