The G.W. Gazette
January 2020 Edition
New Year, New Decade, New Resolutions
1) Start slow with your resolution. This will keep you focused and motivated while keeping that overwhelmed feeling from derailing your efforts. If you fall off track, get right back at it as soon as possible.
2) Forgive yourself when you forget. Experts say it takes 21 consecutive days to begin a new habit. During those first days, don't give up if you forget. You are human and we all get distracted. Write down your resolution. This will help you to not forget when life gets busy. Write down your big goals and break them out into smaller, more attainable goals to help you stay focused.
3) Remember that change is gradual. Celebrate the small ways you are on track and those moments will lead to days, weeks, and months of progress.
4) Stay positive. Attitude is everything and keeping an optimistic outlook will help you to achieve your goals. Allow yourself to feel the pride of a job well done!
5) Tell others about your resolution/goals. This helps with accountability and support if you find someone with the same goal.
My resolution is to focus on supporting our teachers and students to learn and grow in 2020. Together we can make George Washington the best elementary school in Iowa!
May this new year bring you purpose and prosperity,
Student Wellness in PE with SWITCH
As a parent, you can check your student's progress and join the SWITCH community. There will be an email sent with a PARENT HANDOUT to help you maneuver the website. There are also great recipes and resources available through Iowa State Extension. Another way to talk to your student about SWITCH is with these free downloadable Mealtime Conversation Cards. During P/T conferences next month, be sure to stop by the gym to learn more about SWITCH!
January Spotlight Book
After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?
In a novel full of hope, but with no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.
PTO Meeting Tuesday, January 7 at 5:15 in the Music Room. Everyone is welcome to join!
January 7......PTO at 5:15
January 8......PBIS Assembly (parents will be contacted for participation)
January 13....MAP testing begins (ends on Jan. 24)
January 14....FAST testing begins (ends on Jan. 31)
January 20....No School for students (Teacher Collaboration)
January 21....SWITCH begins