Thursday, May 31, 2012

Extra Duties

Extra duties as a teacher... we all have them at some point.  There are many different teams and committees within a school.  If there is not a certain committee for something, then we will make one if there is enough interest.  Gosh, we love having meetings, don't we?! 

This past year I was grade level chair, a k-2 rep on the PTA Board, and on the core planning team for PLT's and SIP.  A grade level chair is usually in place for two years at our school.  So I will be doing it again this upcoming school year as well as being on the core planning team again.  I have dropped the PTA board thing, but I have added being a mentor to new teachers and being a key process manager for a key precess on our reading SIP committee. 

Shew, I am tired just thinking about it.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can... 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet & Greet Night

It is that time of year for us year rounder schools.  The first track is about to get their class lists and on May 29th we get to meet the parents and students.  Going from one year to the next kind of blurs together, so I have made myself a bucket in my classroom for all of my crap stuff for next year.  In my bucket are posters, sign up sheets, beginning of the year info, and our first homework assignment.  YES, I said homework *wink*. 

I am going to have three different stations {tables} for the families to go around room and visit so we do not all get stuck in the same spot of the room.  WAY too hot down here in the South for that! 

At meet and greets every year I have a four page spread that I send home on my classroom routines, supply list for first grade, things to know about our school, and curriculum.  Click Here

These are the posters I made this year so parents will know exactly what to do:

Here is the file if you would like your own copy
 As a good way to get to know my new students and for them to get comfortable with each other, I am going to send home their first homework assignment to work on before the start of the new school year.  I thought a scrapbook page would be easy enough to do and they will love to share all about themselves and their families.  Here is the letter I am giving them and also I am attaching a sheet of construction paper. 

Then, there is the every year paperwork that needs to be done... How Your Child is Going Home From School and Parent/Child Sign In Sheet

I think I am ready for the new 2012-2013 school year to begin. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tracked OUT

It has been TEN straight, agonizing weeks but I am finally tracked out.  Now, I know that traditional calendar schools go a lot longer in between vacations but something about year round school wears you out.  This track out though is shorter than the normal three weeks.   When we return we have four weeks until the end of the school year.  We end our school year on Friday, June 29th and we begin our new school year for 2012-2013 on Monday, July 2.  Now the kiddos have a week off but teacher must keep going on that week in between the school years.  We call this our "clopening". 

My next track out is going to be in September.  This is a little longer of a stretch because I have been told I am switching tracks for next year.  I am going from track 2 to track 1.  The schedules are a little different but I think I am going to like it.  Track 1 is a smooth nine weeks in and three weeks off. 

Here is something that gives a better idea for those of you who do not know how year round runs:  Link

That explains it a whole lot better than I ever can.  The reason for my switching tracks is because my oldest son will begin Kindergarten this year.   Our school had at least two classrooms on every track.  We are now downsizing to one class on track 2 {the one I am on now}.  So when my son makes it to first grade, he would be in my classroom basically... that can't happen.  So we will both be on track 1 and that way he will never have to be in my classroom {thank God for small favors}.  :)