Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Are you kidding me?!?!

We had our Wednesday morning staff meeting this morning, and surprise, surprise! We got yet ANOTHER prep schedule!!! And, unlike the last change, which was great for me (I got 5 preps!) this one sucked monkey ass! We've all been reduced to 3 preps again! ARGHHHH!!! I'm so pissed, I don't even want to write anymore about it.

The other change - lunch schedules. Talk about a cluster fuck!! Our lunch was moved to 10 minutes later, which wouldn't be such a big deal if she didn't schedule FOUR OTHER CLASSES at the same friggin' time! Um, hello!! There is ONE lunch counter. Only ONE lunch tray can be made and served at a time. So, yeah, let's have 125+ kids come to lunch AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!!! Yeah, that makes total sense! Because 5 classes now go to lunch at the same time, that means a major backlog at the bathrooms. We all try to take our kids to the bathroom on the way to lunch so they can wash their hands before they eat. Yeah, well, needless to say, my class was the last one to the lunchroom, since 5 year-olds tend to move like snails. By the time my whole class was served and seated, they had about 8 minutes to actually eat. WTF?!

I immediately sent New Principal an email with my two cents regarding the whole change. Who knows what good it'll do, if any. But, at least it let me get my complaint off my chest. I'm still REALLY pissed about it, though. I'll be curious to see if she responds to the email.

The baby shower was really nice. I made pasta with broccoli and garlic, chicken sausage with spinach and asiago cheese, mini focaccia breads, tossed salad with feta, olives, cukes and red onion, fresh fruit salad, and of course, those cute little pink cupcakes. Oh, and my friends noshed on a chili-cheese dip while I cooked. Yum! Mrs. F. was really excited about the car seat/stroller thingy we got for her. What a great way to spend an afternoon. Great food, great friends, what more could you want? It exactly what I needed after a crappy day at the Hell-Hole!


The Bus Driver said...

Down here, they stagger the lunch times. Starting at like 10 or 10:15, the first two or three classes come for lunch.. then every class after that is on a 10-15 min lag behind the first 2 or 3 classes.

For example lets say there is 4 classes in each grade.
Pre-k 1+2 - 10 am
Pre-k 3+4 - 10:15
K 1+2 - 10:30
K 3+4 - 10:45
1st 1+2 - 11:00
etc etc...

By the time pre-k 1+2 come in get their lunches and sit down to eat, the next wave of kids is coming in...

By the time the second wave of kindergarten comes, the pre-k are just about done their lunches, and the tables are cleared and wiped for the next group.

Its a very easy system to follow and it doesnt overload the playground OR the lunchroom at any given time.

ChiTown Girl said...

That's pretty much what I suggested in my email to New Principal. We'll see if she gives it any thought.

karen gerstenberger said...

YUM! You sound like an awesome cook/hostess!
I don't know what to say about the hell-hole lunch problem, except I am really thankfull that they have YOU there, with your experience - and your willingness to offer its benefits to the school. I'm thankful that you got a rapid response to your suggestion. There's hope!
Please tell Stud "Hi" from me.

miss r said...

Mmmm I love your pasta with broccoli!