May just blew right the hell on past me. In the past three weeks, I’ve:
- hosted three slumber parties for Jordan’s, Kyra’s, and Jaiden’s birthdays. Jordan is the only one with a birthday actually in May. The twins’ birthday is in June. We always have their parties before the school year ends. This is a military town, and many of their friends move away within a week or two of the last day of school. With all those parties, I will have no desire to eat cake for a very long time. Like until Monday.
- I’ve started packing up my classroom. I’ve been at the same school for all 12 years of my career, and next year I’ll be at a different middle school across town. This is a change that I requested and was lucky to get. I’m looking forward to starting a new school year in a way that I haven’t felt in years. Still, the move will be bittersweet. I love my teaching team–especially Mrs. R. She and I have been on the same team for the past 9 years. Needless to say, we’ve become really good friends over the years. Leaving her is the hardest part about making this transition. Next Tuesday and Wednesday are the last two days of post-planning and my last official days as a part of that school’s staff. I must remember that I’m a gangsta and that I go hard; there’s no crying in being a gangsta.
- But yesterday doesn’t count. The twins finished elementary school and are now officially 6th graders. DID YOU HEAR ME? I HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. Tomorrow, they’ll be off to college. iCry.
- My Nerd Herd cleaned house at their awards ceremonies. I’ll contain my bragging to one emphatic “BOOYAH!”
- Aiming Low posts I’ve written in the past few weeks that you may have missed:
- I wrote a project for Donors Choose and had it fully funded within a week. Donors Choose is this amazingly awesome resource that connects classroom teachers with individual people and businesses who want to support education in the most direct way possible–by helping teachers get supplies for their classroom and students that they might not otherwise be able to. You can filter by subject, grade level, state, county/district, and school. Every little bit helps. Give a little, or give a lot. To me. I have a second project that’s looking for funding called We’ve Got the Right Stuff; Now We Need the Write Stuff! I have $98 of a $380 project left to go before it’s fully funded. Seriously, though – even if you don’t donate to me, consider looking for someone to donate to, even if it’s just 5 bucks. We teachers need all the help that we can get.
- Frank has just over a year left to go in school. It was April of 2009 when I wrote about how excited I was when he’d finally chosen Health & Physical Education a major. Now he’s trying to narrow down what grade level he’d like to teach. Right now it’s a toss-up between elementary and middle. I think he’ll do great at any level, but it’s adorable to think of him teaching the little guys.
Speaking of the man, he’s beckoning me take a bath with him. Rawr. I’ll be back with regularity after I get all the stuff moved over to my new classroom and close out the school year next week. Word.
In the meantime, what’s good in your hood, lately?