|Monday, 11/19||Character Strong Monday|
|Wednesday, 11/21||Frontier Gear!!!!|
|Thursday, 11/22||No School – Thanksgiving Holiday|
|Friday, 11/23||No School – Thanksgiving Holiday|
Greetings all! As we embark on this short week, it is also a time to reflect and be thankful…extremely grateful, in fact.
I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to working at Frontier. I am thankful for a staff that has supported the growth of student character through our new implementation of the Character Strong curriculum. I have received numerous emails and “stop and chats” from many of you who have had some really cool experiences arise due to these efforts. I have had students share with me that they feel more involved and part of something in the Frontier community.
I am thankful for the intentional acts of kindness (operative word being intentional) that many of you do behind the scenes to support students, families and your colleagues. I have witnessed so many selfless acts when it comes to the adults in this building (moving people in, providing rides around town when auto troubles arise, lending a hand to install flooring, plumbing, and electrical, being a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen in times of need – the list is endless) and it’s a really amazing feeling. Holding the rope is very real and I am grateful that we have a building that personifies this effort.
Finally, I am thankful for our kids. Try as we might, it’s hard to compartmentalize our students when we leave the building each day. They stand out in our minds – sometimes for reasons of excellence, sometimes for reasons of concern, and sometimes for reasons we just can’t shake. It’s one of the most rewarding/challenging aspects of this job. Our kids are the epicenter of what we do. We have kids that are standing up in front of teachers presenting their beliefs, starting blogs to spread news of Frontier, starting clubs to preserve lost languages, and forcing Chartwells (emailing their director) to stop using sporks, moving back to forks in an effort to make Chef Jet Asian cuisines easier to consume (true story). We also have kids who are facing mental health crises, eating only twice a day (both at school), taking care of their siblings while parents work late into the night, and relentlessly trying on different personas in an effort to find out who they are and how they may fit in with their peers. It’s a vivid reminder that holidays can be especially difficult for some of our students. While many of us relish in the time to relax and connect with family (which is much needed and deserved), we do have students and families who anxiously await what this time may look like.
But back to our staff. As noted last week, through the efforts of our Transition Coach Brie Gardner and the generosity and love of the adults at Frontier, we are able to provide holiday food boxes to many families. You are all amazing people and our community is fortunate to have you as educators.
Because you all exert great amounts of emotional and intellectual capital each and every day, I hope you take this opportunity to rest, relax, and reflect. We are nearly 1/3 through the school year and these gifts of time and rest are so critical.
I am thankful for you all.
Character Strong – Week 9 –> PATIENCE!
The CS activity this week is a good one for a short week – testing team dynamics and patience. It is a great opportunity for students to remember the importance of collaboration, as well as get some energy out on this holiday week!