9.02.2011

Teaching Update

Whew, thank goodness it's Friday!

This last week since the earthquake has been a bit of a blur for me and I am so glad for a long weekend.

I figured I'd take today's post to update all of you on the state of my school and student teaching placement.

As I mentioned last week, my school was located right by the earthquake's epicenter.  It was by far the scariest experience of my life.  Our school was so damaged that it is no longer safe to go inside and is likely beyond repair.  We will not be returning to the school at all, rather, we are moving into another elementary school.  It is a tight squeeze--we are acting as two separate schools within the same space.  The high school is also damaged and unsafe for the rest of the year--to see a video from inside the high school at the time of the quake, see below:


Because of all this, the kids will not be returning until September 12th!  This week, however, we teachers have been busy.

Professional movers that know how to respond in disaster situations have been moving EVERYTHING out of our ruined school.  They load it into large pods called c-crates and then transport those to our new location.  The last two days, all of us have been working hard to unload the c-crates--moving large furniture, filing cabinets, and countless other classroom materials.  The move has involved long days of manual labor.

My teacher was so kind and told me to take today off from the move and I couldn't be more thankful.  I'm hoping to have some time to read blogs as I relax and get ready for the holiday weekend.

Finally, I'd like to thank you all for your continued support during this hectic time of my life.  I'm happier than I've ever been, but the last few weeks' events have been quite overwhelming.  Additionally, I've been so busy that I have little time to reach out to all of you reading your blogs or responding to your comments.  I'm sorry for this and am so thankful that each of you have continued to come back.  Your comments continue to make my day!

Have a great weekend!

21 comments:

  1. Aw, I'm glad you are so happy despite all the hectic things going on! Have a wonderful long wknd!

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  2. It will be nice to have a long weekend to relax! Enjoy!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh Allie that's terrifying! So glad you and everyone else made it through safely! Some way to start your student teaching huh?? Enjoy this weekend break, you deserve it! :)

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  4. My Prayers and Thoughts are still with you Alli <3 Good luck getting everything in place up until September 12th. Enjoy your day off--take some you time--and just breathe. oxo

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  5. What scary footage! I know you are ready to get settled in the school year. Best of luck with the move!

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  6. Holy cow! That is nuts. Thank goodness school was not in session. Have a great day off!

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  7. oh my gosh! that damage is...crazy! thankfully, everyone is okay though, but i totally understand how that could be such a scary experience. hopefully, the rest of the school year goes well for you and you enjoy your day off :)

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  8. Oh my goodness-so thankful you are okay!!! I'm sure this is such a hectic time for you, and I'm sending love and prayers your way :) Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  9. Wow, I had no idea your school was that close! So glad you and your students are ok though! Crazy! Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend. :)

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  10. Happy you are OK, and hope you will find some time to relax a little over the long weekend!

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  11. Thinking of you friend! Are you free at all tonight to chat? I'm getting on the road around 3 and will have ample time for a phone date!

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  12. Oh, I can't even imagine going through something like that. We felt it here, but nothing like you went through.
    Relax this weekend!!!

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  13. I will always come back! You and your blog are just too cute and I find you to be so down to earth and natural. Sorry to hear about your school, wow that's scary and horrible. I'm sure it's all so very exciting to the kiddies though lol! Enjoy your long weekend :)

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  14. Oh my gosh that is so scary. I know you did so well keeping the kids calm. Glad you got to cook by flashlight. Fun isn't it? Glad to have power back however. Be safe and good luck with the move.

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  15. Oh goodness, sounds like things are a bit frantic right now. I'm very glad to hear that you are happy though. I grew up in California so earthquakes are not new to me, but you never get use to them and they really can "shake" things up! :O)

    Hope you get to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  16. I've been playing catch up, and have caught some of your posts, but totally missed how badly your school was impacted or how impacted you were from the earthquake. Wow, I couldn't believe that video.

    I know you all will be glad to get settled.

    Good luck

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  17. Very scary. I am glad to hear that you are safe though. Have a relaxing weekend, Sweetie! xo

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  18. I would feel like a horrible friend for not commenting had we not had drinks the other nights. I do however still feel like a horrible blogger so this is me reinstating myself as a commenter! Can't wait to see you soon and I really wish y'all could go to the race with us if we decide to go!!!!

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  19. I'm so out of the loop due to lack of power from Irene.

    How scary!
    I have to say that in all my years of teaching, this isn't something I've ever gone through. This year will offer you so many experiences.

    Happy to hear that you're safe.

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend ~
    Jo

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  20. Bless your hearts! I just can't imagine. I will continue to pray for all of you!

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  21. I know what you mean about it being difficult to deal with the situation at school after an earthquake! I'm in Christchurch, New Zealand and we've had TWO huge earthquakes in 6 months! Really really not cool. :(

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