Mustang Message

Week of January 6, 2014

A Principal's Perspective

Happy New Year! I would like to start this message with a sincere and heartfelt thank you to my school family. As you know, my father passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 18th. Out of this experience I have learned several things. First, go with your instincts that gut feeling. I called by dad the morning of the 18th. I didn't get a response which was unusual. I called him back around 5:00 that evening remembering that I didn't get a call back. I kept calling the cell # and house #. No answer except for one pickup that was seemingly a cry (my step-mother) and a hang up. I called my sister to go over to the house to check on my dad. He did not make it. During the day he was working on his tractor, had a heart attack, and hit his head. As I was calling, the paramedics were at the house. The second thing I have learned is do what you love to do. My dad loved riding his tractor and listening to his music. He had an eclectic taste in music from Celine Dion, Celtic, Aerosmith, to church music. He died doing what he loved to do - riding his tractor and listening to music. Third thing I have learned is the reminder of the importance of family. While struggling to find answers it is nice to be reminded that family can be your friends that you have made through the years and family can also exist in the workplace. During tough times, it is comforting to lean on your family. Finally, being an Aggie I know the importance of traditions. Traditions can comfort and navigate you through a tough time. My dad died on the 18th, we celebrated his birthday on the 22nd, and we came together at Christmas Eve. The kids in our family carried the adults through this time of year by following our family traditions. It was natural for them to do what we always do at Christmas. Each year we celebrate Christmas Eve by playing a game of tag football in the front yard, going to a church service, eating dinner, reading the Christmas story from the Bible, and sharing what we are thankful for during the year. We finish the night by opening 1 gift each which is new PJs and play boardgames. At my dad's graveside service with all of my sisters, brother, and family members we shared the Christmas story one last time together- our favorite versus from Luke. We were also able to share that we were thankful for my dad. We did play flag football, wear our new PJs and play games Christmas Eve. Traditions, faith, friends, and family got us through this season. I will never be able to put into words the comfort and the blessings that your generosity, prayers, and thoughts have meant to me during this time of losing my dad. I will always remember his face when I gave him a tour of GP. He was so proud of the school and the staff that he met. He knew it was a special place. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!

Thoughts from Venspired: "It’s so easy to get caught up in yesterday. Wishing we had done something different. Wishing we had made another choice. Wishing we knew the exact steps to take next. But, it’s more important to get caught up in today. Knowing that right now, in front of us, is an opportunity to make a difference. An opportunity to do something. It’s great to reflect, but we also need to recognize the here and now. Connect with those around us. Reach out to those who need it. Remember that whatever steps we take, to take them confidently. Sure, there is always tomorrow. But today? Today is the only today we’ll ever have. So if we put all we can into it? We’ll wake up tomorrow knowing we did our best, used it wisely, and those wishes we have? They might just come true." In thinking about 2014, I would like to substitute day for year in the clipart below. Don't wish for a great year... Make it a great year!

Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): C. Anderson

Gym (7:20): Wilson

Cafeteria (7:20): Marshall

Bus (7:20): Lewis

Parent Drop Off: Owen & Hughes

Librarian: At PC this week

Counselor: Hs/PPCD, Life Skills/Kinder Lessons

Week at a Glance

Thursday, 1/9: PTO meeting at 12:00

Thursday, 1/9: Awards Assembly

Thursday, 1/9: Brave

News & Notes

Mustang Yee Haws!

Congratulations to Diane Lewis' son for graduating from ITT school!