The shark worked. like. a. charm.
The whole day.
They were both ;) working their hardest on every assignment and not throwing chairs or scissors across the room.
Dearest Easter Bunny, please let this shark work for at least another week.
And one of my sweet little darlings let me record his reading of our Day 5 Word of the Week assignment.
I love his voice!
Okay and now for the sad stuff. . .
Don't worry- I still have my job.
Yesterday at 1pm we all get an email from my boss, whom I absolutely love and adore, saying that we have a meeting with our area superintendent directly after school.
On Good Friday.
With a two hour warning.
Sigh- you know that nothing good can come of that.
We meet and I'm sitting next to my amazingly passionate principal. The area sup. stands up and announces that there a lot of changes happening in the district and that we are getting a new principal next year and we will be the first school in the district to take on the "collaborative model."
My principal NEVER shows emotion and is always professional, so she looked fine.
We are all in shock.
He proceeds to tell us that she will have another position in the district.
I want to give a little background info that I haven't shared yet with anyone in the blogging world.
My school has had the saddest, most tragic year ever.
We have had a family with 5 of our students (7 children total in this family) have a mother pass away in October. This was so sad and our school and community came together to support them. In February, this same family was trapped in a house fire that killed 5 out of their 7 children. The two survivors were our students and 3 of our students died. This was all over the news, so some of you might have heard about this already.
This has messed up so many children in so many grades and our kids AND TEACHERS are still struggling with this tragic loss.
Last week, our beloved secretary who is my age, was in the car with her 2 year-old and husband. She was pregnant and so happy.
Their car was going way too fast and slammed into a semi-truck (also all over the news) and she and her husband died instantly. In front of their child in the back seat, who is now an orphan.
We have such a challenging population of students with such sad stories already. If I had a dollar for every time that I have reported physical and sexual abuse, I could quit TPT. (Okay, not really but you get my point.)
Throughout all of this ADDED tragedy and loss, my principal has been a rock. She's been the face of our school and community and has supported so many people.
I'm telling you, we have the best principal. Great leader. Does everything the district wants. Puts up with parents freaking out every day. Breaks up fist fights hourly. This week alone she broke up two fights between PARENTS and students. Has had death threats. You name it, this woman puts up with it and is ALWAYS trying to be a better human and principal. Always.
The area sup. then proceeds to tell us that we don't exactly know what the collaborative model will look like that we will, "build the plane as we fly it."
AAAAAHHHHHH! WHAT. THE. #%$!?????
1 in 3 of our students are homeless. We can't keep teachers in the building more than a year or two. Our staff is almost entirely made up of Teach for America.
Our children do NOT need more instability.
He's done speaking and I turn to my principal and she says right away, "I'm fine."
I said, "I'm gonna cry. Why would this happen? We need stability. You are so passionate. . "
She bursts into tears.
Everyone started crying and hugging.
Not so Good Friday.
I'm grateful that I can still be at this school and hope to remain a stable force there and in this community for a very long time. I just don't like this kind of change. :(
I can't end on this sad note. . .
So, let's hear about your plans for tomorrow!
Do you celebrate Easter? Could you not care any less?
I am making brisket and twice-baked sweet potatoes. Yum!
Leave a comment with some happy news and I'll pick a winner (for every 15 comments) Monday night to win my Eric Carle Pack AND Letter and Sound Pictures Sorts. So, there could be multiple winners, depending on the number of comments.