FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #3
August 28, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
An opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life,
FIGHT FOR IT!
Dear St. Paul Families:
I love Mother Teresa. When I read about her work and read her quotes, it reminds me how human we all are. Mother Teresa has always embraced our humanity. When I feel as I if I am overwhelmed, these are the words that I often read. Let’s face it. Many times during our week we may feel overwhelmed. The common denominator is that we all have experienced it. The trick is to accept it and realize that we will get through it. As Mother Teresa says, “It’s life.” So often we forget that. Now, in order to help create a positive community, let’s go one step further … let’s accept it in ourselves AND in our friends and neighbors. Let’s lend helping hands to each other. We are such a giving community … I see it every day at school. Let’s make sure that we don’t forget to give to each other. We really do need each other for support. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. It always helps me see both sides of an issue.
This week was another fabulous week at school! I actually made it outside for arrival twice upstairs and once downstairs … YAHOO. It is something that always starts my day on a positive note and I have to admit there have been too many days that I don’t get that dose of positivity. It was suggested to me to actually put on my calendar days … that I make it out for arrival. I took that suggestion to heart and am working on trying to meet the goal. This week I made it upstairs twice, I think and downstairs once. (This is one of the many times that I could use a clone!)
Another energy lifter for me was having lunch with our eighth grade students. I started this last year and love doing it. It’s my personal tradition. Five students each lunch period come to the conference room and have lunch with me. We chat about all kinds of things. Some groups are a little gabbier than others but it is so refreshing to hear their ideas, their opinions, their worries, and just about their week. Some of the things we talked about are: high school choices, this year’s schedules, 100 minute classes vs. 50 minute classes, (Our eighth graders have both), summer vacations, the weekend activities, and the hot topic with one group was “being permitted to wear fit bits to school. (I have to say on this one they presented a really good case. They are thinking!!!) … just to name a few. It is very important to me that our students have voice in some of the decisions that are made. Our eighth graders are a group of really diverse students and I embrace all of their differences. They are really great kids.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to teach a sixth grade math class. Oh, what fun. I forgot how much I loved being in a classroom and realize how much I do miss it! We were learning about positive and negative exponents. (I had a quick lesson from Mrs. Kidd, since it had been awhile since I taught this concept! LOL) The students were engaged, asked questions, and I think had as much fun as I did. I have made a mental note to myself to do this more often this year at multiple grade levels. I am not sure how to make it work but I plan on doing my best to meet this goal, too.
The theme this week in my bulletin is that we can create our own positive energy and positive energy for each other. It is rewarding to share it! We all know what we need; we just must give ourselves permission to go out and get it. It does wonders for your day … and just think, if we did this each day, it could change our lives!!! Jump on the Positive Energy Bus with us. It’s a fun ride. Try it this week. It will surprise you. :0) Hope to see you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday.
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
vLisa Shields – Lisa organized a great opening meeting for PTO last Wednesday. It was informative for our parents AND she held it to our one hour and a few minutes’ schedule! Keep that positive energy flowing!
vMrs. Schuette, Mrs. Lauer, Mrs. Sumner, Mrs. Kidd, Mrs. Coyle, and Mrs. Evans – Each of these teacher presented at PTO last Wednesday evening about their classes and their team missions and visions.
vOur PTO – Thank you so very much for purchasing the children’s edition of the Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. Our third grade teachers are using it with their class and LOVE IT! I am thinking some of the SURGE groups will be using it, too.
vOur 7th and 8th grade Volleyball Teams – Both classes placed and won trophy’s in last weekend’s Volleyball tournament. We are St. Paul Proud!
vMrs. Kidd’s 6th grade homeroom math class – Thank you for giving me such a wonderful dose of energy. You reminded me how much I love my profession. It was a great way to close my week.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, August 29
Tuesday, August 30
o 8:00 am. – Scout leader to visit all 1-5 grade classrooms.
Wednesday, August 31
o All School Mass – Mass of the Holy Spirit -Sponsored by Mrs. Clodius’s 7th grade
o Parent Curriculum Night – 6:30 pm. -8:30 pm.
Grades 1-3 – 6:30 pm. – 7:15 pm. (Classrooms)
Grades 4-5 – 7:30 pm. – 8:15 pm. (Rotate Classrooms)
Middle School – 7:30 pm. – 8:15 pm. (Café)
Thursday, September 1
o Leadership PLC – Rigali Center – 9:00 am. – 12:00 pm.
Friday, September 2
• NOON DISMISSAL
• Staff Meeting – 12:45 pm. – 3:00 pm.
Monday, September 5
• Labor Day – No School
Tuesday, September 6
• Back to School
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR ALL SCHOOL CURRICULUM EVENING – August 31st