To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 16: December 9, 2014

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

I thought this video was a good one to share with you as we approach the holidays. Sherri Dhuse sent it to me last year at this time and it's always stuck with me. I love this video because I have always believed in the power of words. They allow us to not only communicate, but to understand others and the world. Lately, I've been intentionally trying to alter my outlook on different situations and see things from a new angle. Use new words to describe old things, or pay closer attention to words I've always said, but rarely take time to reflect on their true meaning.

Over Thanksgiving, I thought about gratitude. Events that have occurred in the lives of my friends, and within my own family, have helped me to reflect that the word gratitude really goes deeper than simply being "thankful." It's taking time to recognize the blessing in all of the small things that we don't normally consider, or the things we just pass over without taking the time to think about the significance within them. On Saturday, I received a "selfie" of my mom and dad. After the turmoil of my dad being taken to the hospital by ambulance on Thursday with what we thought was a heart attack, and the happiness and relief when he was released on Friday night, it was that picture that I reacted to the most. The picture (Santa hat and all) was not different than any of the others my dad likes to send from his much prized smart-phone, but it was me, as the receiver of the picture, that was different. The word I would have used a week ago was "dad's just being silly again." Now, I took a few extra minutes to see and accept what it was, and the word became...."beautiful." Now I just can't let myself forget...Change your words, Change your world :-)

We will have our annual holiday celebration on Friday, December 19th at 12:15. Lunch will be provided for you. During the party, we will have our annual Ugly Sweater Contest and White Elephant Exchange. Let's take some time to celebrate, laugh, and enjoy one another's company.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

With love,


ISBE Math Materials - Resources for K-5

The new K-5 Mathematics ISBE website,, has been released. There is a link on the bottom of This website is designed to provide educators with a Teacher Guide (in depth look at the standard with examples and Higher Order Thinking Problems to help guide instruction) and a Daily Discourse (a PowerPoint to be used as a quick daily exercise) for many of the standards in K-5 New Illinois Learning Standards.

News & Info

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Next Meeting - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Topic: ISBE Math Resources, K-5

Team Collaboration

All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.

Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

Coming Events!

Writer's Workshop

Tuesday, Jan. 13th 2015 at 7:30am

Prairie Point Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.