School has been over for a week now and today it is only Nate McFarland and I here in the office. We are preparing the end of the year mailing, stuffing large manila envelopes with report cards, calendars, summer reading lists, school supply lists, and other vital pieces of information. It has been rather quiet here today, so far, and we are enjoying the freedom from neckties and clanging bells that summer affords to us.
I am not wearing socks (gasp!) and in two weeks I will be leaving for an all-too-brief summer vacation. This year my plan is to visit my family in Maine and then travel with my parents to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island for some rest and relaxation. My idea of a vacation is good friends, good books, good food, and quiet moments to enjoy them all.
School is very hectic and takes a lot of energy out of me each day. I realize this now that all the staff and students are gone, because I go home with energy to do things at the end of the day; I don't feel as though I need a nap before I can think about what the evening holds. Before school ended, the idea of mowing my lawn was inconceivable on some days, but now that school is over, I don't mind doing it and even find it almost pleasurable. Almost. It depends on the heat and humidity.
Next week, convention will be in full swing and Paula Lange and I will host a morning session for teachers again this year. Last year we had a great time discussing literacy, but this year we are tackling the topic of Christ in the classroom - Is it possible for a school to pursue both academic and spiritual excellence 100 percent? This should be a fun topic of discussion for all of the educators in attendance. It is what we are attempting to do here at GGCA. We don't believe in a 50-50 split. We want 100-100 and think it can be done.
Well, it is time to write out some birthday cards. School ends, but the students are still having birthdays, and we want them to know that though they are out of sight, they are not out of mind and they are much loved. Have a great vacation everybody! Do your summer reading! Don't have any? Assign yourself some!