2015 – 2016 Week 1!

It is official! We are back to school! And my Maternity Leave/Extended Summer is OVER  😦 HOWEVER, I am so happy to see my school friends again (both the big and little ones). And…I shouldn’t be TOO sad…I still get plenty of baby time too!

We have just completed our first week back with students. The week before was just teachers. This year, I am doing something a little different – I am working part time. I will be at work in the mornings and another librarian will be at my school in the afternoons. I am so thankful that my principal (former principal, I should say – we have a new principal!) was able to arrange this for me. It has been exciting at my school on the admin end – my principal got a promotion and is now working at our district office. Our new principal has been our Assistant Principal since we opened, so she is familiar and wonderful. Everyone is happy, happy, happy!

Since I am working part time, I will not see the 5th grade technology class that I have written about in the past. I will do lots (hopefully) of collaboration with 5th grade (and everyone else), so I’ll still work with them, but I won’t have those technology lessons to share with you. I will see Kindergarten – not as part of Related Arts, but for 30 minutes once a week to share good books and set the library love foundation.

This week, just about everyone came to the library to check out books. I have not seen my Kindergarten friends yet – they will come next week. Everyone who came to the library this week got our usual back to school/introduction lesson. I just did a quick review and told them about my new schedule, since we only have 1 or 2 (if that) new students per class. Normally, I spend more time talking about where things are, but I felt like this year they just didn’t need that, so we got right down to the business of checking out books and I think everyone liked that – teachers were able to get back to their instruction in the classroom, kids didn’t have to listen to me say the same thing as last year (and the year before that and the year before that) and they got to the books quicker. THAT’S whats important, after all!

I sent out my August newsletter.

We celebrated summer readers this week by giving anyone who showed us their reading medal or reading log a bookmark (suntan lotion scented, of course) and allowed them to write their name on one of our windows (totally borrowed that idea from Auntie Librarian – thanks, Jennifer!)

There is a new program/app on our student iPads this year (Airwatch – any readers use that?) and it is throwing us for a loop. My assistant and the TIS has spent a lot of time trying to figure that out. We hope to be able to get the iPads in use soon.

I think that about wraps up this week’s fun – how was your week?


About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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