Mustang Message

October 26, 2018

A Principal's Perspective

I attended part 2 of a coaching workshop this week. The presenter started with this quote:

“The secret to a sustainable relationship is not just liking one another-which is a nice perk in our working relationships-it is being deeply and actively appreciative of what each other brings to the work that contributes to the greater good or makes the sum greater than the parts.”

Adapted from a quote by Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen.

I have been thinking about this quote as the campus principal and as a member of the GP staff. We are fortunate as a staff that like each other, have fun together, work hard together and make a difference together. How do we collectively as a staff, a grade level team, or as an individual member of the staff demonstrate deep and active appreciation so that the sum is indeed greater than the parts?

Be innovative - Design the possibilities!


Morning Duties for the Week

Gym & Morning Assembly (7:20-7:45): Lake

Word of the Week: 10/29: unrecognizable; 11/5: rambunctious; 11/12: irresistible; 11/26: scatterbrained

Tuesday Book Share: C Parker & Lake

Gym (7:20-7:45): Owen

Parent Drop Off Direct Traffic (7:20-7:55): Grant

Parent Drop Off Car Doors (7:20-7:55): Knight & Herzog

Cafeteria (7:20-8:00): Marshall

Bus (7:15 - 7:55 Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Jankowski

Counselor Schedule: PreK & K Topic: Being Thankful

Librarian: GP

Week at a Glance

Monday: Report Cards sent home (Please include restaurant coupons for student achievement found in the office.) ; Attended the Tech Training on Thursday, October 25? - Wear jeans on Monday! See details below in News & Notes

Tuesday: Faculty Meeting Make-Up Training for Dyslexia - 7:30 -8:00 am in Eppes' room; National Candy Corn Day!; BRAVE 3:00-4:15; Pony Express in PE

Wednesday: Book Character Dress Up Day - Wear your favorite book character; Sing-A-Long @ 8:30 in the cafeteria - Please be ready to sing at 8:30; Link for schedule:

Thursday: PTO Meeting @ 12:00 pm in Science Lab;

Friday: Yuck Show in Cafeteria: 9:30-K, 1, 2 & 1:30-3 & 4

Tuesday, November 6th: Campus Council - look for Google Doc agenda

Faculty Meeting Schedule Change: The November faculty meeting has been changed to Monday, November 12th. This change is due to the Restorative Practice Organization observing on campus. We are asking the consultants to update us as a staff on Restorative Practice strategies.

News & Notes

  • Book Fair: What a great Book Fair! Thank you to Heather, Stephanie and our PTO for organizing a successful week of book shopping! Thanks to Scholastic and Heather for providing additional staff discounts! Woo Hoo! Please see below for stats on the Book Fair.

    Total sales: $17,239.85 Cash profit: $3,593.04

    Scholastic Dollars Profit: $800

    All for Books Donations from families/coin drive - $462.95, which allowed us to purchase 34 new books for the library. Not only did we get to buy new books, it is great to know that Scholastic matches that amount in donations to kids in need. All for Books total reported: $1,069.17 ($462.95 from our collections, $247.10 from the Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy program, $230.24 from the GP Summer Reading/Math Challenge, $60 from PTO for Box Top Winners, and $68.88 from the Cafeteria purchasing books to raffle the week of the fair.) Scholastic will match all of these donations.

  • Mustang Message: Can't find a previous Mustang Message? See Course - Greens Prairie Elementary: Staff in Schoology Access Code: 7SC93-PKSJ2

  • Tech Time: We had 50% of our staff attend our first after school Tech Time! I know that this is the time of year that is stressful due to a multitude of things. So with that, I want to give you a shout out for attending an optional training to learn about Nearpod. If you attended Tech Time on Thursday, wear your jeans on Monday! To show a small token of appreciation for your attendance, we will be delivering Sonic drinks for Tech Time attendees on Monday! Thank you again for your growth mindset and willing to implement instructional software with lots of possibilities.

  • Professional Fashion: As always the fashion trends change. Even as fashions change from season to season, professional dress is always fashionable as we represent our school, district and profession. Things to remember about jeggings, leggings or pants: If it is made of denim no matter the color, consider it a jean. If it looks like a jean no matter the material, consider it a jean. We intentionally provide many jean day opportunities. Please honor jean days as jean days and professional dress days as professional days. If not sure, let's talk about it!

  • Socktober: Thank you for supporting Chrissy's Closet this week by participating in Crazy Sock day. We are donating $67.57 and lots of socks to Chrissy's Closet!

Happy Birthday

This Week Birthdays:

Jennifer Reed, Nov. 2nd

Mustang Yee Haws!

Congratulations to Jennifer Jordan! Jennifer will be traveling to Canada in November. Jennifer is a member of the Ojibwe Tribe of the Turtle Clan from Alderville First Nation in Canada. She will be taking part in a celebration where the Aborginal Reservations will reclaim land previously claimed by the Canadian Goverment in the 1800s.