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Work was... chaotic from beginning to end but I didn't have that overwhelmed feeling since I was moved to 1st grade and half my class are my kinders from last year (and not a single kid who misbehaves every day!). We were thrown off our grove because my boss has to take 5th grade, we're still short a person, but everything was fine until the last half hour the parents showed up. WAY TO FREAKING EARLY and they went to my door first... ei.... and my boss was outside with the 5th graders... -sighs-
Pick up was a mess. They've been doing construction all summer and not finished with one of the two teacher parking lots being used for storage of equipment the teachers were parking in the field and parents in the second teacher's parking lot. (I need to get a picture, this is only till Wed, ehehe). But anyways so parents start arrived at 4:30 instead of 5:00!!! I got mobbed by nearly ten parents trying to move my kids to the temporary (or might be semi-permanent since we don't know about that main parking lot) for the pick up. -sighs-
It was a wreck trying to get kids to their cars, keep the cars moving, keeping the kids where they were suppose to be (and they weren't staying there!!!), keeping an eye on the wandering kids, getting them back in place, getting parents to sign out their kids AND CHECKING THEIR IDs with the pickup list!!!! Gah!!! I'm suprised I didn' get a dizzy spell and collapse now that I think of it. it was 101 today too.
And oh... I have to repeat this for the next three weeks until the bus schedule starts.... x.x
Meeting at 11am, going over the usual stuff,
12ish, break for lunch (mad dash to the Luby's for an hour),
between 1-2 back afterwards to get materials and stuff set for the first week of school starting Monday.
4-6pm, meet the parents. Oh hell. This is new.
Right now I'm trying to remember when was the last time I took a pain pill.... I can take up to 2 at a time but I don't want to be drugged up... lol.
On the cool news, I was able to attend the annual anime convention San-Japan (if for Sat only), and it was GREAT!!!
Yoko's foot is doing great, and the past two days I've allowed her free run of the backyard for the first time since her accident. She's not gonna be happy with me though, I GOT HER BOOTIES!!! LOL, the ground gets so hot even now when we haven't hit summer temps that I didn't resist getting her booties to take her for walks when it starts to get dark. Texas heat sucks and she's going to give pitiful looks for some time to come but she needs to loose some pounds and I need to start walking at least a few miles a couple times a week now that I don't have my racquetball class to exercise.
Work is getting beyond hectic. We found out which one of my kinders has been peeing all over the bathroom and he got busted good. The custodian had just cleaned the boy's bathroom in the cafeteria and he was the first one in and he even dropped poop on the floor. oi. Also this week on Thursday is our water field day, and for the next few days to come I'll be filling water balloons in a cooler for work. 1-5th will have massive water balloon fights, my kinders will be paying in a sprinkler set.
I'm currently waiting for it to cool down in about 5 hours to go clean out my car. Till then I'm doing laundry and the normal lazy cleaning (when I should really be overhaul cleaning).
We have a few special needs kids, one is a mentally slow but not a down syndrom boy. He's been having... issues lately with his poop. Lets put it that way, in which he is... scratching back there. My co-worker had to take the boy to the bathroom while I was in the gym with his class, apparently when he took the boy he found... poop on his back and else where. Yeck. This co-worker is trying to pass the state nursing exams right now so he's qualified for this work as is. Anyway, I didn't know of the details but I figured it was something with the poop issue. Problem is about is it took about 20 minutes and a few minutes before he got back I get group smushed by my kids the previous year who were in kinder and are now in first grade and they refused to let go. Bottom line I couldn't hold the weight of 8+ yanking bodies and went down, on top of another kid who was pulling on me from behind. So I had to put everyone in time out while I dealt with the kid who got smushed to the floor. He was fine but oi. We lost time and my kinders didn't finish the current step of their projects so I'll be forced to try to finish them tomorrow so my co-worker can spray pain them. We are folding magazines to make angel centerpieces. -sighs-
That's not all. PTA or whatever had an event and didn't give up a heads up WHEN they would set up for the event, they began to set up two hours before parents would be arriving and that pushed us out of the cafiteria for pick up so we had to have that in a hallway. And echoing mess of so many people talking and the kids were actually being resonably quiet at that time.
It didn't end there.
Apparently the bus transportation forgot to find someone to fill in one of the drivers of the two bus we use after program. The bus hadn't arrived by departure time so by the time the other bus dropped off all the kids the rerouted to pick up the second bus's kids it wasn't until 6pm, I didn't leave work until 7pm because I had to clean up and report the mess of the day. -sighs-
Didn't end there. I had to go shopping with my boss for supplies, that was easy but it was just time consuming after the insane day. I didn't get home until 10pm. I'm just now in pjs and about to crash to bed. I have to get up to finish the current step in the kids projects and then meet a co-worker at Target at noon, we're shopping for our secret santa junk and gifts for the boss.
Oi. It feels like its been a week, not Tuesday.
Now I need to get to bed, got an 8am follow up and a 10am math test, yuck.
Training today was okay, long but actually worth the time in general. I ran into two past co-workers and a few other contacts and it was good to see them. It seriously almost felt like a family reunion for the first thirty minutes while we're waiting for everyone to arrive from all the schools.
First class was math and I found out something that royally pisses me off. The teacher has written her own book and is providing it to us free of charge so she can 'test it' and the school was suppose to have "no book needed" with the computer source on materials for class. I bought the book they listed earlier this month remember? $140 wasted and because of their stupid return policy changes I am unsure if I will see that money back tomorrow when I go to school to try it. That wasn't the only thing. My research paper book is the WRONG one, its the wrong edition and I have to have the correct one because MLA decided to change for the first time in 20 years. That's $40. So two books are wrong because of the school bookstore's data base of "required materials" list was incorrect the entire summer. Lovely. That's $180 I could REALLY have used this month. Oh and I had to put $80 on my credit card this morning buying a rolling backpack because even when the book mistake is fixed my backpack can't hold everything I need in the semester. I need to carry my Japanese, math, literature, research paper, text plus Japanese and English dictionaries. That would fill my carry backpack to capacity and weight about 30+lbs. It would not include my bookwork, materials, spirals, folders, loose paper, and notes for each class. So I'm going to put all the text materials in the rolling backpack and everything else in my carry backpack and even then its still gonna weight about ten or so pounds on my back.
That isn't the end of it. We are in fact having to move from our current office in the portable. They're moving us to the stage in the cafiteria that is looked what so ever and no closet to store supplies. If it doesn't look up like a filing cabinet it will be out in the open for someone to sneak in and take. We are seriously worried about this. We're going to be using our cars as mini offices but that still greatly limits what we can and can't do with the kids... It is a serious problem on so many levels.
I already have homework, I have to write a 4 paragraph essay due Thurs and math review due next Tues. I need to go over the in book review and figure the hell out of it before Thurs. It turns out its just me and another student who are left and my teacher is not being paid, out money goes solely to 'earning' the class should we pass. -sighs-
I got barely 4 hours of sleep last night. The program registration was today and we had a huge turn out. According to the Janitors the first lady in line arrived at 3am. Seriously! They had filled up 2/3 of one of the parking lots with about 30-40 cars at 5am and the doors didn't open until 8am! It went so smoothly! We had all slots filled, paperwork filled, processed, and waiting lists started by 9am. I saw several parents I knew from kinders and other grades, and I'm getting my autistic again! She is being withheld another year (no surprise, she needs it and its also welcomed) so I get her again! Her dad was like 10-15 in line. There are two or three siblings of children I have already taught who are also going to be under my wing.
Three months until I have the chance to see them again, if they are with their parents on sign up day. Our slot numbers will be smaller next year, so for them to go to first grade will be hard. Its a first come first serve bases.
The only thing that hurts is the fact I don't have any pictures of them. We're not allowed to do so. Hopefully my boss will give copies of photos that she has taken. I would love to have picture to scrapbook each of those kids and their personalities.