Monday, August 26, 2013

Whew...back to school craziness!

In an attempt to take a step back and spend some time away from "School Mode", we went up to our cabin this weekend. Well, really Saturday evening since The Husband is on Saturdays for awhile meaning his "weekend" is Sunday-Monday. It was great all day yesterday--relaxing, not giving a care about a whole lot.

Alas, the moment my eyes opened this morning (at 7:30! What?? It's still summer!), I couldn't get school stuff out of my mind. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't stop thinking about all of the stuff I needed to do. It also looked like rain up north so we packed it in, came home and I headed into work.

Probably a good thing because between last Thursday when I left the campus and today around 12:40 when I arrived, they have added a 3rd/4th grade class and a 5th grade class! I guess our numbers really haven't gone down (we knew they wouldn't!) so they are being proactive and adding classes now rather than waiting until we have 35+ kids in our classes on the first day. (That happened two years ago when our 5th grades had 39 kids each!)

I'm SO glad *I* was not asked to move again because I probably would have died. I don't want 5th grade and I sure don't want the split (been there, done that and it didn't do me any favors). As far as I can tell, we will be spending some time on Wednesday afternoon redistributing students between our classes so that we are being smart about the 3rd/4th split (which, I am just going to say WASN'T done with my split last year) and redistribute some of these kids so that Mr. 4th grade doesn't have all of the naughtier boys in the grade. 

I will be spending the day tomorrow at school as well, trying my best to get the rest of my room set up for my class. It will be really interesting to see how our numbers eventually even out. I will be the ESL person for my grade level so chances are I will keep a good portion of the kids that I have who are second language kiddos. I can't believe that we start school next Tuesday. So much to do in such a short amount of time!

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. Glad you didn't get moved AGAIN. I am up to 22, which doesn't seem like a lot, but we always get families that register after we get our initial list, so I am guessing that number will go up. We usually settle around 20, so I feel like we are having larger groups this year. I don't know ANY of the families which is surprising. Usually I have a few siblings.

    1. I think, honestly, had they asked me to move, yet again, that this would have been the breaking point for me. I just couldn't do that again. I'm super lucky to know most of the incoming 4th graders since I had this group in 2nd grade two years ago and know all but the kids who came to our school in 3rd grade.

  2. Raye,

    I can totally relate to not being able to put school out of mind! I am a Michigan teacher as well and was planning on taking our last trip up north this coming weekend. I'm not sure I will be able to go 4 days without working on school stuff! I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to your future ones!


    Forever in Fifth Grade

    1. Hi Stephanie! Welcome to the blog! I think I drive my husband insane with my inability to NOT think about school. He says I need to learn to relax. Probably true but this is SOOOO not "a job", you know? :)