Monday, August 27, 2012

Re-Entry Can Be Hard

Well ... hmmm.

First day. Kiddos were excited and that was cool. Got lots of waves and "Hi Ms. O!"s. But the adults on campus were having kind of a hard time.

Former math specialist passed away the middle of last week and the funeral was on Saturday. Cancer. :[
Principal's father passed away. They were hoping to make it to their anniversary the first of September. She still came to school today!
Assistant very unexpectedly passed away. He was fine last week and joking about the summer and the upcoming year. And now he's gone.


Since we didn't open up today (we will tomorrow ... this morning we had a PTA thing in the library and then lots of people registering and stuff) I got asked to help with a PreK recess. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Just getting them to the door was a job. And then as soon as we got there one needed to use the restroom. I took him right back but he had an accident. I don't know what to do with that. I got the teacher. Does that make me a bad elementary school librarian? :/

Dumb "professional" shoes hurt. Half an hour tacked on to the contract day--it's kind of insulting. If someone wanted to see what a teacher who only worked 40 hours a week looked like ... well. Just because we get a duty free lunch doesn't mean we need time added to the day. Let us do the work wherever ... it might be at school but it might be at home.

I would like a nap.

So tonight I will go to the gym (even though I don't want to). I will try to finish my Pete the Cat Review Places Around the School QR Code tour (I hope it works!). And I will make sure to call/text/FaceTime my family and tell them how much they mean to me.

I need to take some pics tomorrow. I always forget. The one library related thing I got done today was finishing more decor for our Kate Messner author visit in early October. And a book order form.

If anyone has any good ideas about how to relate choosing a "just right book" for 2nd grade with superheroes and wants to share? That would be awesome. Had a request for that lesson but no inspiration has hit yet.

Or a new way to do genre booktalks with 5th grade. They always want to do them all at the beginning of the year. It's usually been a powerpoint with bookcovers and embedded trailers. Would like to do something a little different, though. Just not sure what! Ideas? Anyone?


Thank you for listening!



  1. A lot to process in addition to the first days of school. Makes me feel a little bad that the 75 student study hall in the middle of my day has sapped my mojo. Hope that things get better when the students arrive. Will think good thoughts for you.

    1. No, that's a big study hall. Could definitely sap mojo. I'm realizing I've been pretty sheltered ... not had to attend too many funerals. My grandparents ... which of course, yes, were hard ... but that's about it. And my brother-in-law's dad who we knew pretty well. Not many friends or other coworkers. And must be patient ... the little ones will learn to walk in lines without wandering all over the hallway. And maybe not be so defiant at super simple requests. Bigger kids do that all the time, no? :/ You sort of expect it from a 7th grader, though. Not a PreKer. Can you tell I've never been a parent? And my nieces and nephews are all pretty well behaved?