|Ms. Ruhland- School Counselor||
OOPS! This was supposed to be posted last Friday... Can't you tell it was crazy??
What a week! Uffda, I'm beat. We have survived our first full week of school/work, and you can tell! Kiddos are wired and in need of fresh air and exercise, and the staff is moving slowly thinking 'is it naptime yet?' Or maybe that's just me... But it has also been a fun week! I have met all of the 3rd graders (who are new to our school this year) and seen lots of familiar faces in the 4th and 5th grades. I feel so bad when I don't know a name and I have to ask, but I keep reminding myself that I didn't spend any time with most of the 3rd graders and hardly any time with all of the 4th graders last year. It's a valid excuse, right? I do have to say, though, there are some names that I know very well and hear often. It's much easier to prevent or stop a behavior when you know their name ;).
This week has been a lot of organizing/planning/coordinating, and not so much kiddo time. I'm going through withdrawals! And then I look out my window on a sunshiny, beautiful day and I see kiddos in phy ed. I love my view :) I am so looking forward to spending more time with these kiddos that I get to watch grow up. I get to see them succeed. I get to help them achieve their goals. I love my job!
While most of my office cleaning, organizing, and decorating occurred this summer, there are still a few things that need to be done. One major task was the two smaller desk drawers that served as the catch-all drawers for the past number of years. And I just could not bring myself to clean them out. I did manage to empty them into a cardboard box and cleaned the actual drawers themselves. But that's it. That's all I could handle. I don't have a high tolerance for icky, grody (how do you spell like, "Ew- that's so gr-o-dy?"??), and unorganized things. So I had this box of junk that I just wanted to dump. I figured that way I could start fresh and know exactly what was in my drawers. But I'm an educator- we don't throw ANYTHING away. I thought to myself, "how can I get this organized without actually having to do it?" And then I had an "Aha!" moment. Our special education teacher is always looking for meaningful work for her students. Well this would certainly be meaningful work that would help me out a bunch. So I sent the box up (I didn't get a before picture, but just imagine finding someone else's junk drawer and dumping it in a box.) and it came back like the above picture. Beautifully organized in extra plastic organizers that I had lying around. Makers were bound together in a rubber band, and all stickers and notepads were in a container. AWESOME! I decided to have a few things floating freely in my drawers, but most of it stayed in the containers that they were sorted into. Thank you kiddos!
It's officially the first day of school! Where did summer go?? I sure hope I'm ready... The first thing I did when I got to school was race down to the gym for school pictures. I haven't done that in years! 8 to be exact. I knew I would be running from one end of the school to the other all day, and of course I wanted my hair to be in pristine condition. Yea right, who am I kidding? But nonetheless- those are out of the way! The second task of the day was to find someone to help me hang my Miller Park picture. I just so happened to run into one of the special ed aides, and voila- success! Now my office is almost complete. All that is left is my biggest area of wall space... To Pinterest I go!
As the day goes on, I am seeing lots of new faces and quite a few familiar ones. The current 5th graders will be my most familiar group, but I have to keep reminding myself that they are in FIFTH GRADE now! They grow up so fast :). I like how the district has it set up where the parents bring their students in for an hour to attend an informational meeting, meet their teachers, and drop off their supplies. But I don't know how convenient it is for parents. I suppose taking a day off to spend it with your child wouldn't be that bad of a deal! I wonder how the teachers do it though...
I absolutely love this 'Keep Calm' saying and would love a poster version for my office! As I sit here (it is now the end of the school day), I am trying to mentally prepare for the craziness to take off. I should probably get started on 3rd grade curriculum. Maybe tomorrow...
Right after the final bell rang, I heard a tapping on my table. I turned around to see an EA putting these beautiful flowers down. SO cool! I never get flowers! I opened the card to see the beautiful words of my mom. Made my day! And since I have been battling a sinus headache all day- I'm heading out a little earlier than usual. I need to be well-rested for the full force of tomorrow!