The authors made me think about some things, including the guilt some adults and many students feel when they take time to recharge. Adults often feel that every day is the most important day in the history of their respective professions. With some exceptions, that simply is not true. Most days are relatively routine for all of us with some pockets of excellence and some number of minor missteps. There are certainly times when optimal focus is required for prolonged periods of time. That being said, it is impossible to go forever without a break.
Our students have similar situations. The schools in PVPUSD are rigorous and competitive. Most would agree that our excellent schools prepare our students well for the next steps in their lives. Occasionally, I wonder if we are giving our students enough breaks along the way. A downside of always grinding for the next step is missing the opportunity to enjoy the current step. I am happy when I see “No Homework Days” in our schools. I hope our students take advantage of these days to do something fun. It would be really nice if some of those fun activities included their families!
My second child is leaving for college before our first day of school in PVPUSD. I can assure everyone that when that time comes, I will not be thinking about what I could do with a couple more hours in the office. Like any decent article, the meaning may be different for every reader. I am thinking about the importance of investing time with the people and things that make sense beyond our jobs and studies. September is around the corner. I hope everyone takes advantage of the limited time we have to recharge.
Registration Day is held at PVPUSD schools as an opportunity to submit required forms and receive schedule information. Each school handles this differently. High schools and intermediate schools have designated days while only some elementary schools schedule activities prior to the first day of school.
Get Help Thanks to a collaborative efforts of the Peninsula Education Foundation's Parent University program, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs and the District, parent workshops have been scheduled to provide assistance completing the required forms and documents for the start of school. View Schedule.