Okay, so today I was sitting in front of the TV in my pajamas sipping my hot cocoa and watching a new episode of “Desperate Housewives” (my favorite show) that I had recorded, when I got a call from the principal of the school I work at. She told me that I had to come to the school today even though it was a Sunday, because there was a very “important” issue we had to talk about. At first I thought she was going to fire me, so I rushed into the bathroom, took a shower, and drove to the school. I was so relieved to see all the other teachers there too. That meant she wasn’t going to fire me. But what else was so important that we had to come to work on a weekend?
As soon as everyone else was there, Ms. Principal Lady started the conference. She told us about how the TAKS test was coming up, and how we needed to start preparing our students the best we could. And that we should give them a grade above worksheets so that they would be extra ready. (For example, 3rd graders should do 4th grade worksheets.) So one of the other teachers asked, “What else is this conference about? I mean, you said there was something very important to talk about, and you made us come here on a Sunday. And, if it’s about the TAKS test, why are the kindergarten-2nd grade teachers here too?” And the principal replied with, “Oh, and the younger grade teachers are here because I wanted to tell them something also very important. Make sure the younger kids aren’t playing in the bathrooms. Make sure that they are just doing their business and then coming out. And, they spill too much water when they wash their hands. The custodians have been complaining about that for quite a while now. Tell the kids to stop spilling the water. I think you should take classroom restroom breaks, and one of you guys can supervise them. You can all leave now.” So I went home, very annoyed that I had to drive all the way to the school (which I live very far away from) for something that she could have just told us tomorrow during school!
I had wanted to stay in my PJ’s all day today, but the “very important” conference had forced me to take a shower, change into normal clothes, and post-pone my lazy-day! I had even wasted two and a half-hours of the day! (It takes two hours to get to the school and back, and the conference lasted about half-an-hour! I know, awfully long for such a short conference, but the principal likes to drag them, and we have to wait until we’re sure every teacher is there.) Next time, the principal calls me because I have to go to an “extremely important” conference, I’ll find out what it’s about before I go! 🙂