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Last week was picture day! Ok, as I get used to this idea of blogging, I’ll get better at talking about the present and not the past. For today though, I want to talk about last Thursday, Picture Day, when I saw many, many beautiful and handsome children walk through the front doors. Right away I remembered what day it was! Then I saw some moms and the look on their faces was…well let’s just say they looked a little ‘flustered.’

Another light bulb went off in my mind…picture day isn’t the best of days at home the night before and morning of… is it?!

I started to think about how the boys and girls were feeling that morning, walking in with their self-confidence right there on their sleeve. It’s good to remember what it feels like to be 10 and not quite know who you are yet..


I felt the tension release slowly as each class came back from their spotlight in front of the camera. We really do have the very best-looking kids!
I have the unique opportunity to be a part of the start of school. I've had that opportunity for several years and I'm always amazed at the excitement that is generated at the beginning of the year. The teachers start by working so very hard to get the rooms ready and boy, are they ready by the time the kids arrive.

There's Meet the Teacher when everyone gets to come in to spend a few minutes at school. Yes, starting school is a big change from the more relaxed schedule of the summer, but there is a really neat feeling as friends come together. On the first day, there are many anxious faces, but they begin to disappear as they settle into the routines.

Routines...think of over 400 kids in one building. What do you do with them? (That's an inquiry question!). Imagine planning for that many kids all can understand why routines are so important, even though we often chafe against them. Quiet in the halls, lining up, walking (not running) playground rules, lunchroom rules...all these routines and rules help us to exist together in relative peace and harmony.

Join me this year as we journey through the year. Week one is under our belt and we are ready to learn!!