I'm a pre-k teacher in a public school. Mostly, I've loving it, but I'm having some issues because it's a brand new program in the school. It's my first year in public school, I taught 6 months last year in a Head Start. My biggest issues are about curriculum, ratios, and getting told about things (they sometimes assume I just know what all the alphabet soup acronyms are). Ratio: For instance, they have asked that money for our fundraiser be brought to the office 3 mornings a week. Well, due to ratio, my assistant and I can't be out of the room. The secretary calls my room to ask if I can take a phone call. Nope, not unless you come down to cover. When we go to the playground, we're supposed to stop by the office each day to get a walkie-talkie and a key to the building to get back in. I've asked if I could not just be given a key and walkie-talkie, as we would have to drag the whole class up to the office every day. I was told no. Curriculum: My kids need a long center time. They will get a bit noisy, as they are playing. My principal has asked me to close our door when we are doing circle or centers. Okay, fine, I'll compromise. But then this week they decided to do hearing screenings next door in the art room. I'm sorry, no, I can't keep my children quiet all day long, nor do I think it's reasonable to ask. Acronyms: What the heck is all this stuff? CARE teams, how we go about getting assessments done for special education/speech, CUM folders, teacher evaluations, etc. I have a kindergarten teacher mentor, but she has small kids, and the only time I could see her is after-school, when she's occupied with her kids. Should I just go in and say that I need some help? Finally, loneliness: I know everyone is busy, it's the beginning of school, we hardly ever get out of our room. My assistant is nice, but she's more my mom's age than mine. I'd like to connect with some of the younger teachers, but how? We went out to lunch together during workdays and they seem nice, but I haven't really seen them since. We are required to eat meals in our room. I know I wrote a book, sorry, but any suggestions?