Well, maybe God has been listening and answered my prayers. Schools have been closed effective immediately due to a swine flu epidemic. According to the news reports, there are three schools in the district that have confirmed cases of the swine flu. Now let me say, this was not the way that I was wanting to get a break, but I will take it! I really need to clear my mind and regroup. This has been a very stressful year. Much more so than last year. I just don’t understand why our school can’t be NORMAL!!! But nonetheless, I get a mini vacation and I’m thrilled. Now let me find something for us to get into!
OH YEAH!!! December 19, 2008
I somehow failed to mention that today was the last day of school for WINTER BREAK! Yaayyyy!!!!
They don’t keep their best ones at home August 19, 2008
During our staff development today, my principal made this comment regarding the parents of the students at our school. For the last couple of years, discipline has been a major issue at our school. We got a new principal two years ago, and things just seemed to go down hill when she got there. It really time for our VP to go home because he doesn’t do anything to assist in managing the kids. And I’m not talking about the normal student who disrupts the class. I’m talking about kids who have not respect for authority – they don’t listen to their parents, so they could really care less what teachers say. I’m talking about kids who don’t expect anything out of life because their parents don’t give them anything to hope for. I’m talking about kids who think the whole world is just like the tiny impoverished neighborhood they live in because they have no life experiences outside of it. I’m talking about kids who can’t focus at school because they didn’t get to eat the night before or couldn’t sleep because music was blasting while mama entertained in the other room. I’m talking about kids who don’t know how to care about themselves, let alone anyone else, because everyone who should’ve cared for them all along has failed them.
But yet, I have to teach these kids. One of the reasons that I was dreading going back to work was because I know the kids that I’m going back to. I had plenty of opportunities to see them in action last year. I got to see them crawling on the lunchroom floor, smearing feces on the restroom walls, trashing teachers’ classrooms, spray painting the VP’s office wall. And that’s not the half of it. Seon keeps asking me why do I continue to go back. Why don’t I apply at another school. But if I do that, I will feel like I’ve turned my back on my own. Like I failed…them and myself. “They don’t keep their best ones at home.” I have to find a way to get through to them.
It’s officially over August 18, 2008
Well, much to my dismay, my summer is over. I officially reported back to work today. After a long night of insomnia, so I’ve been awake for 22 hours (I think) now, I had to sit in boring workshops listening to boring speakers talk about boring stuff that I’ve heard a thousand times. Aaahhhhhh!! I was so not ready for this. I was enjoying sitting in the comfort of my four walls, in my jammies, doing nothing ALL DAY LONG. Now, Seon on the other hand, is quite excited about all of this. He’d started to get jealous of my sleeping in while he’s been getting up at 5:30 every morning for work. Not my fault he chose the wrong profession. But alas, I must go forth into the jungle of rambunctious, doe-eyed seven and eight year olds who will be looking to me for guidance and direction. And I will do my best to impart some knowledge into them, while hoping to build some character as well. Wish me luck!
Cool Green Things for Back To School August 11, 2008
Since school will be starting in a couple of weeks, I’ve begun my online shopping search. Since I’ve started to try to be more eco-friendly, I’ve been looking at some green things for back to school. Here’s some cool lunch gear that I found. No trash to go in the landfills and no plastics. Good for us and the environment. What more can I ask for?
Basura Insulated Lunch Bags http://www.reusablebags.com/store/built-fugu-medium-insulated-lunch-tote-p-1194.html
Stainless Steel Lunch Carrier from Healthy Kitchenware: http://www.healthykitchenware.com/lunch-box-stainless-containers-c-1.html
Snoopy Metal Lunchbox (variety of others): http://www.lunchbox.com/brown.html
Reuseable Sandwich Wraps (these are so cool!): http://www.healthykitchenware.com/blue-wrap-n-mat-p-34.html
Adult Beverage Bottles: http://www.thermos.com/Product_detail.aspx?CatCode=ELE5&SubcategoryID=1&ProductID=523
Scooby Doo Funtainer Thermos for Kiddos (variety of others): http://www.thermos.com/Product_detail.aspx?CatCode=BEVG&SubcategoryID=8&ViewAll=true&ProductID=309