Staff Newsletter - Week of 9/28

Lesson from a Donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway;

it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.

They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly..

Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.

He was astonished at what he saw.

With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.

He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal,

he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up

over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!


Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.

The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.

Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up.

LESSONS we can take from this as educators:

1. Stay in a success mindset.

2. What happens to us as educators isn't nearly as important as how we react to it.

3. Choose to not give up this year when times are tough.

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Fall Open House

This year we are EXCITED to offer a Fall Open House for our parent's and student's! The Fall Open house will be on Tuesday, October 6th from 4:30-6:00pm followed by a GT meeting as well as an SSI meeting, both at 6:00pm. We encourage you to take this opportunity to enlist parents as partners in your classroom instructional program. For a few tips on how to do this effectively click here.

Here are a few things to include in your classroom presentation:

* Keep it short and simple! *

1. Share something about yourself! :) Build a relationship with parents.

2. Classroom expectations (including behavior - share the levels of unacceptable behaviors and the levels of consequences).

2. Fun lessons/activities that you are working on.

3. General information about the RTI program (you will receive info on what to share at the planning meeting with Marsalie next week).

To ensure that this event is a success for everyone, check out the Open House resources on this website: Teacher Vision

CUTE IDEA! Student Selfie's in the desks on Open House night!!

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Could your classroom use more art supplies to boost your students’ creativity and inspiration? More chemistry sets to bring out the Niels Bohrs and Marie Curies in all your young scientists? SONIC®, America’s Drive-In® is again partnering with to support public school teachers and students by funding classroom projects nationwide. Through Limeades for Learning®, SONIC and its franchisee partners have donated more than $4.2 million to public school classrooms in local communities since 2009, and there’s more money available this year for teachers like you.

How it works

From September 28 to October 18 of this year, our SONIC guests vote online for their favorite public school teacher’s classroom project. Each week in the voting period, projects with the most votes are selected as winners, and classroom projects are fulfilled! Check out to view some of last year’s SONIC funded projects.

Remember, the projects with the most votes will receive funding, so don’t be shy about spreading the word among your friends, family and coworkers! There are multiple ways to vote on

1. Create an account with a valid email address and vote each day.

2. Visit your local SONIC, make a purchase and use the code on your bag sticker for two votes.

3. Vote ten times and we will send you a code worth two extra votes.

4. Share your vote on Facebook, Twitter or through email to earn additional votes.

How to participate

Have a great classroom project idea but need help funding it? Head to and submit your project today for a chance to receive some of the funding up for grabs this year! All you’ll need to provide is your name, city, name of your school and grade of your classroom, a description of your project and a photo. From there, you can share the project online, generate fliers and track how close it is to being fully funded. You can submit as many projects as you want!

To qualify, you simply need to be employed full-time in a US public or public charter school, and work directly with students at least 75 percent of the time.

I hope Limeades for Learning is a program that can help you, your students and your school. SONIC’s heritage is not only about great food and friendly service, but also being part of the community.

I encourage you to participate! Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to working with you. Please start your sign ups today. Please contact me with any questions.


Keyli Rhoades

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Devine Intermediate School

Principal: Blain Martin

Assistant Principal: Lysandra Saldaña

Counselor: Cassie Brown

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