Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Send in the Clowns

After a while, things in the classroom can get a little mundane.  Luckily I have a colleague who does not like things that are boring...so she helps me stay young and have fun.  We have a veteran teacher who is like our mentor.  She is the favorite of many of our alums, and knows how to have a good laugh.  My crazy colleague, we will call her Bethany, and I like to make sure she has some good laughs on a regular basis.  Our principal tells us that this veteran teacher, let's call her Olivia, needs this fun once in a while.  Well...we make sure it is more than just once in a while.  

As August rolled around this year Bethany was in the process or sorting out some old things for a big move from PreK to 4th grade.  Her mother was also a teacher and saved all of her old stuff.  I kept telling Bethany to throw things away, but she is super sentimental and wanted to hold on to ALL of those items, including some old tracers that her mom used that were ripped and wrinkled.  While we were sorting through this box of fun, we came across some hand made cut out clowns.  These were priceless, since they were so creepy, and decided to use them for some fun shenanigans.  We immediately thought of Olivia.  

We left these gems around her classroom for her to find when she came in to clean her classroom.  We thought it would be extra funny to put captions with these creepy clowns.  

Quick story about this guy hiding behind the bookshelves.  Olivia really can't stand the song, This Little Light of Mine, so every chance we get, we make sure to include the song somewhere in our shenanigans.  Our music teacher is aware of her hatred for this song, and always apologizes during mass when we have to sing this song.  The kids in the younger grades really love this song, but for those of us that teach the older kids, we end up rolling our eyes and mouthing the words to the song rather than actually singing.  Olivia has promised us that she would leave this friend up for her students to see.  

I thought this one was extra creepy, since he is peeking out from behind the whiteboard.  

Thankfully my coworkers have a sense of humor and can appreciate these antics on a regular basis.  I can't even imagine working in a school where the teachers do not like to have fun.  I'm sure there will be plenty more of these great times this school year.  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Another Summer Bites the Dust

It's that time again.  The time of year that teachers and parents dread.  You know it's coming because the back to school commercials come back on, Sam Adams Summer Ale is no longer offered, and the emails start coming from principals.  Most teachers spend the first part of summer relaxing thinking that they have all summer to get stuff done for next week, and then are in a panic the week before school starts.  That's where I am now.  The week before madness has begun for me.  Time to finish that summer bucket list, and open up the plan book for another year in 5th grade.  

Head of the Meadow Beach- Cape Cod

 It's this week that makes me look back at my summer.  This summer in particular has not been my favorite.  Just one more thing after another to pay for it seems.  There were a few great times this summer.  Luckily my husband and I were able to escape to my favorite place in the world.  

Every year my husband and I join my parents for a week on the Cape.  We rent the same house, and just take some time to relax.  It is the most amazing feeling ever.  

This year some family friends met us up there.  This is the view of the Pacific ocean from the Highland Light lookout.  


One of my hobbies, other than education, is photography.  I may not be an expert, but it is something that I love.  I always feel like I have such a deeper appreciation for things when I am taking pictures of them.  I found this guy on the beach and could not pass up an opportunity to add him to my photo collection.  

This was an extra special summer for me because I finally have a sister!  My brother in-law married the most amazing person, and I was lucky enough to be asked to share in their special day as a bridesmaid.  I am so happy that a family of mostly boys is adding some more girls.  

My husband celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this year, just days after getting a new sister in-law.  One of the best parts about being a teacher are the gifts we get at the end of the year.  I love how some students put so much thought into getting the gifts, while some just get gift cards.  My husbands class usually gets him a gift card to a really nice restaurant in our area, that we normally wouldn't be able to afford.  

All in all, I guess this summer wasn't as bad as I originally thought.  Looking back on it now, there were some great memories and milestones that will forever be in my heart.  Even though school starts in about a week, I know that this summer will be a fond memory.