Hello bloggy friends! I’ve missed you!
But more importantly, I am officially on vacation and we get three weeks off! The first two weeks are “normal” and the last week are the remaining furlough days that we took. Let me tell you — we cried and carried on about those furlough days because it equaled a 5% pay cut, but I am on board with the district now. My pajamas and I fully support the decision and we will back it up during the last week. 100%.
The last day was CRAZY.
Friday was our 11th annual School Sing Along. However, it has changed recently. I don’t like change. At all. Unless it’s the kind I find in my car and it’s enough to buy a chicken soft taco from Del Taco.
In the early days, we were a four-track, year-round school. So we only had about 750 kids on campus around Christmas time. The kids and the teachers would pile into the multi, sing one song per grade level, end with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and leave. It was actually one of my favorite things.
Oh, but that’s too simple and uncomplicated. My staff likes to argue and debate things. How about yours? And our principal LETS us argue and debate things and almost never makes a decision one way or the other. For example, at our PTT this week (the one where I got that not-fully-cooked pie), the topic of tardies got brought up. What is tardy? Does it mean they’re not in our line? Does it mean we’ve already made it back to the classroom? Does it mean the bus is late? What does it mean? Shouldn’t we all agree? What if one teacher doesn’t mark it and that student has a sibling and that teacher does mark it?
Kill me now. Why are we talking about this? WHY?
For the love of Pete, WHO CARES?!
Same with the Sing Along. Shouldn’t parents come? Shouldn’t we perform for the community? Shouldn’t we just keep it teachers and students? How should we do this? Should we still have it in the multi? What about in the quad? What about the weather?
Well . . . parents got invited. And they are very serious about watching their kid perform. It’s just one song. But they’re serious about it. News worthy serious.
1. The whole school piled into the multi. Except now we’re all here all the time and there are about 1100 of us, but we can subtract the 40 afternoon kinder kids if it makes you feel better.
2. The parents gathered around outside. Lots of grumping and complaining but they stayed outside. I was a smiling teacher. Others – not so much.
3. We watched each grade level sing.
Side note: The day before, our Kid Chorus performed (just for the school – I have no idea when the parents got to see it. Isn’t that ironic?). We are a public school. But we listened to some great songs, like Do You Hear What I Hear and Go Tell It On The Mountain. It was fantastic (although I was afraid someone was going to cut off our electricity or something because of it).
Then, the lights went low, a screen came down, and a 6th grade soloist sang “I’ll Be Brave This Christmas” while a montage played on the screen of soldiers coming home because the song is about being without your daddy during Christmas because he is fighting in the war and it is so sad. So sad. THO THAD. That last sentence is typed with a stuffed up nose because I was crying so hard. Plus, I was sitting next to my partner whose son is in Afghanistan this Christmas. I KNOW! THO THO THO THAD!!!! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house (okay, the kids weren’t crying but every teacher was. All the kids poked each other and told each other to “Look at Mrs. Oldham! She’s crying! Is she crying? Look!”) I could cry right now. The chorus sang back up and their part was “Praying Jesus keeps you safe”. Sniff. If you don’t know it, you should look it up. But be prepared for the thadness.
After we all sang for each other in the multi on our School Sing Along day, we had to exit and let the parents come in.
Picture that. Holy guacamole. I think we needed the SWAT team and Security.
4. Kinder stayed in and were the first to perform.
5. First grade stood outside “in the wings” and waited for our turn. We waited with parents who couldn’t get into the multi because there was no room. NO ROOM.
6. Kinder came out and we went in. 150 First Graders gathered on the stage and the floor and the whatever and did our thing. Parents were going nuts.
“You! With the iPad! MOVE!!!”
“Do you seriously have to video every.single.minute of your kid??”
“Hey, Santa Hat! SIT DOWN!!!!!”
It was MASS CHAOS.
But my kids were cute.
Then we exited so the second graders could come in. It was every man for himself.
walked found my kids back in the classroom, I could hear some parents telling their kids that they couldn’t see them and how ridiculous it was. So I invited the parents to stay and we sang just for them. It was quite nice, if I do say so myself.
Later, at our class party, some of the moms told me that several parents were ready to fight each other over seats and standing up and getting in the way and talking too loudly, etc. We were five seconds away from being on the news, people.
I would love to know what you do for Christmas performances! I could be wrong, but I don’t think our way is working. But it’s just a hunch.