Team Thomson News & Notes
#ThomsonRocks Week of: December 17, 2018
Important Information for You!
You will notice this week's staff newsletter is a little shorter and intentionally not super 'meaty'. My hope is that you find a little inspiration in the video in the 'MEMSPA Conference-Additional Reflections' section and that you spend this week having fun with your students, however it is important to remember that this fun needs to be focused, intentionally planned for, and part of routines that can be kept to as much as possible. Think writing letters to Santa during Writer's Workshop, using cubes to measure presents during Math...how can you use the Standards and have fun with your kids at the same time? Additionally, I am sure that we are all as prepared for the 'week before Christmas' as we can be, but we need to remember that our students will be experiencing lots of emotions this week and we need to steel our patience and remember to breathe and laugh. You got this team!
Also, I would like to take a moment to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and send wishes for the Happiest of New Years! May the holiday break bring you time with family and friends, lots of love and laughter, and time to relax and unwind a bit. I am so proud to be on this journey with you and couldn't think of a better group of people to work with!
MEMSPA Conference-Additional Reflections
As I shared with you last week in the newsletter and at our staff meeting a little bit, the theme for the MEMSPA conference was on positive leadership and I hope to continue to share my learning with you over the next several weeks/months. Our first keynote speaker talked about looking for 'genius' in everyone. He reminded us that while not everyone is 'gifted', there is genius all around us and our job is to look for it, harness it, and use it to benefit our students. Our next keynote speakers emphasized finding humor in what we do and it was great to just laugh. She had us rolling. As you all know, you just can't make this stuff up. We deal with some tough situations, and it's important to remember to find humor in what we do and have fun with our students and each other. Our last speaker focused on remembering our why, our real purpose. I'm sharing a video clip of an example that he provided. In the clip you will see a comedian speak to a member in his audience, learning a little about the gentleman he asks him if he can sing a few bars of Amazing Grace, to which the man does. He then asked him to sing with a more specific direction...boy does he. Listen to how "what" he does is drastically effected when he knows "why"! When we have purpose and know our why....what we do becomes so much more intentional. Please take a minute to watch the video...you won't be disappointed!
Cardinal Code Focus for the Week: General Behavior Expectations
From now until the second week in January, please take some time to review those areas that you see are needs for your students. It is important to remember that we teach, not tell or yell...if a student is or isn't behaving a certain way, seek first to understand if possible 'why' and then teach and reteach the behavior you want! Thank you for intentionally teaching the Cardinal Code to your students.
Quotes Worth Reading
"I still believe in Santa Claus.
He may not be the one that puts the presents
under the tree, but his spirit works through
us each time we give freely without
expectation and each time we spread joy, love, and light."
Celebrations & Announcements
Birthdays: Christine Henderson, December 20th; Rhonda Seidell, December 22nd; Leandra Lints, December 23rd; Justine Salina, December 23rd; Denise Delay, December 27th...Happy, Happy Birthday to all of you!
10 Days of Christmas Starts Continues this Week:
Mocha Monday! Hot Chocolate Bar
In honor of Handsome Harry & the sharing of the Polar Express, stop by the lounge and grab a cup of hot chocolate with all the fixins’.
Tasty Tuesday! Feliz Navidad!
It might not be quite a Taco Tuesday, but stop by the lounge to pick up a little snack of chips, queso, and/or salsa.
Wacky Wednesday! Holiday Headwear
Show off your festive and fun style with some ‘Holiday Headwear’. Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Christmas Hats, etc...stop by the office to show it off and get a little treat for your participation.
The PTO would like to thank and wish you a Merry Christmas. Come on into the lounge in the morning and enjoy a bagel, muffin, and/or some coffee provided by our PTO.
Crazy Christmas Friday!
Wear your favorite holiday sweater (festive or ‘ugly’) and some comfy jeans and join us in the gym for a staff photo at 8:05 a.m.
This will be the last week for Jon and Diane Knox as playground monitors here at Thomson. Their bus driving schedule and working as playground monitors has just made for a very long day for them. I want to take a minute to say 'thank you' to both of them...you will be missed!
Important Upcoming Dates:
If you haven't shared your classroom holiday party date and time with the office, please do so right away.
Tuesday, December 18th-Eric Lieske Farewell, 3-5 p.m. with a special presentation at 4:30 p.m. in the High School AMR.
Friday, December 21st-School Christmas Sing Along, 2:30 p.m. in the gym!
December 22nd through January 1st-Winter Vacation...Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 2nd-School Resumes
Week of January 6th-PLC Week
Monday, January 7th-Launch of the Thomson Trading Post
Tuesday, January 8th-PTO Pals
Wednesday, January 9th-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: ALICE Training for Students)
Thursday, January 10th-DIBELS Assessment Window Opens; ELA Learning Lab day; General Admin Meeting (Natalie)
Tuesday, January 15th-Child Study Day
Wednesday, January 16th-Lockdown, ALICE Drill
Thursday, January 17th-Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie); CMC 4-7 p.m.
Friday, January 18th-End of 2nd Marking Period & the First Semester