|Posted by Catherine Bartlett on November 15, 2018 at 8:50 PM|
A blog I follow shared the letter below. One of the teachers wrote it to an entire staff. It is PERFECT for today.
I want to share a comment that was made to me today. It could be both good and sad. A student asked me how my day was going and I said, “Great! How is your day going?” She said, “Okay, but it is sad.” I asked her why it was sad and she said that today was the last day of school this week and she really loves it here. She said she would rather be here than home.
Those words really made a big impression on me. I thought about how I am so excited to go home and have a few days off to be with my family. I thought that maybe she just loves TSGC that much, or maybe she doesn’t want to be at home because it isn’t that great. Whatever the case, the fact that she loves our school means a lot to me. No matter how frustrated we are and think, “These kids are out of control today and I just can’t wait for the end of 8th period to get here!”—there are some of our students that aren’t that excited about it.
We never know what they are going home to, and sometimes we probably don’t really want to know some of the things these kids are going through. I couldn’t imagine not looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving break because my home was full of love and it was my safe place. I say this as encouragement to all of us—we do make a difference and these students are worth it. We may be the only smile they get today.
I know I am not the best teacher at times and can be negative when I shouldn’t be, but I also know that I am in this because I truly care about these kids. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and I hope that it is always a positive difference. Although some students may be disrespectful, some may seem not to care, some may get on our nerves, and some may never stop talking—what we do in the classroom today makes a difference in the world tomorrow.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and give your students a smile and some words of encouragement today.
There’s not much I can add to this. I hope your break is lovely and relaxing – you deserve every minute of joy. Thank you for being a positive light in our students’ lives.
Saturday, November 24
Happy Birthday, Baylie Wilson
Monday, November 26
Welcome Back! Make it an amazing day!
Tuesday, November 27
Happy Birthday, Andrea Terna!
Bartlett to Region 6 for Accountability Training
PLC: 2nd & 3rd Grade Math
Wednesday, November 28
Vendor in lounge: Hang It Up Boutique
Bartlett to Principals Meeting and PLC
PLC: 4th & 5th Math
Thursday, November 29
Happy Birthday, Laurel Broughton!
PLC: 3 Kdg & 3 1st grade
Friday, November 30
9:00-11:00 Campus TLIM Tour
This is the weblink if you would like to invite someone to this. It is not for our current families (there are just too many!). If you know a community member, business owner, friend of another school, etc – this is the link for them to sign up. It is free, but this way there’s a headcount.
Monday, December 3 – Christmas Tees May Begin! Christmas shirts or sweaters until December 20, regardless of “day of the week”.
Krug to TLIM Lighthouse Coaching
Tuesday, December 4
Bartlett to TLIM Principal Coaching
Wednesday, December 5
4th Grade Garden Day
UIL at SCE 4:30 pm
Thursday, December 6
UIL at SCE 4:30 pm
Friday, December 7
7:15 pm Choir sings at West Baptist Church