Every year, our school staff (teachers & admin) go on a staff retreat to a landmark about 3 hours away from home. We stay 3 nights. The days are spent curriculum mapping, reviewing data, creating new PBIS procedures, etc.. and the evenings are all staff bonding and team building exercises. Our principal always says that she can't technically require us to go, but that she doesn't accept any excuses not to go (bascially it's not a choice not to go) Last year I didn't go (I had just had a baby so I go out of it), but this year there are no excuses. I know that it's a good opportunity to work on things for the school year and get to know everyone better, but really, it's still summer and I have no desire to even think about curriculum right now Plus my husband just started a new job and can't take off, so I had to find a babysitter for all 3 days. I'm just full of complaints right now. Does anyone else have to do a staff retreat? This is on top of the 30ish hours of PD we've already done this summer (plus July 31-Aug 3 is PD week for our entire district, so I'll be training every day then, too).