We had grade level meetings on Wednesday. We'd been hearing from the Tuesday groups and the early Wednesday groups that it would be rough. We made a few little jokes about flak jackets and braced ourselves.
And imagine how surprised our team was to hear that everyone (principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and most importantly district folks) was happy with our PLANS and said to, "Leave them alone."
So let this be a lesson to us all - working on a plan pays off! (And it is now posted on my school website for parents to reference throughout the year. No more explaining how things work!)