We've discussed communication in the past, but I just can't decide what is reasonable and what is ridiculous in my present situation. This is the start of my second year at this school. Last year I was hired in the week before school started so things were rushed, out of sequence, and incomplete.
Now, our first day is Wednesday and the PTA always has an open house a few days before the first day of school. I wasn't officially hired last year so I received no info on it at all. This year I also received nothing official concerning the open house, back to school info, meetings etc. I planned nothing until I had to show up Wednesday morning at the regular time. Yesterday I got an e-mail from the principal asking me if I was coming to the teacher's meetings on Monday and Tuesday morning and wanting to know what I had planned for the open house. Huh? No one told me a date and time, asked for anything or even said I was expected to attend their meetings or the open house. I learned quickly last year that the teachers have meetings and other staff are not included. I'd never been in a school where non teaching staff such as media specialists, psychologists, nurses and the instructional aides are excluded from meetings, but.... Anyway I assumed nothing was expected of me becasue I had received no official communication and nothing was on the school website.
The open house is tomorrow night and the library is still a mess from the move. There were a few shelves set incorrectly and the movers didn't place books neatly or correctly. My computers are not installed and there are odds and ends to straighten up. Now I should have a plan for open house and be ready to show off the new library space by tomorrow night? Is this unreasonable with no communication or fair warning?
I also wonder about the staff meeting. I have had my grand kids since my daughter returned to work. My grandson would have to start daycare two days early and my granddaughter would have to go to school with me and occupy herself in the library. If I decline to attend am I risking the dog house?
Issue #3: Our teachers have a full agenda. When I asked for their daily schedules to set up library periods and asked for 2 or 3 preferred times some declined to come to the library if it would conflict with a time they teach any tested subject! That's all of their periods except related arts such as music, art, PE and computer. I can't schedule them during those classes and pull them from another teacher! Only one teacher actually sent me her schedule and everyone else just stated when they would come. Some had notes stating the time was the only one they had available, period. Our principal has already taken a 90 language block and interventions period from my open times to schedule classes. Without copies of their schedules I don't know when they do the 90 minutes or the interventions. Our day is only 6 hrs and the teachers are pressured for results. I get that, but if I try to discuss scheduling and instructional support at the meeting and try to get them to give up more time for the library I'll rock the boat and start things off in a negative fashion. I know there will be several that want it their way or else. I'd rather approach the resistant ones one-to-one and not start a discussion that could explode out of control in a large group.
What would you do? I don't want to be in the dog house from Day 1, but I wish I had received some communication. Again, I've never been in a school where we did not receive a back-to-school agenda with expectations and requirements explained a couple of weeks before everything started. I've never been in a school with such little communication or cooperation/flexibility on scheduling. I've never been in a school with such a wall between classroom teachers and the support staff. I've told my principal this in the past but she says I'm misunderstanding it all.