Week of November 7, 2016

Always Rise Above

What’s On My Mind:

I always find it interesting how the universe works.  It seems like things just appear out of the clear blue when I need them most.  That was the case last week when I opened up my Facebook page to find that my dad had sent me a short video clip.  My dad does not really post that often, and he definitely doesn’t post things directly on other people’s walls, so when I saw this notification, my natural inclination was to think, “What in the world?”  I opened it up a little skeptical of what I might find, and lo and behold, it was a nugget of wisdom that I desperately needed to hear in that very moment.  You see, I am guilty of this very thing.  Even after 42+ years of trying to get it right, I still mess up.  And even worse, after 42+ years of coming to terms with my own shortcomings and the shortcomings of others, I still sometimes get caught up on focusing on what went wrong.  This little video is a powerful way to shift that perspective, not only in the minds of our students, but in our own adult thinking.  When given a million compliments and one criticism, it’s completely “normal” to focus on the one thing that is wrong.  But why?  That’s not to say we shouldn’t be self-aware and focus on our areas for growth, but I think we’re all too quick to dismiss or overlook all that we do WELL.  So this blog post is for us, the over-achiever-perfectionist-workaholic psycho’s out there.  Just for a few minutes, sit down in silence and focus on the MANY things that are going right as opposed to the one or two things that are going wrong.  And then take this to the next level.  Share this idea with your students and encourage them to seek not only the good in themselves, but the good in others.  This is the type of paradigm shift that can change the world.  So just do it.  Bask in your glory, even if just for a few minutes, and then pass it on to those around you.  Working together, I am confident we can make this world a brighter, more positive, loving, and caring place.  Go ahead.  Do it.  I dare you. 🙂



Professional Development:

Here is a great article I saw this week that totally reminded me of CSD!  Let’s never take for granted what an amazing climate we have created at our amazing school.  I love their tagline – “A great place to be a kid.”  What a cool idea!  As we go into the week ahead, let’s all renew our commitment to the CSD mission and vision and continue to make CSD a “great place to be a kid.”  Love you guys!

How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed


CSDPower of We Podcast – Episode 3

If you haven’t had a chance already, please take a moment to listen to Jen and Shane’s latest episode of their CSD Power of We Podcast.  Lots of great ideas here!  Kudos to Jen Chaffman and Shane Capps for their efforts on this project!  What a wonderful way to reflect on our journey and share our mission and vision with others!  Thank you! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/csdpower-of-we/id1158621626?mt=2&i=377244766

Week At A Glance

Monday, November 7th:
Christian to The Pines

Hosse to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, November 8th:
Love and Logic Parent Class – 8:45 a.m.
Schultz to the Laurels
No Parent Advisory due to Election Day
Wednesday, November 9th:
Nancy Lauro Teacher Leader
Laura Beth’s Baby Shower – Room 149
Thursday, November 10th:
Fisher to Old Knox Commons
Hurlbut to Huntersville Oaks
Love and Logic Parent Workshop – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 11th:
NO SCHOOL; Veteran’s Day Holiday

Upcoming Dates:
Nov 15th – Love and Logic Parent Workshop – 8:45 in 6th Grade Art Room
Nov 15th – K-8 Cyberbullying Parent Workshop – 7:00 in MS Black Box
Nov 16th – K-7 Staff Meeting
Nov 17th – 3rd Grade Colonial Day
Nov 18th – 6th Grade Greek Day
Nov 21st – Davidson Walking Tour – ½ of 2nd Grade
Nov 22nd – Davidson Walking Tour – ½ of 2nd Grade
Nov 22nd – Love and Logic Parent Workshop – 8:45 in 6th Grade Art Room
Nov 23rd – Nov 25th – NO SCHOOL; Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 29th – Love and Logic Parent Workshop – 8:45 in 6th Grade Art Room
Nov 30th – MS/HS Band Concert@ PLP at 7:00 p.m.
Dec 1st -3rd – Christmas in Davidson
Dec 2nd – The Lunch Project Presentation (7th grade)
Dec 5th & 6th – Grade Level Spelling Bees (grades 3-8)
Dec 6th – 4th Grade Performances (dress rehearsals)
Dec 6th – Holiday Grab and Go Lunch Treat from Admin
Dec 8th – 4th Grade Performances
Dec 14th – K7 Teacher Appreciation Grab and Go Luncheon
Dec 15th – Kindergarten Ginger Bread Houses
Dec 16th – 2nd Grade Art Gallery
Dec 16th – 3rd Grade Charlotte History Performance
Dec 19th – Jan 2nd – Winter Break
Jan 3rd – Classes Resume
Jan 3rd – Parent Advisory at 7:30 at HS
Jan 4th – K7 Staff Meeting
Jan 5th – Final Spelling Bee (grades 3-8)
Jan 10th – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Jan 16th – MLK Day Holiday–NO School
Jan 19th – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Jan 25th – Fresh Take Day of Observation
Jan 26th – Teacher Workday; Fresh Take Parent Speaker
Jan 27th – Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students

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