Friday, November 6, 2015

Small Moment

On Wednesday morning, while walking my sweet language impaired Baby Girl into our school for her language therapy the most wonderfully small but precious thing happened.  She had taken me by the hand, as she does every time, so that we can walk safely across the traffic lane, but held on longer than usual.  Normally when we cross onto the porch she drops my hand and happily races to the door of the greatest school on earth.  In those few extra moments the most extraordinary thing happened. I'm sure what she said was simply something she has heard in a book or movie before but in the context of that moment it was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.  In her lovely little sing songy voice she uttered "you and me forever"...and I have yet to fully recover.  I have no way of knowing whether or not she understood what she said to me meant, but I can tell you it meant the absolute world to me.  I could have easily missed those four little words.  Having a child who struggles to understand or communicate has taught me so much about how to really, really listen, how to focus on the context of every interaction, how to pay the closest of attention to every little small moment. She's absolutely and me forever baby and me forever.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Beg, Borrow and Steal

At my Principal's Meeting today I got several great ideas form some of my colleagues.  I cherish the opportunity to talk with and learn from them.  I work among some very talented and motivating folks. I am never above begging, borrowing or stealing ideas to keep things interesting.  we have several Blended Learning options available for student use this year and I have seen some incredibly brilliant and unique ideas for rotating students through the classroom computers to make sure students are accessing the tools.  I think its time for some school wide motivation and recognition for those who are meeting or exceeding the expectations. So...coming soon to a bulletin board near you...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Under the Big Top Fun!

Tonight was the ever popular PTA Fall Carnival.  It was by far the most well attended event we host all year and certainly the most fun.  I'm pretty sure we hit a record with size of the crowd, nearly running out of candy, prizes, and food.  Aside from the first rain in 17 years it was the smoothest I can remember.  I am always amazed at how everyone bands together to make these magical childhood memories happen for families.

Literary Character Parade

Today was our annual Kindergarten and First Grade book character parade.  Everyone dressed as their favorite character and together the whole celebrated the love of books with our youngest readers.  My ever amazing Media Specialist, KK Cherney, never fails to disappoint a single child by making sure ALL have a costume to wear each year.  This year she directed the costuming effort from the floor of her office, even sick she would not go home and stuck it out the whole day even through he Book Walk at the Carnival tonight. There is nobody who loves books or our babies more than KK!

Dismissal with the Blue Angels!

The Air Show is this weekend and one advantage to being just a few miles from the beach is that we get a preview of the star attraction - the BLUE ANGELS!!  Nothing quite like having them buzz the school!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Our Missionary Comes Home, For a Visit

Several years ago one of our homegrown teachers, Beth Young, decided to pursue a dream to move to Africa as a missionary.  She intended to use her teaching skills in her new job and train teachers at the various care points for the organization she was traveling with.  She has done a spectacular job providing materials and professional development for educators with the most limited of resources.  I am also proud to say that now she is in a leadership position and is coordinating the educational effort of her group in Swaziland.  I could not possibly be prouder of her.  It was great to see her and her about her adventure.  Her dedication and work is truly changing lives for the better.

Sketch Noting with First Grade

For this month's Book of the Month the Literacy Coach and I taught teachers how to use Sketch Noting with their students as a means of deepening the thinking students do as they listen to information filled text.  You can learn more about what Sketch Noting is here. This morning I got to teach two classes of our first graders how to use this skill as we learned about elections.  What was so cool about this experience was that one of the classes had already tried it and were able to mentor the other class who was new to the idea!