I Love “Back to School!”

These last few days have been invigorating and exhausting all at once!  It’s back to school preparation time for teachers in our area.  I love back to school time ALMOST as much as dismissal for summer vacation.  I thrill at unlocking my classroom door for the first time after a long break.  The floors are shiny like glass.  There is a healthy coating of dust on all of the furniture just waiting to be lifted with a lemony antibacterial wipe.  First, there is the task of putting the furniture back into its place – experimenting with different arrangements.  Then there is the disinfecting.  Next comes unpacking box after box of school supplies.  Once everything is situated, then I get to do the part I love most – decorating!

To me, my class is like an extended family and my classroom – a home away from home.  I take lots of pride in trying to make my classroom look inviting, neat and “homey” – a place where kids look forward to coming to for (at least) 50 minutes a day!  This year, I’m sharing a room with a social studies teacher.  Trying to decorate with history, geography AND religion in mind was a challenge, but I’m pretty happy with the results.  I took just a couple of photos to give you an idea.  I was particularly glad to still have a place to hang my beautiful tapestry of the Good Shepherd.  It’s a very comforting image!

I’ve also been excited about working on our faculty retreat scheduled for next Monday.  The theme is going to be “Love” & God’s unfailing love.  I have carefully chosen bible passages, prayer, songs and even a movie that I hope will provide inspiration to drive us through the hectic opening days of school.

You know one of the things that this middle-aged teacher misses about my younger days as a teacher is the chalkdust in an array of powdered colors that would coat my fingertips each day – that and my youth, of course!

I look forward to seeing all of my teacher friends on a daily basis once again.  Our school has been blessed with a truly awesome faculty!  I actually do miss them when we are apart!Here’s some centerpieces to put atop the tables for the retreat and some “candy hearts” with bible verses on them that my daughter helped me to make.
Some will be able to be viewed from the back as well, so the chapter and verse are on the reverse (in case you wondered.)

I hope there are no typos.  I’ve got to run.  My little one wants me to shoot a few hoops before the sun sets!


About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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4 Responses to I Love “Back to School!”

  1. Sharon says:

    Lovely, thanks for sharing! Just curious, are you using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at your school? (you mentioned you had a tapestry of the Good Shepherd) That’s a program I’d love to learn more about.

    I taught elementary school before I had kids, and stayed home with them for nine years. I’ve worked off and on these last five years or so part time as a teaching assistant, substitute and preschool teacher; I miss the chalk too!

    • danardoyle says:

      No we do not. I have heard of it, though. We use “Faith First” series. I believe that it is by Benzinger. I think that teaching is the greatest job. I find a lot of hope for the future in working with children! I also like to be home when my own children are home.

  2. pattyabr says:

    My heart is always refreshed with children returning to school. It is a time for new beginnings and renewal.

    My son just started his new job about 7 weeks ago after graduating from college in May. My husband told him that he will reframe how he looks at his job once summer ends and school begins. Once the summer sun fades into fall and into winter you are not part of the “school pack” you are part of the working world. School is structured. Being an adult in the world there is structure with work but the homework pressures are gone. That is when you pray that the seeds planted as a chlld have taken root to blossom as an young adult in the world and be a beautiful part of it.

    Happy Back to School for your young ones.

    • danardoyle says:

      Congratulations to your son on landing that first big job. That’s a huge step in life. I pray that my oldest who is a Junior in college will be able to find a job when he graduates. God will take care of him, I know. Best wishes to you and yours!

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