The East Noble Connector

From the Desk of Your Community Outreach Coordinator

Gratitude: Cultivating an appreciation for what we already have

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, I have been thinking about the different ways that people celebrate the holiday. On social media, several people that I follow do a gratitude challenge in the month of November. Each day of the month they list something they are thankful for. Some onlookers may think this is just something seasonal to do in the month of November, what you may not realize is that there is scientific research that shows there are many psychological benefits to being grateful. These benefits include: feeling happier and lowering stress, depression, and anxiety.

What is gratitude? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, gratitude is “the state of being grateful.” Simply put, by recognizing and focusing on the good in our lives we can improve our overall health. Additionally, by focusing on the positives in our lives we develop optimism and a more positive outlook on life.

Read more about the science behind gratitude and ways to cultivate gratitude in your homes here:

What I am Grateful for...

There is so much that I am grateful for from a hot shower in the morning to food in the refrigerator, but what I want to talk about today are the amazing people I am blessed to work with each day. I am thankful for the true Champions of East Noble, our administrators, teachers, and staff.

I moved to Noble County in the fall of 2016. At that time, I left my job in corporate America and began working as an Instructional Assistant at Avilla. I was only in the classroom for a year and a half before taking my role as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Although I was only in the classroom for a short amount of time, I developed a deep appreciation for all our educators do each and every day.

I can assure you that each of our teachers come to school each day not only to teach your children lessons, but the teachers truly care about your children and want to prepare them for their best future.

Coming soon, I will be starting a series about champions. What it means to be a champion and highlighting attributes of champions. To begin the series, I would like to share a video that many may have seen. This was shared with me by our very own Jaime Carroll of Wayne Center. I first saw this video in 2015 and I think about it every day as I work with students and their parents.

Thank you East Noble Staff!

In the words of Rita Pierson, "How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion?"

Every child deserves a champion and I am thankful for our teachers that seek to raise not only academic achievement but also the self-esteem and belief of each student.

Student Attendance = Better Student Achievement

Every school day counts. You may have received letters from your school or from the central office talking about the importance of attendance, as well as stating the new guidelines per the state of Indiana. But do you know why these laws are in place? These laws are in place because regular attendance at school is critical to the success of our students. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn.

We understand that students do become ill. If a student is vomiting, has a fever, or diarrhea, that is a reason to keep them home, so they can recover and to eliminate spreading sickness.

In the event that your child is absent from school, please know that your child is responsible for completing any work that was missed. This is necessary because the lessons being taught act as building blocks and build upon each other. If you aren't sure about what needs to be completed, ask your child's teacher.

Here is a short 3-minute video explaining how attendance affects student achievement at all grade levels. Please take a few minutes to watch so that you can know just how important student attendance is.

E-learning days count as school days

The district has chosen to set aside a few days a year as planned e-learning days. The reason for these scheduled e-learning days is so that the teachers and staff of the district can come together for training that will help them to be their best in the classroom.

There is another type of e-learning day. When school is canceled, for any reason, it is an e-learning day.

When your student is given work to complete for e-learning, please encourage your child(ren) to complete the work. If student work is not completed, your child will be counted as absent for the day. If you and your student aren't sure how to complete a part of the e-learning assignments you can reach out to your student's teacher. Teachers are just a message away and want your students to succeed.

For more information on e-learning, read here:

Teachers want you to do well, you just have to communicate with them.

The words above are the exact statement that I said to my fifth grader the other day and I want to share with all of our families.

Our teachers are in the buildings because they want your child to succeed. They also need your help to ensure your student's success. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher. Teachers and administrators want to speak with you. It is recommended that you call ahead and set an appointment, as they may not be available if you simply walk in.

I'm Moving to the Community Learning Center

If you have been following the news, you may have seen that great things are happening in the building of the former East Noble Middle School. This building is now the Community Learning Center and will be the home of several local non-profit organizations, including ENSC. The building is still in the process of being remodeled and should be ready by December or January. Once the office space is ready, I will be moving my office from the central office to the CLC. Stay tuned to find out when.

Cassaundra Kesterke

Community Outreach Coordinator