It’s that time again. Teachers must prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I know many of you are feeling the pressure. A week of cancelled school due to that monstrous snowstorm surely wreaks havoc on your schedule. I remember how precious every day is as the end of a quarter looms and there is so much to complete! Benchmark reading assessments must be given - hoping to show progress was made. You also need time to finish that unit in Science - new materials for the next quarter will be arriving soon. Oh yeah…can’t forget the testing required by the District – schedules must be followed! (That’s another discussion for another day!) The kids are acting as if it’s the beginning of the school year and all routines and rules have been forgotten! And yikes, you need to reschedule that “snowed-out” principal’s observation!
I understand your crankiness!
You are thanking the heavens that the kids are finally back in school after that snowstorm! Yes, the first day or two off was nice. The kids were having fun playing in the snow with siblings, friends, and cousins, drinking hot chocolate and watching movies. But by the end of the third day the squabbles began. (Close quarters will do that even to the best-behaved child). You’ve missed work and many of you had to scramble to make arrangements for a babysitter before school re-opened. And now its time for Parent conferences again! How are you going to take off work again, so soon? Of course, you need to attend – at the last conference your child was borderline On Grade Level and there are only 3 months left till the end of the school year. You need to find out if progress was made and if not, what will be done about it? Surely your boss will understand. And to top it all off you are wondering just when is that tax refund going to show up that you are counting on?
I understand your crankiness!
Show The Love
The calendar says February 14th is a Sunday, which means kids aren’t in school for Valentine’s Day. This was actually my favorite holiday in school as a teacher. The kids were always so excited. They wanted to share their cards with their friends and make special cards for their family. Everyone was on their best behavior, full of smiles and love.
Many schools have long weekends for the kids scheduled – no school Friday or Monday which means you have to make a decision today. What will you take off the schedule so your class can have time to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whatever it is, get rid of it!
The joy and laughter shared as your class passes out their Valentine cards to their friends is priceless. Get out the markers, stickers, and construction paper and let them make those special cards for their family. And finish up by sharing a funny Valentine Read-Aloud such as Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool. You will be richly rewarded with the hugs, smiles, and “teacher cards” given to you from “your kids”.
It’s Wednesday. Only one more day and it’s a long weekend. I know you were just given notice there will be a Valentine’s Party tomorrow. I also know when you get off of work you are tired, have to get dinner ready, and inevitably chauffeur somebody to some activity (basketball practice, karate practice, dance practice, etc.). I’m sure just the thought that you must stop at the store to pick up Valentine cards for your child’s class isn’t making you feel any better. Stop anyway! Your child must have those cards for his/her classmates.
You will feel the love when your child comes home from school smiling with their bag full of cards received from classmates. Your biggest reward will actually come on Valentine’s Day when your little one gives you the card that he/she made in school just for you! Hug and kiss your little Valentine and snuggle up and read Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to them.
Love Is In The Air
To all those teachers and parents that work hard every day to show “your kids” that you care, I’m sending you this heartfelt wish for a Happy Valentine’s Day! You deserve it!
See you next Wednesday!