Mustang Message

November 23, 2015

A Principal's Perspective

The holiday season is filled with visions of hot cocoa, a roaring fire and carolers singing at your door. Right? But we all know this could also be tis the season for a hectic, stressful time! As we begin the holiday, festive season, I hope we can all be a little more patient with each other and our students, that we take time to reflect on the many blessings that we experience at school and at home, that we lift up those staff members that may experience a time of grief/sadness during the holidays, that we enjoy each other's company as we work together and although crazy that we enjoy the holiday campus events that provide memories for not only our students but for us as a staff.

Take time to read this Smore. It is full of information about upcoming events. You might even find some holiday treat possibilities as well.

Be Legendary - See the possibilities!


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Morning Duties of the Week

Morning Assembly (7:30): Shafer

Gym (7:20): Leblanc

Cafeteria (7:20): Marshall/Bartosh

Bus (7:20 - Buses/ Cafeteria after all buses arrive): Fortner/Murphy

Parent Drop Off Traffic: Weber

Parent Drop Off: Wilson & Lutz

Counselor Schedule: Small Groups

Librarian: Tuesday @ GP

Week at a Glance

Monday: 3rd & 4th Grade Spelling Bee at 1:30

Tuesday: K & 3rd Switching CAMP Times; Kinder Thanksgiving Program at 9:30 (If you need class coverage to attend your kindergarteners program, let Donna know.); Spelling Bee 2nd Grade 1:30; Staff Luncheon Turky Fry - See sign up in office workroom.

News & Notes

  • Hour of Code: This year the national Hour of Code will be December 7-13th. Check out the links for more information. Hour of Code Website: & Video Link:

  • Patch the Penguin: In order to begin promoting Frosty's Snow Bash on Saturday, December 5th, please pass Patch the Penguin around to different classes and take a picture of Patch in your class. Send photo to Deanne Holmes. PTO will post the pictures. Think Flat Stanley GP style!

  • Nursing Home Donations: Donation box in Vicki Murphy's room for nursing home residents. See below for suggested items needed:

    Body Wash- Men and Women, Shampoo/Conditioner- Men and Women, Shaving Cream, Universal T-shirts- Men size 3X and 4X, Sweatpants- Men 3X, 4X and Women XL, Pajama pants-Men XL, 2X, 3X, Mittens- Women, Socks- Men and Women, Gripper Socks-Men and Women, Sugarfree Candy

    As some extra ideas, lap blankets or large print anything, crosswords, word search, magazines, etc. would be appreciated.

  • Confidential Statement: We have many subs on campus. In sub training, confidentiality is stressed. Jessica McMurray shared something that Morgan Gibbs puts at the top of her sub plans to remind the sub of the importance of confidentiality. Thanks Morgan and Jessica for sharing a great idea! "CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: Anything written in these sub plans is completely confidential, as they may contain privileged information. Additionally, any information read or seen in the classroom or incidents that occur are confidential. Sharing of any information is, by law, prohibited."

  • Frosty's Snow Bash: Thank you for all of your assistance with the PTO Frosty's Snow Bash. I think it is going to be a fun event for our GP families. This is a new endeavor to expand the pancake breakfast. I appreciate your patience with all of the requests. Many of our PTO moms are new. So they are busy with the event while learning the PTO ropes. They are a great group to work with. I wanted to follow up with a few items of info for the staff.

* The goal for the silent auction is to be an on-line auction. This will include the teacher auction of time, class baskets and silent auction items.

* The room moms are working to have the students make an ornament. These ornaments will go on the hallway or pod trees. They are not going to charge for the ornaments on the day of the event. The ornament supplies are to be donation of craft items for the class. I know that there are diffent strategies to get the ornaments made such as charging for supplies, for this year we will go with it and regroup for next year. This is a new idea so we will need feedback on this to make improvements for next year. For now, please work with your room mom as needed.

* Thank you, Thank you for volunteering your time on Dec. 5th! I can't thank you enough for your positive, overwhelming response! Our two new ladies that are organizing the event were so surprised and very relieved! It is so rewarding to hear the response about this school being so different. We know that is how we do business. We forget that a passionate, all about kids staff can't be taken for granted. Thank you!

* Love Door Prizes? This is for you!: You, a designated person (think parent/A&M student, etc) or your students can decorate your outside door in a wintery, snowy, holiday theme by Friday, December 4th. Judges (not school folks) will come around and select the top 5 doors that they feel are the best displays on the holiday theme. Selected winners will receive a delivered lunch from Blue Baker on Friday, December 11th. Be creative! Think snow! Think Frosty! Think decorations done through winter! Think LUNCH! :)

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