Tuesday, January 18, 2011

That Get Together After Work That I Promised So Long Ago

This past Friday after work, the Brighton School Instructional Technology Technicians, Teacher Librarians and Library Paraprofessionals had the opportunity to meet and visit at the Copper Rail. Over Nachos, Hot Wings, Chips and Salsa we solved all of the world's problems! I wish!

Mike Jurkiewicz, Tiah Frankish, Carmen & Jeff Castro, Diane & Jeff Jewell, Kim Thoms, Julie Hacker, Paula Chalmers, Angela Trunkenbolz, Kim Westerman, Jennifer Rice, Julie Ann Baker and I all enjoyed appetizers, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water and great conversation and friendship. (I apologize in advance if I forgot and/or added anyone to the list).  We missed everyone that was unable to attend!  Maybe next time. . .

As a result of this get together, we planned a Potluck/Collaborative session for the next Professional Development Day. Originally we thought it was to be February 11th, but March 4th is the actual PD day. I look forward to helping each of you as you help our students to learn. I am excited to see what folks have to share regarding needs, successes, technology, books and who knows what else!

I am proud to be a part of this group! You are an awesome asset to Brighton 27J and our students are so lucky to have you to assist them in their learning!

We also had the opportunity to visit with Julie Hacker, say goodbye and offer hugs. Julie is returning to Alabama. She will be near family and her husband has accepted an engineering position there. We are so happy for Julie and her family, but sad for us and the kids at Southeast that will miss her terribly! Perhaps she should Skype in and read them a story one day!!

Now we need to plan "That 2nd Get Together After Work" - does April sound like a good month?

Do you and your colleagues get together after work socially to get to know each other and support each other? Looking forward to hearing from you on how you get together informally to build bonds and relationships with colleagues. Thanks!

I'd also like to say thank you to the Copper Rail and their staff!  They did an excellent job attending to our group and we appreciate it!


Tiah said...


Thanks for putting the get-together together! It was really nice to get reacquainted with our counterparts all over the district. Sometimes we just need a chance to gather and breathe! Copper Rail was a great venue and I can't wait for the next one!

Panic Attacks said...

Yes, we do get together after work occasionally. It does strengthen the bonds. The discussions in the office are limited to work but going out after allows us to let our hair down, and talk about our family and other interests.