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