There are very few days during the school year that a teacher vehemently dreads, but the day after Halloween is such a day. Which is why I am so glad the day after Halloween is ON A SATURDAY this year! Having Halloween on a Friday (and a minimum day for my school no less) is the ideal schedule for a teacher. Most years I do enjoy "celebrating" Halloween with my class. The day after however sucks. The kids are tired from the night-before's festivities while being amped up on candy at the same time. They are useless so the day in the classroom is pretty much useless too. My colleagues and I have often discussed how wise it would be to just make Halloween the last Friday of every October. With all the festivities (both child and adult) wouldn't having them on a Friday with the weekend to recover make so much sense?!?! I might have to try to get it on the ballot for the next election...teachers alone would give me enough signatures!
Yesterday was a good day. The kids participated in some learning activities made fun with a Halloween theme. We've been studying spiders this month so we wrapped up that unit as well. There was a "party" during the last hour of the day. We have such little parent help at my site so the party is low key since I plan it myself. A little snack, a drink, a goodie bag, and movie is what made up this year's party. That is pretty much my party M.O.
I changed up this year's snack a bit due to our district's new wellness policy. We are supposed to limit the sweets (candy, cupcakes, cookies) which at my site hadn't really been an issue due to the teachers running the show but had become quite a problem at some of the other sites where the parents are in charge of the parties. Anyhow, trying to honor the policy I created treat bags for class with some healthier treats...
They were a complete hit! The kids thought they were so funny, some almost fell on the floor laughing and gasping...especially about eating ghost poop!! Just in case it isn't clear, the snack is dried cranberries, pretzel sticks, and air popped popcorn.
There were about 15 minutes left in the school day after the movie was over and we had cleaned up. The kids had kept it mostly together up until then, but their excitement was coming to a head. They were like a kettle that hums and shakes just before it starts to boil. So we packed up, and I took them outside to play on the jungle gym for the last 10 minutes of the day. Even then, I was exhausted just watching them. The excitement was seeping out of them. When the dismissal bell rang and their parents arrived, I waved and wished them a fun evening. As my team and I walked back to our rooms we dripped with relief about not having to teach the day after Halloween.
And I'm still relieved while still in bed on a Saturday morning writing this post. This is a much better way to spend the day after Halloween!
And to add to this happy, relief-filled weekend Day Light Savings time ends tomorrow! It'll be so nice not to drive to work Monday morning in the dark.