Mustang Message

November 30, 2018

A Principal's Perspective

I included some of our GP family Thanksgiving pictures that were shared from staff members in this Smore. If you still want to share your picture, email it to me for future Mustang Messages. What fun to see precious family memories being made over the holidays! Speaking of family time, if at all possible I hope you are able to attend the staff party this evening. Getting to know the people we work with in a relaxed, fun setting contributes greatly to fostering a positive working environment that we all value. Culture matters! Plus it is fun with good food! Did I mention that it is fun? A good time will be had by all!

I enjoyed learning with our GP campus coaches this week. We attended the Think! Conference hosted by Lead4ward. We started the conference with the notion that when we grow our students grow! I learned a new vocabulary word at the conference. Calculemus - Solve Together. A perfect word to contemplate at the Think! Conference as we think about best practices in our schools! I appreciate the coaches taking time to prepare for a sub and taking time away from their classroom and families to take advantage of learning opportunities to help us grow! Thank you Julie Cooper (who attended the conference as a sub for a coach), Leslie Miller, Joy Williams, Elizabeth Simpson and Tracy Brice!

Be innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties for the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Cooper

Word of the Week: 12/3 enthusiastic; 12/10 dumfounded; 12/17 destination

Tuesday Book Share: Magnuson & Howell

Gym (7:20-7:45): Weber

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Fraley

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Brice & Craigen

Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Marshall

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Magnuson

Counselor Schedule: PreK & K - Caring & Empathy

Librarian: GP

Week at a Glance

Friday:GP Staff Adult Party at 6:30 at the Rhine's home - see link for sign up and more information:

Monday: Fire Drill; GP Leadership Meeting 3:00-4:00; Gift of Time @ 1:30

Tuesday: Gift of Time @ 1:30

Wednesday: 2nd Grade Instructional Planning - Math AM & ELA PM

Thursday: PTO Meeting @ 12:00 Science Lab; Mustang Market begins (Shopping Sign Up Link:; Data Team Goal Setting Meetings Group #4 (Wilson/Parr, Lindner/Rhine, McMurray/Eddy, Kieschknick/Peterson, Piscacek/Anderson); GP Tech Training 3:30-4:15; 12 Days of Christmas fun begins!

Friday: Mustang Market (Shopping Sign Up Link: )

Saturday: Frosty Snowbash 9:00-11:00

News & Notes

  • Holiday Gift of Time: Want more information? Go to link for information and sign up opportunity: Please remember to have after school duty covered if needed on your Gift of Time day.

  • Mustang Market: This is a time for our students to holiday shop for friends & family. Each classroom teacher will sign up for a shopping time. On the designated day & time, please send students that brought money to the market which will be in the science lab. Link to sign up:

  • Faculty Holiday Party: Thank you to the Rhines for hosting our faculty holiday party Friday, November 30th. This is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the fellowship of other staff members and their spouse/significant other while at the same time building a positive school culture. Please consider attending if you are not otherwise booked on your calendar. The social committee will be providing brisket, beans and tea. If you would like something other than tea/water such as adult beverages, please feel free to bring it. Link for more info or to sign up to bring a food item:

  • Frosty Snowbash: Frosty's Snowbash is Saturday from 9:00-11:00. Please encourage your students and their families to attend. Pancakes, Santa and shopping make for a great Saturday morning! If you can stop by, please join us. If you have older students that need service hours, I need two students to put on the reindeer and snowman costumes. Please let me know if you have a volunteer for that morning time.

  • ProEthica Discussion Follow Up #1: Grade level leaders, please don't forget to let me know when your team has completed the follow up discussions from the ProEthica training at the faculty meeting.

  • Amazon Orders: last day to order anything from Amazon before the Christmas break will be Thursday, December 6th

Happy Birthday

This Week Birthdays:

Vicki Murphy, Dec. 2nd

Mustang Yee Haws!

Congratulations to Christian Parker who is now a children's book author! See picture of book below.

Congratulations to Amber Neidig's stepdaughter, Navy Neidig, who is going to state at the FFA competitions!

From Carrie Owen: "I have a friend that has some social struggles. She is hard to connect with but has slowly let her personality come out. Today my friends were giving our methods student some goodbye advice. This special friend told her she needed to have circle time in her classroom.

So if you think those few minutes of your day don’t have an impact; think again. It was a huge wake up call for me. I love circle time, but I didn’t realize the great impact it has had in our classroom. No doubt this has helped my friend open up and let us see her personality.

Love the days when my students teach me instead of me teaching them!"
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Thankgiving Snapshots

Think! Conference Snapshots