We (teachers, administrators, assistants, custodians, secretaries, interventionists ... every employee) get to kickstart the school year at a traditional "ceremony" called Opening Day. I missed my first one last year due to a little Miss E in the belly giving us a false start at the time. So, I was pretty excited to experience firsthand Opening Day. And I must say, it was a wonderful reminder of why I am a teacher and how lucky I am to be doing what I love to do in a district like Kirkwood. And after all of the thoughtful reminders of how we are ONE KIRKWOOD, it ended with a bang. Literally, a bang! See for yourself!
That was pretty cool, no? I was in my high school's marching band and it brought back a flood of pleasant and not-so-pleasant memories. Any guesses as to what instrument I played while marching around on a football field? :)
After being inspired on Wednesday, we went back to our respective classrooms and continued to prepare for the year to come. However, what's really neat about this year is that our team is really looking into ways that we can be ONE TEAM. Notice a theme here? So our team is not just the three *ahem* awesome teachers of Mrs. Bearden, Ms. Turken, and myself, but includes our wonderful (equally awesome, of course) interventionists, teachers in special education, instructional supports,... Seriously, it's all about the team.
(top row: Mrs. Cheatham, Mr. Shelton, Mrs. Bearden, and me
bottom row: Ms. Turken, Mrs. Jeon, and Mrs. Bell
missing: Mrs. Sondermann, TA's, and other amazing people!)
I can't wait for the amazing collaboration that will take place this year to ensure that learning happens for all of our students in 5th grade...one step at a time! Are you ready? I CAN'T WAIT!