Yes a good portion of the country is already back at school but here in NYC we still have a week to go – and then we have only one day before we’re off for two days because of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year. (Yes that’s right, here in NYC the public schools close for the Jewish holidays because there are so many Jewish teachers and students, it’s not just an urban legend) Since we’re not religious I never really think of Rosh Hashanah as my “new” year but since it coincides so nicely with the first day of school it seemed the perfect opportunity to make some New School Year resolutions. After all, for most parents the only calendar that truly matters is the school calendar. So here are my resolutions as a PTA co-President and parent.
- Keep my eye on the big picture. Every year my daughters and I are frustrated by the slow start to the year when it seems like everything is just a replay of the year before. But, soon enough things get rolling so I’ve learned it’s better to give the teachers time to get their curriculum underway before passing judgement on the class.
- Rise Above the Fray. A lot happens during the course of a school year but it’s easy to get dragged into the day to day dramas and small upsets that occur in a 3rd grade girl’s and PTA parent’s life. Better to keep the goals of the year in mind and know that most of the time perspective, and a deep breath, are all that’s needed.
- Keep School Life Separate. I have a hard time leaving the school day behind because I am so involved at my daughters’ school. But I’ve realized that there is only so much I can or should do as a volunteer and that my other work (this blog for instance) needs to stay a priority throughout the year not just on school holidays. So, I plan on doing my best for the school but not letting it dominate my thoughts, goals and time. (I’ll let you know how that goes in about 2 months…)
- Delegate. I am not talking about my PTA duties here. I’ve got an awesome team of volunteer parents for that. No, I need to give more responsibilities to my girls this year. They should be making their own lunches the night before, packing their lunch in the morning and keeping their work organized at home.
- Get and Stay Organized. Since I’m on the subject of organization I have to say that every year I start out the school year with the best of intentions – folders ready, pencils sharpened, etc. The thing is a month into the school year I’ve got piles of art work, homework sheets and newsletters piled all over my living room and kitchen. So, one of my major resolutions is to scan their art work and create a end of year art book on….Snapfish.
Which leads to my fabulous giveaway. A $50 Snapfish Credit to spend on any of their products from prints to photobooks. I love creating photobooks. They are one of my favorite gifts for teachers at the end of the year, for grandparents always and last year I created one from our trip to Italy combining all of my blog posts as well as our photos.
If you would like to win a $50 Snapfish Credit simply leave a comment letting me know your new school year resolution (or your child’s!) I will choose a winner at random on September 13th. Good luck and have a great school year!
This contest is now closed. The winner was Melanie. Congrats Melanie!!