Feeling Thankful

Time for gratefulness and appreciation at Franklin

Word of the Week...Friendship

Our school-wide celebrations of Friendship were joyful and it was so fun to read the summaries of our "Friendship Leaf" winners today. Thanks to all of you who encouraged our students to talk about and live out friendship in all its variations, challenges and glories!

Next Week's Word: Thankful

This coming week as we head into our Thanksgiving break, "Thankful" feels meaningful and appropriate as our Word of the Week. I know you all have many ways to build this in to your teaching and learning over the next five days (and beyond).
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A few clips to spark and inspire....

"A Good Day" With Brother David Steindl-Rast
The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude

Leaf of the week

A great start to our leaves of the week. Additional "weekly nominee" forms have been left in your box. You can share your class "student of the week" and recommendations on students who have reflected our Word of the Week anytime during the week (I even take late ones on Friday morning!)
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Words Their Way

We have a great (and pretty intensive) PD planned for this Wednesday. Three hours together to focus on Words Their Way and building our students' understanding and use of words and all their power.....

Staff meeting.... & report cards

At our Monday staff meeting we'll be going over report cards, the ways we might most powerfully connect with our families around their children's progress and how we can support you in making those connections possible. If you have specific questions or concerns about the upcoming report card process, please email me this weekend so I can plan to address these questions on Monday.

Key dates for next week

Monday, November 16:
9:00 a.m., Morning Announcements
9:30 a.m., Fire drill
3:00 p.m., Staff meeting
Tuesday, November 17:
Rethink Your Drink Lessons
Wednesday, November 18:
8:00 a.m., Library Committee meeting with OUSD Librarian
1:30-4:30 p.m., Words Their Way PD, Library
Ingrid away on visit to Newcomer Schools (Gilroy)
Thursday, November 19:
Ingrid at PD
Friday, November 20:
8:40 a.m. First Friday Morning Meeting
9:30 a.m. SSC meeting, Library
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Things for which I am grateful...a working list

My family

Student hugs (our K's and first graders give some great ones!)

Food to eat each day

The amazing and fun teachers I get to work with each day

Our phenomenal front office staff

The BRILLIANCE of our students.....
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our staff community

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and one more...

The early morning light on the leaves of our new (and old) trees at Franklin when I'm walking to school on an early Fall morning......
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Have a great weekend,