Albion Elementary

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The song I can't just can't quit. "Craig"

I don't know. Sometimes I just get stuck. I hear a song that I just can't quit. I heard this song "Craig" by Walker Hayes a few days ago. I can't quit it. Ask my kids, we can hear it 2 times on the way to school and back home. The song itself is about a real guy, really named Craig, and the story is true. Why am I stuck on it? It's kind of story we live here in our sleepy little Town of Albion.


Craig is the guy in the song that reaches out to help Walker at a low point in his life. See Walker had a record deal it fell through and life got tough for Walker, his wife, and their six kids. That's the gist, listen to it, you'll get the rest.


Why's it has stuck with me? There are times in life that we don't always like the person we see in the mirror. I know I try to be more like "Craig"... always happy, perform random acts of kindness, and someone others can count on, I know there are times I fall short. That's the beautiful thing about feeling like you fail at times. It is that reflective time to change your mindset back to what you need in life.


It really easy to become cynical when we hear the same stories over and over from our families. It's really easy to get in that cynical mindset when their daily reality differs from ours. It boils down to one thing, we have to try to do what is best for our kids. Build relationships with our kids and their families the best we can. Even when our realities, morals, and life choice generally vary greatly. Sometimes all they might need is their own "Craig"


#gobeyond and have a great Christmas Break

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da0g7a7tPN8

AE Maker Faire May 17! (Save The Date)

We will be Having Maker Faire here at Albion Elementary May 17th from 5:00-7:00 PM

Put it on your Calendar and plan on being here.

Starting the week after the break we will meet Every Wednesday for 6 Weeks. I will be Leading PBL 101. Project Based Learning PD. Many of you expressed interest in this in the Fall based on your goals for the year so let's get it going.

Maker Faire is the culminating event of projects, inventions, etc. I'll give your way more details after the break.


If you have been in my office, its full of tools. The computer lab upstairs will be the new Maker Lab after Break. Your previous computer lab time will eventually become a genius/project time after PBL training. The lab will be equipped to handle almost anything kids want to make, invent, build, or as a place to aide in service-learning projects.


So be ready, our kids are going to love this stuff. We are going to focus on K-2 projects before testing and 3-5 after the iSTEP testing.



There is way more info, but we will get into it more after break, but save that date.

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Homework Book Study Peeps

I haven't started Ditch That Homework yet, but Deigo in Stone's class highly recommends it.

Let's get it read over break, and plan to have our first meeting at an alternative location TBD after school on Thursday, January 11th.

Grounded Coffee House in Ligonier ?????

I'm buying

Guys Night Out/In

Friday, Jan. 26th 2018 at 4pm

4000 Parnell Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN

Our first Guys Night Out! If you signed up let me know if that night works. The Outdoor Sports Show is at the Coliseum that night. Lumber Jack Shows, Archery, Fishing Demos, Indoor Kayaking. I'll work out the details but let's plan on this that night. Not sure how many kids we can take but we will work it all out.

CHRISTMAS WEEK SHENANIGANS



  • December 18 Blizzard Day #wearwhite #whiteout and 2:50 Hallway Dance Party
  • December 19 Christmas Sparkle Day #wearglitter #befancy Shoes in the Halls at 10
  • December 20 Polar Express Day #wearyourjammies Ill be around to do random Read alouds and serve hot cocoa.
  • December 21 Christmas Sweater #makeitugly and 2:00 Christmas Singalong in the Cafeteria
  • Word on the street is The CN Elf on the Shelf might be pulling some mischievous pranks on classrooms the week before Christmas Break.

Upcoming Events

  • December 18 Kindergarten Program 6:30 PM HS Auditorium
  • December 18 Blizzard Day #wearwhite #whiteout and 2:50 Hallway Dance Party
  • December 19 Christmas Sparkle Day #wearglitter #befancy Shoes in the Halls at 10
  • December 20 Polar Express Day #wearyourjammies I will be around to do random Read alouds and serve hot cocoa.
  • December 21 Christmas Sweater #makeitugly and 2:00 Christmas Singalong in the Cafeteria
  • December 21 End of Second Grading Period
  • January 8 Report Cards Need to be Entered They will be Printed for Review and Placed in your Mailboxes by Lunch (Notify Lisa if you need a reprint for edits)
  • January 10 Report Cards go home
  • PBL 101 PD January 10, 17, 24,31, 7