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The music for a string section is not necessarily written in five parts; besides the variants discussed below, in classical orchestras the 'quintet' is often called a 'quartet', with basses and cellos playing together. The role of the double-bass section evolved considerably during the 19th century. In orchestral works from the classical era, the bass and cello would typically play from the same part, labelled "Bassi". While passages for cellos alone marked "senza bassi" are common in Mozart and Haydn, independent parts for both instruments become frequent in Beethoven and Rossini and common in later works of Verdi and Wagner.

In Haydn 's oratorio The Creation , the music to which God tells the newly created beasts to be fruitful and multiply achieves a rich, dark tone by its setting for divided viola and cello sections with violins omitted. Some orchestral works by Giacinto Scelsi omit violins, using only the lower strings. Handel often wrote works for strings without violas: for example many of his Chandos Anthems. Mozart 's masses and offertories written for the Salzburg cathedral routinely dispensed with violas, as did his dances.

Leonard Bernstein omitted violas from West Side Story.

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This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. My twenty-four-hour rule of waiting to respond to an angry or aggravating situation disappeared with that third knock. She did not come back into the office. She just sat at her table, in her group, crying. I had a great deal on my mind at that time, but hurting the feelings of one of my teachers was not acceptable. No wonder she was upset and crying. The next morning I searched for her and of course apologized for my rude behavior.

I told her if I had only known I would have made other plans for her to earn her in-service hours. She was also looking for me to apologize to me for coming to the door so many times and making a pest of herself. I should have remembered my twenty-four-hour rule. I should have thought to ask her why before I jumped her. As you begin to learn about the powers that have been given to you by a school board and understand the personal sense of power the position holds, you must also be aware of the misuse of that power.

I heard of a principal once who required his teachers to wear shirts with sleeves. If they did not do this, they would receive a written reprimand. Another principal, on a yearly basis, moved his teachers from one grade level to another, without asking them. Not only did he move them every year, he informed them by mail. This is not the way to inspire trust among your staff. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Incredible Hulk know they have powers that set them above the rest.

Think of your principalship in the same way. I am sure that there were many episodes where Bruce Wayne the real identity of Batman did not want to look up into the night skies and see that flashing figure of a bat calling him to duty. He probably just wanted to have a nice quiet dinner somewhere and read his paper. These were ordinary characters by birth. Yet when they realized they possessed special gifts, they became heroes for the world to admire and respect.

This can also describe you and your principalship. Find the secret powers you have and become a hero to children. The words you use and the actions you take toward helping a school achieve its goals or a child believe in himself automatically make you a superhero. A frantic mother hysterically pleads for help. Her young son is still trapped on the third floor of the burning building. From his window at the Daily Planet newspaper, Clark Kent sees the commotion and leaps from his desk in search of the nearest phone booth. Once he has changed his clothes, the superhero is ready to fight the blaze, save the child, and return him safely to his mother.

But, where is the child? How much of the third floor is destroyed from the burning inferno? What is the best way to enter the building? Once again, Superman has saved the day by using another of his extraordinary powers, that of X-ray vision. By using his X-ray vision, Superman had the ability to see through walls where crime and mayhem were taking place.

Superman broke down those brick walls, fought the bad guys, and returned justice to an ever-grateful city. For a few minutes, consider that city. Visitors are always traveling in and out. People are busily working, continuously moving here and there. Opportunities present themselves to attend musical or sporting events that draw in people from various cultures. The intoxicating smells of delectable foods cooking in the cafeteria fill the air. And after a busy and hectic day, your city will turn down its lights, lock its doors, and wait for the next day to dawn.

The city that is under your care is no different than the cities protected by our favorite superheroes. However, even with all the good emanating from the four walls of your small city, danger still lurks. The need for a superhero still exists. One of the most important responsibilities you will ever have as the principal of a campus is to secure the safety and welfare of the staff and the students, and that can be accomplished by using your power of Xray vision.

Where are the fire extinguishers kept? What chemicals are kept in the custodial closets? Can the front door of the school be seen from the main office? What are the fastest routes out of the school in the case of an emergency? These are only a few questions to ask yourself when you take on the responsibility of a school. Knowing the answers to these questions and more will allow you to develop a keen ability to see through walls, down 32 CHAPTER 2 hallways, or around corners. You may not always have time to change into your Superman outfit.

Your X-ray abilities come in the form of being proactive, knowledgeable, and willing to do just about anything to protect the ones you serve. In your attempt to be like Superman or any other well-known defender of justice and truth, you must also remember to err on the side of good judgment.

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Many times parents of potential students would visit our school to meet the teachers and tour the campus. It was not uncommon for these parents to introduce themselves in the office and ask to visit the classrooms. On one such occasion, two women entered our school with the intention of visiting some of the kindergarten classrooms and teachers. After finding a teacher who was on her conference time, one of the women engaged the teacher in conversation while the other one excused herself under the guise of visiting another kindergarten classroom.

While visiting the classroom, one of the women proceeded to steal the wallet from the purse of another teacher in that grade level. Thinking nothing was amiss, the teacher thanked the women for coming and expressed the hope that they would enroll a child in our school. As I rushed to the parking lot, the women were getting into their car about to drive away. Without thinking, I opened the car door and asked them to return the wallet.

After several adamant denials from the women, I finally retrieved the wallet. Not only was I effectively using my skills of cape wearing, my X-ray vision powers were also on high alert because something made me ask for the money that had been in the wallet. In the short time it had taken them to leave the building and enter their car, they had already emptied the wallet of all the money.

As they were leaving, I turned back to reenter the building and found a crowd of teachers huddled against the front fence of the school. However, I am absolutely sure that I was not wearing a bulletproof vest. I do not have nor have I ever had the ability to turn into the Invisible Woman. Neither do you. Superman could have stopped a speeding bullet, but the only thing that can stop a speeding bullet as it heads toward your body is, in fact, your body. Being a principal who acts with good judgment requires you to look at situations and make the best decisions possible.

There could have been another person waiting for them inside the car who had a weapon of some sort. They could have run me over with their car. Your personal safety is just as important as the safety of the staff and the students. If the comic strip superhero characters were created with the intent of fighting injustice and using their extraordinary powers to save the world from evildoers, I may have been neglectful in failing to mention a little-known superhero who never has appeared nor ever will appear in the comic strips of a newspaper or a Saturday morning cartoon lineup on television.

This dynamic person is always there to assist the staff and help the students in any situation. He or she fights off angry parents with a patient smile and willing attitude, and soars over colleges and universities looking for eager new teachers. Yes, I am referring to the unsung hero of the public school sector, the fighter for the continuous learning and success of all students, the follower of all school policies and practices.

There is only one person this could be, Proactive Principal. Before school begins for the new year, Proactive Principal can be seen walking the hallways of the school with the custodian, as they make a list of the maintenance concerns that need attention. Proactive Principal spends countless hours disaggregating student data to help create the educational focus for the school, and meets with every faculty member before the first day of school to start building a positive relationship with the staff.

With an uncanny ability to know what to do in almost every situation, Proactive Principal is ready to set his or her school vision in place. This vision of leadership includes knowing what children are expected to learn, having enough resources to enhance the educational process, and creating a safe learning environment that fosters and celebrates learning. Knowing these responsibilities, Proactive Principal can use various means of cognitive power to work for the good of the children and the school. However, this is not always an easy task to accomplish.

When Superman saved the Earth from evil space invaders or a child from being hit by a runaway train, he was hailed as a courageous hero and a defender of mankind. At the end of many television episodes of Superman or Batman, the superhero was seen atop the tallest building, hands on his waist, cape rising and falling with each gust of wind, looking off into the sunset as a grateful city lay down below.

Looking up toward the skyscrapers, the common people on the street were filled with a sense that they were safe and protected. I would love to tell you that this blind hero-worship is waiting for you when you begin your principalship. I would also love to tell you that throngs of admiring individuals will be lining up to see your next magical act. This is probably not going to happen. Unless you have acquired a principalship at a spanking brand-new school, inside the doors of your school may be waiting some situations that would drop Superman to his knees or send Batman flying back to his bat caves.

There will be some on your staff who will be in awe of your leadership abilities. For these, they welcome change and still have a passion for the teaching profession. But your vision and strategies to develop and maintain student achievement may not always be applauded as heroic, especially if it means a schedule change for some teachers who really have no interest in changing their schedules.

This is when you seek out and find the courage that you need to always, always, always do the right thing for kids. Proactive Principal knows this and accepts this truth. However, being Proactive Principal was the farthest thing from my mind. During my first year as an elementary principal, I did not take on the persona of Proactive Principal.

I took on the cloak of survival. I knew I possessed the strength and courage of a tried-and-true superhero. But somewhere along the way, I lost my innate X-ray vision abilities and went blindly into the unknown. No, as a first-year principal, I would have and should have known more about Proactive Principal. Throughout this chapter, we have discussed and focused our attention on the many skills, abilities, and gifts that superheroes possess.

There may be more than one runaway train or more than one burning building. How do superheroes know when to be superheroes? Do they have an alarm at the base of their necks that sends strong electric impulses to their brain alerting them to the possibility of danger or harm? Do they have tiny police band radios carefully concealed in their school radios that emit the exact locations of imminent danger?

Not Proactive Principal. He or she calls upon the power of absolute genius to be constantly vigilant regarding the needs of the staff and students. Proactive Principal believes in his or her decisions because they always focus on what is best for the education of the students.

The maintenance staff, custodial staff, and Proactive Principal work collaboratively to keep the school safe and secure. Proactive Principal realizes that many super powers reveal themselves away from his or her desk and outside the office doors. Superheroes were created to be examples of strength, duty, and honor. Your days of being a superhero such as Proactive Principal are in the making. I am not sure what trials you will face or who the enemy will be. The power of the principalship is yours. How you become a hero to your staff and the children is in your hands. If Bruce Banner, the scientist, became angry, the Incredible Hulk emerged and caused untold damage and destruction, not to mention the fact that he would end up half naked in a deserted and unknown location.

If Bruce Wayne, better known as Batman, lost his handy-dandy utility belt with its many crime-fighting gadgets, the bad guys were sure to win. While Superman, who was actually Clark Kent, a mild-mannered newspaperman, could leap from tall buildings or stop speeding locomotives, he was still rendered helpless in the presence of a green element called kryptonite. When there were no situations of danger present, these superheroes led normal lives of going to work or even reading the Sunday paper.

Their super powers were always with them, just as they are with you. The difference lies in the fact that they knew their weaknesses. Superman knew he could never be around kryptonite. Batman knew he needed to keep the utility belt close to him at all times. Bruce Banner always warned people not to make him mad.

They had accepted the fact that as strong as they were, something could make them less powerful. On your journey to becoming a superhero for children, you must be aware of the powers for good you possess as well as those factors that will permeate your protective armor and weaken your super powers. In the beginning of my professional career as a principal, I learned very quickly that I needed to suppress my quick-fire temper and in some cases my mouth needed to be wired shut so that only a small straw could fit through the wires. In that first year, I can recall many wonderful and joyous memories.

And equally, I had many learning opportunities a nice way to say trials and tribulations. I did not realize it at the time, but my personal kryptonite came in the form of a woman we will call Casey. Casey had two children in our school district. Her son was moving to the junior high campus after spending two years with me in the elementary school. Her daughter was still enrolled on our campus. Every single time Casey came to school she complained in a loud and obnoxious manner about everything and anything that had happened to her children while at school.

She would rant, rave, and cuss her way through the hallways until she found me. If I was not in my office, the school secretary would call me on the district radio and let me know that Casey needed to talk to me. On one such occasion, my red cape was at the cleaners and the batteries on my utility belt were dangerously low. I felt just like Bruce Banner right before the Incredible Hulk takes over. I had been pushed too far. My eyes turned to a devilish yellow color, and my skin was already changing to a lovely green that Kermit the Frog would have been proud to call his own.

I can tell you I completely forgot the principal courses that I had taken in college that had prepared me to deal with difficult parents. The notes I took in the class that focused on building a strong parent and community relationship must have been in the pocket of my other suit. Casey might as well have been a walking billboard with letters painted with kryptonite.

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To this day, I truly believe the sanity of that woman was questionable. However, my behavior was inexcusable. I was a superhero in training. I was the administrator, principal, and instructional leader of the campus. Proof of the completion of many years of college coursework lined the 38 CHAPTER 2 walls of my office in the form of nicely framed diplomas. Any praise or recognition I had received from other parents was lost when I engaged in a verbal battle with Casey.

There will be many times that you are faced with people like Casey and situations that you least expect. Facing your weaknesses and limitations is the first step on your way to becoming a powerful superhero for your campus. So with that in mind, take a few minutes to reflect and recognize what could prevent you from taking care of your school, your staff, and your children.

Discover what your personal weaknesses are and your path to becoming a true superhero will be an easy one. These are only a few of the possible impediments that you may face as a campus superhero.

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Just another reminder: The people and situations that we identify as being our personal barriers do not change. Look at it this way. Superman always knew that if he was ever in the presence of kryptonite his strength would fail him and he would be rendered helpless. Batman knew if he lost the utility belt he would not even be able to help himself, much less Gotham City. If you know a parent is going to make you angry, limit the time you have with him or her. Have your secretary run interference as much as possible.

Once I was having difficulty with a fellow teacher. I simply did not like the way she treated children. The situation became so difficult for me that, being a good Catholic girl, I went to confession. At that time, our parish had a wonderful priest by the name of Father Julian. I remember his kindness and patience with the fondest of memories.

Once in the confessional, I explained my situation. I told him of how I was becoming very resentful of this woman and it was difficult to even like her. That is what we are called to do. You cannot afford to be without your cape or your utility belt or crippled by kryptonite.

Therefore, make it a point to be selfreflective. Identify those personal traits that make you strong and those hindrances that weaken you. One of the most remarkable characters to ever cross the screen was only about five inches tall and wore a tightfitting costume of yellow and blue with a tiny little cape attached. He was the archrival of the criminal cat element usually found on waterfronts and in alleyways.

This tiny titan fought for justice, protected the innocent, and could fit in the palm of your hand. If any crisis occurred, Mighty Mouse simply flew in and saved the day. I can certainly understand how Superman came into being. A quiet man sees injustice and fights to correct it. Batman fought injustice by protecting his treasured city of Gotham. So I must pause a moment and wonder how Mighty Mouse became a superhero. Was there a terrorist cat population that was trying to take over a wharf or fish market? How could a mouse be a superhero? He was certainly a handy fighter and definitely a mouse you would want on your side if and when you found yourself in a closed alleyway facing a band of marauding cats.

Amazingly, he would telepathically know, like all superheroes, when he was needed, the exact location of the predicament, and where danger and kitty mayhem were taking place. Before he fought the good fight and restored the city streets and alleyways to safety, he would lift one of his tiny arms triumphantly and announce that he had in fact come to save the day. Actually, Mighty Mouse and his mission to save the day might be exactly what you need to remember on your quest to becoming not only an effective leader but a mighty manager as well.

Thousands of books and journal articles have been written regarding the development of a personal, effective leadership style. Even chapter 1 of this book asked you to reflect on the beliefs that would assist you in becoming a true leader. With all the attention given to developing yourself as a caring and effective school leader, another consideration of good leadership is the ability to manage what you have been given to lead. Many definitions exist regarding the concept of leadership and the abilities needed to be a productive manager.

It is my honest opinion that good leaders are born from the ability to be good managers. Being an effective school manager will require you to gain an understanding of the daily tasks that face a principal. While some duties are seasonal, such as planning the master schedule, many are ongoing. Also be aware that many of the duties are school specific. Elementary principals are asked to create a teacher duty schedule for students who are picked up from school in a car.

However, many high school students drive themselves to and from school and require no teacher to be on car duty. Teachers must be assigned classes. Fire extinguishers have to be checked every year before school starts. All school records have to be updated and moved up to the next grade level and possibly transferred to another campus. Now do you see why the strength of Mighty Mouse is needed to save the day? So just strap on your red cape, swing your little arm high into the air, and become the mighty manager you were meant to be. If leadership entails a feeling of accomplishment, then management is surely the completion of day-to-day activities that help you become an effective leader Pedler, Burgoyne, and Boydell Listed below are actual managerial duties a principal faces when planning for a new school year and as the year progresses.

Are you breathing? First things first—close your mouth and take deep breaths. Take a few more minutes; take a moment or two to collect your thoughts. I want to be a principal to help children succeed. After examining the list above and knowing that more duties exist, you are no doubt asking yourself how one person can accomplish these and more. This is why the first year of the principalship is referred to as the year of survival or a trial by fire.

After a few years, these tasks will become second nature to you. You will have established strong and trusting relationships, and you will have grown in your personal strength. Thinking back to the list, did you see any assigned task that called for you to protect your school against wayward stray cats?

Every morning when Mighty Mouse awoke, he had one goal in mind, to save the day. He might not know what alley or street he would have to fly to or how many villainous cats he would have to fight. He just knew that his purpose that day was to be a hero. As a mighty manager, your awareness of the duties that fall on your shoulders also gives you reason to be a hero, and to make your school a safe, secure learning place for children.

I have no special utility belt. Comic strip and Saturday morning cartoon characters dress up newspapers and make us wish we could shoot webbing out of our wrists and soar between skyscrapers while cheering fans applaud our greatness. The only greatness I can offer you is the first time an elementary-age child looks for you because he is afraid and he knows you will keep him safe, or when he holds your hand as you walk him to his car at the end of the day. Or when a high school student asks you to write her a recommendation for college because you have been her mentor for four years and she knows you care.

You will feel like a hero. A few years ago, a former student of mine applied for a teaching position in the district where I served as an elementary principal. During his interview, he was asked to name three of the most influential people in his life. He mentioned his mother, another individual, and me. In the eyes of this one small child, I was a hero. And nothing—no award, no prize, no gold medal, no other recognition—could have meant more to me. And try as you might, there will be days when your survival is all you can think about. Self-doubt may even creep in and cause you to wonder why you wanted the job in the first place.

Remember the superheroes from this chapter. They were called when danger was present. Mighty Mouse lived a normal everyday mouse life until the kitty crime element in his city became too much. Superman investigated stories for a newspaper until shrieks of alarm alerted him to impending doom. And as for you, you will simply be walking the halls, talking with children, meeting with parents until that one event hits your world and the cape will come out and your utility belt will somehow magically appear on your waist.

You will just know that Super Principal is needed. This is when your words and actions will determine your leadership capabilities. With this in mind, how can you further develop your personal leadership capacity and become a hero? Choose your words wisely. Speak to others with considerate, thoughtful, and kind words. Always be and act with an ethical stance.

Enough said. Take care of difficult situations in a prompt and appropriate manner. Superheroes never turned from confrontation and neither should you. You have a backbone and it needs to be used. Heroes do not have a choice about being heroes. You do not have a choice about being an effective school leader. Build trusting relationships with the students, faculty, and community members. When Superman was on the scene, the surrounding crowds knew they would be safe. When the police chief in Gotham City shone the bat signal into the night sky, he knew Batman would come.

Develop that same kind of trust by being there for kids, helping teachers succeed, and assuring parents that the school is a safe place for their children. Comic books, comic strips, and Saturday morning cartoons filled children with a picture of a true hero and how justice, right, and good should prevail. Through your words and actions you too can show children what it is like to be a hero. Knowing that you will never have a television show dedicated to your managerial abilities or a comic strip showing your uncanny knack for car rider duty, what do you want said about your super powers?

As each year passes, the red cape grows a little longer in length and a little stronger in color. The people you serve in the city we call a school deserve a hero who is strong and fearless, whether you are a little fighting mouse or a green monster that arrives in times of trouble. It is not the cape that you wear on the outside, it is the courage you possess on the inside that makes you a true hero for children. We brought into being our very own education hero and saver of the day, Proactive Principal, who possessed the gift of X-ray vision to serve and protect his school.

While Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Incredible Hulk are strictly fictional and genuinely serve as models for good and justice, they will not sit in the chair, make a difference in the life of a child, or be called upon to lead a school toward sustainable success. This rests on your shoulders. Being a hero to a child does not take a person of steel or an avenging green monster. Being a hero to a child calls for someone who is willing to take the time and effort to make a difference in the life of a child.

May your school vision be filled with attainable and worthwhile goals for your teachers and the success of your students. May the success of your teachers and students be more than numbers on a page or scores on a test. May you earnestly seek the courage, power, and strength in yourself to instill courage, power, and strength in the children under your care. May you be a hero who does not live on television or in the comic strips, but in the hearts of children.

Ode to Proactive Principal You will never hold a scepter. You will never wear a crown. You cannot leap tall buildings or fly from town to town. Your kingdom is a small one with many jobs for you to do. Yet in your hands you have more power than you could ever know, The pleasures of seeing children as you help them learn and grow. One thing you must remember, One thing more I must impart. Because you are a hero, You, too, will touch a heart. Wilkie, and C. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education, Cohen, William A. Marietta, GA: Longstreet Press, The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus.

Pellicer, Leonard O. Phillips, D. Internet Sources: www. The message is easily applied to the characteristics needed by a school leader. In this cylinder lived a prized set of Lincoln Logs. Each of these logs had carved notches at the ends that made it easy to connect them. Creating wooden masterpieces held the attention of many small children as they played with these for countless hours.

Young Frank Lloyd Wright designed differing log cabins of vast beauty by simply adding a door or an extra window somewhere. The end product exemplified the determination and abilities of the apprentice architects. The sturdy shapes could withstand any natural disaster except for the foot of an angry brother when he realized your Lincoln Log structure far surpassed his. But because of the notched ends to the logs, the interlocking grid system ensured that each log would stay firmly in place, regardless of Hurricane Bubba.

Not one nail, not one screw or bolt, held the structure in place. Those notches supported the other logs and proved to be a vital part of the final structure. Granted, you, as the principal, may not be building an actual log cabin on your campus, but you are building the vision, goals, and culture of your school. You will be the one responsible for placing each log carefully in place so that the end creation can withstand any storm that 49 50 CHAPTER 3 comes its way. You will do this by connecting the goals of the campus to the needs of the students, teachers, and school.

Every stakeholder will know and understand how your vision for the school builds a strong, safe, and successful place for learning. The log cabin you and your staff build will have its own culture and climate and be held together by the efforts and contributions of all. You, as the principal, are the architect. Now for this particular instance, I need to use my transformational leadership abilities.

Much of the theoretical framework you learned in your graduate studies is there to give you a basis for making a decision or solving a problem, not for actual real-world situations. It does serve the purpose of helping you discover the type of school leader you want to be. Knowing what kind of leader you want to be also assists you in the development of the vision and goals for your campus. These are posted on websites, at the entrances of buildings, and sometimes on correspondence that leaves their offices.

Most school districts are required by law to submit district and campus improvement plans. These plans are initiated based on the educational and instructional needs of the students. Resources, assessment measures, and action strategies are also aligned to meet those needs. If you are a first-year administrator, how do you know where to start?

Think again about the Lincoln Logs. Opening the Lincoln Log canister was easy. The lid came right off. The logs always spilled straight to the floor and there was no instruction manual to follow or batteries to buy. One day you might build a house and the next day you might build a bridge. Whatever structure you wanted to build, you had to start somewhere, you had to have some kind of construction plan in your mind.

Creating campus improvement plans is no different than creating a fancy cabin out of those Lincoln Logs. Begin slowly by answering three simple questions. Where is our school right now in regard to academics and student success? Where does the school need to go to improve student and teacher performance? And you thought this was going to be hard. Make some decisions about how successful you want the school to be in a year, in three years. Review the class schedule to ensure that the maximum amount of time during the day is spent on instruction.

Pay attention to the personal relationships that exist between staff members and how those relationships affect the students and the culture of the school. Think about all those Lincoln Logs lying on the floor, just waiting for you to pick them up and begin building something phenomenal. For the most part, you should always try to include others when making decisions, but the vision for any school or business begins with its leader. In the first chapter, I asked you to think about those beliefs that you hold dear about the education of children, the dignity and worth of all, the impact of successful learning strategies.

Whatever those beliefs were, use them to build and establish your personal vision for the school. Educationally speaking, a goal becomes the focus of what people are working toward Snowden and Gorton Equally, a mission is a quest that you have to achieve or aspire to. A strategy such as the implementation of a Perfect Attendance Recognition Wall may be just the thing to help you achieve the goal of improving the average daily attendance of the students. From there, you can utilize the three guiding questions: Where are you, where do you want to be, and what are you willing to do to get there?

How does this process look in terms of our Lincoln Logs? All we knew when we sat on the living room floor with those reddish logs surrounding us was the fact that we had the opportunity to build anything we wanted. The structure could be a one-story cabin, a two-story house, or anything our imaginations could invent.

The end product would be something constructed from all the logs. Once we were through, there would be an interlocking structure that could stand on its own. Thank you for a wonderful school year at St. Joseph the Worker. Stay tuned! Until then…. We wish you a happy and restful summer. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. You do not have to be present at the Card Party to be a winner! They are spending free time helping 1st graders with reading and writing.

Grade 4 did a fun stop-animation film about a Parrot Named Llama. You can also contact the main office or Ms. Schneck for more ideas. We are continuing to accept donations of items or experiences. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so spread the word! Schneck with the help of a PreK4 parent, will be starting on April 10th.

Parents and students are invited for a weekly walk around Prospect Park. This is a time for families to exercise and socialize. Students coming without a parent will need to have a permission slip. We will meet at the main entrance at 3pm. What a fun real-world experience in the classroom! I look forward to more project proposals like these throughout the building. Parents, students and staff are welcome to submit ideas. Doors will open at The event will be held in the cafeteria. There is limited space available, so get your reservation in right away.

For more information about requests for donations please email myself or Mrs. Mommy and Me — Due the success of this program, it will be held weekly until the end of the school year starting March 9th. Families can buy class packages in the main office. Re-registration — Please hand in forms to make the early registration deadline.

Parents can re-register on Option C. Schneck will be leading a new after school club starting after Easter Break. Save the Date! Registration forms will be sent home through Option C and available on the school website. We have already received some wonderful donations. Re-registration — Parents can re-register on Option C. Schneck will be leading a new after school club starting this Spring.

Parents and Students are invited for a weekly walk around Prospect Park. Sign up will be sent out next month. Family service hours will be provided and a N. Our PreK students are using them for language acquisition and number recognition. If you know of any new friends or families that want to reserve their spot for next year, they can fill out a Pre-registration form. Available in the main office now. Please help get the word out about our technology expansion efforts.

We have been starting to make some small improvements. Each time you share our GoFundMe link, you can gain credit towards your service hours. Card Party- planning has begun. If you have items to donate please see Ms. If you would like to help with getting donations, please email Ms. Schneck for more information.