We have since been displaced from our roles by a crop of younger, hipper teachers. However, we have held true to our word and have not yet ventured into the world of track suits on casual Fridays.
When I was hired at my current school (just shy of a (gasp) decade ago), I was in good company with several other spring chickens who were part of that year's new recruits. We went through the new teacher training week and became friendly.
We vowed to stay young and fun and pledged to hold an intervention should one of us start to morph into the wooden jewelry paired with a seasonal sweater type.
I consider myself to be very lucky because one of my closest friends is also my partner teacher. We only have 2 teachers at each grade level at my school and we make up the "third grade team." She proven to be an above and beyond friend and is a great ally as a teacher.
She initiated the jungle theme and I was fine with that.
But, give me a theme and I'm going to go all out.
Which is why I suggested we both wear animal print outfits for the first day.
Calm down folks. I wasn't suggesting leopard print unmentionables or a loincloth. I was thinking of pairing a subtle animal print skirt with a solid black shirt.
I called dibs on the zebra print.
How dedicated are you to YOUR theme?
Will you be sporting a feather boa and sunglasses to enhance your Hollywood theme?
How about making the folks at the coffee shop question if you are going to school or a Jimmy Buffett concert to go with your beach theme?
Are you going to show up in khakis and a hiking vest to prove you really love your camping theme?
Perhaps denim and a bandana for those of you who are having a boot stomping good time with the western theme?