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Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
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September 20, 2016

Nearly Calm #SOL16

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This weekend I was a soggy, weepy mess.

There wasn't a reason in particular, but I guess you could say it's been pretty stressful since August.

Lindsey (oldest daughter) went back to U of Iowa for her junior year.  She has lots of committments (RA, UISG senator, student!)

I have a new principal.  She's an instructional leader with clear expectations.

Interventions started weeks of assessment, meetings and data collection, 

Allison (youngest daughter) started freshman year at ILStU and has collected new friends and has lots of opportunities for growth (read:  oversleeps!)

Jeff started building my Little Free Library in between weekly trips to the east coast.  He's been away more than home, so the LFL is only half built.

I started a new grad class and twice! my book order was canceled.  My assignments are late.

WHEW.

Then tonight I took a walk.  My phone hasn't pinged with any "Mom help!" messages. 

The sky was a beautiful pink.  Data meetings are finished, I can focus on teaching.

I worked on the door of my LFLibrary.  I breathed.  I had a piece of chocolate (and another).

I realized that I don't need to stress. 

I just need to stretch 
and do my best.
and eat more chocolate
and breathe.

6 comments:

  1. Everything starts up once school is back in session. We go fro zero to 60 overnight. It drains the body and spirit and let me tell you that you are not the only one who has been a little weepy lately.

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  2. So true that we start the year at a flat out sprint. Love that you took the time to eat chocolate and work on your LFL! I can't wait to see pictures of it!

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  3. So true that we start the year at a flat out sprint. Love that you took the time to eat chocolate and work on your LFL! I can't wait to see pictures of it!

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  4. such great advice for busy and stressful Septembers. Even with big grown up children, and a established career, each and every September brings new stressors.

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  5. such great advice for busy and stressful Septembers. Even with big grown up children, and a established career, each and every September brings new stressors.

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  6. So many mixed emotions. So much going on. The start of the year is an overwhelming time for many of us. We need to take each day as a new start and breathe, breathe, breathe.

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