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October 11. 2019

Dear Families,

I ran across a compelling quote this week speaking about motivation and principles. The author is unknown and I’ll do my best to paraphrase it. Motivation is overrated because of its ebb and flow as a feeling. There’s no substance behind it for substantial change. Whereas principles, such as discipline, commitment, and integrity have much more traction in life. I mention this quote because it relates wholeheartedly to the mission of Butte Central Catholic Schools. So often, it’s so easy to get caught up in our feelings, especially in the world of education. One negative thing, can turn into an avalanche and take over our entire well-being, and the well-being of our community. Causing us to lose our motivation to move forward. Fortunately, our mission is founded on principle, and is a reminder not to get caught up in the feelings. The word of God is a wonderful example for us. “Do not be afraid,” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. Fear is obviously the most detrimental feeling of them all. And God, “literally,” tells us every day, to fear not because I am with you.

Matthew 18, 1-5

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

I am humbled every day at the resiliency of the children in our school. They are the example that help me get past my own fears. It is our responsibility at Butte Central to foster this “childlike faith.” Which Jesus Himself calls us all to live up to. I am inspired to see our students guided by teachers that are called by principle to serve the students of Butte Central. Their love and care is founded by Jesus’ message mentioned in Matthew’s Gospel.

This week, I would like to tell you about an exciting new program we recently launched, the Butte Central Elementary Parent Ambassador Program. This is a small group of parents that we have asked to help tell “our story” of what it means to be a part of our BC community. This group will focus on deepening the connection and community across our school through activities such as the upcoming BC Elementary ‘Adopt a Senior Athlete.’ More to come on this early next week. They will work to build connection between parents and the administrators and teachers, create connection opportunities for parents and students, and be liaisons for new families and prospective families. More to come from the PAP program, and I am excited to see the impact this program will have across our elementary.

Also this week, we had our first QIT (Quality Improvement Teams) meeting. Teacher’s met for an hour using an activity to identify specific improvements they see fit to collaborate on with their teams this school year. I am very grateful to be working with a dedicated group of QIT team leaders. Nacyshla Mehring is leading our Kindergarten through 2nd grade team, Meghanne Paske is leading our 3rd through 5th grade team, and Ethan Shrader is leading our Junior High team. As the year continues I will keep all of you updated on our QIT’s progress.

In closing, I’m as guilty as anyone in getting caught up in my own feelings. Fear, anxiety, or being just plain unmotivated. But I am so blessed to work in an environment where all I have to do is walk down the hallway and look at your children’s faces filled with joy and wonder to realize God’s message of “childlike Faith.” Thank you to all of you that share your children’s love with us every day at Butte Central. This love is the principle behind our motivation!

God Bless,

Paul Richardson