Sunday, September 20, 2015

Need some motivation?

Principal ponderings...
Looking for some inspiration to make this full week of school a great one?  Need some motivation to take on any and all challenges that come your way head on?  I'm hoping these visual quotes can help you.  I know they are going to be helping me!

Currently reading:
I would like to dedicate my currently reading section to one of my favorite children's author and the person who will be visiting us in October...Cynthia Lord!  Have you read her books?  If you haven't, then what are you doing?  Get to the library or book store and check her out!  She covers all the grade levels.  You can check out one of her newest Hod Rod Hamster books: Hot Rod Hamster and the Wacky Whatever Race. 
Cynthia also has a series out that would be perfect for second graders; it's called The Shelter Pet Squad series.  She has a new book in the series that just came out this month: 
And for our third and fourth graders, her newest novel that came out in May is called A Handful of Stars.  This is a great read about the unlucky friendship between a small town girl and the daughter of migrant workers. 
I am so excited that Cynthia Lord will be returning to Florence Roche this year!  She will be spending the whole day with us on Friday, October 9th.  We will have 3 different assemblies, one for kindergarten and 1st grade, one for 2nd grade and one for 3rd and 4th grade.  I'm going to try to get more copies of her books in our building, and I am hoping there will be several Cynthia Lord books for sale at our book fair that will be happening next week.

Events this week:
Wednesday - Bus evacuation, GDEA Fall Social @ The Tavern 3:30
Friday - Book Fair set up, Teacher preview, Dianna and Liz @ SLT meeting at Prescott in the am

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Even though Thursday was a half day for the students, it was an extra long day for the teachers.  I tried to make it around to several rooms during open house.  I popped into Mr. Smith's class in time to see him giving his parents a quiz!  I loved the guiding questions that Mrs. Pierantozzi had on her board.  And I ran into this stylish, young you know who she is??

  • The Welcome Back Picnic sponsored by the PTA was a huge success!  Flo made a surprise appearance.  The Mandarin teacher, Sun Xi, from the high school demonstrated using chopsticks with marshmallows...and she is going to be running a free after school class for our students about Chinese culture!  And Jenny the Juggler was an entertaining show.

  • Grotonfest was quite a happening event on Saturday!  Besides lots of students and parents, I ran into some other Groton-Dunstable employees...
  • And someone was slightly tired after Friday night at FloRo and Saturday at Grotonfest!

Check it out:
Interesting article about growth mindset in math
Love this checklist of 100 Awesome Ideas from Kid President!  Maybe our students will want to do these!

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