I JUST ORDERED 24 ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. The lady standing next to me had huge eyes when I said, “Let’s start with the ones that are the same. I’ll take eight . . . “ When I kept ordering people gave funny looks. Friday is our last day of Leadership Academy. We are celebrating with ice cream sandwiches. The kids had to bring in money to pay for them, but we are still getting them all the same. Most of them have never been to Cream, which is a new ice cream place in town. They were baffled by the complex choices they were given.
“Mrs. E? It says ‘choose your base’? What does that mean?” I had printed out from the ice cream shops website the menu for their sandwiches. Kids got to pick their cookie, pick their ice cream AND pick their topping. It was almost too much for some. “Maybe I won’t have ice cream.” They said nervously. Between classes I walked a bunch of them through the process, and one student even insisted on choosing soy mint chip ice cream. “I think they have regular mint chip.” I told her. “Soy sounds interesting to me.” She explained. “Like maybe it is good for the earth.”
Most of them were able to cover the cost of the ice cream, but I ordered enough for everyone. We will figure out the money aspect later. Our parent faculty club just reminded me yesterday that they would be happy to help with an end of year celebration. I’ll check with them to cover the cost. They do a lot for our kids.
Before we get to the peace and calm of ice cream on Friday, we have to manage Thursday. Tomorrow is our Showcase. All of my Leadership kids have to present to parents, teachers, other kids. They will be sharing the projects that they worked on with all the grownups that have supported them over the school year. This is happening in the evening - from 5:30 - 7:00. But of course we still meet from 3:00 - 5:00 which is our regular time to prep and make sure we are ready to go. In other words, my family had better cook for themselves.
During the school day, thirteen of my students will be giving their TED Talk one more time, to a few distinguished guests that I’ve invited. It seemed like a GREAT idea at the time, but now I am tasked with making sure my classroom, my students and my equipment is ready to go. And you know how much I enjoy a good worry.
Of course, after all of this, is the roll down hill toward summer. Once our presentations and showcase is over, I can relax back into the regular roll of things. This Friday is our very last news broadcast, and a teacher pal and I have put together a pretty awesome “secret project” which involves every person on staff. (If you are reading this and work at my school, and I haven’t videoed you waving — see me tomorrow ASAP!!) . It has turned out pretty sweet, and I hope everyone loves it as much as we do.
Today was our principal’s birthday. (I got him a yearbook for his present!) . You could track where he was on campus all day because wherever he would show up, students would start singing “Happy birthday”. It was pretty funny listening as he made his way down the halls. It was also pretty sweet too. I mean birthday’s at school aren’t the same as birthdays in Cabo, but they have their own magic, right?
So, I am apologizing to Terina in advance, tomorrow’s blog might be a little bit late — as it will be a long day. I hope it is filled with stories of my amazing students shared their talks, stories and projects. I hope it is filled with glorious, joyful excitement as I recount showcase and our TED Talks. Basically, I hope. Either way, we always . . .
Keep moving forward,