April 16, 2018
A Principal's Perspective
As I was in Vegas, I had the luxury of enjoying the educational, places of Vegas. Yes they exist! Going to the aquarium at Mandalay Bay was an experience. Usually when I go to an aquarium, I am going through it quickly. Observe, take a picture, and then move on was my norm. This time I sat face to face with a kimodo dragon. Me staring as he moved his tongue in and out staring at me. The walking path that is surrounded by a shark tank was exciting. But as I was still and just observed, I noticed a shark with a saw type snout move across the glass displaying his sharp points on his snout. As I waited, the largest sea turtle I have ever seen, peeked out of his rock cubby and glided slowly over me to hide away in another cubby. All of these amazing things happening above my head as the crowds scurried through missing aquatic wonders before them.
The Siegfried and Roy exhibit at The Mirage is a favorite place of mine. Peaceful and tranquil are words that I would use to describe this magical place with tigers, lions, and dolphin exhibits. Taking time to watch the tigers and lions stretch, yawn, scratch their ears, and lounge on a tree branch with big paws hanging down were things that I didn't notice on my last visit. Having the opportunity to do yoga with dolphins gave me another chance to observe and reflect. If in a hurry, I would have missed the mama dolphin and her baby swimming together. Or the dolphin that loved to play as he brought his ball to the glass just as we would be in a relaxing, breathing pose.
Do we have a chance in our classrooms to be still and observe the wonderful things that happen in our classrooms? What do we miss as we hurry through our instructional day? Do we take time with our students to stop, observe, ponder, and reflect? I hope that as we go through the busiest time of the year, we give ourselves and our students the gift of quiet, still, reflecting, pondering moments that we can take away from this school year.
Be Innovative - Design the possibilities!
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I had the moment that we have all seen in the cell phone camera commercial where you go and take the picture and you get the no storage message! As the turtle was gliding over me, I got the message!! Ugh! So, this is the best I could do-take a picture with the turtle mural.
Morning Duties for the Week
Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Grant (Gretchen on Monday & Reed on Thursday)
Gym (7:20-7:45): Wilson
Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Bingaman
Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Lindner & Miller
Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Prukop
Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Car Drop Off after all buses arrive): McMurry
Counselor Schedule: - 2nd & 3rd
Week at a Glance
Monday: 4th Practice STAAR Math; Leadership Meeting 3:00-4:00; 3:05-4:00 3rd & 4th Grade Choir; 4:30 Final The Other Wes Moore Book Study - Meet at Tipsy Bean
Tuesday: 4th Practice STAAR Reading; Imagineers @ 7:30; Faculty Meeting - Professional Staff (bring your own device & ear buds)
Wednesday: VIPS All Star Luncheon - Wear a GP shirt/baseball shirt/favorite sports shirt & jeans
Thursday: Kindergarten field trip to Dewberry Farms; End of Year SIT; 3:30-4:30 School Improvement Planning, SIP, planning meeting
Friday: ELA meetings during conference; 1st & 2nd switch CAMP times
Sunday: Earth Day
News & Notes
- VIPS Luncheon: Our VIPS luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 18th. We are honoring our ALL STAR Volunteers! Please invite your classroom and/or grade level volunteers that have helped you this year. The invitation/ticket to the "game" is in the office. Please send home to invite your VIP. This is a great way to show our appreciation to all of our VIPS. Staff will eat with our VIPS on this day as well. Wear a GP shirt/favorite baseball team's shirt/favorite sports team shirt & jeans!
Mustang Yee Haws!
Thank you to all of our staff for working together to create a positive testing environment for our students on Tuesday. It definitely was a team effort!
This Week Birthdays:
Elizabeth Simpson, April 18