To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 12: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Finding Balance...

Anyone know the secret?

This past week, I took a day off to spend with Lucas on his class field trip to a pumpkin farm. In addition to reminding me why preschool teacher should never, ever be a career option for me, I was reminded that we all need to stop and consider the balance in our lives. This is something I've struggled with as a working adult and I know, like many of you, has been a little bit more difficult this year. For me, it's difficult because on the school side of the equation: 1) I love being a principal and find great personal fulfillment in doing it well; 2) I set high expectations for myself, and sometimes have a hard time knowing when to slow down; 3) I need a sense of order in my professional life. When paperwork and emails pile up, I start to feel out of control. On the life side, 1) My family is my world and spending time with them feeds my soul; 2) I recharge my batteries by spending time with my family, reading, watching movies, and shopping. (Dave wishes I would quit the shopping part!) 3) I need a sense of order in my personal life, and when the laundry, cleaning, mail, and "mess" pile up, I start to feel out of control. :-)

Interestingly, as I was writing this week's newsletter, Dr. Wendt sent the certified teachers an email about this very topic. The end of his email stated, "You should anticipate additional communication over the next two weeks as we look to slow down so all of us can not only take the time to "smell the flowers," (or admire the fall colors), but to allow us to feel better about what we are asked to do for students."

I think we all need to be intentional this year about how we find balance and recharge our batteries. This school year has brought tremendous, positive, changes. We are doing the right work. But we can't forget that the right work is also hard work.

SO, let's make a pact:

1) As a staff, we will prioritize and find ways to focus on the things that are most important. As a school we have committed to put student learning at the forefront of everything we do here at Prairie Point. We must focus on and choose those professional activities that support our mission. Please call me out if there are things we do that don't support our mission.

2) We will all commit to find ways to recharge our batteries, both at school and at home. Sometimes that might mean stealing just 15 minutes out of a day, but those small moments can give us big relief.

3) When we are here at school we will find ways to play, laugh, and support one another, in true Prairie Point fashion. We are heroes to each other, as much as we are to our kids.

4) Promise me that you will talk with me if things get to be too much here at Prairie Point. My job as principal is to support you and my promise back is that I will do just that. No judgments, only support. We'll make a plan together to figure things out. My door is always open to you.

5) We'll remind one another to take a breath when things seem especially stressful.

While balance may always feel elusive, we are always searching for it. What are some ways you find balance in your life?

News & Info

Conference Nights

1. Please fill out your conference hours survey for Jen and Heidi by clicking here if you have not already done so. Please have this survey completed by Thursday, October 30th.

2. Red flag notices are available for you to fill out if you need assistance from Heidi or Jen. Please click below to download the form. Please have all Red Flag notices turned in by the end of the day on Friday, October 31st.

3. Don't forget to give Kim/Laurel a copy of your conference schedule. They frequently get calls from parents asking to verify their time.

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Next Meeting - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Topic: Professional Learning Communities


All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.

Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

Coming Events!

Writer's Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 7:30am

Prairie Point Community Room

The plan is to have Sarah Cordova, Literacy Consultant, skype in to provide us with some professional development. If you have specific questions for her, please forward them to me by Tuesday, November 4th.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.