If we want to make it the most wonderful time of the year all year long, then we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves throughout the whole year as well. Certainly this time of year, with a little bit of time off, we are all gifted with the opportunity to take a break from work, re-center ourselves, and return in the new year with a full cup. But we need to make sure we are reminding ourselves and each other throughout the whole year to not always burn the candle at both ends. You don't always need a winter break or a weekend to take care of yourself. Think about how you can do something each day to fill your own cup. Maybe you like to get up in the morning and workout or maybe you like to spend a few minutes in solitude clearing your head. Maybe you like to listen to music in the car and belt out your favorite tunes. Maybe you like to go to a place and sit and sip a coffee and people watch. Maybe you like to go for a run and leave all of the stress behind you. Maybe you like to put on some slippers and curl up on the couch with a good book. Whatever it is, make sure that you focus on you and your well-being.
So what do you do to take care of yourself? How do you fill your own cup? As we go into the new year, think about how you can put some daily self-care habits in place. When you are feeling good about yourself, your students will most certainly benefit.
I finished Ban This Book and definitely recommend it! So many different book titles that adults and kids will recognize in the book. And the story of an introverted little girl standing up for what she believes in is a great message. As soon as I finished listening to that book, I added a new one to my Audible account: Educated. I have heard so many people talk about and recommend this book so I decided I needed to check out this memoir.
Emerson and I have been opening up a new book each night; she looks forward to seeing what new bedtime story we will read! We opened up a fun one the other night that I got from Usborne books...I love the selection they have. This one is called Muddle and Match Fairy Tales. You can see in the picture that the alliteration and use of adverbs, adjectives, and action verbs makes this a fun book to read and mix up the characters, but I was thinking that it's an awesome resource for our young writers.
Monday - Books and Berries Book Swap in the conference room! Liz and Patty have a full day of reading in classrooms! Fire Dept will be delivering fire safety program all day to each grade level.
Tuesday - "Lettuce" Celebrate .- Salad Bar day! Grade 4 team meeting @ 8:00, Grade 5 team meeting @ 8:00, PTA Specialty Sandwich Shop Fundraiser from 4:00-8:00
Wednesday - Wellness Wednesday and/or Bling It On - you choose! Grade 3 team meeting @ 8:00
Thursday - Snack Cart! Child Study Team meeting @ 10:50
Friday - Pajama Day - Paws Pantry Spirit Day, breakfast from the PTA
Great things I noticed last week:
- Even though I did not get to witness it firsthand, I heard that 5th graders had fun in science showing that gas takes up space and has weight.
- Always interesting to learn from Scholastic News...had an interesting conversation in the pod about how much certain collectibles, like Barbies and Beanie Babies, are worth.
- While it's tough to be out of the building for a whole day, I enjoyed learning alongside a Wachusett team at the S3 Academy...excited about the possibility of systemic student support!
- I caught some 4th graders snacking and problem solving for Math Olympiad.
- I am working on putting together a video of all of the photos and video clips from the concerts. But I wanted to thank Hannah, Diane and Dan for their collaboration and hard work getting everyone ready for some amazing concerts. The students sounded wonderful, looked awesome, and parents and grandparents kept saying how much they enjoyed the performances. Kudos to all for the wonderful winter concerts!
Some humor to carry you through this week...