It’s getting to be the end of August, which means I was in my classroom for most of the day today; rearranging furniture, organizing cabinets and counting cubby hooks! It was a bit hot, but luckily I had a great helper (my mom, she loves to organize and is a retired teacher herself) so we had a fun time getting the classroom ready. After all that work, I did treat myself to a before school manicure! 🙂
This summer, I have been pursuing my dream to become a principal someday! Over the next school year, I will be finishing up my coursework and principal practicum (something I do after hours of the school day) in order to earn my CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) in Educational Leadership. I am super excited for this, and know that we will have a wonderful school year because of all the great teaching practices I have learned during this course of study.
Since it was a summer of coursework, many days I wished I could be at the beach, but I was home writing papers and postings for my summer classes or busy working on projects in the school office for Mrs. Mulcahy. My cat, Foggy, kept me company, most of the time, as you can see, on those long days of reading and writing.
Now, I don’t want you to feel too bad for me. I went on many “staycations” – visiting friends in the area, and I enjoyed hanging out many days with my extended family on Cape Hedge Beach in Rockport. I also made it down to Plymouth and toured the Mayflower! (Yes, of course I bought books for our classroom for our unit on Pilgrims and Native Americans in November!)
Speaking of books, I hope you have been reading some good ones this summer. I always try to read some professional books and some pleasure reading books over the summer. Here’s a few i read this summer, not including my book club’s selection Saint Maize by Jami Attenberg (which was excellent, but I had to return it too the library, so it is not pictured!) The pink thing on the top of the pile is my kindle, which I use for traveling and guilty pleasure reading!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone on September 2 for our Kindergarten screening and on Thursday, September 3 for a full day of school. Remember, I will be in our classroom on Tuesday, September 1 from 1:00 to 2:30 if you would like to stop by and say Hello. If you have summer pictures to share, or a souvenir from a wonderful family trip, bring them into school or you can tweet them to our class twitter handle – @MsPurdinClass! (More on this later!)
Enjoy the last few days of summer!