Superintendent Bahr Newsletter

February 2019

Kindness is like Snow; it beautifies everything it covers- Kahlil Gibran

February is the second month of the new year. Ironic that this week is the first snow of the year. It is beautiful and so cold, it is hard to think that in a month we will be seeing the first signs of Spring. What can we learn about this time of year? The new semester brings an energy and excitement that can be felt in the young and the old. The days become increasingly longer although almost invisible…it is longer each day. The snow highlights the branches on each tree like diamonds against a brilliant blue sky.

This week I challenge us all to be a little kinder, to lead with the heart in mind, and to be childlike in your response to the moments in your life when kindness would be a better choice. Perhaps when we are driving on icy streets, or when we have washed dirty wet outdoor clothes for the second time the same day? Perhaps when you feel like you are on your last nerve and have curt comments on your tongue?

You see I understand this, I am this person, and I know that with intention, my mood will affect others. How I choose to respond will be mirrored in those beautiful people I live with and work with. As I keep this in mind, I am also reminded that February is American Heart month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Let us make a difference in our Eatonville community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Spread a little kindness in everything you do. I will also strive to do this throughout the year, and do so with intention. It is good for my heart!

How can American Heart Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
  • Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
  • Stop Smoking
  • Screen for Diabetes
  • Get active: And get outside!
  • Eat smart/ Limit Junk
  • Sleep more and visit with friends
  • My favorite: SMILE…You are beautiful!

Enjoy the month, the snow and remember to do something good for yourself and others! You are important!