Week of August 22-26, 2022
Week One Wrap!
Take some time to relax this weekend, and spend time with your family to help you recharge for the week ahead. Sometimes, it's so hard to shut the "school brain" off, especially at the beginning of the year when there are so many things going on. However, it's SO important to keep your cup filled, whether it's getting into a good book, having a Netflix binge, or doing something outdoors...you can't pour into others from an empty cup! (I have to remind myself of this often!)
Team Time Tuesday
Pit Stop #1
This week, I'm going to focus on Chapters 1 & 2. Have you ever had a day like George? A day where its seems like literally everything and everyone is against you? You spill your coffee, there's no milk in the fridge for breakfast, the kids are arguing, you're running late, you forget your lunch...you get my drift! Oftentimes, it's easy to end up in a funk before we even make it into the school parking lot, and this "funk" can be contagious. Pretty soon, we find ourselves spreading our negative energy to our coworkers, and it certainly doesn't take long for our students to pick up on it.
So, how do we combat this negative funk on those days when life just happens? We must CHOOSE. Choose joy. Choose positivity. In Chapter 1, Joy, the bus driver, tells George, "Everything happens for a reason. Don't forget that. Every person we meet. Every event in our life. Every flat tire happens for a reason. Every problem has a gift for you in its hands...You can choose to see the curse or the gift." In every situation, we get to choose how we respond and let it affect the rest of our day, as well as those around us. Is it easy? I will be the first to tell you - absolutely not! But the more we practice choosing positivity, the more second nature it will become. As a team, we can help hold each other accountable and pick each other up when we know someone is struggling. It's ok to have a bad morning or a rough afternoon...we just can't let ourselves stay there and camp out!
Many of you may have worked on (or attended) the elementary campus when Mrs. Kathy Gish or Dr. Julie Motomura served as counselor. Each of them used to always end the morning announcements with, "Make it a great day or not. The choice is yours!" These words have stuck with me over the years, and I now find myself sharing these words of wisdom with my own children on a daily basis. This next week, I challenge us all to choose wisely!
8/24 - PLC (during conference)
8/26 - Door decorating contest ends
8/30 - Progress reports go home