Weekend off, weekday on

Solidly productive day in which I did at least 50% of every item in this post–I did a very quick workout and only answered some of the conference emails, but got everything else done.  Offer is out (or at least I think it is; offers come from the GGE) to a sixth-grade teacher, and amazingly, we just got Dorothea back for one class from Latin (long story) and with this, I believe we do not have to hire a part-timer!  Or if we do, we seem to have one or two good options.

So some burdens are starting to tumble off (you know what? I’ve never read The Pilgrim’s Progress, but I remember the part in Little Women where the March girls reminisce about acting out the journey and having their burdens fall off:

Mrs. March broke the silence that followed Jo’s words, by saying in her cheery voice, “Do you remember how you used to play Pilgrim’s Progress when you were little things? Nothing delighted you more than to have me tie my piece bags on your backs for burdens, give you hats and sticks and rolls of paper, and let you travel through the house from the cellar, which was the City of Destruction, up, up, to the housetop, where you had all the lovely things you could collect to make a Celestial City.”

“What fun it was, especially going by the lions, fighting Apollyon, and passing through the valley where the hob-goblins were,” said Jo.

“I liked the place where the bundles fell off and tumbled downstairs,” said Meg.)

–anyway, the burdens are starting to tumble, but I am starting to notice certain others creeping on, like the question of rooms.  Lucinda and Viola share a room, and they’re both leaving, so what happens to that room, huh?  We’re actually losing four people–two Middle School teachers, two Upper School–and only replacing three, which seems to be made possible by the fact that both Lucinda and Viola are under full time (they account for just seven courses together, whereas two full-time teachers would account for nine) and by the fact that we’ll be getting two and a half more courses from Orsino and one course more from Dorothea.  So there are some exciting possibilities afoot for the use of space.  I suppose that preoccupation will rush in to fill all that lovely thinking space I’ve been devoting to our hires.

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