Teachers return to school on Wednesday. Students return on Monday or Tuesday (I don't remember which). Yesterday evening I received a pre-recorded message on my phone from my principal saying that our open house would be held on Thursday afternoon. This is a mandatory event and we're expect to attend. In the past, our open house has been in September or October (far too late into the year, if you ask me). This news was unexpected. My concerns are twofold: When we return to school on Wednesday, our day will be filled with meetings. All day Wednesday, all day Thursday, and all day Friday. I can't imagine that we will have time to set up our rooms by Thursday afternoon. Our rooms must be completely packed up at the end of each school year, so there is like literally nothing going on in my room right now. I have to unpack and organize everything. I had plans with friends for that Thursday night. In all the years I've worked here, we've never had an obligation extend into the evening during the week before school starts, so I felt safe making plans. Now I'm going to have to cancel those plans, and they will be difficult to reschedule and impossible to replicate. Frustrating. I wish we had known about this schedule change at the end of the school year or earlier in the summer.