The late arrival of new furniture is slowing down my school year start, and this isn't a bad thing. Similar to the slow food movement, a slow start will translate into a more intentional start--a start where I focus on what is most important.
I'll use the old furniture to make a good set up that will easily be replaced by the new furniture. I'll also place boards and other materials that need the custodian's attention in their rightful places and wait until the custodian has time to hang them up with the proper tools.
In the meantime, I'll first focus on teamwork, organization, and routines. This will ready all of us for a deep and meaningful year of teaching and learning ahead.