It takes a lot of work to prepare for the first day of the school year. It's probably alot like opening night of a Broadway play. Lots and lots of preparation before the curtain goes up.
We have one week to do about a month's worth of work. Bulletin boards, class lists, schedules, stamping and numbering loads and loads of new textbooks, arranging classroom furniture, unpacking manipulatives, making new tags for car riders, meetings for team building, meetings for safety training, meetings for reviewing attendance procedures, lesson plans for the first weeks, meetings about more meetings, celebrating with cupcakes for wonderful test scores, meetings about the nurse's clinic procedures, consuming a wonderful lunch provided by the PTO Volunteers, and finally team pictures.
Whew! And this was just the first day back. Ready or not, we will open the doors with smiles on our faces to greet the kids next Monday.
Bring 'em on. That's the part I love.