Friday Focus

Week of October 17-21st

Great Teams Work Together

When you look at the success of any organization, group, or team at its core you will find one consistent trait...cooperation. Great events are marked with the efforts of people working together towards a common goal and this is not a secret. Unity and working together in cooperation is powerful! So why is it sometimes hard to achieve? I wanted to share a quick story I read recently on cooperation, and the power of sharing.


Once upon a time there were two hungry men. They were lucky to receive two items from a wise old man: one basket full of fresh fish and a fishing rod. One of them took the basket of fish while the other took the fishing rod. After that they all went their own way.


The one with the fish put up a fire and cook the fish on the spot and ate all of them. After a few days the man died near his empty basket. The other man while enduring hunger walked all the way to the sea. In the end he was exhausted and died on the way.


There were another two hungry men. They also received two items from the wise old man: a fishing rod and a basket of fish. However these two men did not go separate way. They had agreed and decided to look for the sea together. They also agreed to eat only one fish a day.


After a very long and tiring journey they finally reached the seashore. So they started a new life as fishermen. After a few years they built their own houses and had their own families and their own fishing boats. They lived happily ever after.


Unity is strength is the moral of this story. When you have a dollar and I have a dollar and we exchange the dollar we still have a dollar each. When I have an idea and you have an idea when we exchange the idea we have two ideas each. When we combine the two ideas together the potential is limitless. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.



Try to remember that we are ALL leaders, that we all make the culture of this place, and that we ALL can share in helping to make it great! Celebrate Victories!! Look for them and be intentional in doing this trying to catch others doing things that are great, and then point them out and celebrate them!



Be a Leader for Norfolk Catholic as we walk with someone to meet Jesus!!!

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week for the coming week is Cooperation. Every week we will have a word that is a virtue and something that can be stressed or focussed on in the rooms. In other words just working more virtue into our vocabulary of every day teaching and classroom interaction. Cooperation is a building block to having a great team. Being able to work together with others and build off of their strengths allows everyone to achieve more.

Elementary News

+ Parent Teacher Conferences 17th and 19th from 3-7pm. We will dismiss at 1:30 on these days.


+ Make sure grades are posted and ready by the start of school Monday. Please communicate in weekly email to parents that they will be able to view them on Sycamore next week. Teachers please make sure that your Sycamore is getting updated and that emails are going out to parents for communication.


+ Day off on the 21st.


+For our Advanced Ed Visit we are conducting a survey to get feedback from Staff. Here is the link for our survey:


In an effort to improve system practices, Norfolk Catholic Schools is conducting a Staff Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/2451196 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


+ Remember, often the key to success is being willing to fail...try new things and don't worry if they don't all work as you thought. New ideas and new methods will help in your classroom instruction to engage students in new ways!


+ "Walk With Someone to Meet Jesus" remember you can't give what you don't have so try to always find avenues to strengthen your relationship with the LORD!!

High School News

+ P.T.C. will be Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., we will have 1:30 dismissal on each of those days.


+ All fall activities are under way, Knights and Lady Knights compete at the highest level and remember always give glory to God for the gifts he has given us.


+ Continue to monitor dress code with Mr. Anderson and myself.


+For our Advanced Ed Visit we are conducting a survey to get feedback from Staff. Here is the link for our survey:


In an effort to improve system practices, Norfolk Catholic Schools is conducting a Staff Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/2451196 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.



+ Continue to communicate with parents on any school related issue.


+ Schedule change for Thursday, October 13 Norfolk Catholic will host District Cross

Country. We will have a 12:00 dismissal in 7- 12 building.


+ No School on Friday the 21st. Have a great day off.


+ Family Formation is under way, remember no activities from 6:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights.


+ We are out of the gates and running!!!! remember "Walk with someone to meet Jesus".

Happy Friday from Fr. Matt

“For the Lord God shall come to Friday his people….”

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Peace, and all things Friday,

Fr. Matt

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