scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Yearly Calendar Planning
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Fri Mar 31 2000 - 22:27:01 CST
At 08:35 AM 3/31/00 -0600, you wrote:
>3) Our council really does work 18 months in advance on calendarting. Yes,
>those things are "tentative"...but how many dates actually change?
Unfortunately, lots of them. First, they don't get the calendar out until
the August kickoff meeting and sometimes there are two of them--the one the
District puts out is sometimes different than the one the Council puts out.
And I think there's been at least one or two changes later in the year.
>4) School calendars are the same way.
Unfortunately, they are. Agreed, the big dates don't change. But they
throw in lots of little ones--day off for end of semester, day off for
inservice, day off for conferences. I once went through the calendar and
the longest the kids went without a day off was about 2 1/2 weeks. And
don't forget that middle school & high school have slightly different
schedules. Also don't forget that sports, concerts and other extra
curriculars are not scheduled that far in advance and are subject to change
with almost no notice.
Truely, the school schedule is so complicated that even the teachers have
trouble keeping track of it all--no joke. Several times I've had teachers
schedule library visits and then cancel or just not show up (after we've
had staff come in special to open up early) because they forgot it was
Could be worse, I suppose. I was talking to a colleage the other day and
his kids (both in public school) are in different districts and have
completely different vacation schedules. For some strange political reason
the community has two school districts--one for younger kids and another
for older--and neither one will compromise and offer to change dates.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
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