December 16

Thanks- Shout out to maintenance for the 24/7 snow removal this week. It’s a huge undertaking that they are still working on as I type. Much appreciation for all of their work making our schools accessible.

Kindergarten Round Up- Thanks for your input. Sounds like most people don’t want to see any changes. We will have 2017 kindergarten round up on April 19. April 5 is conference prep. April 12 is conference day. Please be ready to register students on April 19. You don’t have to have a special event that day, but you do need to be sure to have packets ready and be prepared to register students. It would probably also be a good idea to be open a bit later that day so that working parents will have an opportunity to register. Please let Alandra and me know what your school’s plan is for the 19th. If you are planning an early learning fair or another opportunity before the 19th, please also let us know. Call me if you have any questions. Thanks.

School Visits- Thank you for signing up so quickly for January visits. As I wrote in an earlier version of my notes, I’d also love to attend an EBISS, SIW, staff or ICCL meeting. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few of these and would love to sit in on others if you’ll have me (not required). Just let me know dates/ times and I’ll see if I can work it out.

Amity Water- For those of you who are not up to date on the Amity water situation, here is an update from Julianne:

Bend-La Pine Schools received results from the 21 water samples collected in November at Amity Creek at Thompson School. These samples were collected following the replacement of all under-sink shut-off valves, drinking fountains and faucets in the school. Results of this third round of water testing at the school confirm that all lead levels are within EPA guidelines. Water service will be restored to the school on Wednesday, December 7 and use of drinking fountains and food preparation sinks will resume.

Leadership Lessons- Shay recently shared an article with cabinet that focused on five important leadership lessons. While all five had their place, the first struck me as being especially important. It read: If you don’t believe in your people, you will get nowhere. Anyone who has ever worked for a boss who didn’t believe in you, knows that to be a difficult, if not impossible, environment in which to do your best work. Kids who know their teachers believe in them, perform better in school. Teachers who know their principals believe in them and trust them become better teachers. When we operate in an environment of trust and not fear, we are able to take chances, learn from mistakes, spread our wings and be the best we can be. This isn’t to say that we don’t address teachers’ areas in need of improvement. It is to say that addressing those needs becomes easier and much more effective if the teacher knows we believe in them and trust them. What more can you do to be sure your teachers know you believe in them?

Upcoming Events

  • December 19-January 2- Holiday break! Yeah! Enjoy.
  • January 9- Leadership Meeting @ 3:15 in the Board Room
  • January 23- Horizontal Meeting @ 4:00 location TBD

That’s all for now. I hope that you have a restful, relaxing, enjoyable, wonderful break and are able to spend some time with those who are most important to you. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! See you in 2017.


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