McKinley-Weekly Dog Pound

Week of October 17th - 21st

Principal's Message

“All frustration is the result of an unmet expectation.” Consider that statement for a few seconds. Pass it through the filter of your current or past frustrations – big and small. Does it ring true?

As I heard this again during this weekend’s seminar I attended, the more I realized how true it is. I can think of my walk in life –personally, professionally, and spiritually - and realized that for me in general, when I am frustrated, it’s because I have an expectation that has not been met to MY satisfaction.

As we find ourselves smack in the middle of the October, aka - the most frustrating month because there are no 4 day weeks or holidays to look forward to - instead of trying to “be un-frustrated” (often a fool’s chase), simply try to put your finger on the expectation. Amazingly, this single act often removes or dramatically reduces frustration level. At the same time, it normally helps us get a dose of perspective and humility.

Have you ever been frustrated that:
…parents just aren’t accountable – they don’t answer their phone or agree to something then nothing happens.
…students don’t seem to remember how to behave appropriately
…the boss seems to be oblivious to your issue
…your grade level member doesn’t seem to want to play “ball” with the rest of the team
…my spouse doesn’t understand what all my job entails

What expectations might lie behind these frustrations?

…parents should be 100% accountable, never becoming weary or distracted
…students should be behave according to school rules at all times
…the boss should always be on top of ALL issues, including my issues

…grade level members should be in agreement 100% of the time

…spouses should always be completely focused on meeting each other’s needs

When we read these words, we recoil, thinking, “That’s not me. I’d never be that unrealistic!” Is that so?Then, take the challenge: list a few things that have gotten under your skin recently. If you don’t remember any, ask someone you trust that you share frustrations with. Actually write them down. Then, list any expectation(s) that may be lurking underneath each one. Just acknowledging this tends to greatly reduce our frustration level.

You may find some realistic ones: respectful children, a loving spouse. However, if you’re like me, most of your frustrations have at their root unreasonable expectations.

The next time you find yourself frustrated, stop for a moment and consider the unmet expectation driving it. If it’s reasonable, then take action. If it’s unreasonable, chuck it overboard.

What are your expectations of yourself, your students, your boss, your significant other? Think about what expectations we have of others and how that plays a role in our frustration levels.

I would love to hear your ideas via our discussion page. Help inspire others and be the spark. Your words and thoughts matter and they inspire us all! Together, we are stronger.



Week At-A-Glance



UNITY DAY - Wed, October 19th

Monday, October 17th

  • 2nd Gr Math Training - JBMS #2222 (Baeza/Misiurak)
  • 3rd Gr Math Training - SDC (Sutton/Swantek)
  • 8:30-10:00am - Coffee w/the Principal
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Lunch w/Superintendent (Servin)
  • 12:00-12:30 - Attendance KONA Ice Truck (Lillie/Enciso)
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Community Liaison Interviews -Crestmore (Servin)

Tuesday, October 18th

  • Parent Teacher Conference Day - Min Day
  • 8:00-2:40pm - Grade Level Meetings - Library (1st-am/3rd-pm)
  • 11:30-1:30pm - Parent Computer Classes - Rm 7
  • 12:30-1:30pm - IEP - AP's Office
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Curriculum Council Meeting -SDC (Misiurak/Servin)
  • 4:00-5:00pm - Aspiring Administrator's Academy - JBMS -Open Invitation

Wednesday, October 19th - UNITY DAY/WALK-A-THON

  • 7:30-8:00am - Sprinkling of Happiness - Front of School
  • 8:30-11:30am - DELAC Meeting - Board Room (Servin)
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Data Review Mtg (Admin/TOA)

Thursday, October 20th

  • Earthquake/Disaster Drill - CA Great SHAKE OUT
  • 1st Grade Math Training - SDC (Padilla)
  • Kinder Math Training - JBMS #2222 (Baeza, A.)
  • 8:00-9:00pm - Principal's Roundtable - GTES (Servin)
  • 8:30-2:30pm - SST Meetings - AP's Office
  • 11:30-1:30pm - Parent Computer Classes - Rm 7

Friday, October 21st

  • 8:00-11:30am - Principal's Math Solution Training - Hermosa Ctr (Servin)

Saturday, October 15th


Itinerant Staff On-Site Schedule

Mondays: Counselor

Tuesdays: Speech, Psychologist, Band

Wednesdays: Counselor (alt), Nurse

Thursdays: Counselor, Nurse, Psychologist

Fridays: Speech, Psychologist (alt), Band

Things to Know


Sprinkling of Happiness: We will begin with a Happiness Sprinkling in front of the school in the morning. We will have UNITY DAY t-shirts for everyone. Please wear them on Wednesday! Don’t forget to wear your rocker wig, fishnet gloves and leg warmers to show your ASB Spirit!

Walk-A-Thon: There will be two sessions for the walk-a-thon (please see schedule). During student lunches (except Kinder), Kristen will have a “You Rock Hall of Fame” set up for students to leave kind comments.

Prior to Wednesday: you will receive two things in your box: strips of orange construction paper and orange self-adhesive wrist bands. The morning of the walk-a-thon, students should put on the wrist bands. This is so we can mark the number of laps each student completes. ASB students and support staff will assist Kinder and 1st grade classrooms, as the walk-a-thon starts right away at 8:15am. Secondly is the construction paper. Teacher and students are to write their name and decorate their orange strip. ASB students will pick up these strips after the walk-a-thon is over. They will be used to create a chain and be displayed in front of the school. The chain represents that we are united against bullying.

As students begin turning in their pledge envelopes, please send them up to the office. Joanne and Renee will be collecting them. I will send out a flyer after the walk-a-thon requesting all money be turned in ASAP.

After School Programs: Email Judy with interest, focus, and type of target student. If we don't get enough interest from our staff, we will be asking outside companies to cover our after school tutoring. I will be reaching out to outside companies by the middle of this week.

Happy Birthdays!


  • 10/20 - Alma Enciso


  • 11/1 - Anthony Gonzales
  • 11/2 - Jackie Hernandez
  • 11/5 - Judy Servin
  • 11/11 - Carlos Baeza
  • 11/13 - Cecilia Castro


  • 12/3 - Robert Rubio
  • 12/14 - Cynthia Ramirez
  • 12/22 - Julie Porter
  • 12/22 - Veronica Gonzales
  • 12/27 - Georgina Ramos
  • 12/27 - Roger Rivero