Wow….deep breath….WOW! I know, I know – we don’t want drama. We don’t want problems. Things should run like a smooth machine. But folks – there are so many variables when aiming for a good day. The thing is – every day this week was a GREAT day. I thanked teachers the first day saying how we had flawless execution with regard to: kids arrival, settling in, smooth transitions, lunch flexibility, happy students, and a problem free dismissal. And that just continued throughout the week.
Teachers were getting to know their kids. Routines and rules were being established. New friendships were being forged. Boundaries were being tested. And I’m sure all of this newness extended into the household. We certainly had some tired Roadrunners in our home. And of course we have the added twist of dad being principal. Interesting to navigate. But overall – I must say we are off to a tremendous start. Teachers and students seem ready to be back, ready to explore, and ready to grow. I know I am!
A few thanks to folks. Shannon, my wife – you are an angel. These past two weeks I spent so much time wanting the best for my 400+ kids that it has made it tougher for you and our own 3 Roadrunners. THANK YOU. Teachers and staff – what a warm welcome these past few weeks. And what a tremendous performance for this first week with kids back. Your compassion and your passion – so evident as I walked around and visited classrooms this week. Central office crew – how many phones calls and emails came your way from me this week? And to have many of you visit a few times this week – it means a lot to me and to all of us at Randolph. Parents & families – just as warm a welcome. I’m now seeing first hand the dedication that I knew existed. And lastly, students. I’m proud of you all and am anxious to continue to get to know you.
A few highlights from the week. Every grade level visited with me in the library (thanks Sue for hosting). We talked about our Roadrunner rules – Respect Myself, Respect Others, and Respect Property. Students gave me examples of what that looks like throughout the school. We met “George”, a new student at the school that was treated poorly and got all crumpled up. And we talked about how even after apologies, even after George seemed all better on the outside, he was still hurting a little on the inside. George was hoping to teach everyone to always be nice from the start. And then students got to ask me questions. A fun one was my age. After I would answer there’d be a mixed reaction of “that’s young” or “that’s really old”.
I had a chance to visit students everywhere – classrooms, cafeteria, recess, walking club, after school care, hallways, buses, etc. Always a smile, a wave, a sideways hug, a hello – or my favorite Mrs. Austin trick – a microwave (tiny wave with your pinky). I felt like a celebrity!
The week ended with something I’d been seeing on Facebook a lot – the ALS ice water challenge. 2nd and 4th looked on as eight of us received a rather painful high drop drenching. My flip flops (not normally allowed) squeaked all the way through dismissal. I’ll end this post with pictures from that event. And it’s neat to think that I ended my week with an event that fits our GCPS vision so well: “Inspiring and preparing the next generation to make a positive impact.”