Well, this is it. This is the last official day of summer - preplanning begins on Monday. I am excited about starting a new year and getting a new group of students. I can't wait to get the "official" class list. This group of third graders coming up is the last group of first graders that I taught at Chaffee before being "asked" to teach third grade. I am anxious to see some familiar faces-maybe even some of those kiddos from that last year in first grade will be in this year's class. I will also begin working with my JU intern on Monday as she begins her student teaching.
As I sit here trying to decide what to do with my last day of summer vacation I look over at my dog and I wonder if she realizes what is about to happen. She's three and a half and we have had her since she was seven weeks old so she is not new to the back to school routine. I just hope that she isn't in for a shock on Monday. My husband, who is off on Fridays is also home. He's taken part in the back to school routine for seven years now. He knows the drill and he is very supportive. Interesting side note: I actually heard on the radio a couple of weeks ago that people that consider themselves as good jugglers of their time and activities aren't as good as they think. Yes, they may have a lot of "balls" in the air and they may not drop them, but they can't stay focused on one long enough to enjoy it before it must be tossed away so the next one can be caught. So that is it. That will be my new (school) year's resolution. I will no longer be a juggler. Instead, I make every effort to achieve better balance in my life. Wish me luck!