Happy New Year everyone! I know this is going to come across as complainy... Perhaps it's just a vent. Let me just give a little background before I get into my disappointment. It might have something to do with it. Last year was a very very draining and hard year for my grade level. A LOT... I mean... A LOT of needs (more than normal etc.) very tricky behavior challenges etc. Made it through and ended up having a better year than it could have been... I am also 4 months pregnant. Having the baby in late February. I am definitely more emotional, more exhausted and have a way shorter fuse than I have ever had... Okay- fast forward to this year... We just finished our first week of school and at the end of it, all I can feel is disappointed and upset. I think I had geared myself up for a year that was going to be different and for lack of a better word, easier (yah I know!) than last. SO not the case. This class is already pushing the limits and I in return have to be Mrs. Grumpo! I hate it! Yesterday I had four boys and a girl touching private parts while in line. I have a parent who wants to move their child out of my class (not because of me) because their daughter only has one girl from her k class in my class this year. They sent me a "lovely" email yesterday requesting a meeting at 6:00pm one day next week. WHAT???? Apparently she is going home crying after school each day and mom and dad want to talk to me about it and also get to "know me personally". Really? Ummm.. yah I don't want to be their friend!!! Daughter is fine in school. She came in crying yesterday and I said good morning, lets wipe off those tears, we're going to have a great day. Now, go to your locker and put your things away. When she came back in, she wasn't crying and had what seemed to me, to be a nice day. Mom and Dad wrote that she is only focusing on the negative when she comes home. Umm... she's 5! I have a child who the school has described to me as "a ticking time bomb". GREAT! I feel like I am walking on eggshells wondering what might set this little guy off. I am exhausted. Keep going into school at 7:15am and dont' leave until 7;00pm because anal me can't seem to leave before I am totally ready for the next day etc. I am working so hard with them to anchor behavoirs and they just don't seem to be getting it. They talk whenever they feel like it and then I feel like I am being the most awful teacher because I have to nip it in the bud. We had a first grade community building activity yesterday where we were ALL together and all three other classes were sitting SO nicely, quietly, listening, involved... and then there was my group of cherubs. I feel like over the summer... I totally forgot how to plan. Ugh! Does that make any sense? I am not sure if I am asking a question in this post, looking for advice or just venting. In any case, thank you so much for reading if you made it this far!