Bear Tracks

Weekly information for Bear Tavern - December 18, 2015

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Note from the Principal

Happy Friday Bear Tavern Staff,


Congratulations, by the time you read this you will have almost survived the last full week before Winter Break. The holiday season can be a stressful time if we let it be, so the article of the week this week is especially apropos.


Over the next few weeks; you will hear the words 'happy' and 'joy,' or 'joyous' many times. I recently heard someone talking about joy. He explained that 'joy' is not the absence of sadness or difficulty, but it is the ability to recognize the great things all around. We can be joyful, even when things are tough or overwhelming by reminding ourselves about the good things that we have. At Bear Tavern, we are so lucky to have the colleagues that we have, the students we have and the resources at our disposal at School and in our personal lives.


There is not a day that goes by in which I am not blown away by something at our school. Whether I am talking to a former colleague, attending a district meeting or walking around school, I am consistently proud to share what is happening, the positive attitudes that I see or some example of passion and flexibility from one of our teachers. Despite the occasional setbacks or frustrations, we have so many reasons to be motivated, excited and joyful!


Thank you for all that you do. I will talk next week about the New Year and where we want to go, but right now I just want to thank each of you. I honestly couldn't have imagined a better start to the school year personally. I am so excited and proud of our school, and am thrilled at the potential that lies ahead of us. I know that I have a lot that I can still learn and I can see how much we are capable of as a group.


Enjoy next week, both at school and at home. Remember that joy is not the absence of struggle, but our ability to celebrate the 'good stuff.'


And of course - in honor of the new Star Wars - "May the force be with you!"


Thank you for all that you do.


Sincerely,

Chris

Special Reminders & Upcoming Dates

Dates:


Monday 12/21 - Staff Breakfast (A Holiday 'Thank You' from me) starting at 7:45 am. Come and relax and enjoy.

Monday 12/21 - Staff Meeting (at Maureen Farina's House)

Monday 12/21 -2nd Grade Winter Parties.

Tuesday 12/22 - Pajama Day

Tuesday 12/22 - Grade 5 Winter Celebration 9-10 am

Tuesday 12/22 - K Winter Celebration 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Wednesday 12/23 - Early Dismissal

Wednesday 12/23- Grade 1 Winter Celebration

Wednesday 12/23 - Grade 4 Winter Celebration

Quote of the Week:

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Article of the Week:

How Successful People Squash Stress from Forbes

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Tech Tip of the Week