CSA Lincoln Newsletter
Friday, August 10th
Principal's Notes and Highlights
Each year I plan my message for staff around a movie. This year's theme is from Dead Poet's Society. As an educator, this movie is heartwarming, heart-wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams, embodies many of the great qualities we look for in educators. His lessons captivate the interest of students. He encourages them to start thinking on their own. Most importantly, he develops the type of positive relationship you hope all teachers form with students. I have included the iconic scene from the end of the movie for you to view.
I challenged our staff to form the type of relationship where our students would be willing to stand on a desk for us. I asked them to consider the following.
If they wouldn't stand on a desk for you, what are you going to do about it?
This is how we help students achieve their full potential. Anything less and we will have wasted an opportunity for greatness. We must appreciate the incredible responsibility we have accepted as educators and seize the day!
Updates and Notes
- Your child may have mentioned that they now have a rest period at school. We are trying something new this year that is called Refocus for Learning. Students in grades K-2 will be taking a three minute break and will practice abdominal breathing. It is a powerful way to decrease stress by activating relaxation centers in your brain. We purchased mini-stuffed animals that the students place on their stomach during the exercise. This will help them learn how to breathe correctly. Students in grades 3-6 will be taking a five minute break after recess. Teachers will also be participating in the silent time so that everyone has a chance to shut down and reset before the afternoon begins. This will happen every day. Brody (photo) set a great example of getting his animal to go up and down with each breath!
- We have practiced fire, tornado and earthquake drills. Next week we will practice the Lockdown and Armed Intruder drills. Teachers have a PowerPoint presentation that they will share with students prior to the Armed Intruder drill. If we had a situation where we needed to evacuate the building and would be unable to return, our reunification site would be the Columbus North Auditorium. This is where you would come retrieve your child. It may seem like we have quite a few drills planned in a small window of time, but I would rather have our children trained in all scenarios as soon as possible. Their safety is my top priority.
- 6th graders will travel to Camp Lakeview next Thursday and Friday for the Husky Hideaway. This is a fun overnight trip!
- The playground is getting really close to being finished! The pour-in-place surface is currently being installed and some of the seating for the outdoor classroom will be delivered over the weekend.
- We celebrated our first round of Husky Gram Drawing Winners by going to Dairy Queen! For those that are new to the process, students turn in their Husky Grams to the jars located outside the main office. 6th grade students will draw one from each class on Friday. I get to read their name over the PA system that afternoon and we present them with a treat.
- Finally, I asked one student per grade level to share about their first week of school. I've shared a video with their responses.
Have a great weekend!
Use the subtitles function on the student video!
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