Friday, April 29, 2016

Creating a Shared Vision

After finishing my evaluation narrative late one night this week, I opened Facebook only to have this pop up on my feed.  As I read it, I smiled as a sense of peace and relief washed over me.  Brene Brown reminded us that "when perfectionism is driving us, shame is always riding shotgun."  We can't be perfect.  The shame of what we didn't accomplish, what child we didn't "save", our imperfections, can eat away at us.  As I wrote my evaluation, I realized there is plenty of what we accomplished this year that is right.  There is plenty that should be celebrated: our staff, our students, our perseverance.  

Yesterday's staff professional development day was a reminder of our commitment to each other and our students.  My head pounded by the end of the day but the feedback I did receive was positive and powerful.  "This was good work."  "The day flowed nicely."  "I think we are headed in the right direction."  Working from a shared vision, we have the power to align our vision, mission, and goals to work most efficiently and effectively to empower ourselves and our students and provide them with a high quality education and character traits to be happy and successful human beings.  As Van Gogh said, "Great things start with a series of small things brought together."  

Big Rocks:
Lion King is this Tuesday at 7:00 pm!  This year it will be held at Churchill in order to provide more space for our audience.  It is always a packed night!  Under Karen's direction, our students always do an amazing job.  There will be two morning presentations on Tuesday morning at 9:30-10:25.  Please refer to the Google Doc Karen shared.  We are excited to see what this year brings!

Wednesday night is Cooper Culver's Dine to Donate Night!  It will take place from 5:00-8:00.  This is a Win-Win!  Culver's gave us free ice cream for our Art Show and Leadership Showcase and we said we would do a restaurant night in return.  Bill placed a sign up sheet in the lounge.  Feel free to sign up.  The students LOVE to see us serving the food and talking to their families.

ACES is this Wednesday from 10:30-11:00.  M-STEP should be finished by that time for the people who are testing.  Students may bring their water bottle.  Fatino will distribute a map.  The route will be the same as the Walk-a-thon.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  The PTA has planned a packed week for you!
Monday:  Time out for Lunch ( Jimmy Johns as well as a traveling Concession Stand) 
Tuesday: Breakfast of Champions - Pastries brought to you from The Looney Baker, Coffee from                   Biggby
Wednesday: Concessions Carts will be making their way throughout the halls of Cooper
Thursday: Staff Meeting Gifts! 
Friday: Tailgate Lunch - Games to play on the lawn!  

Calendar for the Week of May 2:

Monday:11:45 Student Lighthouse 
            1:00 - 4:00 Kristi at CO
Tuesday: 9:30 Lion King
              10:25 Lion King
              3:45-5:00 Lighthouse Team
              Lion King at Churchill
Wednesday:10:30-11:00 ACES 
                  11:15 PTA Leaders
                  5:00-8:00 Culvers
Thursday:8:00 Staff Meeting 
                11:00 Curriculum Advisory Meeting (Sarah)
                1:00-4:30 Principals' Meeting 
Friday: 8:00-11:30 SIP work (Sarah and Robin)
           8:45 LEAD Bus Meetings

1 comment:

  1. Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for making your school a place where people come together to do what's best for kids! We all have room for growth...that's what keeps our jobs and lives so excited!! :) Keep it up!