I know I am not the first one to say this, but I cannot believe it is already AUGUST! I have been enjoying this summer, but it sure has felt FAST. There is still lots of exciting stuff happening in August, including a four-day course next week provided by my school board as a grade-specific summer institute (so, I'll be in sessions relating to planning for and teaching a 3/4 combined class this fall -- a very new adventure for me!). I said that I would wait and think about the coming school year in August, well... here we are.
I am not allowed back into my school to set up my classroom until the very last week of August this year (due to the caretaker cleaning schedule). I am so excited to get in there and get set up. It's one of my favourite parts of teaching, preparing my classroom to become a welcoming environment for encouraging my students to want to be there every day! Because I've been changing teaching assignments so much, I've been moving classrooms completely, and I get to set up a room from scratch each time. It's a lot of work, especially in no air conditioning in late August, but it's really exciting and fun.
In between those two things, Mr. Lock and I are spending five nights at a cottage his parents rent each year (and have rented every year since Mr. Lock was four-years-old or so). We went there last summer, and it is just such a lovely lake and peaceful location. I love being at a cottage, and am really looking forward to this trip. While we are there, Mr. Lock's aunt and uncle will be there as well and I do love spending time with extended family!
Oh, before the cottage but after my course (following me? Disjointed writing straight from the heart FTW!)(ahem)... we also have Quin's bridal shower! I am really looking forward to it. We have a few games planned, and Quin should receive some lovely, much-needed gifts for her new home. It will be such a great afternoon with about 22 ladies, a fun send-off into the world of marriage for one of my BFFs.
I also think I'm finally going to go see the new Batman movie. I've had trouble feeling okay going to see it in theatres (anxiety disorder FTL), but I know I just need to get my butt back to the theatre again to feel better. I'm sad there was a tragedy, but I also cannot allow a crazy person's horrible choice in one circumstance to stop me from doing what I enjoy ("feel the fear and do it anyway", a quote I try to live by).
Alright, so in a totally disorganized way...which I'm not bothering to edit for flow because hello?! It's a BLOG and should sound like I'm journaling sometimes...where was I? Oh yes, so... that's August. I just know it'll speed up and be over before I know it, and there I will be in my next classroom with my new group of students. I'm just glad I love my job so much.
Want in on a secret? I cannot wait! C'mon September!!
Only a few days left to enter my giveaway for a chance to attend a pre-screening event for The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Thursday, August 9th (7:30 pm) at Richmond Hill SilverCity! If you live in the GTA and would like a chance to win a family pass (that's FOUR tickets), then enter the giveaway on this post!