12:50 We decide to do a Just Dance break after yet another indoor recess.
12:55 I hear the fire alarm going off and we lead the kids outside. We are in the suburbs of Chicago, in the middle of one of the coldest winters in 100 years, and we are leading a class of children outside to stand with out coats or even sweatshirts on. Usually we know of a drill, but we had no warning. Millions of thoughts racing through my head including: “We are supposed to walk to the field, there is at least a foot of snow covering the field. Where are we going?”
12:56 We take the kids down the sidewalk and take a head count. I count 24. “There should be 25! Two absent, 27-2 is 25. Yes! There should be 25!”
12:57 Role call – everyone is here. Count one more time – yes! 25! I hold up the green card!
1:00 Finally go inside and grab their coats to warm up and then off to music. The kids were good, but scared. Can’t blame them – it took half an hour for my stomach to stop flipping. Never a dull day in elementary school!
It turns out that there was a first time substitute in the gym and a basketball hit the alarm.