Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mother On The Mind

Here's a post from 1/5 that never made it to publishing. Not exactly sure why but it fits today... Happy Mother's Day!

Today I've thought about my own mother a lot. She's been gone 16 years and there isn't a day that goes by that some little thing doesn't remind me of her. What triggered it today was my own journey as a mother. Balancing the needs of my children with the demands of the job is tough sometimes and today I had to stop everything to make some adjustments. The day had to be re-prioritized, immediately and action taken. My mother could problem solve better than anybody I've ever known and when I went into that mode today I could see her smiling.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hard Day's Night

There is so much to a principal's job and some times it happens after school hours. Tonight I got to update our SAC with a mid year status report...long day but worth it at Chets!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Full Circle

This awesome young man started at Chets the year we opened in Kindergarten. Today he applied to work in our Extended Day Program as an instructor while he finishes his criminal justice degree! Love it when I get to see the circle complete...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Tale of Two Observations

The day started with the formal observation for PE. Outside in the fog...not my typical location but the steering wheel of the golf cart held up my iPad for typing just fine. Do you know the difference between a chest and a bounce pass in basketball? I do!

Another location for today has great sentimental value for me. It was in my last classroom as a teacher. I miss Kindergartners and the funny way they see things and the excitement over the simplest thing. They don't even realize they are learning some sophisticated life lessons every day. Do you know the difference between force and motion? I do!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Magic Number

I believe we've hit another record in the last 5 days...33 new students joining the Chets family! I'm excited to have each one and can't wait to meet them all. My goal is to have them feel just like the student who yelled out to me in the lobby last Friday morning, "I love this school". I couldn't agree more!

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Highlight of My Day

The past couple of mornings I have stationed myself just inside the front doors so I could welcome my kids back to school with a smile and a good morning. Today as I stood there greeting them one of the children yelled out "I love this school"as he walked by. Right then and there I was overwhelmed with the reminder of why I love my job. I'm the luckiest principal on the planet!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Our Front Line

This wonderful group of volunteers mans our front lobby desk a part of each day and I got to spend time with them this morning going over safety and security policies. I am beyond grateful for their willingness to be the front line for us and the first friendly faces once you are inside our doors. Budget cuts made them a necessity but I consider them family!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013