Saturday, August 11, 2012

Last Week in Prince Edward Island

Why oh why does summer pass at a much faster rate than the other seasons of the year?? The million dollar question. The weather has also taken a turn for the worse - reflecting my mood??  I'm not really complaining though (yuck yuck!) as I am ready to work my way through another school year with my ever eternal optimism firmly in place and we REALLY NEED RAIN!! Though the THREAT of rain seems to dominate the day rather than the actual stuff!

So yes, I am gearing myself up for the first day of school - I just don't know for sure what day that will be...huh? (insert monumental sigh here) In spite of my best efforts I cannot control a) my teacher's union b) my school board and c) the provincial government of Ontario. I'll back up a little: I was very pleased to hear that my union had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the provincial gov't by working within the gov'ts mandate of freezing wages for two years among other things. Yay - potential strike/lockout averted!

Oops, spoke too soon. My school board has rejected the deal and has asked for conciliation which means involving a third party to work out a contract which would then be forced on the union and the school board. Confusing no?

So currently we have a couple of school boards that have agreed to work within the Memorandums of Understanding, two large unions who reject the MOUs, school boards rejecting the MOUs and the gov't who just wants everything resolved by August 31st to avoid paying out huge pay increases (old contracts roll over as of Sept. 1st) and to avoid lockouts by the school boards and strikes by the teachers' unions. In other words things are in a great BIG MESS!! 
I just want to go back to work....I want to see my students....I miss them.....

So next Saturday I'll be headed back to Ontario and will get ready for my students. Hopefully my professional development on Aug. 20th and 21st will still be a GO and hopefully on August 27th I'll be allowed into my school to ready my classroom for a new year.

I haven't mentioned the financial aspects of this yet because I'm hopeful (there's that word again) that everything will be resolved and I won't have to live on strike pay and walk the picket line. I've never had that experience in 20 years of teaching and would really like to finish off my career in the classroom, NOT on the picket line.

Stay tuned.....
 some folks digging for clams, quahaugs perhaps? (Sorry about the sideways pictures - I don't know how to change them - they are right side up in my picture files but when I upload them to the blog some of them turn sideways?????)
We spent some time the other day in the most magnificent garden - more photos of flowers to follow in another post...( just to warn you!!)
 I'm really not laying on my back in this photo.....
or this one...I'm showing off my new bracelet made of safety pins and seed beads...
 Did I tell you I was a swinger?
 well....now you know!
And you thought Michael was the only playful one!!

11 comments:

Christy said...

Enjoy your last week on the Island!!!

I will be immersed in all of the "stuff" next week as I am headed to the ETFO Annual Meeting in Toronto.  We are in for an interesting next few weeks - to say the least.

Michelle Comeau said...

The politics of your job sounds horribly sssstressful! Only two more years to go, Jane. And you get time off at Christmas, spring break and then another PEI summer, do it again and you're home free!

As for those folks on the shore after 'whatever'... if they have shovels, it's clams and if they are using their feet, it's quahogs which are clams but not like the ones you dig. Ya dig?

Sluggy said...

The times we enjoy always go too fast.  I wish Fall weather stayed around a lot longer than it does here.
I always knew you were a swinger.......hehehe

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C.R.P said...

Wow... That went by so fast!! Looks like you've have a wonderful summer though, Jane!! :) Safe travels home!

Bkat said...

I didnt know there was such a hulabaloo with your contracts. Strike pay is terrible so i hope you dont end up taking that route!

Love the swingin' pic!!

I'd like to swing, but it makes me dizzy! :p

Enjoy your last few days!!

kim said...

I miss my students also, this is why you are such a great teacher.  My mother was a teacher for 45 years and she always said the only life form lower than an amoeba was administration.

Niki said...

Sorry to hear about the mess. I am hopeful for you too. 

HAhah about the swingers! I guess I am a swinger too.

Louise said...

I just love that pic in the header!

hope the strike situation sorts out soon, it's frustrating!  I think education everywhere is in strife at the moment. Enjoy the last few days

Jpkittie said...

you guys are so sweet & I am SO HAPPY that you are taking advantage of the time you have there together :)  ((HUGS))

Sonya Ann said...

"Confusing no?"-Confusing-YES! You poor thing. I hope everything works out soon!