Countdown to winter break

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Countdown to winter break
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Sun, 12-04-2011 - 6:14pm

I'm done Dec.16. In the meantime we have a book fair all week and the next week I am finishing entering and processing about 200 books, doing inventor,y and

Sherry
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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 10:46pm
My agenda involves job hunting, as it has for the past 18 months, unfortunately. I don't expect many jobs to be advertised now that it's the holiday season. I'm praying that I will get some kind of job in 2012 before my unemployment insurance runs out in May. I'd even settle for a part time job at this point.
As far as the holidays go, I'm on top of my shopping and am looking forward to both of my college aged dd's homecoming at the end of next week. I wish the weather were a little colder. It's hard to get into the Christmas spirit when the weather feels like Sept. We're having a very mild autumn here in the NE.
Who are you using for your book fair Sherry? I used to use Scholastic, but I did not like them at all. They sell so much junk and oftentimes, the kids are more interested in the junk than the books. I also dislike the way they allow you to take the profits. Good luck with your fair. I always found them so stressful.
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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 8:54am

We have Scholastic, but we asked for the least amount of junk possible, There is one small table of pencils and erasers and some posters but no craft kits and toys etc. Of course the kids buy some but it is mostly with their odd amounts of change after they figure their book total. It's been going well. There was an event Saturday morning with Santa and the elves reading books and an event with a children's author last night for the older students.

Sherry
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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 10:33am

Most of my shopping is done- I plan on going to Walmart today to finish it.

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 11:34am

Life has been a blur since Thanksgiving! I participated in a 3 day training institute, 2 out of school meetings, and used 2 sick days with my ill kiddos so I've been out of the building 7 days in the last 3 weeks! I am thankful for a little time away from the usual but I always end up

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 6:44pm

Best wished for a great holiday and break to you too!

Sherry
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 6:52pm

Music Expert: I have a question!

Sherry
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 10:03pm
My guess is that you have a lazy music teacher who can't be bothered to teach and rehearse enough repertoire for a decent concert. Express!
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Fri, 12-16-2011 - 9:19am

Well, having taught elementary music for 7 years, I can tell you that many teachers who do hour-long programs with their kids spend months preparing for the concert, and often actual musical learning goes out the window. Performance classes are an entirely different matter, but when you have general music once or twice a week for 20 or 30 minutes, retention is very poor. So if just a couple grades are responsible for the whole program, shorter is generally an indication of MORE actual learning and less dedicated show prep. Think of it as actual teaching verses prepping for 'the test'.

Parents are happier to come and see their child do three or four songs with their grade level, than to go to an all-school program that drags on for an hour and a half where their kid performs once. I can't tell you how many parents thanked me for coming in at 30 minutes for my elementary programs!

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Sat, 12-17-2011 - 5:17pm

I can see your point. I've seen classes cancelled for the nonparticipating classes and extended practice that cut into other subjects. Our kids have

Sherry