Monday and Tuesday we were in Dillingham at In-Service from 8:00-4:00. This years in-service felt more productive to me than years in the past. We were given big chunks of the day to work within our content areas. Since I've been working on the science committee we have a lot to do and finish up, so it was much appreciated time and we did accomplish a lot. Wednesday we were supposed to be in in-service until 3:00 or 4:00, but the weather started to get bad so we ended at lunchtime. This way we were able to start flying back to our villages without being worried about getting weathered in.
I was really glad to get back to Togiak. We had been in Dillingham for 8 days. Luckily, when we got to Togiak our suitcases had finally arrived. We were getting sick of the 5 days worth of clothing we had with us since we'd left Anchorage. Wednesday evening was filled with unpacking and kitchen jenga. Have you ever tried to fit all of your household supplies and food for 9 months in your living space at one time? It's a bit tricky. We have not completely finished yet. There's still a box of Ramen noodles on the floor in the living room and two suitcases waiting to be unpacked in our second bedroom. They'll get taken care of eventually . . . at least my dishes are done (most of them anyway).
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were work days for us at the school. I really appreciated having that many days (although I wouldn't have complained about having more). In the past we've only had two days to prepare. It was a bit tricky to use the time well because the schedule was still getting adjusted until Saturday afternoon. That meant seating charts, class rosters, and other things that dealt with scheduling couldn't be completed. I honestly felt like a chicken with my head cut off. I did a lot of running around in three days, but I sure don't feel like I got tons accomplished. Ready or not, students will be in my room in less than 12 hours. Goodbye everything about my life that isn't school-related . . .
Friday evening we had a bonfire on the beach and set out our net to catch some salmon. Unfortunately, all day Saturday was stormy, which messed up the net a bit, and only one fish was caught.
Today was Sunday. I love Sundays. How nice it is to have a break from every day demands. We went to church and got to talk to lots of family, more than usual. We had a potluck and just got to spend time with one another. Can't complain about that.
Now I must go to bed so I'm not a cranky teacher on the first day. Wish us luck!