Wednesday night was the holiday program, Elfis Comes to Town. The kids dressed as reindeer and elves and sang blues and rock-n-roll songs. We don't have a lot of parental involvement, but what parent doesn't want to see their child dressed up and singing? It was a packed house!
|Some of my refugee students|
|Part of the audience|
Thursday was another long day for many reasons. Our principal scheduled a completely impromptu encore presentation of the holiday program. She made an announcement at 8:30 a.m. for students to make their way towards the gym. All the teachers on my hallway poked their head out the door trying to figure out what the hell was going on. So, the 500+ staff and students crowded into the gym for another presentation. This is just another example of poor communication at school.
That same afternoon I discovered someone stole 16 candy bars from behind my desk, along with some lead pencils and smaller pieces of candy. (I had purchased these items to make treat bags for my students.) After demanding my students to write anything they knew on notebook paper, a suspect was identified. My teammates and I interrogated the child and she stared us in the eye and denied everything. We eventually got the principal and behavior specialist involved. We made her empty out her bookbag, pockets, and shoes. This was what was found:
I tried to keep things as low key and predictable as possible on Friday. I did allow my students to bring in food while we watched Happy Feet at the end of the day. They already knew I wasn't bringing in anything because I was so angry over the stealing incident. They brought the following:
|Notice the Latino and Asian foods|
|My happy little class enjoyed their snacks during the movie!|
Friday was also pajama day. The fourth grade teacher across from the hall and I were two of the five teachers (out of 100 staff members) who dressed up. I would never pass up an excuse to wear pajamas! I included this picture because I love this teacher and am relieved that she is across the hall. She taught at my previous school with me last year. We received the same bonus to work at our current school and daily regret the 3 year commitment we've made.
Now the only thing that stands in my way of Christmas Break is two workdays. Bring it on!