Ship's Log

Week of January 21, 2019

Reclaiming our Calling

A quote from one of my new favorite books:

"It's perfectly natural for passionate people to disagree on what's best for kids. In these moments, it can be tempting to shut your classroom door and go about your business. There's no easy answer when two (or more) passionate people disagree, but I offer some cautionary encouragement: The learners you serve, as well as the instructional goals you have for them, are different from the learners and goals I'm working with in my classroom or school. This understanding is vital. It doesn't make either one of us right or wrong; instead, it's an opportunity for learner-driven dialogue.

When entering into these dialogues, we need to be careful the approach we're advocating for is really about the students in front of us TODAY and not the students we had when we first started teaching. We also need to be sure we're not projecting our own comfort levels, interests, and aspirations on students."

I share this quote as I know we all have disagreements with each other once in a while. We need to remember that we are all doing what we think is right for our students. They are ALL of our students and we are just very passionate about the ones in front of us. I urge you to TALK to each other and see things from another person's perspective. We're all great at what we do and we all have those students/grades that we do our best with.

We are in the middle of the most stressful part of the school year, Please remember to listen & support one another. We're half way there! Keep up the great work :)

School Mass

I need your help. Mass should be interactive and especially for our School Mass.

We need to model and encourage our students to respond to Father when they are supposed and that our students can and should also sing along with the choir. We don't have to be singers to sing in church!

Responses should be said loud and proud :)

Below are a few of the songs that Mr. Beck will also be working on with students in music class but can also be reinforced in classes. If you need copies, just let me know.

Table of Plenty pg 310

All are welcome pg 304

Come now is the time to worship pg 540

Miracle of grace pg 359

10,000 reasons (bless the Lord) pg 560

Let's make Monday School Mass the best mass of the week!!!

This WEEK:

BUS DUTY: Miranda Putnam Please sign up for the next couple of months PLEASE-

Monday- Enjoy your day off for MLK Day

Tuesday (Day 88) (Bobbie in late)

MAP Make ups

Cook Kids Banking

Wednesday (Day 89) *PROGRESS REPORTS*

MAP Testing: Language 2, 6-8

Thursday (Day 90)

MAP Testing: Language 3-5

Friday (Day 91)

Saturday- Basketball Games & Catholic Schools Night at the Railers Game~ see you there :)

Happy Birthday

Sunday- 1/2 bdays for Audrey, Evelyn, Michael V, Morgan & Rosie

Monday- Lauren, 1/2 bdays Christopher Pompei & Bryce

Tuesday- Celia & Emerson, 1/2 bday Ava Stone



Friday- 1/2 bday Alec Wilde


Before // After School Activities:

Monday- Choir 8:30, Basketball (McNally 3-4), (Centeno 5-6)

Tuesday- BOK 4-8, Photography Club, Comp. Science Club, Basketball (Ciccolini 1-2), Girls 7-8, Boys 7-8

Wednesday- Ski Club, Book Club, Cooking Club, Mindful Movement, Basketball (Gariepy 1-2), (Caskins 3-4)

Thursday- BOK K-3, Lego Club, Drama

Friday- Basketball girls 7-8 and boys 7-8

After School Clubs January 7- February 15

To Do List:


  • Send your GOOD NEWS postcards home to students... more in the office!
  • Stop by the office and ask for your PRIZE!! Thanks for reading :)
  • UPDATE Option C by Monday each week
  • Enter input for NEASC Standards
  • make a connection with a student TODAY!

Genius Day

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you..... YOU made Genius Day a huge success. I appreciate ALL you did to make Friday an amazing day for everyone. Thank you for going along with my sometimes 'crazy' ideas.

This morning meant a lot to our students and an experience they will always remember!

Global Play Day

Soooo... here's another 'crazy' idea for our next early release day on February 6th-

We can participate in the Global Play Day

Imagine a morning where students just get to PLAY... they can bring toys from home and we just give them the time and space they need to play for a few hours. Check out the link above for more information and let me know what you think!

It will look different in each of your classrooms but ALL of our students can enjoy a morning of play (without electronics)....

Good News Call of the Day

Don't forget to make your PAWSitive Referrals! We're almost half way through the year so we need to TRIPLE or efforts... try to suggest a couple each week!

Teach Like A Pirate!

It's all about preheating the grill and 'hooking' students...

I encourage you to TRY a hook this week! Bring in a prop, add some music, change the scenery- do something different and surprising to engage your class!!!

This week: All the World is a Stage- try one of these hooks this week --

The Interior Design Hook, The Board Message Hook, The Costume Hook (I'd love to see this one!!! ) The Props Hook or the Mystery Bag Hook!!! P 107-115).

Let me know if you use any of these hooks so we can share with colleagues!

EdCamp MALeads February 2

This is the Ed Camp in Franklin through MSAA which I am an active member. Consider joining me!

EdCamp NQ March 16

Here's another EdCamp opportunity in Orange MA. Alissa and I attended last year. Who will join us?

Upcoming Events:

MAP Testing Schedule

1/23 Language 2, 6-8

1/24 Language 3-5


1/23 Progress Reports

1/26 Catholic Schools Night at the Worcester Railers- Get your TICKETS now!

1/28 School Mass 9:00

1/30 Geography Bee 1:00 (gr 4-8)

1/30 Pasta Supper 5:00-7:00 **Get your tickets this week!!!**

2/3 Super Bowl Sunday

2/4 School Mass 9:00

2/6 Early Dismissal 11:30 (Extended Open and Busses running)

2/11 School Mass 9:00

2/13 PTO Out of Dress

2/13 Spelling Bee 1:00 (gr 4-8)

2/13 PTO Meeting 6:00

2/14 THINK KIND assembly 9:30

2/14 Valentine Celebrations

2/18-2/24 Winter Vacation

3/1 Middle School Dance at St. Leo's

3/2 Read Across America Day/Dr Seuss Birthday

PLC/Faculty Meetings: ** We need hosts for these meetings! Thanks **

February 4-

February 6- early release- ALL staff work on NEASC

February 11-

February 25-