Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#SOL15:: July 21, 2015

'Twas the Night Before the First Day of School

It is hard to believe summer is over and the first day of school is TOMORROW! I work at a year-a-round school, so our summer break is short. This summer literally flew by. I am sitting here thinking about all the things this summer has brought me. It brought me quite a few things. 

Summer break brought me a keen awareness of how much I need to carve out time for myself. The first week of break I spent lying in bed with shingles. It was no fun. I had literally stressed myself out to the point that my body told me to literally stop and slow down. This school year I plan on making sure I carve out time for myself. 

Summer break brought me laughs and smiles with my best friends. I spent a week in NYC with one of my best friends, Hannah, and a week with my other best friend, Christina, up in Northern California. In NYC, we went to a Yankees game, ate our way through Chelsea Market, and found a wedding dress for Hannah. With Christina, we played Settlers of Catan, made margaritas, went water skiing, and got Daisy swimming in the lake! Spending a week with each was exactly what the doctor ordered. Sometimes you just need to have friend time.

 Christina & Daisy

Summer break brought me the opportunity to learn from Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project. I still can't believe I attended the writing institute with my work wifey, Jasmine Marie. I mean I had a conversation and took a picture with LUCY CALKINS (She is who I want to be when I grow up!) I left that week feeling motivated and rejuvenated. Summer break brought me the excitement to share writing with my students. 
Summer break brought me time to spend with my family. I spent a week with family in Philadelphia. My little sister graduated from high school there and was valedictorian of her class (If you can't tell, I am very proud). I can't believe she heading to college! I also got to spend time with my dad while I was there. We all know I love our father daughter dates. Summer break brought me a chance to just hang out and relax with my family. 

So as I end my summer break and start a new year, I am taking all the things summer break brought me and sharing them with my new children over this year. It may be my fifth year, but I am still just as excited and nervous as they are!