Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of February 24 - March 1

Monday, February 24

BGSU Teacher Match - 4:00 pm - HS Media Center (must be signed up to attend)

Tuesday, February 25

2nd Grade IOWA - 10:00 am

Wednesday, February 26

Spring Pictures - see shared schedule

2nd Grade IOWA - 10:00 am

Thursday, February 27

Dental Presentations for PS, K and 1st grade

2nd Grade IOWA - 10:00 am

Friday, February 28

2nd Grade IOWA - 10:00 am


Thank you:

staff for productive grade level release professional development! A lot was learned and accomplished. I appreciate your professionalism and open mind to try new methods to help students.

Jill for your help with organizing and facilitating DRA training and discussions.


The spring benchmark date has been changed to April 13-30. Please mark your calendars as all STAR testing needs completed by April 30 so we can run SGP reports needed for evaluations. 3rd and 4th grade will be AIR testing April 21-24 which will tie up chrome book carts. Plan accordingly so you can get all testing completed. Please see Jill or Betsey for any assistance.

As I am completing evaluations, I see many of the 1st round evaluations have not been PINNED. Please log into eTPES and PIN any evaluations from 1st semester and 2nd semester, if completed. All evaluations, formal and informal need to be PINNED for a final summative rating.

Take advantage of AW's YMCA partnership. Beginning Feb. 18 - April 2, you can take classes at the YMCA that will only be open to Anthony Wayne employees. Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday and include Total Body, Cycle Together and Strength Train together. To sign up email: see Fay with any questions.

ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT, keep drinking that water. Looking for at least 80% of the 30 days completed for it to count for Monclova. Let's win that lunch! To help you drink extra water next Friday, February 28, Toni will be making infused water for the lounge. Make sure to stop by and try the water flavors.

Frogtown Exotics will be returning the week of March 2. Each class will get a 45 minute classroom lesson, there will be no whole grade presentation before the classroom lessons. We won an AWEF grant to cover a portion of the costs and MAPS is covering the remainder.

Don't forget your 3 hours of parent conferences that need to be completed by the end of the year. Now is the time to meet with parents of students that are struggling, don't wait until the end of the year.

Upcoming Events:

Teacher Match - Feb. 24 - High School Media Center

Spring Pictures - Feb. 26

Frogtown Exotics - March 2 - 6

Kindergarten Parent Night - March 5

Daylight Savings Time - March 8

Board Meeting - March 9

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

Another timely post from Angela Duckworth, I think everyone can relate to the "to do" list at the beginning of the day to the "what I actually got done" list at the end of day. The "to do" seems never ending because of all the unplanned business you attend to all day long. However, most of the unplanned business is helping kids. That work with kids is priceless and more important than most items on your "to do" list. Break your lists down to a couple of prioritized items so you will feel accomplished at the end of the day, not tired and defeated! You all do good work with kids every day!

Know Thyself

In my first year as an assistant professor, I commuted to and from campus on the regional rail.

In the mornings, as I walked from the train station to the office, I planned my day by making a to-do list in my head: the scientific journals I would read, the papers I would write, and—most
important—the piercing flashes of insight I would have about human nature.

Each evening, I walked back to the station, again ticking through my mental checklist, but this time sizing up my performance against the expectations I had set for myself that morning.

As the months passed, I realized that the grace period when I could call myself a rookie was evaporating. And that terrified me. Because time and again, when comparing my to-do list with my got-done list, I was falling short. And each night, as I trudged back to the station, I ruminated about my lack of progress.

But then something very strange happened. At the midpoint in my commute, without any conscious intent, my thoughts began to shift. Instead of cursing my weaknesses, I thought, and even said aloud sometimes, very softly: I’m a nice person. I’m a nice person. I’m a nice person.

By the time I boarded my train, I was done with my little mantra—until the next day when I walked home. After inventorying my failures, I’d repeat: I’m a nice person.

At one point, I wondered what the heck was going on, so I looked it up. It turns out, there’s a technical term for this practice: values affirmation. And what it boils down to is recognizing, and reinforcing, the personal values you hold most dear.

When you affirm a core personal value, you shore up your sense of self-worth. You broaden your perspective: instead of zooming in on your inadequacies, you switch to a wide-angle view that includes your resources and opportunities. Research also shows that the majority of adults spontaneously engage in some form of values affirmation. And the more people are in the habit of doing so, the happier, healthier, and more hopeful they are.

Over time, I made progress in my research and learned a lot about what makes most successful people special, including this: nobody has passion and perseverance unless what they do aligns with their values.

Try values affirmation for yourself. Take a moment and think of a value you hold dear, whether it’s kindness, creativity, gratitude, or integrity. Something that defines who you are today—and who you want to be tomorrow. Whatever it is, name it. And then say to yourself: Come what may, I know who I am. Your values are your foundation and your compass, too. Trust them, and they will lead you home.

With grit and gratitude,