The fires rage on. If I seem to be focusing on the them a lot, excuse me. It's just that they are so bad this year. Over 100,000 acres gone, many homes destroyed, and 2 firefighters lost their lives today when their vehicle overturned on one of those mountain roads.
I took this picture a few minutes ago as I drove home from school. Everything is done, but we had a required set-up day today, so I had to go in. It was helpful, I am planned for the week, the copies are made, and I created a little presentation on the class rules and other things for the kids tomorrow. This is my first new group in 2 years since I looped from 4th to 5th last year, so I have to start from scratch now--establishing myself as the BIG ...MEAN... TEACHER. I'm kidding.
Strangely, I don't have the normal pre-first-day butterflies that I often get. Maybe I'm out of practice because I knew all of my kids last year. I have learned that those butterflies are unnecessary. If anything, the first day is when the kids behave their best! It's the second day and every day after that that's hard. Actually, I have a pretty good feeling about this year. And I'm happy to be teaching 4th grade again. It's a good age.