Random Thoughts About School Closing

We start next week with extending the school closure in an effort to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus.

My thoughts swirl endlessly about the day to day operations that I will miss regardless if the things make me happy, sad, annoyed, aggravated, etc.

I really donโ€™t like regular breaks during the school calendar such as Christmas and summer because I want to see my peeps! I want to be around kids, my staff, and parents. So, with the unknown floating around out there of when this virus will be contained, and when school can resume its normal, I fret and worry about all things school. Itโ€™s more than teaching and learning…so much more.

Here is a random list, in no order, of what pops in my mind. Some of these are comical, but some are sad. Feel free to add more in comments.

  • No attendance to take therefore no calls from attendance clerk when you forget to post ๐Ÿคฃ
  • No dress codes for teachers. You can wear pjs or leggings any day ๐Ÿคฃ
  • No dress codes for kids!
  • It can be a hat day every day ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Women donโ€™t need to worry about makeup ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ’„
  • Saving gas ๐Ÿš—
  • No transportation changes last minute๐Ÿคช
  • No use for substitutes๐Ÿ˜Š
  • No playground accidents
  • No Gaga ball
  • No one asking to push them on the swings ๐Ÿ˜”
  • No classroom management concerns๐Ÿ˜
  • No holding your bladder for hours on end ๐Ÿšฝ
  • You can have an extended breakfast and lunch๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿ”
  • No alarms โฐ for class schedule reminders
  • No technology failures ๐Ÿ’ป
  • No Hvac issues to report

No kids

  • No tattling unless itโ€™s you or your own kiddos
  • No paper jams
  • No unscheduled walkthroughs ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • No bulletin boards to change ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  • No car duty ๐Ÿš—
  • No bus duty๐ŸšŒ
  • No lunch duty๐Ÿ™…
  • NO DUTY ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
  • No shoelaces to tie ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ (wet ones are the worst)
  • No jackets to zip ๐Ÿงฅ
  • No pants to button or zip for the littles
  • No smelly lockers from left over food ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿป
  • No hugs, high-fives, or fist-bumps ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ–๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
  • No meet and greet Capturing Kids Hearts
  • No smiling faces to greet
  • No announcements, โ€œMake it a great day or not, the choice is yours!โ€
  • No birthday call outs on the PA๐ŸŽค
  • No treasure chest
  • No turn and talk to your neighbor
  • No recess
  • No PTA meetings
  • No volunteers
  • No trips to the nurse for a lost tooth ๐Ÿฆท
  • No cafeteria lunch lines picking out your food
  • No Good Things or launch with Capturing Kids Heart
  • No classroom helpers
  • No computer ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป lab
  • No library time ๐Ÿ“š
  • No backpacks sending home student work
  • No water fountain lines
  • No lost and found
  • No fun Fridays
  • No after school enrichment or clubs
  • No tutoring bus

No more kids

  • No reminders to flush and wash your hands
  • No singing in the restroom (yes, kids sing in there!)
  • Reminders to use your manners
  • Use your inside voice
  • Are you being a Buffalo STAR?
  • No stations/centers
  • No buddy walks to the office
  • No parents bringing in birthday cupcakes
  • No parents surprising their kids at lunch
  • No pledges
  • No helping littles use Kleenex for their nose
  • No lunch bunch meetings
  • No restorative circles
  • No glue stuck on desks
  • No bounce out games
  • No pacer races
  • No Every Good Boy Does Fine
  • No cooperative learning
  • No dress up theme days
  • No field trips
  • No Field Day
  • No luncheons for staff

No more kids in the building.

This is going to be difficult, but we will get through this bigger and better in spite of the Coronavirus because that’s what we do! Thrive together.

Just another day with kids dressed as the Lorax…I speak for the kids! I will miss these days.

This is What I Dread

Right now itโ€™s spring break for me. Itโ€™s on the calendar every year as is Thanksgiving, Christmas, and summer breaks. All of these breaks are wonderful times to recharge and spend time with your family and relatives, or even go on a vacation. I really enjoy that time, but right around when day three hits, thoughts of my work family and students really start to flood my mind.

You see, my work family and students are my life. I see them considerably more than my own family. I long to hear them laughing and giggling, telling stories, singing in the restrooms, and speaking new words of learning. I smile when I see them smiling in the halls, classrooms, playgrounds, cafeteria, and buses or car duty. I love watching them learn, and seeing them when a lightbulb goes off in their mind is inspirational. I enjoy watching students interact with their peers and teachers. When they stop me and say, โ€œGuess what?โ€ is one of my favorite times at work. That conversation is about to be awe inspiring! I really count on their high-fives and hugs as a part of my daily routine. Happily, when our scheduled breaks are drawing closer to the end, I get very anxious knowing that I will see them soon.

With the pandemic of the Coronavirus around us, and school closings happening everywhere, I am deeply saddened. I am not saddened or panicked by materialistic items such as toilet paper or bread, I am saddened by the unknown. It is unknown when I will truly see my students. We have a scheduled extension of two weeks, but that end date could change based on the virus. I am saddened because I need my students! They are my world. They depend on us at the school and for more than just learning. Their social emotional well-being is in our hands. They depend on us for a healthy breakfast and lunch. They depend on us for creativity building and exploration! They depend on us for more than I can write.

But do you know what? I depend on them more than they know! I need those students like I need air to breathe. I need those sweet innocent children in my life. They are my family, and I want to make sure they are ok. Teaching and learning is our business, but relationships are our life. I dread not knowing when I will hug them again!

Hurry up Coronavirus, get gone so we can get back to doing what we do best- kids!