A Day in the Life #aprincipalsday

Loving every minute.  Just a taste of #aprincipalsday

First fire drill of the year (we rocked it).

A visit to kindergarten.  Always good stuff in kindergarten.

Meeting with a student’s case manager, stored supplies, reviewed registration paperwork.

Visit two classrooms (favorite thing about my day).

Recess yard duty (so fun to watch kids playing together).

Three discipline issue to address (all unique and separate).

A parent meeting.

Five follow up parent phone calls/emails from morning events.

Fire alarm goes off unexpectedly during lunch (& then wouldn’t reset and silence); visit from fire department, call to maintenance, bonus fire drill procedure practice (we rocked it again).

Meeting with counselor.

Warmed up my lunch, quick chat with upper grade teachers (non school stuff) and ate my lunch.

Meeting with a parent.

Visit two classrooms.

Submit two tech tickets.

Check in with a garden teacher.

Meet with a high school volunteer.

Three back to back meetings with teachers about professional goals for the year (awesome!).

Check in with secretary about departing and new students.

Cup of tea.

Time to go home.

Oh ya… four year old birthday party at the local pizza joint, hello and hugs from four students from school (my job rocks!).

Loving the first week of school! #VVVikings

Time flies.

Where did the first week go?  New names, lots of hugs and smiles and so much to learn about my new school.  Each day just flies by!  I try to eek out as much learning as possible.  What are our systems?  What’s that boy’s name again?  Hi, I’m the new principal.  Great to meet you!  Observing awesome classrooms and teachers that love their work.  Answering emails and sorting schedules.  It’s a whirlwind.

A solid smile.

You just can’t help but smile!  After umpteen introductions and new faces and names, I’m still smiling.  There’s something about the start of school that’s exciting, anticipatory and happy.  And what happens when you smile?  Kids smile back and parents feel comfortable with a new face and everyone relaxes just a smidge.  Yes, my cheek muscles are dying but how can you not smile?!?!  School rocks!

Crazy tired.

Have you ever felt so tired?  And so full of the goodness of your work?  It’s great.  Legitimately tired from hard, good, right work for kids.  And then up at 5 to do it all over again.  Yah!!

A to-do list that’s four feet long.

Oh my gosh.  Yikes.  Duck and cover!  To-do lists are mandatory.  Prioritize, act, revamp.  Because one day’s priority is not tomorrow’s priority.  It’s a juggle.  And rarely does an item need attention RIGHT THIS SECOND.  Most things can sit for a few hours (or a day) while kids come first.  Worth repeating: The to-do list never trumps kids.

Weekends and family make all the difference.

As much as I love my work, a break from school is required.  Baseball games, grocery shopping, movies together and soccer practice keep me sane.  Sad to say, it’s true.  Science homework, band notes to sign, mom taxi duties and dinner out help me keep balance and sanity so that I don’t turn into a workaholic.  Who wants that?!? Not my family.  And yes, as we go about our family time, I’m occasionally Mrs. Haugen around town but they roll with it.  They get it.

Bottom line?

School rocks.  I aspire to balance.  Smiles are the best.  Enjoy every minute.  Get a good night sleep.