A short while ago I posted Ready? Set? and so now, clearly, it's time for "go"! "Go" started yesterday, the first day of classes (remote) for the Upper School. Our Middle and Lower Schools are still doing some orientation work, but those students are on campus, getting used to the new spaces and pathways and… Continue reading Go!
A few summers ago, after working on a big weed, I texted my then-assistant. She is Québécois and I texted her en francais: je suis fini However, thanks to autocorrect, and a quick send, it came out as je suis finite (which, ok, kind of close). A year or so later, we were talking about… Continue reading Zut correction automatique!!
We're not quite at "go" yet - classes officially start on the 14th, but the faculty is now in meetings and new students are orienting, so the start is creeping ever closer. It feels both just like yesterday I was working on last year's stuff... oh wait, it was! Seriously, it's been the oddest summer.… Continue reading Ready? Set?
Last week we finally heard from our Head of School what the start of the year would look like. Because Milton is such a complicated school, with three divisions, two of which are day only and one of which is day/boarding, decisions needed to be made by division rather than school-wide. Result? Our Lower and… Continue reading So now we know… sort of…
Sorry - I'm gonna rant here. It's been building for some time and this week was just, well, the last straw. Granted, I've been cranky because things at work haven't really stopped since just after Winter Break. Spring Break was filled with anxious colleagues setting up classes for a remote return, then... you know the… Continue reading Are you doing the work?
It's early July and I should be on a vacation of sorts. At Hackley, I was administration and worked all summer, taking four day weekends. At PCS and Porter's I chose to either go in occasionally to pick up mail or to work on a project. Both were my choice, and my time was just… Continue reading Little Changes Exhaust Me
The past week has been filled with meetings and emails about opening school safely, and what will happen in our libraries. One peer school has moved stacks, added tables and chairs and is preparing for students who have "frees" to be assigned to the library. Others are figuring out how to have students browse virtually… Continue reading A COVID-19 WFH rant
When the COVID shutdowns started happening, I fully expected ALA to at least shrink the annual conference -- bringing 20,000+ librarians and vendors together was not the best plan. Ultimately they decided to cancel the physical conference and go virtual. Hearing that, I didn't know what to expect because there is such a difference between… Continue reading An #alavirtual20 fail tale
anything but easy. (I was going to riff on the Four Questions but I don't know the Hebrew for "summer" and I don't feel like asking my Hebrew-speaking family members) Usually at this time in the academic year I'm done with meetings, finalizing the Big July Book Order and preparing for ALA Annual. Not to… Continue reading Summertime, and the living is…
Wow. What a year it's been. In August, last year, I wrote, " AY20 can’t be worse than AY19, right? RIGHT????" My Upper School librarian and I constantly talk about Not Tempting the Fates, usually around things like major weather episodes or traffic to/from work. You'd think I'd know better but obviously NOT. I tempted them.… Continue reading When you’re wrong, you’re wrong