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November 13, 2017

A Principal's Perspective

Did you know that September 4th was our last break?!!! A well deserved break is on the horizon! You have been working diligently for the success of your students! You strive to have a strong, productive, positive grade level team! You continue to keep our focus about the kids! Teaching is hard work!

I am thankful for each of you! You bring gifts, talents, expertise, experience, passion, a student focus, and energy to this teaching profession. November serves as a time of year to stop and focus on gratitude and thanksgiving. We all get so busy this time of year. It is easy to forget, no matter what time of year, to stop and express our gratitude. I know I do! There is a science to gratitude. "Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. … in fact, research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression." Amber Teamann My personal goal is to remember to have the spirit of Thanksgiving all through the year. It is a great choice backed up by science!

Sometimes it takes a kid's perspective to remind us of the simple but yet power of words expressed to someone. If you have a minute, take a look at a video clip from Kid President. This would be a great clip to share with your students. Although I am not sure of the science behind corn dogs and happy people, his reminder of the power of thanks, not just at Thanksgiving, can indeed make the world more awesome!

Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!

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Morning Duties of the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20): S. Rhine

Gym (7:20): Sullivan

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20): Simpson

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20): Peterson & Henry

Cafeteria (7:20): Murphy

Bus (7:15 - Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): Jankowski

Counselor Schedule: - 2nd - 3rd Bullying/Friendship

Librarian: GP

Week at a Glance

Monday: Progress Reports Due by 8:00; 3:05-4:00 Choir; 3:30-4:15 Instructional Coach Meeting; 3:30 Discovery Day Meeting (see below for details) - Murphy's Room

Tuesday: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Waco; 3:30-4:30 Faculty Meeting (all staff)

Wednesday: Stella & Dot Jewelry in Teacher's Lounge during lunch

Thursday: Thanksgiving Meal in Cafeteria; Worldfest Storytelling on Campus (times to be announced); 3:15-4:15 BRAVE & Chess Club; 4th Math Meeting with Bartosh

Friday: 4th Grade Field Trip to See Wonder; Math Meetings K-3rd (4th to reschedule)

News & Notes

PTO Grants:

Grant Guidelines:

Grant Application:

Have a great idea that you want to implement in your classroom but need some funding? Want grant funding but do not want to complete a complicated application? Then the GP PTO grant is just for you! Grants are due Monday, December 4th. Please e-mail to Donna by that date. Grants will be awarded Monday, December 18th, in Morning Assembly.

Social Committee Thanksgiving Lunch:

The turkeys are frying! We are ready for our Thanksgiving Feast as a staff on Tuesday, November 21st! Please sign up to bring something for this festive, stuffed day!

Tell Me Something Good!

Celebrating our GP staff veterans that have served our country:

Tracy Brice, Navy

Jennifer Jordan, Marines

Mustang Yee Haws!

Happy Birthday:

Chelsey Eddy, November 15th

Julie Cooper, November 18