Holmquist News and Notes

January 11 - January 15

Kimberly's Message

Welcome to Week 18. I hope you enjoyed your two weeks off. I know I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. I was also happy to return to work near the very end of the break. The first day back was hard being that I had to get up by an alarm clock, but the next day was a breeze and it was especially nice being greeted by smiling faces and hugs from both adults and kids. Thank you all for a great first week back. Now that we are in the second semester we are definitely trying to streamline some of our practices as it relates to postive student relationships that impact student learning and student behavior. e-Colors is still relevant on our campus and I encourage you to use it as a tool for you to capitalize on your strengths and to manage your potential limiters. We are all a work in progress and I believe that we all aim to get better and do better each day! I was out yesterday and today due to minor dental surgery. I'm recovering quite well and will return Monday. Enjoy your weekend!

Shout Outs

  • PK and 2nd Grade teachers followed directions and turned in Awards Lists to TL and TL turned them in to Ms. Walker on time! Thanks for following directions!
  • Thank you to the Spelling Bee committee! The spelling bee was a great experience for our students and parents. Thank you Debbie for organizing everything and all ILT members for setting up, judging, etc.
  • Thanks Ms. Siddiqui for sending me pics of the spelling bee winner

  • Ms. Rosa-Your students follow CHAMPS rules. They are quiet, follow instructions when they are in the library. Besides Pre-Ks and Ks, they are the only class who all have their IDs and turned in all their books. They are great kids because you are a great teacher. I truly appreciate your total support. Ms. Morales
  • Great job Amador and Nyan for organizing the Fly Party along eith the Fly Girls McKenzie and Jones and the Fly Boy Mr. Endsley.
  • Ms. McKenzie for a great 80s Day celebration
  • PLC was great this week. We focused on meaningful workstations.
  • Ms. Cavazos and Ms. Sanchez for preparing our E-Colors Champions
  • Brian for coming in over the break to replace computers
  • ILT for helping unwrap computer monitors to have them ready for staff
  • All staff members for greeting our students with smiles and hugs along with a positive classroom environment

Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 11, 2016

EDC 83

Team Leader 3:40

SDC 3:40

Awards Day - use PLC schedule on your awards day

1st grade- 8:15

4th grade - 9:15

3rd grade- 1:45


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

EDC 84

New AP Meeting- Belinda

Holmquist U- 3:40

Awards Day

A Honor Roll Breakfast - 8:10 LGI

2nd grade - 8:45 - use PLC schedule



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

EDC 85

Counselor Meeting


Thursday, January 14, 2016

EDC 86

REID 1-3:30

Tech Committee Meeting 3:50

Fire Drill

ILT Mid Year Review 9:00


Friday, January 15, 2016

EDC 87

Happy Birthday Ms. Rios

3 Writing Samples Due to TL

Include grade, teacher name and student name

No PDAS

GT Specialist Meeting


Saturday, January 16

ESL Review


Monday, January 18th

MLK Holiday

Ron Clark is actually the founder of the school. Watch the video and listen to how these students articulate how they feel about their principal, teachers and school. Very Inspiring! click on picture to watch video.

20 Tips for a Positive New Year


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20 Tips for a Positive New Year

Updated for 2016


1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a "Thank You Walk." It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

3. Make your first meal the biggest and your last meal the smallest. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge car. :)

4. Remember that outside circumstances and events have no power over you. You create your world from the inside-out.

5. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself and feed your mind with words of truth and encouragement you need to keep moving forward.

6. Post a sign that says "No Energy Vampires Allowed." Gandhi said, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."

7. Don't chase dollars or success. Decide to make a difference and build meaningful relationships and success will find you. {Tweet This}

8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in your purpose, people and the positive present moment.

10. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care.

11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

12. There's no such thing as an overnight success. Anything worthwhile takes time to build.

13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you're not leading.

15. Read more books than you did in 2015. I happen to know of a few good ones. : )

16. Don't seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. The next time you "fail" remember that you aren’t failing, you are becoming. You aren’t failing, you are growing.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

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