January 2020 * Volume 17 * Issue 4 * Hugh Gregg School

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PTA President's Message

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed the time off with family and friends as we celebrated the holidays. I can't believe 2019 is over - where does the time go?

Thank you to everyone that attended our Santa’s Workshop; hope you had as much fun as we did and a special thanks to all the helpers that made it all come together.

I want to talk about some of the upcoming events we have coming up. We have Family Movie Night coming up after Christmas / New Year’s break on January 24th from 6pm – 7:30pm and the annual Spelling Bee is coming up in February.

Also the Hugh Gregg PTA is a registered non-profit on Amazon Smile so throughout the year when using Amazon please checkout using

I’m sure you may of heard of the changes with Box Tops going from their traditional clippings to electronically scanning of the receipt. So please spread the word by downloading the new Box Tops app and scan all your grocery receipts every little bit makes a difference.

I hope you will take time to enjoy each day of this special month. Sometimes we get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. I challenge you to keep true to what's most important during this season and share this with our sweet little Gators. Have a fantastic month and I hope to see you soon.

Our next PTA meeting is January 7th 2020 at 6pm.


Joshua W. White

Hugh Gregg PTA President

Principal's Post

Dear Gator Families,

As we all contemplate the start of a brand new year and what may lie ahead in those 366 days (Leap Year!), I reflect on how fortunate I am in the work I do and the folks I am surrounded by each day!

I am currently looking forward to sharing a back to school/new year project with each of our classrooms. I intend to share the children's book: One Word for Kids by Jon Gordon. Although it can be used in September as a focus to a new school year, it also is applicable in January when we contemplate goals and changing things up for the better.

There are several initiatives "out there" with the basic premise being: If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a behavior that you wish to change and focus on it. In fact, most of us can probably think of two or three undesirable habits—or more.

Thus begins the list we create with the hope to perfect them via “New Year’s Resolutions.” Statistically, 9 out of 10 people will fail in their resolutions and 50% of us will give up on them by the end of January! But one word sticks!

“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond this cycle. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. That is exactly what I shared, in child-friendly terms with our students.

This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers you and helps create a vision for your future. So, we invite you to join our students and pick one word for the next twelve months. Be sure to check in with your child on what word they selected for themselves.

I want to give a shout out to our staff for their continued commitment to family literacy through the initiatives they research and sign on for. We continue to seek your support in working with your child to not only learn to read but to learn to love to read. Our next One School, One Book will launch in March, but until then, please keep reading together and enjoying the bond that it creates.

Thanks for all that you do!

Wishing you the best,

Mrs. Ann Collins, Principal

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We line up and go outside for recess when the real feel temperature is 20 degrees or higher. Bundle up!

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Family Mission Statement: How to Create One in 3 Steps by Susan Wilson

Having a family mission statement creates a bond between parents and children as they support each other and help each other grow. Your family’s sense of unity and purpose strengthens when every member knows that everyone is truly committed to each other’s success and growth. Creating a mission statement based on Habit 2 of the 7 Habits—Begin With the End in Mind—and the principles of commitment, purpose, and vision is as easy as counting to three!

  • First, define outcomes before you act
  • Second, create a mission statement
  • Third, live by the mission statement

Defining the Outcome

Defining the outcome means starting a project or goal with the end in mind; in this case, it is creating a family mission statement. For example, a fun way to demonstrate this principle to your children, before starting this project, is by asking them to put together a puzzle without seeing the picture on the box.

  1. Find a puzzle with at least 24 pieces. You may have to purchase a new one that your family has not put together before.
  2. Ask each family member to put it together in 30 seconds without looking at the picture of the puzzle. Give each person an opportunity to try to finish it in 30 seconds.
  3. After they each have tried, ask them what would make this task easier for them. They will likely say that if they had a picture of the puzzle or more time they would be more successful.
  4. Now give them another 30 seconds and the picture of the puzzle. Ask them, “Why was it easier this time?” This is a great object lesson to show how important it is to have a vision, or plan—in this case, a picture of the puzzle—in order to be successful in completing something.

Creating a Mission Statement

After defining the outcome, next is to create a family mission statement. In order to do this, figure out what is most important to your family by answering these seven questions:

  1. What is the purpose of our family?
  2. What kinds of things do we want to do?
  3. What kind of feeling do we want to have in our home?
  4. What kind of relationships do we want to have with one another?
  5. What are our family’s priorities?
  6. What are our responsibilities as family members?
  7. How can we contribute to society as a family and become more service-oriented?

Give your children the opportunity to express their feelings of what they think is important to your family. Mission statements do not need to be long or formal, they just need to represent what is important to you and your family. Don’t try to rush this process. This may take a few months! Make sure that your family feels that the mission statement clearly represents what is important to everyone.

Living by the Mission Statement

After you create your family mission statement, make sure it is visible and conspicuous, because it is time to live it! Some families put it in a frame and hang it in different locations in their home as a reminder. Other families repeat their family mission statement at meals to remind them of what their family stands for before they go out the door. There is no right or wrong for living by your family’s mission statement as long as you make it your own.

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