I did it.
First week of school (three whole days) is finished!
I am so so so tired, but so so so happy!! My class of 30 is super sweet, quiet, and calm. I keep pinching myself to see if I’m dreaming. They’re all as cute as a button, kind, follow directions, and LET ME READ A STORY WITHOUT INTERRUPTING. People. It’s like a dream come true.
Last weekend, I went to a little painting party at a friend’s house and I painted this. Well . . . I mostly painted this. It was extremely stressful and there were a couple of times that I went to the kitchen to eat and calm myself down . . . and then the painting teacher would sit down in my spot and work on my pencil. Someone came into the kitchen to tell me, thinking I would be upset, but I was so happy that I stayed in the kitchen extra long on purpose. I’m no dummy.
The teacher told us that this pencil project wasn’t like “those canvas painting parties”. She said her kind of painting took a very long time because you had to let the paint dry in between the phases and other technical painting terms that I don’t get because I’m not an artist.
I thought she was joking.
Because when it was almost 11:00 AT NIGHT, I supposedly still had to somehow write my name without any Silhouette or professional calligrapher available (I mean, HELLO?!), and then do some type of shellacking to it, and then some type of bow situation in the corner and hanging sort of thing . . . I said I’M OUT.
Get me out of here. I can’t. No.
I’m tired and no. Did I say it was almost at 11:00 at night?! I mean, it was practically 10:30. PM!
I have a newfound sympathy for my students who get teary-eyed during art and want to start over and/or want me to fold it, cut it, draw it, color it, or whatever it.
Art is hard.
This pencil is now hanging in my classroom with NO NAME, NO SHELLACKING, and one bow (that the teacher tied for me) hot glue gunned in the corner.
That’s how I roll, people.
I like to joke that the only technology we have in my school is our telephones.
BUT NOT ANYMORE!
At our first staff meeting of the year, we each got a brand new (IN THE BOX) Surface Pro computer/tablet thingamajig, along with a pen and a cover. Everything was in the box. No hand-me-downs here.
I’m a Mac girl all the way and had to bite my tongue several times regarding several things, but other than that, I was as happy as a teacher getting a new computer/tablet thing. Supposedly, we are getting ready for smart boards and mounted projectors. But I’m not holding my breath.
I was as happy as a teacher getting a new computer/tablet thing until we opened our boxes containing the covers. I forgot to take a picture of it, goshdarnit.
You know the saying you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit?
I had to restrain myself from a tantrum.
Our covers are the brightest, ugliest fire-red orange-y type of thing that I’ve ever seen. I mean, I might as well advertise to the world LOOK AT MY NEW SURFACE PRO. OH, THAT’S RIGHT. YOU SAW IT FROM A MILE AWAY.
I have another newfound sympathy for my students regarding the whole you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit situation.
Because, sometimes, color does matter.
However, I am super thankful for this new tablet/computer thingamajig and I can buy my own stinking cover on Amazon. So there.
🙂 🙂 🙂
First day of school!
I was a nervous wreck, as always, and my tummy hurt, and I couldn’t sleep the night before. This is year 20 and I’m waiting for the day that I say no biggie, but I just have a feeling that it’s never going to come.
I was so happy we started school on a Wednesday! It was still the longest week ever, but hooray for a Wednesday start!
Like I said, my kids are phenomenal! I don’t have an aide this year (you can read about how I feel about aides HERE} and while I miss my aide, I’m also so happy to be by myself. I can just BE. I’m crazy and wacky and silly and my little first graders are just staring at me all wide-eyed and trying not to make any sudden movements.
I mean, we usually know on day one whether we’re going to have a certain kind of student that might challenge us, right? (how’s that for PC?) I don’t have that.
I just have the BEST group of kiddos!!
We had our Parent Information Night on the SECOND night of school which is unheard of. It’s usually the second week. Or we start on a Monday and have it three days later.
This was new.
And I voted for it at the end of the year. I thought it would be a good idea to get it over with, tell the parents all about our program, get started with the meat right away on Monday, etc.
Well, let me tell you something. I’d like to go back in time and slap myself silly.
WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
Our first grade team presented TOGETHER as a united front this year for the first time ever. We met with all of our parents in the library and we wore these shirts, jeans, and converse. I’ve never been so comfortable at a PIN in my life!!
After our presentation, we invited the parents to our room to grab papers off the desks specific to their child, sign up for volunteering, and find out items to donate!
I got this super cute EDITABLE wish list banner from The Creative Classroom. I LOVE IT! I already had the mini clothespins from setting up my classroom a couple of years ago . . . and almost all of my tags were gone! Yay! I also had two parents leave me notes on the whiteboard saying that they would take any tags that were left over. HOW SWEET, right?!
Now PIN is over and I’m free as a bird next week so maybe I did know what I was voting for, after all?
I updated my classroom library with new fabric, pillows, and a rug.
The fabric on the bench seats last year was super thin. Like really thin.
And they got FILTHY. Disgustingly filthy. I turned them around about half way through the year, but it didn’t help. It just spread the dirtiness.
Ew. I couldn’t.
So this year, I got “outdoor” fabric from Joanne’s. And it was on MAJOR SALE. It was only $25 to cover both benches. The outdoor fabric can be cleaned with soap and water — hallelujah!
I got the pillows from Target — also on sale! And the rug is from Target, too — also on sale!!
I scotch-guarded EVERYTHING two times (like the can told me to). So I’m hoping that’s going to help.
Yes. I know those pillows are white.
But I wanted them.
I had to have them.
I couldn’t help it.
It will be okay.
Let me do the worrying.
You just take care of yourself.
Have a fabulous weekend! I’m only getting out of my pjs to take Murphie on a walk. Then, I’m going to shower and put a new pair back on. That’s my big plan for the day! 🙂
How about you?!