Tuesdays Unwrapped is a time to slow down, and think about the little things for which you are thankful. It may be something unexpected, or something that you take for granted. Join us over at Chatting at the Sky and share! Don't forget to link up!
Last night we had a Band Booster Meeting to go over next year's budget and elect officers. I was secretary this past year, and, since I really didn't have to do anything except take notes at meetings, type them up, send them out, then revise when people let me know what I had wrong, I volunteered to continue this coming year. The lady who has been President for the past 2 years is stepping down from the position. Her husband wants her to slow down, so I guess I can't blame him. I am so very thankful for people like her who are so incredibly organized and have the business sense to take a group from where we were to where we are now. She has given us wonderful direction and has given us a chance to grow, both as an organization and even personally. I am so appreciative of her willingness to give up her own time with her family to make the band her extended family. I know it couldn't be easy at times when some parents weren't happy with some decisions that had been made. Over the past 2 years I've come to know her as a friend and confidant. I am extremely fortunate to have her in my life. She makes me laugh; she gives me advice; she listens.
Now for the Other Things:
Yesterday was the first day of my last bus duty of the year. It wasn't too bad, although I did manage to get the week started off right by making a 1st Grader cry. In all honesty, I did feel bad about it. My last rotation of duty was in the gym, which, if you've read my earlier posts, is the worst place to be because that has the most kids. The kids go into the gym when they're finished with their breakfast...sort of a holding place for them until the bell rings and they can go to their classroom. I called Kindergarten to go to their classrooms, and off they went. 1st Grade started running to the door, so I told them that I hadn't called them; they needed to go sit down. Then I called 2nd Grade (just for meanness!)...off they went. Then I called 1st Grade, then the rest of the grades. When I called 5th Grade, I noticed a 1st Grade girl "hanging out" with the 5th Graders. I went ahead and walked her down to her room, and one of the 5th grade girls handed her bookbag to her, and let me know (very politely and not disrespectful at all) that she usually walked this girl down to the room. I thanked her, and told her that I would walk her down today. The little 1st Grade's eyes started watering and her face got all red. I completely forgot that the 5th Grader walked her down in the morning...I think this is to make the older girl feel important...she doesn't have a wonderful home life. So, we're off to a great start of Bus Duty (BD) week!
Sometimes I get so very lazy. I don't want to sit down and figure out what we're going to have for dinner for 2 weeks; I get tired of fixing the same thing over and over. I ran by the grocery store yesterday to get the fixings for tacos...who doesn't like tacos? They're easy, fast, and inexpensive. I get home, and MS is getting ready to go to soccer practice. I tell him what we're having for supper only to be told that they had tacos for lunch at school. How the heck am I suppose to know that? YS is throwing up his hands and saying "yes" (apparently the school tacos aren't that great), and MS is groaning about having to eat tacos for 2 meals. I didn't, however, hear too much complaining while he was scarfing them down before heading out to Bio Lab!
The end of the year in my school system means a break from the everyday routine: Kindergarten Screenings. The parents who have registered their little ones bring them to the school where they go through hearing, vision, speech, and readiness screenings. We are assigned to do our own school, then get to go to another school to help out. If we're real lucky, we get called to help out in additional schools. When we start the screenings, they're fun: it's a nice break, and it's exciting to see those sweet little faces who will be Kindergartners in the school in August. By the time we're doing the last ones, we're tired, we're irritable, and we just want our routine back! Here's a picture of me and 3 co-workers after a day of screening last year (notice the empty M&M's bag!):
See how one of my coworkers has some pictures in her hands? That was in case the special ed. director saw this on FB and questioned whether or not we were really working!
Today we have the screenings at one of my schools. Today I get a look at the kids who may be in speech next year. Today I get to talk to parents about their 5 year old not being able to say /r/ (which is completely appropriate until they are 7 years old) and assure them that it is completely normal and they shouldn't worry about it. Today is going to be a great day!
Oh, and, we only have 3 more Mondays before Summer Break!