The Weekly Howl

Week of March 12th, 2018

We Are the Answer

With the events of the past couple of weeks concerning school safety we've all heard the arguments for more of this or more of that. I read a letter from a former teacher to students and the end of the letter really got to me. It's addressed to teachers and I think it's something worth reading. The excerpt is below

And teachers, my fellow guardians of our youth, I know you too. I know the desire of wanting to make a difference in a young person’s life. I know the thrill of stepping in front of a classroom of students but simultaneously intimidated by the trust bestowed upon you. I also know the crushing, sometimes unbearable responsibility that your shoulders are asked to carry. But that’s why you got into teaching, because you have big shoulders. And a big heart. You’re overworked (I would add underpaid, but you didn’t get into teaching for the pay, so it needn’t be said), underappreciated and exhausted. May I add one more item to that list? You’re also a miracle waiting to happen in the life of your worst student. He could likely be our next shooter. The next time (and there’s always a next time) he’s ready to wreak havoc in your classroom, I challenge you to pull him aside and ask him if he’s ok, if there is something bothering him and is there anything you can do to help? Your genuine concern for him may be just the miracle he’s looking for. The miracle we’re all looking for. I know you. I trust you. You are the answer.

A former teacher who is as heartbroken as you and trusting you not to walk out on the real answer,
David (yes, teachers really do have first names) Blair


Here is the the link to the full article http://www.ktsa.com/open-letter-teacher-students-walking/

Robotics Room

If you haven't seen it yet please stop down and take a look. There are so many things students K-5 can do now. Mr.Wesson or myself would be glad to work with you on 3D printing projects, Sphero or Ollie coding, Kinex or lego projects. Here are some pictures of all of these Items.

MakerSpace Room

The MakerSpace Room is coming along. We still have some storage cabinets and hangers to put up. When it is complete this will be a room for you to bring students to create, problem solve and think outside the box to everyday problems. Here are some pictures of the tools they will have to work with. I will let you know when this room is ready to be used!

Books to Sign for 5th Graders

Just like last year we have books to sign and leave notes in for 5th graders. Books are separated by class and each book has an individual students name on it so you can personalize your message to students if you'd like. They are in the office on the table next to my door.
Big picture

From Mrs. Price and Mr. Rees

Since we closed on the 7th Scott will be in Albion on the 14th for art and Julie will be in Wolf Lake.

Thanks:)

Upcoming Morning Meetings:

Wednesday, March 14th @ 7:45: Meet in the Robotics Room

Important Dates:

3/12-3/16: IREAD Window 3rd Grade

3/13: Spring Pictures

3/19-5/18: NWEA Spring Testing Window

4/12: WLE 3rd/4th Grade Music Program 6:30-7:30

4/16-5/4: ISTEP Part 2 Window

4/24: Kindergarten Round Up 5:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m.

4/25: Kindergarten Round Up 9:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m.

5/3: WLE 1st/2nd Grade Music Program 6:30pm - 7:30pm

5/16: Ronald McDonald @ 2:00 in the gym

5/29: Tincaps Game @ 7:05 info will come after Christmas Break

6/3: Graduation @2:00

6/21-6/22: Summer Institute