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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

School's Out But I'm Not Relaxing...Yet!

Do you ever have those days & weeks that float by where you wonder "Where in the world did that time go?" That, my friends, wraps up the entire month of May for me.
I was BUSY.
I mentioned in my last post that my district is restructuring, thus sending me to our new K-2 school. I'm so excited for the changes, but holy guacamole, was it a lot of work to get my classroom packed up. I'd been in that room for 6 years, and like we teachers do, I accumulated A LOT of stuff.

 I remember when I first started teaching, and had NOTHING, I would take any and all offers of hand-me-down supplies. Old manuals? Sure! File folders of purple "ditto" activities? Thankyouverymuch. 1970's bulletin board materials (including characters with bell-bottoms & butterfly collars)? Sign me up! As the years went on, I was able to be a little choosier, but still, I had a stupid amount of stuff!
I got really creative when labeling boxes

I even took my ENTIRE classroom library home with me because it needs a re-vamp!

But, just like how moving houses is good for a nice healthy purge, so is moving classrooms. I bet I made 10 trips to the dumpster and STILL managed to pack up about 35 boxes of stuff! I was impressed with how I pared down things that really weren't serving me or my professional development. I got a little Marie Kondo with the stuff I threw away, silently thanking the items for their service, and giving them the ole' heave-ho in the trash barrel. Thankfully, we had 3 days last week without kids where we could finish our packing. Wednesday afternoon I said goodbye to room 128 & rode off into the sunset...well, actually, I rode out to my favorite hole-in-the-wall with a couple of teachers for a celebratory lunch! 
My room...in boxes!
Thursday we worked on our new class lists, and on Friday I spent the day with family, celebrating my mom's birthday and strawberry picking with my niece & nephews. So much fun!
I forgot sunglasses...

6 buckets of these sweet babies! So delicious!

My beautiful Mama!

My sister and the kids!Strawberry picking fools!

Memorial day weekend provided me with relaxation & adventure as we headed to Ohiopyle, PA to hike around & explore. It's one of our favorite spots for outdoor adventures!

Essentially: Check Yo'Self before you Wreck Yo'Self!
The Yough was roaring!

Cucumber Falls, always beautiful!

Tuesday I sat in on some interviews and today I finished up a graduate course about meditation and mindfulness in the classroom (more on this later!)
Now it's 10:30 and I'm shocked that nothing particular is on the calendar for tomorrow.

Don't worry, I'm sure I'll find myself into something interesting. 
I'll be sure to take pictures!