Celebrating Each Saturday with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build. It's a good time to read about everyone's celebrations! Come join us! Tweet at #CelebrateLu
No week is perfect, and this one was not. Some tough moments began the week, and it was only four days, but oh so filled!
There are some moments to celebrate, and I do.
Tuesday evening I spent time with a former colleague at her husband's start of his marvelous book tour. He's been writing for a long time, has published several books, but this latest seems bigger somehow. He's touring in bigger cities, there was a huge crowd, etc. And it was lovely to see my old friend with whom I taught. The author is Paolo Bacigalupi and his book is The Water Knife. You might know his YA book, Shipbreaker, and others by him. It was terrific to discover another colleague came, so we sat together, then during the question period I heard a familiar voice, one of my students. She is a young woman avidly writing a novel, come to see a writer, and ask how he started! I am so proud of her for standing up in a crowd of adults and asking a question she wanted to know. Paolo gave her lots of advice!
We have a special evening dinner each year to bring our continuing students into the alumni group. It is a celebration of their time with us, there are short speeches and the sweetest slide show that includes photos of when they began their time with us, often in kindergarten. Some students are completing their eighth year at the school! This night was Wednesday.
Thursday students really completed ALL THEIR WORK. We set up displays to be ready for our parent visit on Monday morning. I evaluated so much during the week, and have more to do of course, and next week we'll do all the endings, to be shared another time. Whew! I know students will have a great weekend with not too much left to do except final thank yous and special awards they create for their classmates.
Friday we were rewarded by going to Denver's amusement park, Elitch Gardens. It was a beautiful and cool day, just right for waiting in line for rides, eating and drinking and playing with friends. For teachers, it was a good day too. Some of us rode a few rides, some brought some work to do, and we had one day of not rushing around, and a little ice cream, too.
Friday night, after Elitch's, I went to a high school graduation party for two of my former students, still best friends although they took very different paths in high school. I also got to see other students, all grown up and so filled with life, like all high school students! It was a great time.
|cupcake at the party|
And now the weekend is filled with planning for next week. I have a lot to do, but I know next week will be good! Best wishes for good weeks for all of you as well!