The Paw Print

Calendar, News, and Thoughts ++ Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Use the Strings that are Left to Make Beautiful Music

Itzhak Perlman, a famous violinist, had polio as a child and wears leg braces and uses crutches as a result. He had an amazing thing happen at one of his concerts. He walked onto the stage slowly because of his crutches and braces, and sat down in a chair. He began to play. Just as he finished the first few bars, one of the strings on his violin broke with a loud snap. He only had three strings left. Everyone waited for him to leave the stage, but he did not. Instead, he closed his eyes, waited a minute, and then signaled the conductor to start. Up to that time, it was thought that it was impossible to play a symphonic work with three strings, but Itzhak Perlman refused to know that. When he finished, there was total silence and then a huge outburst of applause and a standing ovation. When it became quiet, he was asked how he did it. He told the audience, that "sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can make with what you have left." And that is what you have to do too! You are like the artist that has to create harmony and learning. Children will not all be perfect. They are each different. Some may have "broken strings" of lost hope or special needs. Yet, you too, can bring out their best qualities.

Have a great day. You are a difference maker.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 7 Wear your faculty shirt and jean day!

Thursday, April 7 Writing Thursday

Thursday, April 7 Award Ceremonies (see below)

Friday, April 8 Award Ceremonies (see below)

Monday, April 11 Third Grade Science Benchmark

Tuesday, April 12 Fourth Grade Math Benchmark

Wednesday, April 13 Fourth Grade Reading Benchmark

Thursday, April 14 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Awards Ceremonies

Awards Ceremonies have been tentatively scheduled as follows:

Thursday, 07 April, 2016

8:30 am Third Grade

9:30 am Fifth Grade

1:30 pm Fourth Grade

Friday, 08 April, 2016

8:30 am Second Grade

2:00 pm First Grade

Blank certificates will be issued the week prior to the ceremonies for you to complete. If you have any concerns about the scheduled times, please come see me ( before the end of the week - we will need to post the times for parents next week.