Happy Weekend, friends!
I have just come out of the most stressful 10 day period that I hopefully only happens once a year. It was all entirely school related and there was no way to avoid it, but now it is over! Yay!
I attended two honor band festivals with students, put on a gigantic concert where four of my groups performed (and the accompanying panic that comes with trying to get said groups ready for a concert), attended a jazz band clinic where I was a little out of my league but learned a lot, and on top of that had some crazy days due to weird schedules. And on top of that, hosted my inlaws for two days.
I am ready for this weekend!!!
I am actually ready for all the weekends, forever and ever. :o)
I got a new name stamp for use at school for passes and pride points. It is actually pretty cool and I wish I would have done it sooner. Plus this way when kids arrive late to class with a pass from band it is not just scribbles on a post it note. I feel so official!
I actually had a really great time at the honor band festival that I attended with my 8th graders. They are all great students and I didn't have to worry about them one bit. I enjoyed a day of watching rehearsals, sitting in a comfy chair, using the free wifi and doing a little bit of catch up work while I was at it. The honor band was at a local college and I discovered their new student center with a coffeeshop and bakery! I also had a great lunch getting to know some other area directors and we had some pretty good conversations about such pressing middle school band topics like taking a trip to Adventureland, working parochial kids into our schedule, the best parades to take our marching bands to, and why we never have enough time to get things done. It made me realize that we are all pretty much in the same boat with programs that are understaffed, underfunded but with fantastic students.
So basically I've just been doing a whole lot of working lately but I hope that will change soon. I've been looking forward to our Disney trip and my students informed me that spring break is "only" 7 weeks away.
I've pretty much been living vicariously through my sister as she is doing the Disney College Program this semester. It seems like a lot of fun! She's making lots of new friends as you can see:
Have a great weekend!