family , JPGHS , Library , poncho/cape
This is the first week since school began where I spent more time OUTSIDE the Library than in. Weird, huh?
Monday was a “normal” day in the Library … lots of students and faculty/staff in and out and then the day ended with a volleyball game against St. Gertrude’s (an all-girl Catholic school from Richmond) where both JV and Varsity lost their games thru silly errors and generally not playing their best.
Tuesday I spent about 30 minutes in the Library … after hearing about 30 minutes of dd Catie and colleagues speaking to our faculty about depression. I then headed up to the Library where some 130 9th graders and 10 other adults were waiting for buses to take us up to the Saint John Paul 2 Shrine in Washington, D.C. Chaperoning my share (10 lovely students) we rode four school buses up into the heart of the District and got a great tour of the shrine and it’s gorgeous (and symbol-laden) Chapel and Luminous Mysteries Side-chapel as well as the special exhibit on St. Thomas More. We had a gorgeous Mass and then lunch and ran out of time (so my group didn’t get to do the JP part … but we’ll just have to go again to see it all).
Here are some pix of what we saw:
Wednesday was PSAT day at school so Seniors (who are the only students who DON’T take the PSAT) came to the Library to work on college applications … with Guidance available for assistance (and me there to help with technical stuff like Google Docs … Chrome Book issues … reading essays and cheering for the students). It was a blast. We then played Bishop Ireton for volleyball … did well but came up short in both games. But the girls played to their best and that’s all we care about (especially after Monday’s fiasco).
Thursday thru Saturday mid-day: I spent down in Norfolk at a Virginia Association of School Librarians (VaASL) annual conference. I spent Thursday and Friday, 8-5, in courses all day (it was exhausting but exhilarating at the same time!) that gave me such great info and I learned to very much. On top of that, I was able to get some amazing knitting done while I kept notes on my ChromeBook in each session; I knit so I can focus and it’s amazing how much I can get done … learning and knitting … what a great combo!
I missed the family, but the time away, with what I learned and was able to do, was so worth it!
Got back in time to pick up Thoams from work … bring him home to change so he could head out to KingsDominion with his buddies … while Rick took Maggie to a sweet 16 party and I picked up JP from his Confirmation Retreat. The youngest will be receiving his Confirmation on Nov 19th and had a great experience at the retreat; the same retreat Thomas went to 4 years ago and also had a meaningful experience! How cool is that!
Spent today, after Mass, with dh looking at possible townhouses to purchase so we can get closer to school. A VERY productive day!
Hope your week was spent learning all kinds of cool things …