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Just For You

Our Just For You emails provide you with professional support throughout the school year. These thought-provoking messages are written to foster professionalism, promote ethical and caring leadership, boost morale, and improve classroom management. But most of all … to support you.

Smooth Seas


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*Rivers Run Through It
Like many things in nature, a river can teach us a great lesson. It triumphs every time. It just keeps going despite the challenges, obstacles, and barriers. There will always be barriers in life, stumbling blocks along the way. How we deal with those challenges can greatly determine our success or failure in life.

“Smooth Seas do not make skillful sailors.”
~ African Proverb

During a big storm, it can be difficult to traverse rough seas, know which direction to go, or guess where we will land. We've all been there, and with age, we learn that time can be a balm to soothe the bumps and bruises we've sustained during the tumultuous patches in life. It's never smooth seas for everyone all the time, but there are easier, quieter times when we can take a deep breath, learn from past storms, and reach out with encouragement to those who are in the middle of one. The silver lining behind the dark clouds of any storm is that we become better navigators. We can share our wisdom and experience with those we are entrusted to teach.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

It's okay to lean on others if you need a word of encouragement. In times of need, look to those who have already weathered similar storms.

Thank You


Originally published May 18, 2020.

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*Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day holiday or the beginning of the summer season. This national holiday is an important reminder of the sacrifices made by brave men and women in uniform who lost their lives in service to our nation. Students discuss the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday and how they can honor our fallen heroes.

"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."
~ Alice Walker

On a daily basis, there are many heroes we could thank, aren't there? Heroes can be hidden within their everyday roles, such as the truck drivers, pharmacists, and grocery store clerks who worked during the Covid19 crisis. It can be a lonely feeling to serve the public during a dangerous time when you think no one cares or understands the stress of it. A little "thank you" goes a long way. So, don't withhold gratitude. Be generous with it. Find ways to say "thank you" to the everyday heroes who are getting us through this national challenge.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

When we go to a place of gratitude, it can lift our spirits in the most amazing way. Show gratitude for what you have, those you love, and those who serve.

Good for the Soul


Originally published May 11, 2020.

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*Brown v. Board of Education
May 17th is the anniversary of one of the most important Supreme Court decisions ever made. Students explore the meaning and the impact of Brown versus the Board of Education and how they can apply the lessons of this landmark case to their own lives.

"Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul."
~ Maria Montessori

There are many ingredients that go into feeling genuinely good about yourself and therefore being able to spread that goodness to others. One way we can empower young people as they navigate their way through their young lives is to simply appreciate them and acknowledge their uniqueness and usefulness. We are all capable of being amazing humans with a little kindness and encouragement. We also have within us the ability to build others up and help them reach their fullest potential, a factor of enormous value for the human soul.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

We all have unique talents, some large, some seemingly small, but none are inconsequential. Don't forget that you must value yourself if you are to build up others.

The Best of Teachers


Originally published May 4, 2020.

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*Elders in High-tech World
Sometimes it's hard to imagine our world without the Internet, cell phones, and tablets. However, that's the world that some older citizens face because they don't have access to or don't know how to use the modern technology that we use every day. Students consider the idea of teaching elderly people how to use modern technology and also consider that they can learn from their elders.

"Time is the best of critics; and patience the best of teachers."
~ Frederic Chopin

Treating others with kindness often results in kindness being returned. The same can be said for patience. If children are taught by kind and patient teachers, the hope is they will be kind and patient themselves. Think about how important that is. We are preparing future programmers, cooks, teachers, plumbers, physicians, etc. We want students to go out into the world with book knowledge, but also with good character and social skills. The best teachers know that knowledge is key to our students' career success, but they also know that teaching students to be kind, patient, honest and responsible will help them become successful as human beings in their families and communities.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Be patient with yourself. Often things aren't exactly what we signed up for, but with a little patience we can often make it work for our benefit after all.

Be Yourself


Originally published April 27, 2020.

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*Be True to Yourself
It takes moral courage for students to stay true to themselves by not participating in activities that go against their personal values, especially when they are afraid of being ridiculed or rejected. Being true to themselves is much easier when they know who they are and what they stand for.

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde

There are many things to feel nostalgic about as we age—painless joints, smooth skin and a sharp memory to name a few! The advantage to gaining years of experience and wisdom is that we begin to feel more comfortable in our own skin. For some, that takes intentional practice. For others, it simply takes time. There is a distinct beauty about someone who is confident in their stride, who knows who they are and stands up for what they believe in. It's important to encourage these traits to our youth. As they gain the skills to be authentic and true to themselves, they are less apt to become someone they shouldn't be.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Trust in yourself to make good decisions. Self-doubt can negatively affect your life and cause anxiety. Practice making decisions in confidence. Be kind and forgiving to yourself if things don't go as planned.