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Oh, Labor Day, how I dread thee!  I come from an area where Monday holidays are important benchmarks for the summer; Memorial Day marks the beginning and Labor Day signals THE END (Duh duh duh).   I never did quite understand Memorial Day because even though it marked the start of beach season, we still had to sit through 2 1/2 weeks of school.   THE END is much more clearly marked by Labor Day.  We usually returned to school the next day unless the holiday fell late in the year and we returned the week before, causing an uproar.

This year it seems the calendar is causing a bit of confusion for many districts in the area. Labor Day falls late on Sep. 6, Rosh Hashanah comes early on Sep. 9, and Eid al-Fitr is on Sep. 10.   Some schools are starting early and easing children into school while others are waiting till all the holidays are done before they start on Sep. 13.

It is funny because there are many places that don’t pay attention to the holiday as signal to begin. Each year, I returned to college in PA the week before Labor Day and had to return home to help out with the family BBQ. When I did my student teaching, I was in school for in-service days on Aug. 25 and started teaching the following Monday, Aug. 31.

No matter when the district decides to start, the summer is basically over.  I will begin substitute teaching again while I continue the job hunt.  I will also be looking into delightful grad school so I can make myself even more “marketable.”  But this is only one of many options.  There are several programs I would also like to look into such as City Year, Teach for America, and some programs abroad.  Who knows where I will end up but I am really yearning to have my own classroom.    Let’s hope this is a better year!

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