Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz
August 21, 2020
PIVOT!! PIVOT!!! Every day I know each of us are having to change something that we thought to be true or the path to follow. I'm so thankful to be working with our Lincoln family who, like all humans, have moments of freak outs, but when that is over, we all take a deep breath and PIVOT! In the words of Brene Brown, "This is difficult. There are no simple answers. There is pain and fear that would be easy to unload on others – but that would be unfair and out of our integrity. We will walk through this in a way that makes us feel proud. It will be hard, but we will do it together.”
On a totally different note, and in the spirit of transparent leadership, I want to share with you a horrible discovery that Seth helped me find in my "chocolate stash" drawer. So, I tend to keep chocolate and things that I may eat in moments of stress in my bottom desk drawer. Seth came in looking for chocolate and my glass jar was lacking variety. So I pulled out my bag in my lower drawer that had two bags of other chocolates in it. Immediately Seth said, "Suzanne there is something funny in here." I looked in my drawer and there was some liquid residue on the bottom of the drawer but I wasn't sure what it was because I don't have any liquids in my chocolate drawer. After inspecting the bag, to my absolute horror, I located the two peaches that I thought Walmart forgot in my order from three weeks ago!!!! Seth, the consummate gentleman, did not freak out completely and start retching, but it was really gross. Major thanks to Seth for helping me discover the two decomposing peaches in my drawer--how bad would it have been had we not discovered them today! YUCK!!!
Why do I tell you this? It was not to gross you out I assure you. It was an ugly reminder to me that there are things in my life that I've missed or forgotten and I need to slow down, breathe, and be thoughtful in what I'm doing. While I sincerely hope that none of you have rotten peaches in your desk drawer, I do hope that you metaphorically think of what you may have forgotten in the past few weeks that you may need to return to, put care in, and complete. Our work these past four weeks have been overwhelming and consuming. Please take time to focus on things other than work. Self care--it is important. Don't have a rotten peach, or two, in your life decomposing from neglect.
Have a great weekend and we'll see you all on Monday!
Schedule Expectation and Zones Lessons
It is really important to remember that we need to think of teaching the expectations and zones lessons like a total reboot of these vital parts of our school culture. Students have been out of our building for almost 5 1/2 months. Many will have forgotten our common Lincoln language/expectations, or have been in environments that are in direct contradiction to them. Please take care and time to teach the expectations and to put emphasis on the zones language. This language will seem like new learning to some of our kids--even if we have had them for several years.
Increase in Physical Education
Note about Shasta Next Week
If you have not completed attendance yet for the first two weeks, please make sure student attendance is entered in Aspen. As a reminder, during these first two weeks, we were offering extreme grace. It is the districts understanding that if contact was made or work was completed, they are counted present. We need to get this completed so we can begin our new procedure next week and start tracking our no shows. Thank you for your assistance.