Tiger Family Newsletter Jan 11-17

All the important deets to stay in the know!

May It Be of Benefit

Hello Families,

We are so excited to have students back for in-person instruction starting Monday, January 11th! I was pleased to see so many of you joining your teacher's Google classroom last week. Way to finish your distance learning strong! That sets you up for success when we return to the classroom next week.

As we move into January, I thought this list of action items from motivational speaker and author, Jon Gordon, was inspiring. Though all of these tips are worth incorporating into my new year, #10 aligns with my One Word* for 2021. (*Rather than making a list of new year's resolutions, I choose one word to guide me in the year ahead, and my word for 2021 is "Seize" as in "seize every moment, every opportunity to live fully".) As you look over this list, may it guide you into a positive 2021

21 Tips for a Positive New Year

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a daily "Thank You Walk." You can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Feel blessed and you won’t be stressed.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less foods manufactured in plants.

4. Talk to yourself instead of listen to yourself. Instead of listening to your complaints, fears and doubts, talk to yourself with words of truth and encouragement.

5. Post a sign that says "No Energy Vampires Allowed." Gandhi said, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet," and neither should you! Watch This.

6. Be a Positive Team Member. Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better.

7. Don't chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you.

8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.

10. Look for opportunities to Love, Serve and Care. You don’t have to be great to serve but you have to serve to be great.

11. Live your purpose. Remember why you do what you do. We don't get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

12. Remember, there's no such thing as an overnight success. Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.

13. Trust that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. If you are complaining, you're not leading.

15. Read more books than you did in 2020.

16. Don't seek happiness. Instead live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. The next time you "fail" remember that it’s not meant to define you. It’s meant to refine you.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Boost your immune system and health. Eat wild salmon, turmeric, blueberries. Take vitamin C, D and zinc.

21. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

With gratitude,

Mrs. Gold

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Welcome Back to In-Person Instruction

Please remember:

  1. Every student must wear a mask as they enter and leave school each day (even while waiting for parents at parent pick-up).
  2. It is recommended that all students wear a mask while at school, but students in 3rd-5th-grades MUST wear a mask at all times except when eating/drinking, so be sure your child has several masks that are comfortable and that reusable masks are washed after a day's use.
  3. Students are remaining in their classroom cohort and classes won't be mingling at recess and lunch.
  4. All adults on campus will wear a mask at all times unless they are isolated in their classroom or when eating/drinking and will make every effort to remain 6 feet apart.
  5. Our staff participates in surveillance testing. Our most recent test date was January 5th, and there were no positive tests among working staff members.

New Distance Learning Classes for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Here are links to the 3 new DL classes/teachers. By clicking the links, you can see the teacher's welcome letter which contains the information your child will need in order to be present in their live meetings on Monday, January 11th. As always, please contact me if you need help with this transition or at any point as we move forward.

Mrs. Alcover (3rd)

Mrs. Fraser (4th Grade) This is where all SM 4th graders are

Mr. Hemeon (4th and 5th Grade Combination) This is where all SM 5th graders are