|Yellow Day Parade with Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Amann|
Big yellow buses cruising my neighborhood signal the change of seasons - and the beginning of another school year at LCCS. My first two days zipped by in a blur of rules, procedures, and PowerPoints. Despite a schedule with shortened periods on Friday, I decided that Art 1 would dive into the first assignment. Strolling into what I thought would be an empty art room with 20 minutes to spare, I met an entire classroom of perky little first graders raptly listening to our elementary art teacher, Miss R. I subdued an unnecessary adrenaline rush with the mantra, "Don't panic." When there are two principals integrating a complex matrix of elementary and secondary schedules for one art room and different teachers, collisions occasionally happen. We always work something out.
A quick check with the main office confirmed that we had a double-booking situation. Since altering the space-time continuum isn't a viable option, I quickly loaded an art cart with supplies. Proceeding to round up my kids, we made a cozy impromptu classroom flanking the main hallway.
With the added bonus of new kindergartners parading through our ranks down the corridor, things were moving forward surprisingly well until I realized that half of my brand new 2B pencils weren't sharpened. Minor problem - nary a pencil sharpener on the cart, nor in sight. As a former girl scout, I can assure you that the motto "Be prepared" didn't take into consideration this particular contingency. Fortunately, I have adaptable kids and a sense of humor, so we made it work. Next week we'll be back in the art room, but I wouldn't be adverse to another kindergarten parade past our door.