The Bear Necessities

December 11, 2015

The countdown is on....

I hope that you are enjoying a bit of this holiday season....those darn gingerbread men are some sneaky little guys....I enjoy seeing the hunt in action!!

Monitor yourself for high levels of stress and take a moment to regulate your clacker!! Your body and mind will appreciate your efforts.

Timesheets....if you don't check it at the end of each week, you may be using PTO/PDO for a day your worked, but forgot to time in!!

Please make it a habit to check your timesheet at the end of each week!!


There are 0 screens in the gym, if you are not using yours please return it to the gym (mostly so others who need them can access them). I have looked at ordering, but they are VERY costly!!! Can anyone think of a grant for these?

Our LSR7 Demographics

Have you ever wondered how our demographics have changed in the district from 2005 to last year? If yes, there is an easy to read paper on the "Blue Square" under my bulletin board....interesting (not what I would have predicted).

A great message for this time of year from a blog I follow: Ruth

A few months ago I attended the funeral of a friend of ours from our former church. Ms. Jenile was an older woman, one who had taken us under our wing from the moment we arrived there, a woman who lovingly taught both my girls Sunday School and who volunteered in the office during the week.

She was a woman who always showed up, not to be front and center, but to be in the background, serving wherever she was needed. Later, when I served on the children's ministry team, I always knew she was the one volunteer we could always count on, the one who would be there no matter what, never to take charge, but just to shower every child with as much love as she could.

She gave of her time--and her heart--without ever complaining that she was too busy, or too old, or, after was diagnosed with lung cancer, too sick. She gave to the end, always with a cheerful heart.

And while I sat there and listened to her friends and family recount how willingly she served, I couldn't help but think that hers was a life we should all be striving for. Because while we were sad to have to say goodbye, her funeral was a celebration of a life that had made a difference.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "a great man is always willing to be little." Along those lines, someone else wisely noted, "success consists of doing the common things in life uncommonly well."

To a world that values grand gestures and celebrity, my friend Jenile--who spent much of her life namelessly toiling in the background--may not have been considered a success.

May we all be THAT successful!

Great Beginnings staff:

So many of YOU are such great servants to our families and students, you are living a life that makes a difference.

Jim Noel

Therapy room donor, just wanted to share this wonderful picture, he is still so proud to have made this possible in his parents and late wife's name.
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  • Regarding time off requests, classified staff will still need to request the entire time off. If they request 4 hours and they return after 4 hours plus some, they will need to modify this time off request or work the extra time before the end of the week.

  • Mail procedure instructions and mail supplies are in the File Room.

  • Please notify the office if a Title student is now eligible to receive Special Education services. Please place the Title cumulative file in the brown file

Upcoming Events:

12/11 Tornado Drill

12/14 Puppet Show at WVE

Olaf Visit at TRE

12/15 Olaf Visit at ECC

12/17 ECC Only – Emergency PDO Day

12/19-1/3 Winter Break

1/4 Teacher Workday / Professional Development

1/5 School resumes

1/6 8:30 EOT Meeting

1/13 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting (All Staff)

10:00 SBT Meeting

1/14 Dental Screenings

1/21 Emergency Response Drill

1/22 8:15 PIE Meeting