CSA Lincoln Newsletter
Friday, December 14th
Principal's Notes and Highlights
'Tis the Season
I have never been a big holiday music kind of guy. For some, Black Friday is about shopping. For me, Black Friday meant it was time to turn off the radio for the next two months.
All of that has changed recently. It is probably fair to say this change has come about with age and having children. One of which, Calvin, is in full Christmas mode. It has been a joy watching him light up when talking about all that comes with this season. Last weekend, we went to breakfast with Santa. Calvin asked for a race car, tractor, and juice. While Audrey still gives me the "Where is Mom?" look when I'm holding her, I am starting to understand what it means to be the father of a little girl. I may be a distant second to Michelle, but her smile has already stolen my heart. She's not leaving the house until she turns 21 and even then only under my supervision (insert my wife giving me the eye roll).
That's the long way of saying that becoming a parent has turned me into a softy. I can't make it through a movie with a great storyline without becoming an emotional mess. I'm not going near the Hallmark channel at this point. Last night we watched Polar Express with Calvin for the second time in two weeks. A great film filled with incredible messages that we can share with our children.
"One thing about trains: it doesn't matter where they're goin'.
What matters is deciding to get on." Conductor
I love this line. Teaching children how to get out of their comfort zone is not easy, yet taking calculated risks is a critical component in discovering their full potential. Failure can be a great learning opportunity. We might not know if the train will take us where we want to go (our end goal), but we won't know if we don't get on (try). Remember, you either win or learn.
"Christmas just doesn't work out for me." - Lonely boy
This scene is heart-wrenching. Sadly, this is the case for many children. In the film, the boy returns home to find his gift has arrived. That won't be the case for a lot of children this year. If you can help make this season a little brighter for those less fortunate, I encourage you to do so. Michelle took Calvin to pick up a name from the Angel Tree. We hope that in time, he will come to understand that much more joy comes from giving than getting things like a race car, tractor, or...juice.
So consider me all in at this point: matching flannel pajamas and everything that comes with it.
'Tis the Season!
Next Week Reminders
- We have a full week of learning ahead of us. Most classes have something planned at the end of the week, but we want everyone here ready to get better each and every day.
- The BCSC Elementary Band Concert is next Monday night. It will be held at Columbus East High School and will start at 7:30 p.m.
- Our basketball teams will play Schmitt Elementary next Wednesday. It will be our last game of the regular season, and we will also recognize 6th Grade basketball players, cheerleaders, and their parents. Good luck team!
CSA New Tech Senior wins Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship!
Congratulations to Baily Tillett, CSA New Tech senior, for winning a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
This scholarship pays for four years of college tuition to any college in Indiana!
Baily represents herself, her family, and her school with pride!
Track the Train!
Who is that person working car line? The suggestion came up at a CIC meeting to share information about our staff so you can put a name with a face.
Mrs. Jenny Goggin
Mrs. Goggin is our school librarian. MakerSpace Activities, monthly trips to BCPL, partnering with the Book Fair, and the Baseball Reading Challenge are just a few of the many wonderful ideas she has brought to CSA Lincoln. It is not uncommon for me to get a text message that says "I have an idea..." and while I know that it probably is going to cost me money, I also know it will be great for kids.
Reminder: December PTO meeting is next week!
Staff Holiday Breakfast
All volunteer spots on our sign up sheet are full! Thank you to all who volunteered to help out with the staff breakfast next week!
Coke Rewards Help Needed
We're in search of parent volunteers to help enter Coke rewards codes. The job would entail picking up a bag of codes every once in a while and entering them into the Coke.com/give site as a donation to CSA Lincoln. If you have any interest in helping out, please email Shawna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Holiday Breakfast - 12/18/18 PTO Meeting - 12/20/18 6-7 in the library
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