Good Morning Friends, I have some happy news to share! As many of you know I left my school where I had taught for 6 years to accept a position at a different school for this year! Third grade. I'm not a risk taker. At all. This was a huge leap for me, but I was getting frustrated with a lot of things at current school and decided that, despite the horrible economy, I would see what else is out there. I was hired in May... telling my former P that I wasn't coming back was one of the most difficult things. I did it ASAP as I didn't want her to have stress about finding a replacement for me. (I hope that doesn't sound like I think I am this thrillingly awesome teacher -- just meant that I know it can be stressful). She was nice (enough) and wished me the best! About three weeks later (or so, who can keep track of dates during the summer) I go to my new school to sign my paper work, fill out payroll, etc! My new P takes me to my classroom and shows me my manuals, etc... As many of you also know, I am pregnant. At this day when the P was showing me my classroom I was about 7 weeks. We had an early Ultrasound due to several previous losses and the OB said "we can see a heartbeat this time.. it looks good, but you're still not out of the woods." Still... I felt compelled to tell her. Probably should have waited for the standard 12 weeks. But I just blurted it out in a super fast voice! She said "I am so happy for you! I will keep you in my prayers!" And HUGGED me. I love hugs. Just when you think the story is enough to put my mind at ease about feeling guilty about starting @ a new school pregnant... three days later she sends us a GREETING CARD in the mail (US Mail, not an ecard!!!) congratulating us!!!!!! I go in again yesterday to drop her off a candle that I got as a kind of "thank you." (Bath and Body has some candles 75% off right now.) She sat with me for 2 hours answering allllll my questions. I assured her that I would do everything in my power to ease the parents' fears about having the "pregnany teacher." At my old school, I was 1 of 3 second grade teachers... and parents had no reservations expressing how they didn't want to get "stuck with" the pregnant teacher. She said she had no doubt in her mind about that! She has a great sense of humor, is relaxed, and we hugged AGAIN! I went to my classroom and met the 5th grade teacher who is also very friendly and answered all my questions. As there is only one class per grade at new school, I will likely lean heavily on the 2nd and 4th grade teachers, but was so wonderful to meet the teacher in 5th! I will be a newbie to 3rd grade, and have some nervousness about not having "the other 3rd grade teacher" to learn from. At my old school there were 3 of us per grade! I think as long as I follow the standards and prepare them for 4th grade -- I'll be ok.