Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Practice of Renewal


This weekend, my husband and I traveled to New York City for my high school best friend's wedding. By ourselves. Without the kids. We haven't done that since 2009 when we only had two little ones at home.  

We were worried about the usual things: the cost, the children, my parents' sanity. How could we do it? Yet, how could we not? Laura had stood by my side as my maid of honor 12 years earlier, traveling across the ocean as a fresh out of college young nurse. My other best friend, Carys' godmother, was coming too and had many fun adventures planned for us. Little did I know that two of our other high school friends were coming as well and when we saw each other it was like old times. It was as if it had only been a sliver of time, not a chasm of over twenty years of love and heartbreak, marriage and parenthood.  

Sharpening the Saw reminds us to balance our heart, mind, body, and soul. It is an ongoing process of personal change. It encourages us to renew and enhance our greatest asset-ourselves. Hopefully, you were able to take some time to practice the habit of renewal this weekend. We have only three weeks left. It may bring challenges but by Sharpening the Saw we can increase our capacity for productivity and happiness.  

Big Rocks:
Field Day is this Friday! There will be no gym classes on this day. The 5th grade Field Day will run from 9:00-11:00 and the 6th grade Field Day will run from 1:15-3:15. Please wear red, white, and blue. Fatino and Lorraine have asked all teachers to send two trustworthy students to help assist with Field Day. 6th graders will report at 8:45 and 6th graders at 1:00. If your students can not participate, please let them now. Please refer to the Field Day Notes that were placed in your mailboxes last week for additional information. 

Thank you so much to the teachers who helped with 4th Grade Transition! We received excellent feedback from the 4th grade teachers. They felt that it was more engaging for their students. Many 5th grade teachers also gave a lot of positive feedback stating that they felt it engaged all students in the process and there were a lot of proud and excited students demonstrating their leadership. We also met with all of the 4th grade teachers and grouped for 5th grade classrooms, trying to be as intentional as possible with behavior and academic placements. We look forward to having the 5th grade teachers group for 6th grade on Tuesday.  

It is that time of year and Judy is putting together the 6th grade DVD. Please have all pictures to her by Friday. Please upload all photos to the appropriate folder in Google Drive.

Welcome back Nicole!  We are so excited to see your smiling face.  Many thanks to Emily Korpela for doing a terrific job while Nicole was taking care of baby Vivian.

Calendar for the week of May 30, 2014:
Monday: No school. Happy Memorial Day!
Tuesday: 5th grade grouping
                3:45-5:00 Lighthouse Team
Wednesday8:00 IST
Thursday8:00 Staff Meeting
               EPM 1:00-4:30
Friday: Field Day

1 comment:

  1. Sarah,

    I'm glad you were able to "Sharpen the Saw" over the long weekend! It's a habit that we all need to do more often:)