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Re: No room of my own

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Fran Marze (
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 21:30:19 -0500 (EST)

Sandy: Try and keep your sense of humor. Of course, my years of art on the
cart are well behind me. Now I'm dealing with a room that is literally
falling apart. The floor is steaming and parts of the roof are caving in.
Could you talk to the principal and ask for a closet of your own with a
sink that is just yours. I know I had to work out of a closet years ago
and because our building was trilevel, I couldn't use a cart but had to
pack boxes early in the morning for each class with fifth grade helpers
who carried everything around to have when I arrived.I'm terrible with
paperwork,etc. so I had to have help. The crew loved carrying all the
things around. Also, maybe you can get a schedule of what you need and
when you need it and have your new friend, the janitor, get it there for
you. First rule for art on the carters--make friends with the janitor,
bring cookies, lots of smiles, maybe a Christmas card with Mc D's
certificates or Eat and Park. You get the idea. He must be your friend.
The water is a huge
problem but don't get discouraged. I also had to travel to two portable
classrooms without water so we had to carry water out there too. Do the
older kids help? Are there other elem art teachers in your district? that
could help? or in the area?

Try to laugh about some of this stuff or go to the teachers who seem
emphatic and see if they'll give you a spot to store and to do work. You
won't get everyone. Maybe for those teachers who help you, you can help
with their bulletin boards or something..a little trade.

Keep your chin up. Maybe my brain isn't functioning since i fell in our
unsalted parking lot yesterday morning and cracked my head good. it
stillis sore.

We'll all keep encouraging you. Ask for additional supplies to keep in
strategic places scissors, extra small papercutter) in those rooms of
teachers who are helping!
There's too much of this territorial stuff around, cooperation is where it
is. Good luck. Fran