First Year Teacher Sprint

Well, this is the longest I’ve gone without posting here since starting the blog in April 2010. I ask for your understanding. I’m in the midst of a first-year-teacher sprint.

As many of you know, I started teaching English at The Hill School this past September. Well, actually, the training began in August, and I’ve been going non-stop ever since, figuring out how to fit in all the activities in the life of a boarding school teacher:  lesson plans, reading papers, grading and comments, seated meals, parents’ weekend, dorm duty, professional development, and, now, assisting with girls’ basketball.  Somehow I moved on-campus 5 weeks ago with all this swirling about; I’m not sure how that even happened, but it did!

I did manage to squeeze in a few book events for the Legendary Locals of Pottstown. Laura Catalano wrote a wonderful article for The Mercury last week – Thank you to The Mercury and Laura! I also had the chance to attend a ceremony for the MOSAIC Community Garden, which was recognized with a Montgomery County Planning Award.  Here’s another nice Mercury article about the garden and the award. I do miss my Pottstown people and being in the midst of Pottstown’s happenings, but I also love being in the classroom, working with young people, talking about stories, teaching writing, and wrestling with ideas and the big questions about life that good literature raises.

I have not, however, given up on posting events here and on Facebook! It will likely come in spurts, though, whenever I can briefly switch gears.

Hope all is well with you, my dear readers and friends. I’m wishing you a joyous holiday season!

Peace,

Sue

 

 

 

MOSAIC Produce Stand Open Again this Saturday at Garden!

This comes to us from Laura Washington, MOSAIC Community Garden Manager…
The Produce and Information Stand will Open Again this Saturday at the Garden at 423 Chestnut Street!
 
Thanks to our generous garden members and our generous garden plots, we have plenty tomatoes, green peppers, herbs and local fruit for sale!
Stop by and pick up the latest copy of Organic Gardening or other information on food justice and where to buy fresh, wholesome foods in our local area!  We have a list of local organizations and companies who offer nothing but the best.  Pick up a copy during your garden visit this Saturday!
The stand and information stand will be open for business on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 AM sharp!
 
Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on some of the super-fresh items being offered Saturday!  This may be your last chance…
 
 
MOSAIC is Popping UP Everywhere!  Catch Us “If You Can” at these LOCAL EVENTS!
 
MOSAIC has a table at this year’s Schuylkill River Festival
 
12pm to 6pm at Riverfront Park, 6pm to 8pm Art and Music on High Street. Music, Art, Kayak Rides, Stone Skipping Contest, “Artcicle” Recycled Bike Event, Historic Walking Tours, Petting Zoo, Food, Beer Garden and More!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 and Friday October 26, 2013
 
MOSAIC has a table on Oct. 19th at the Hill School and is lending a helping hand on the 25th along with the Hill School as part of the CARES endeavor!  CARES, which stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment and Sustainability is a two-day event pioneered by the Hill School, the Borough of Pottstown and Pottstown School District.  
 
The events were designed to  increase community activism, spruce up Pottstown’s core neighborhood, and create momentum for additional efforts. 
 
The 19th is an information and awareness event being held at the Hill School.  The event will offer a variety of services and resources, including a blood drive.  If you would like to register to donate, please visit http://vols.pt/M8yrqe and select the time that’s best for you. Thank you!
 
October 25th is the day planned to spruce up Pottstown!  Please email me to find out more and to learn how you can be a part of this great opportunity!

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