This past Sunday was kind of interesting in regard to staffing our Main Street program for children in grades 1-6 during the 9:40am service @ Hayward Wesleyan Church. This was the last day for “regular” teaching through our school year curriculum. Next week is our annual OREO Bible Quiz (a review of sorts for the year). And it is my practice to give the teachers the summers off, which in turn, renews them, and they want to come back and teach the next year! A great teacher retention practice, by the way!
Because this was our last “normal” Sunday before the summer hits, and it happened to be Memorial Day weekend, and for other random reasons, we were short almost every teacher. Our 1st grade teacher started her summer job a few weeks early, so the 2nd grade teacher was combining the 1st and 2nd grade together. Then the 2nd grade teacher this week was gone and had a substitute filling in. All good there!
Then our 3rd grade teacher had a trip the last 2 weeks so we combined the 3rd grade with the 4th grade and that teacher called on Saturday and went to his daughter’s basketball game out-of-town.
I normally teach the 5th and 6th grade guys, while another teachers does the girls for those 2 grades. So I had her take my boys while I took over the 3rd and 4th grade class.
It was a lot of switching around, but it worked fine, it just felt a little more hectic than normal. It’s just interesting when you add in a holiday weekend. Normally churches in cities and suburban areas are down on holiday weekend in attendance, but because we are a vacation destination area here in Hayward, WI, our attendance spikes on weekends like Memorial Day and throughout the summer.
I made a note to myself to remember (you’d think I’d have this figured out by now!) that Memorial Day brings in some extra numbers as well as some new families.