Chapman Charger Staff Update


Week #15!

Happy Sunday!!

I am sitting here in reflection of this last week and I have an array of emotions. My time in Traverse City at the MEMSPA conference was inspiring, celebratory of the work we do, and recognition of the challenges we face. I was inspired by big-name authors and speakers such as Sean Covey and Jimmy Casas. But just as much, I was inspired by my colleagues from across the state that facilitated and presented sessions throughout the week. In last week's newsletter, I posted a video of Brené Brown. Unbeknownst to me, she has been the theme of my week. If you do not know her work, I encourage you to read it or watch it. She was quoted throughout the conference by multiple presenters, including Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA's Executive Director.

Friday after the conference I was able to get home just in time to take Jackson to Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights where the honors choir caroled throughout the evening. They would sing for a half hour and then get a break then sing again. During the breaks, Jackson and I were able to explore the Village. He wanted to try ice skating- something he has never done before. Sadly, neither have I. So, at 40, I lace up some skates and attempt to skate for the first time ever. I watched Jackson struggle as I struggled. After one lap, I was done (thankfully with no broken bones) while Jackson pushed on, falling and getting back up.

After our third caroling session, Jack wanted to skate again. The transformation was amazing to me. His confidence increased with every move. He still fell, but not much. He was making turns and doing well with the other kids. He skated until they closed the rink. As he skated off the ice he said, "That was the best. Thank you, mom." When I asked why he said thank you, he said, "Because you let me try and then try again." I gave him the opportunity to try something new, fail, and then feel safe to try it again.

"You can't get to courage without walking through vulnerability." - Brené Brown

This is again, a busy week. For our data meetings, please make sure that you have your classroom data (WIN, F and P, RACES/TDA samples, NWEA) as well as making sure the Child Find google form is filled out for any students that are of concern. I am grateful for the time to work with all of you over the next few days.

Don't forget that starting on Monday we are giving tickets to students when we see them participating in the Kindness Challenge this week. Keep the tickets till the end of the day and then you can give them to me in the office. I will have a bowl in the main office. We will have a drawing Friday for the student that gets to be the judge for Rockwood's neighborhood light show. Students will be treated like royalty by the Rockwood Police Department and get to ride in the squad car on December 19th. So fun!

The events of last week seemed to go well and were a huge success. Thank you to Lisa Turner and the PBIS Team for having the Lions here! It looked like it was a blast!

Just one last reminder that the 14th is my last day. Please make sure you address any questions or concerns with me. I am confident with all of you and my designee team that things will go smoothly.

Reminders from Previous Week:

For safety reasons, classroom doors will be locked in the evenings and morning. Please make sure you have your keys on you to be able to enter the building and classroom. I have requested that the office, copy room and staff lounge are unlocked in the morning for your access.

Fifth Grade has Morning Duty this week! Dress warm and pack your smiles! We are the first people that students see at Chapman in the morning!

Monday 12/10

Data Teams K-1

Tuesday 12/11

Data Teams 2-3

Savings Day

Holiday Music Concert

Wednesday 12/12

Staff Meeting 7:15 AM

Data Teams 4-5

Pajama Day!

PTO Limo ride

Thursday 12/13

Board Meeting

BJ's Fundraiser

Friday 12/14

First Grade Field Trip

See you Tomorrow