narrated by: Lucy London
We finally got the addition added to the school, now there is plenty of room for the current students or any influx in the future. We are able to offer smaller class sizes now, and it’s been a relief for all the teachers and parents included. I’m going to plead for a larger playground with more equipment though in the future, because it’s not able to handle all the students.
It’s always exciting in the fall when the students start filing in for their classes. I’m usually over it by the time Christmas break rolls around, but I enjoy it while it lasts.
We’ve been able to just focus on teaching, which has been trying for me this year in regards to one student. I’ve gotten Ella into my class, and she struggles with the simplest of tasks.
Oliver invested more time with Ella than I am willing to, with my own family at home, and an entire school to run. I’m going to suggest that she gets a tutor to help bring her grades and comprehension up to standards. In the past I would have gone through her social worker, but she’s being weaned out of the system as she settles into her new home-life. So instead, I’m encouraged to contact both her Dad, Matt and Cesar instead, which has been a trial getting the communication kinks worked out.
The rest of the class is all doing well though with the curriculum, with the Woodfolk kids being only a little behind. There main problem is that they enjoy goofing off more than listening. I’m not worried about them though, I think age will help them outgrow that. I am also hopeful that with a tutor and some time, that Ella will adjust well, and hopefully be better prepared for the sixth grade in a few years.
Oliver is much more relaxed than I am. When he leaves his classroom, all the students get out of their seats and start wrecking havoc. His room is right beneath mine, and can get very loud.
Gemma Paceli often sneaks out of seat, and heads back to the game center. I told him having a game corner would only be a distraction for the kids, but he stands by it, saying it’s great for early arrivals, or rainy days, which are often out here in Washington.
He’s gotten rid of Ella, but gained Vivienne and Cicely Russo-Traver, and I hope he can break them of their lazy habits before they join my grade next year. They suffer from the same lack of attention that the Woodfolk kids do, but they are much more vocal about whining over work.
Their Mom is very active in their school life though, that anything below a B is not acceptable. So the work gets done, it just includes a lot of fussing before it’s accomplished.
All of us are pleased with the cafeteria expansion, it’s made it possible for teachers to even join the students. I don’t do the lunch shift these days, usually eating in my office down the hall, and getting paperwork finished.
Oliver loves sitting with the kids, the little ones really enjoy him as well. I still feel grateful that he picked to join the elementary school instead of the high school like he intended, he has a knack for it. And I know with experience he will get a better handle on the students when he leaves the room.
Despite all of the changes, Lizzie is still unsatisfied with our lunch offerings. It seems we can’t quite win when it comes to pleasing everyone.
We are down to one recess a day, right after lunch for all the students. We used to separate Miriam’s class from the older kids, but stopped doing that this year, and it seems to be working out well. Siblings like to pair off, but some of the older kids are good mentors to the younger ones too.
Ainsley and Isla usually wander off to play silly games together. Their Mom mentioned they had a trying summer with the girls not getting along, but they seem to be past it, because we can’t keep them apart.
The Russo-Traver girls usually call dibs on the swings now that the older girls have moved on like Scarlett who loved the swings, and only the swings.
There is almost always a giant line for the monkey bars with the boys. It’s one reason why I want to add on to the playground, to accommodate them better. We offer footballs and baseballs, but it seems they only want the one thing with a huge line.
Sweet Elodie has a difficult time with recess, she is very shy, and overwhelmed easily. It’s been an adjustment for her in the classroom, but not as much as free time has been for her. Rebecca is aware of the issue, but nothing has really helped push her past this hurdle. She gets along with Ainsley well, but with Isla in the same classroom, it’s made it difficult for Elodie to sneak into their group.
Miriam’s class always seems the most fun, if chaos equals enjoyment. I’m not one for the littlest of kids, she has a lot on her plate to get the kids ready for Oliver, and all the seat work involved with higher levels. She does a good job with the kids though.
The kids love the free time to play, even Isla who hated school, has warmed up under the care of Miriam.
The room is full of fun ways to explore, and the pet gerbil for the kids to learn responsibility.
Her kids always walk the halls in a straight line, and are a better example at this than the bigger kids.
Their tiny amount of seat work always involves great theatrics, when Miriam shares the stories I can’t help but chuckle. She does it in low dosages, but it makes me grateful to teach much later, when they’ve been doing years of seat work.
I’m really pleased with the progress of our school, even the preschoolers and kindergartners can do art class now. In the past they were stuck in their one room for all of their studies.
Even the boys enjoy this form of creative expression.
Although Logan and Kai still prefer to be boisterous, and can only handle so much concentration on one task. If you ask them, physical education is their favorite class.
After school we offer music class for any interested students, so far it’s just Monroe and Ella. Monroe has his Dad’s musical talents, but Ella has begun to better her singing abilities, so it’s not as painful being in the room with them.
I’m hoping we can interest more kids in the music program so we can have events for parents. In the mean time though, I’m very happy with the school, students, and teachers involved in the success of it all.
Notes: I got the school additions finished, though I realize I do need to make the playground larger, because the kids just stand around waiting for their turn to play. I shared a tour at N99 here, and on tumblr as well. I also put up pictures of each teacher with their students here.
So I realized that the more grumpy a teacher is, the better the students stay in their seats. It also relies on the teacher’s personality, as well as their relationship with the student, so Lucy’s kids really do listen better. But Oliver is friends with most of the kids, and is much more playful, so his students are constantly out of their seats!
It was fun playing all the kids, I started to do a show on the new stage, but then got sidetracked, and forgot about it, only getting a few photos of the set up. I’ve redone my terrain, again, so my mind has been full of all that nonsense.
Thanks for reading!