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Old 12-04-2015, 03:16 AM
 
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As many of you know, I am retiring January 1st. That means that my last day of teaching will be December 23rd. I notified my principal on Nov. 7th that I would be retiring then. That gave her seven weeks to find my replacement. She has done nothing about this and hasn't even contacted HR to get the ball rolling.

My principal is in a panic because I won't be around for state testing that starts in early January. She has tried to draw me into all of this, but I haven't allowed her to do so. It is annoying to leave when things are so chaotic. It confirms that my decision to retire now is a good one. Not my circus -- not my monkeys.


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Dzien dobry!
Old 12-04-2015, 03:41 AM
 
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The lovely Polish expression is exactly that! It isn't your problem, don't let your principal guilt you--walk away into the wonderful world of retirement! ENJOY and WELCOME!!!
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I totally agree with Turkeyrun. Walk away and don't look back.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:36 AM
 
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It just amazes me that you've given plenty of opportunity for the principal to get the job listed and filled, but hasn't. It sure explains a lot why you are retiring. You will love retirement. Though I have chosen to sub, I only do it when and where I want. (Someone needs to knock me on the head for an accepting a Friday afternoon job, though.) I am loving having lazy days, busy days, going on vacations when I want, not when my schedule dictates, etc.
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:04 AM
 
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It is appalling that I will be there for two and a half more weeks, and my principal has done nothing to find my replacement.

My two teammates and I got a nasty email from her yesterday. She wants to meet with us ASAP because she is in a panic about various things. Each of us works a part time schedule, so it won't be easy to find a time to meet.

How do I excuse myself from all this drama? I don't get why I am getting pulled into all of this when I am leaving. This is NOT putting me in my happy place.


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Old 12-04-2015, 05:47 AM
 
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This stresses me out and it's not my situation! I feel for the students who seem to be the last on the list that are going to be affected. What is this principal waiting for? I hope she gets the message that she is not a joy to work for.
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I think that means "good morning" which is nice though.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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Your principal does not sound like a person who should be in an administrative position. I keep thinking of the saying, "your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency on my part." Don't let her guilt you into fixing her problem. No matter how much she panics you only only have to survive for two more weeks. Good luck. Your retirement is just around the corner.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:36 AM
 
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I agree that the students will ultimately suffer because my principal is doing nothing about hiring someone to fill my job. She is a piece of work.

My mantra for the next 13 days of school will be Not My Problem when she tries to pull me into her drama. As I said before, Not my circus, not my monkeys.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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It does mean good morning--I was just starting off my comment with a Polish greeting since she referenced a Polish saying.


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Polish?
Old 12-04-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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Not my circus -- not my monkeys.
I learned something today! It's a Polish phrase. My day is not wasted.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:50 AM
 
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My principal tried to pull that on me too when I retired mid-year. He tried to convince me to stay, etc. This isn't your problem. You gave ample notice. Don't be sucked into the drama.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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I'm feeling calmer about it all. I refuse to let my principal pull me into all of her chaos and anxiety the next two and a half weeks (yay!!) I'll go to the meeting next week with my teammates but will be quiet and let them do the talking. My principal is a dreadful administrator with virtually no people skills.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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Stick to your guns! She has created this situation! She needs to fix it!
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I think it's marvelous
Old 12-04-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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You know, no matter what--leaving is chaos. Do you know what I mean? Uncharted territory and all that. I'd much rather leave with them wanting us, and telling us how much we'll be missed.
But truth to tell, it's all a bit of a jumble sale. You'd feel unsettled and somehow guilty, jubilant, victorious--all of it. One year a friend visited from DC. She had only just ended her school year and was still very much caught up in it all--you know what I mean, the drama was still going on in her head. She asked about this and that, and what did I think the next yr. would bring.
I had been out of school on summer break for about 2 weeks.
"I think that in a week, you won't care!"
We both looked at each other, laughed, swam and took kids out for shopping.
Whatever does/doesn't happen, we congratulate you and promise her that you'll be supportive during testing, because about an hr. after you walk out of school--and wake up the next day feeling more like you than you ever have in your life--you just won't care!!! yummy!!!Now, make like a and run, run, run!!!!
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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I'm loving both "not my circus...not my monkeys" and "your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency on my part." Too bad I'll forget both of them by tomorrow morning!
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:12 PM
 
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Promise yourself you will NOT stay on beyond your 2 1/2 weeks to help out your P who can't seem to screw her head on straight.

Repeat after me.....

This is NOT your problem. This is NOT your problem. This is NOT your problem.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:26 PM
 
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You have done what you need to do by making your intentions clear to her. You are right in that it is not your responsibility. It is up to her to take care of things from here! You are indeed making the right decision!

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Old 12-04-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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You are a much more understanding person than I am. I wouldn't even go to her meeting, because there's no benefit to you. What's she gonna do if you don't go? Fire you? And I think it provides a great platform for her to try to get you to commit some of your personal time to the school after you no longer work there. so be on your guard.

Clearly, you have made the right decision to retire.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:38 AM
 
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You submitted your resignation to your district so they know you are leaving, correct? I wonder if they contacted the principal to find out when she will have your replacement. Now the pressure is on her so she is passing it on to you and your team.

She's had more than enough time to hire someone. Pretty poor administrator to let that slide for so long. Did she forget? She better get her butt in gear.

Just stick to your plan to walk out on the 23rd and don't look back. The kids will survive just fine.
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Not Your Drama Either...
Old 12-05-2015, 11:59 AM
 
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You did your part in a professional and timely manner. I disagree with a few of the posters though. You should not walk out the door on December 23rd. YOU SHOULD RUN!!! Make sure you giggle and chick your heels too
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:57 PM
 
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Your name is posted next to your classroom door. Since it doesn't have the word "Principal" after it, it's not your problem. Smile, commiserate, and sweetly remind her of your final work day.
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Not your problem!
Old 12-06-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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You gave your P plenty of notice so it's on her to find your replacement. Enjoy your last few days, and don't look back!
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:29 PM
 
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Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy!
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