Saturday morning, I was excited to be one of the lucky ticket holders to see the movie "Wonder" thanks to Scott and Kate Middlemiss and their organization, The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation. Emerson and I had fun having mommy/daughter time even though she was mainly there for the popcorn. She was excited to see some Star Wars characters in the movie, and she did keep asking me why she heard people crying. Yep, bring the tissues when you go to see it.
With the movie "Wonder" and Thanksgiving break this week, it is certainly the time when we are all thinking even more about being grateful and being kind. Many of you have expressed your gratitude to me either through spoken words or through written words. And I try to let you know how grateful I am for all of you and everything you do for our students. Many of you have done random acts of kindness for me, and I have tried to do the same for you.
This week, since it's a short week, I am writing a short and simple post. But I am hoping my short post will have a big impact. For this post to work, I will need your help. I am going to be placing a whole bunch of note cards in the staff room and in the office. I am asking you to take a few minutes to write out a note to a friend, a family member, a student's parent, or one of your awesome colleagues. A simple little note of thanks and appreciation can mean so much to the people in our lives. Your act of kindness can have a ripple affect. Maybe if you write a note to someone, they will pay it forward and do the same for someone else.
You get what you give. If you give out kindness and appreciation, I guarantee it will come back to you tenfold.
Who will be the lucky person to get a note of appreciation from you today?
In preparation for our December author visit, I read a few of Melissa Stewart's non fiction picture books. I will be giving different titles to grade level teams to read to their classes before Melissa's visit on Dec. 7 and 8. Here are some of the titles that I read this weekend:
Events this week:
Tuesday - Dr. Chesson visits in the afternoon
Wednesday - Half day, 12:15 dismissal, no lunch served
Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving! No School
Friday - Thanksgiving break, no school
Great things I noticed last week:
- This 3rd grader found just the right spot to dive into his book.
- Kindergartners were working on reading their sight words while moving around and finding their match.
- Thank you Nurse Natalie for your wonderful poem and information about nurse visits!
- These 3rd graders were discussing and showing their math thinking in order to solve some tricky problems.
- MakerSpace is quite an exciting place to be when you get to deconstruct all sorts of things. I can't wait to see what the students create when they use all the materials they have discovered!
I follow lots of blogs and get daily email updates from many sites, but one of my long time favorites is Two Writing Teachers. Recently, they did a series of posts about homework. Here is one post from the series to check out or you can go to their site and read all four posts that they did: https://twowritingteachers.org/2017/11/17/nightlywritinghw/
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break and spend quality time with family, relaxing and recharging, ready to come back on Monday and do great things for kids!