He drops by our whole school meetings to deliver the new mathemagical problem of the week, and is met with the appropriate level of amazement for a real, live, purple and blue robed, white bearded, silver star pointy hat-wearing wizard.
Last year, my third graders were thrilled at the wizard's very first appearance at our whole-school meeting. After he explained the math problem, the wizard bid farewell to all and prepared to head back to the fourth dimension until the following week.
As he headed out, Ahmad called after him, at full volume, "BYE SANTA!" Clearly some clarification was needed.
"That is not Santa!" I told him. "That is a mathemagical wizard!"
By this year, everyone is clear on who the wizard is. What still is not fully established, however, is the proper way to address him. We hit upon one option, though, last week. The wizard had finished reading off the names of the previous week's winners, had left us thinking about the new challenge, and was headed for the door. The voice of one little boy from a younger grade rang out loud and clear through the whole room, "BYE YOUR MAJESTY!"
He's not exactly royalty, he's certainly not Santa, but everyone knows the wizard is something completely excellent.