Week of 12/10-12/14/18

Hello Panthers!
Welcome back crazy weather! I don’t know why I always start with the weather, I guess it is something that we all have in common. That and our lovely middle school students. Not sure if you noticed a tingle of crazy in the air last week, but it seemed to surface around mid-week. I am thinking it probably had something to do with the rain that accompanied it on Thursday and Friday. Bundle up to start the week, it is going to be cold!

Canned Food Drive
Ridgeview is in the midst of a great service project! The canned food drive is off and running as teams compete for the top honor. I am not too thrilled about the top honor, which is throwing a pie in my face, but hey, I am a good sport if nothing else and if it helps a good cause, then I am fully on board. Advisories from across the three grade levels have been placed into teams and have until the end of the week to bring in as many cans as possible. Our goal is to raise over 6800 cans. This equates to around 5 cans per student. While it is an ambitious goal, it is not unattainable. Help us out with a great cause Ridgeview!

NASA Postpones
Due to the funeral for President George H. Bush, the NASA chat was postponed from last week to this week. Still going to be an amazing opportunity for a number of our students.

Upcoming Performances and Events
This week we have beginning band concerts on Tuesday. Prior to the band concert, there will be a PTA General Meeting. There are several important issues that need to be voted on. The meeting will last no longer than 20 minutes. Please consider joining us at 6:00. Orchestra will have a concert on Wednesday at the Cedar Ridge Auditorium starting at 6:00. Thursday, we will be hosting Junior Achievement in the Lecture Hall. Teams from the BIM classes will be competing in a format similar to Shark Tank. Friday, we have various groups traveling to the elementary schools for a fine arts holiday tour. Also on Friday, PTA will be sponsoring the Holiday Social afterschool. Students will have a blast building graham cracker houses, decorating cookies and enjoying fellowship. Those in attendance will have a chance to win prizes also. Hope to see you there!

Sometimes a simple thank you is worth a thousand words. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the link to celebrate our staff members over the past two weeks. We printed over 400 letters for staff members. These letters are so well received and make everything that we do feel validated! I will look to do these again between Valentine’s Day and Spring Break, when we need another pick me up!

Gratitude Journal
So, how did you do with your journal last week? I am proud to say that I was able to write a page every day before turning on the computer at work. One thing I realized is that I type so much, I had trouble writing for an extended period. I would always scoff at the kids that complained their hand hurt from writing, oops! They weren’t lying. The truth is that writing is not near as painful as the physical ailments I have had over the last couple of months from too much computer time. If you have a pain in your neck, shoulder, wrist, elbow, or lower back, it could be from too much typing or working at the computer. Ergonomics is a growing field as we become more attached to computers. I changed a few habits, started doing more stretches, and got away from the computer as much as possible and my health has improved over the last two weeks. My handwriting hasn’t improved, but my mom would say that never was a strength for me growing up. I think it has something to do with taking my time, also something I was never good at. The journal has really been impactful so far as to setting the tone for the day. It also gives you a base of reference when things are not going the way you envisioned. You can reflect and find that happy spot and things just seem to be a little better despite circumstances. Two more weeks until it become a habit!

It is that time of year where everyone seems to be counting down the days until they can enjoy sleeping in late and thinking of how to spend the two weeks that we will be off for the winter break. The reality of it is that we still have eight days of school and I need students, as well as adults, focused on closing out the semester strong! As the old saying goes, “work, then play!” This has been a fabulous semester, but I want to make sure that finish the way that we started. For whatever reason, we usually see stress take a toll on students and adults as we near the holidays. I shouldn’t say for whatever reason, there are actually several valid reasons. The holidays are not always a happy time for everyone. Students that split time with family members seem to absorb more stress. Being away from routine for so long for some students is stressful. The major cause of stress though, are adults stressing out, that is absorbed by kids. The holidays can be very busy and hectic and out of routine. The can also be a source of stress due to financial burdens. Trying to provide the perfect experience or gifts is not always possible. Trying to meet the wishes of others is not always possible. Sometimes the best source of stress management is a good budget for the holidays that takes into account shopping, eating, and traveling.

Card games and board games are pretty inexpensive forms of entertainment for the family. While they might not be popular at first, they can really turn into an enjoyable experience for the family. I can remember hours of fun with Uno, competing against relatives, for bragging rights. Dominoes used to be a staple at family events, along with a week long Monopoly game that never seemed to end. I am not sure why these forms of entertainment seemed to have faded from the mainstream. I guess they are not digital enough. Perhaps that is exactly why we should try to bring them back. This is just a suggestion, take it or leave it, but why not throw the cellphones into detention for a couple of designated days and conjure up some family fun that doesn’t require a plug-in device. I have a couple of new games that I want to try, I will let you know how they turn out. We also have a board game club at Ridgeview that can probably give some great suggestions.

Make it a great week Ridgeview! The choice is yours!

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