Happy New Year and Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed a restful, relaxing break~! Of course it’s that time of the year when we make New Year’s Resolutions.
Have you heard about Jon Gordon’s “One Word” that gives meaning & focus to your life?Jon suggests coming up with one word instead of list of resolutions.
“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be a ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp or biting or rich and soft and slow. A single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life!”
I challenge you to choose one word each January–a word to focus on, reflect upon as one goes about daily life. Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2015? It can be something tangible or intangible…it could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you.
My word is CHANGE.
Change can be exciting and full of possibilities.
Change can also be difficult.
The one constant that remained as I experienced change recently is that I’ve grown stronger and learned from each change. My goal for 2015 is to improve each day. I want to be a better listener, to learn more….to support and celebrate those I work with while always urging and inspiring others to reflect and be better, too. I hope that the changes I will continue to encounter help me improve and become a better person.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your word for 2015? What word can you choose that will provide focus for you?
Here’s our week at a glance:
Monday, January 5th
MAP makeups this week
*2nd, Multiage & 3rd Grade Teachers: Please be sure to enter your Winter MAP data into the Google Doc & schedule a Winter MAP Data meeting with me by the end of the week.
Winter AIMS Benchmarking Begins This Week – Please have a student desk outside of your classroom door.
Tuesday, January 6th
Happy Birthday Mayra Tellez
Wednesday, January 7th
SMART Training @ 2:00pm in Room 129 for K-3 teachers
>90 minute training
>We will begin promptly at 2pm
Thursday, January 8th
First Investors – In lounge during Lunch Periods
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm
BPAC Meeting @ 5:00pm
*Hearing & Vision Screenings
Friday, January 9th
Kindergarten Buddies Trip to Washington School @ 8:45am
PreK SEL Buddies Activity (@ Kennedy, 9:00am)
*Hearing & Vision Screenings
MAZE & MCOMP benchmark assessments must be turned into Stephanie G by today!
Let’s all remember to review classroom management basics as we embark upon a new calendar year at Kennedy, where our students are blessed to receive quality instruction on a daily basis in safe and orderly classrooms. Below is an article from Responsive Classroom that might be helpful to revisit this week, as behavior expectations and classroom routines are revisited. I appreciate your efforts with reinforcing behavior expectations.
Reflecting on Classroom Routines
Below are some New Year activities from Pinterest: