For my own sanity, every time I get a new iteration of my class list, I make new name badges, name writing sheets and name project pages for that student. I do this because it's the kind of thing that keeps me up at night, even though it is not difficult or time-consuming to wait and write a name.
This is why I know I have had as many as 25 students on my roster. In total, I've had thirty different children enrolled in my class at various points. When I left school today, I had a final (ha!) roster of 19 students. Two are siblings of students I had in the past, three came by to say hello and three are new to the country within the last four months. Pretty cool.
Tomorrow when I go in, I will pull all the sheets and projects for students who have disappeared from the roll and put them in a folder just in case. I also will make sure I have a few blank everythings for students who come in the first few days.
And I will resign myself to some of my students leaving when they get a placement offer at a different school. This bums me out even though I understand it; our school is not convenient for everyone. And some people want programs (immersion, etc.) that we don't offer. And some people have concerns about our school that strike me as unstudied, unjustified and questionable in motivation.
Whatever the case, it always feels like a personal rejection, you know?
Tomorrow, I've also got copies to make, a shelf to organize and will be expecting a delivery of snacks and water that I've ordered for the first week for my class. The room's ready to go and my Resident graciously took home some laminated stuff to cut. I'm also planning to meet with one of the first grade teachers and give her a quick overview of her students who were in my class last year. And then it's just Monday.
Perhaps ambitiously, we are cooking a healthy snack on the first day of school. Well, we are mixing yogurt, (healthy) granola, frozen blueberries and ten mini chocolate chips in a cup and calling it cooking. Should be fun, though. Since I am planning to be dressed extremely well, if not in a fashion generally seen in Kindergarten, I have already made sure a large apron is ready and waiting for me. Now I must only remember to put it on. And if the worst thing that happens this year is that I get some yogurt on the McQueen, then I'm a very lucky person.