Saturday, October 5, 2013

I'm alive, I promise :)

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. I haven't wanted to bring my negativity to the blog so I just haven't posted. Monday will be a big transition day for our school as we are finally adding a classroom. This is VERY good as we have needed an extra body since we started school. However, there will be a lot of transitioning and changing. One of our teachers will basically have only 3 of the kids she's had all year and will get 22 new students. Another teacher will keep 11 and gain 13. It's been really overwhelming and crazy.

There have been some tears, yelling and downright anger rolled into an already emotional situation. Therefore, in order to protect myself, my school and the students there, I have stayed away from the blog because it has been a very emotional journey for us all and emotions have run very high. Hopefully Monday is a smooth day for everyone involved. It's unfortunate timing because the MEAP starts on Tuesday and we're making this huge change the day before. (Trust me, none of us wanted to wait this long, the district has delayed it happening a couple of times for reasons unknown to the school staff.)

Alas, we will smile and persevere and everything will work out. It just stinks in the moment. And it stinks big time.

I did end up having my Kick-Off Thirty-One Party at work--immediately following a VERY emotionally charged staff meeting. So that was a bit awkward but we had fun and my colleagues helped me kick off this new venture of mine with a great start. I'm super excited. A very, very dear friend of mine lost her stepson to Leukemia earlier this year. He was only 19 years old. Thirty-One just began selling care ribbons as a personalization option so we are going to do a Team Kasey fundraiser with those ribbons on select products. Since I am not doing this as a full-time career but more for fun and free Thirty-One products, I am going to donate my entire commission from that fundraiser to support Team Kasey. As far as I know we are having that around Thanksgiving. She wants me to set up a table which I can definitely do.

I shared this at my Kick-Off Party too but one of the things Thirty-One encourages their consultant to do is really spread the message of the company. Its named after Proverbs 31 which talks about a virtuous woman. Their goal is to empower, celebrate and encourage girls and women. I told my colleagues that for ME Thirty-One provides me a way to celebrate myself, the hardships I have endured and give faith and hope to someone else who may be suffering or struggling, either with abuse, neglect or anything else. It makes me feel powerful to know that I can reach out to others to make a difference just by spreading this message.

In fact, I just ordered myself some business cards and added a quote from Proverbs 31 to my card.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

My super power and mission in life is to  be a Phoenix. Rise above whatever adversity life throws at me and make a difference for someone else in the process. In fact, my logo is going to end up being a Phoenix and some of my products I am getting free for my display will say "Phoenix" on them. It's going to become my mascot. I'm even going to splurge with my first commission check and finally get my Phoenix tattoo on my foot. A friend of mine found it online and I love it!

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. How did it work out for your class? Were you able to keep all your kids? Did you end up with the boy you had in 2nd grade with the supportive father? I hope it worked out in a way that will still allow you to have a wonderful year. I think you deserve it after last year and this summer.

    1. I am losing two of my current students to go to the 4th/5th split. I was not happy about it but I know that it is necessary. I will gain two students from that class. One used to be mine in 2nd grade and the other is new to our school. I did not end up with the other boy from 2nd grade, we agreed to put him into the split because he needs the challenge (he is very, very bright!). He will be next door to me though so I will steal him when necessary to make sure he has a good year :)

  2. Wow. That sounds stressful. I know how much sleep I lose and how stressed I feel when I gain ONE new student a few weeks in, I can't imagine getting practically an entirely new class. Sorry things have been so tough. I too, have been staying away from blogging, but it's pretty much just because I am so busy and so exhausted. I need to get back to it!

  3. I'm glad you're back! I hope the rest of your school year is uneventful and enjoyable!!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. Sounds super overwhelming and stressful! I hope things go smooth for you and are better this week. I understand about being too emotional for blogging. I feel that way sometimes too!