Freshman Center Free Press
May 6, 2016
Quote of the Week
"Surround yourself with positive influences. When you are surrounded by negative thinkers, images, or materials, it is easy to get bogged down in hopelessness."
Found in the book-
Attitude: The Remarkable Power of Optimism
By - Nido R. Qubein
The Good Stuff!
Feeling Bogged Down, Hopeless, and Negative...
I learned an awesome lesson about re-framing from my 7 year old son, Cru, yesterday. As many of you know, Cru has a life threatening egg allergy and needed to get his blood drawn for some updated allergy tests. Kid has never had a doughnut!! :-( Anyway, he was VERY scared and anxious about this yesterday morning...on the verge of tears. We gave him the "Give me you tough face Cru!" speech (see picture above) and hoped for the best. I have had to physically restrain my daughter, Maddie, almost every time she has faced the needle, so Lauren and I were feeling anxious as well.
As the nurse walked toward him with the needle and vile to collect his blood sample, the look on his face toward from anxious to dread. Then...something changed.
Cru grit his teeth and closed his eyes expecting the worse and after about two seconds, he turned to the nurse, watched the procedure and started asking questions. He was able to re-frame his attitude from one of anxiousness and dread to inquisitive and composed. He thought it was the coolest thing ever to watch his blood go from inside his arm to outside his body to the collection vile. He made the nurse laugh with all of his questions. The sense of relief was felt by all!
Right then and there, it hit me like a ton of bricks! Cru could not control his surroundings, his circumstances or this procedure. He only had control of his attitude. This young kid was able to re-frame his ATTITUDE and turn this negative situation into a very positive one. I cannot be more proud of my son for how he handled this situation, but maybe more important, for teaching his old man a lesson.
A good lesson for all of us during trying and stressful times! FINISH STRONG!!!
(Click on the pictures to zoom in. Video below is an oldie but a goodie. Incredible message!)
We really do work in the greatest profession - teaching kids!
Major KUDOS to all involved in making this a special staff appreciation week!
ACT WorkKeys Results
Thank you for your help in handing out these student reports!
Congrats to Madison, Marcy and the Mayle family!!
Major KUDOS to Michael Garbaty for organizing these meetings and to Sherry Williams for recording the discussions!!
May 7 - Prom
May 9 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:30pm @ Central Office
May 12 - Department Head meeting - 2:40pm in Main Office Conference Room
May 13 - Staff Breakfast - Electives
May 13 Halloween (A Haunted Prom)
May 17 - Kent County Health Department Vision Screening
May 17 - Fire Drill - 9:03am
May 20 - Staff Breakfast - English
May 27 - No School
May 30 - No School - Memorial Day
June 3 - Staff Breakfast - Math
June 8 - Full Day - 5th Period Exam
June 9 - Half Day - 1st and 2nd Period Exams - 10:55am dismissal
June 10 - Half Day - 3rd and 4th Period Exams - 10:55am dismissal
June 10th - Staff Gathering - Whitecaps Game