Communication Chronicle 5-6-16

BCSSSD

Message from our Principal

It is without hesitancy that we thank all of our wonderful teachers and staff! Our sincere gratitude is expressed to you for all you do each and every day!

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Staying in the Loop!

    1. Please note that their are "new swipes" on numerous doors now around the BCSSSD Westampton Campus. You need to hold your ID to the device for a second and wait for the light to turn green. Give it a second and the light will change.
    2. More doors will continue to change to the new system in the future so, keep both IDs on you until all systems have changed over.
    3. DLM has started! We are getting on track with beginning this state assessment. We will continue to work together with any issues that may come up.
    4. Administrators are continuing to work on class rosters and staff assignments for ESY.
    5. Mr. McLemore will be conducting Staff meetings by campus this month. May 16th will be the Middle School Campus at 2:20. May 17th will be for Elementary Campus at 2:20. May 18th will be the HS campus at 2:20.
    6. If you are a teacher who have been using the Accellus program online and need a gold key please come and sign out a "gold key" with Ms. Walker on the Middle School.
    7. As a reminder, information regarding Bereavement days needs to be turned into your campus secretary upon your arrival back to work OR you can upload and attach the said documents into AESOP.
    8. Staff who are on duty should not be on their phones period.
    9. I think it is going to continue to rain until the sky turns purple. (Just checking to see if you are still reading this! It keeps raining every day since Prince passed away;)
    10. IEP season is ALMOST over! We are really doing an AMAZING job with these! Thank you to the case manager, teachers, and staff!!
    11. Did you hear the Doves Cry?
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Inspirational Teacher Story

Mrs. Thompson exemplifies the type of leadership we should all take notice of. She helped this little boy, Teddy, feel like he was important and changed his life. It’s amazing what kindness can do. Teachers are some of the greatest leaders there are. This is a great holiday; make you feel good, type of story. I hope it is meaningful to you in each of your leadership capacities at work, home, church or wherever.

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big ‘F’ at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, ‘Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners… he is a joy to be around..’

His second grade teacher wrote, ‘Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.’

His third grade teacher wrote, ‘His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.

Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, ‘Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.’

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume.. But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, ‘Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.’

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her ‘teacher’s pets..’

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck w ith it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honours. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer…. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, ‘Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.’

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.. She said, ‘Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.’


By Michael Rodgers

Reminders from Last Week!


  1. Timesheets for ESY 2016 will be completed electronically as discussed at the staff meeting.
  2. We have raised enough money to have our BCSSSD logo on a Jake's Place banner. Jake's Place is an organization that builds playgrounds that are accessible to all individuals with different abilities. It has been an honor to collaborate with them and their wonderful endeavor! Special thanks to Deb Crosby!
  3. Guess what?! The long term S4T now have BCSSSD email addresses so, we can effectively communicate to all staff! This means that S4T will be able to log into Safe Schools to complete the Aquatics Training.
  4. Be mindful of the roofing project and stand clear of all dumpsters. Thank you!
  5. Check out the Burlington County Professional Developmental Institute under the ESU tab on our BCSSSD website. These workshops are a great resource and occur within our own school! Check out the site!
  6. All movies need to be Board Approved. Please refer to policy number 2510.1.
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May Birthdays!!

Linda Black 5/4
Jayne Corley 5/21
Michael Davis 5/8
Joseph DeMarco 5/23
Joyce DeVito 5/6
Chris Elstone 5/26
Amber Fenimore 5/22
John Ferrante 5/26
Jane Fish 5/18
Amy Furstein-Bush 5/5
Rachelle Grabitz 5/13
Tiffany Grelling 5/8
Richard Horton 5/4
Raymond Ketchel 5/9
Kthleen Koch 5/29
Cathrine Lopez 5/6
Asmahan Mazahreh 5/28
Rochelle Morse 5/15
Yiwen Nerolich 5/26
Gloria Rapp 5/5
Simone Schouten 5/11
Margaret Stevenson 5/28
Michelle Stewart 5/17
Wendy Tannenbaum 5/27
Margaret Urbshot 5/24
Robert Wyllner 5/16
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