Holmquist News and Notes

May 16 - May 20

Kimberly's Message

Welcome to the Week of the 16th. WE have about 14 more days of school. Please use these last days to have fun with your students and to let them know how much you care for them. Your students really love you even when they don't show it. They remember what you say and how you treat them. This time of the year is hectic and stress levels tend to rise, so know your triggers and when to press your pause button to get through these last few days.

Shout Outs

  • 3rd and 4th grade teachers did an awesome job during testing
  • Kaythi and Marilyn for preparing all documents and materials ahead of time for testing
  • All testing monitors that assisted during testing. They were very helpful on my hallway. I never had to wait for anyone and they checked on us a lot. I’m sure others were as helpful; these are the people I saw.
  • Dr. Reyna

    Ms. Sanchez

    Ms. Polk

    Ms. Nguyen

    Ms. McElyea

  • Ms. Upshaw for organizing McTeacher Night and for all staff members that attended the event. We raised $706.00.

  • Coach Foster for creating a powerpoint for our Y.O.L.O group and teaching our students about soccer.

  • Coach Sallee and Mr. Endsley for monitoring students during Y.O.L.O

  • Ms. Williams for creating the agenda for they Y.O.L.O meeting

  • 1st grade for being the first grade level to complete Math Easy CBM

  • Ms. Stewart, Ms. Phillips and Ms. Diez for covering classes this morning

  • All volunteers that assisted with Kinder field trip

  • Ms. Siddiqui for jumping in and helping no matter what.

Weekly Calendar

College and Career Week


Monday, May 16th

EDC 165

Math Specialist Meeting K-2

Campus Innovation Grant Due to District

Team Leader - 3:40

1st Grade Field Trip

Orange Day - wear a college shirt with orange or an orange shirt with jeans


Tuesday, May 17h

EDC 165

Math Specialist Meeting

Fame Meeting - 3:40

Principal Talks - 9:30

Sience DCA 2 - 4

ILT EOY Debrief

Red Day - Red college shirt or red shirt with jeans


Wednesday, May 18th

EDC 166

Happy Birthday Ms. Polk

Happy Birthday Ms. Serralde

Ms. Castillo's Baby Shower - 3:40

3rd Grade Program - See Schedule

Blue Day - Blue college shirt or blue shirt with jeans

Walking Field Trip - 4th grade


Thursday, May 19h

EDC 167

Happy Birthday Mr. Legra

Cowboy Ranch Field Trip

Wear a college shirt of your choice


Friday, May 20th

EDC 168

Content/ILT

Start/Stop/Continue/Change


Jr. Coaches Field Trip at Children's Museum


What do I want to be? Dress up day



Saturday, May 21st

Ammo Competition - 4th Grade - Mr. Ponder and Ms. Wells



PLC - The Week of the 16th

Monday - PK/K

Tuesday - 1st

Wednesday – 2nd - Ms. Upshaw will email a schedule due to 3rd program

Thursday – 4th - (Last Y.O.L.O)

Friday – 3rd

Are You a Shark or a Goldfish?

If you are facing a challenge and anxious about your situation, I know how you feel. I lost my job in 2001 during the dot.com bust. The company was losing money faster than we could raise it and eventually the company sank faster than the Titanic.



I thought it was the worst event of my life. I was two months away from being bankrupt. I had a wife, two young children, a mortgage, no health insurance, and very little savings. I was a paycheck away from losing it all.


It sounds bad. It felt bad. At the time it was bad. But one day I decided that I wasn’t going to let this challenge take me down. And that’s when I knew I had to change what I was thinking and doing.


I read a few books including Who Moved My Cheese and Rich Dad, Poor Dad

which helped me make some important decisions through the change. Eventually these decisions would lead to the work I do now as a writer, consultant, and speaker.


My layoff led to my life’s mission and purpose. What I thought was the worst event in my life actually lead to the best. I’m not alone. Gallup did a study and asked people to identify the worst and best event of their life. They found that there was an 80% correlation between the two events.


There was also a British study of 500 “charmed” people. They seemed to have it all; wealth, success, great relationships, etc. The researchers were surprised to discover that every one of these “charmed” people had bad things happen to them. They all experienced challenges and adversity, however, each one of them turned the bad

into good and their misfortune into fortune.



The truth is that challenges and change are a part of life. The waves of change are always coming our way. But when the wave hits we have a choice. We can embrace it and ride it to a successful future or resist it and get crushed by the wave.



Embracing our waves of challenge and change is all about how we perceive and respond to the events we face. In The Shark and the Goldfish I share the positive success formula.



E + P = O


We can’t always control the (E) vents in our life but we can control our (P)ositive response to these events and this often determines the (O)utcome.


When the change hits instead of focusing on the challenge we can choose to look for the opportunity. We can ask what this event is teaching us and identify how we can grow stronger and wiser from it. We can live in fear or move forward with faith and take positive action.


We can decide to be a Shark instead of a Goldfish? Goldfish become paralyzed by fear. They stay in their comfort zone and wait for someone to feed them. On the other hand Sharks (nice sharks) move forward with faith and take action. They trust that their best days are ahead of them, not behind them. Instead of waiting to be fed they venture out in the ocean of possibility in search of food. Their beliefs and actions create a self filling prophecy; because they expect to find food and take action to find it, they do.