Helen Edwards Friday Focus
Friday, November 13, 2015
Take Care of the Important Things in Life
By the time November arrives, you can officially say that the "honeymoon" phase of the school year is over. The daily schedule has started becoming a daily grind and our immune system has taken a hit with the famous stomach virus that has been making its way around our staff. Not to mention the Helen Edwards Jinx that when either Krystal or I is off campus....crazy things start to happen! So here is a short story that sends a strong message in regards to focusing on the important things in life and keeping things in perspective. Enjoy !
A Teacher's Life Lesson Using A Jar And Some Golf Balls
This is a very important life lesson that a philosophy teacher taught his students.
The teacher cleared off his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty mason jar. He proceeded to fill up the jar with golf balls until he could fit no more. He looked at the classroom and asked his students if they agree that the jar is full. Every student agreed that the jar was indeed full.
The teacher then picked up a box of small pebbles and poured them into the jar with the golf balls. The pebbles filled all of the openings in between the golf balls. He asked the students if the jar was full. Once again, they agreed.
Now the teacher picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the mason jar. The sand filled in all of the empty space left between the golf balls and pebbles. He asked the class again if the jar was full. The students agreed it was technically full.
Finally, the teacher pulled out two cups of coffee from under his desk and poured both of them into the jar filling the empty space between the sand. Now the students began to laugh wondering how far this was going.
The teacher waited until the laughter stopped. "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life," he started. "The golf balls represent the important things. Your family, children, health, friends, and passions. If everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles represent the other things in life that matter, such as your job, house and car. The sand---that is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand in first, there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are most important. Pay attention to the important things in your life.
Enjoy time with family. Go to dinner with your spouse. Play games with your kids. There will ALWAYS be time to clean the house or take yourself shopping.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. The rest is just sand. You are dismissed."
Before the students left, one shouted out. "You never mentioned what the coffee represents!"
The professor smiled and said, "Well I'm glad you asked. The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room to have a cup of coffee with a friend."
Curriculum Night Fun!
Making gel bags with Burley!
Father-son fun with shaving cream and letters!
Making math fun with beads and pipe cleaners....not to mention a great fine-motor skill activity!
Pledge for the Week....Mrs. Hawkins' Class
Mark Your Calendar....
November 18: Staff Meeting
November 19: Thanksgiving Lunch
December 1: Insurance Enrollment in Head Start Room
December 3: Planning Day
December 4: Bilingual Make & Take
December 5: Head Start Field Trip to Yesterland
December 10: Staff party
December 11: Adopt-A-Kid
December 14: Pictures with Santa for Kinder
December 15: Pictures with Santa for Pre-K/HS & Christmas Performance @ 6:00 (Trollinger & Willis' Pod)
December 17: Christmas Performance @ 6:00 (Marcellus & Hawkins Pod)
December 18: Winter Parties
Look who I found working late Thursday afternoon on her masters degree. But she wasn't alone....her com-padre was on speaker phone!
This is what stress looks like when you realize that you forgot about your parent/teacher conference AND you work at your child's school!!
I found who was on the other end of the line with Marcellus....also working on her master's assignment! Way to go ladies!