Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2017! Spending time this week with loved ones and re-charging has been a real gift for me and I hope you all feel the same. So, let’s ease back in this week and renew our focus with each day so that by Friday we all feel fully back in the groove and ready to continue the exciting work of learning and growing alongside our students.
To kick us off this week, below is a blog post from a creative educator and author named Dave Burgess who uses the Christmas carol, The Little Drummer Boy, to provide some inspiration for 2017:
Play Your Drum
Little Drummer Boy has been my favorite Christmas Carol for as long as I can remember. Of all of the holiday songs, I can honestly say it is the only one that truly moves me. The idea of a young boy, too poor to afford a fitting gift for the “new born king,” attempting to honor him with what he does is a great lesson for all of us. We spend too much time stressing out and concerning ourselves with what is absent in our lives, and not enough time focusing on what really matters.
The drummer boy may not be able to afford the expensive and fancy gifts, but he has something better; he can offer the gift of his unique strengths and talents. He has no material gift to offer but what he can do is play his drum like no one else is capable of playing it. And so he does. The fact that his play is met by approval and acceptance from Mary and the animals is certainly of no surprise. After all, when one is engaged in pursuing one’s passion and offering the very personal gift of doing what he does best, the power is undeniable and clear to all.
Isn’t that what life is really all about? We all have to find our own personal “drum” and then play it the best we can. For me, I never feel more truly alive than when I’m standing in front of a class of students or a seminar room full of teachers. That’s my drum I’m playing up there and I’m going to play the heck out of it. The line, “I played my best for him,” is a call to arms and a challenge to meet. Forget about all of things you can’t control and play your drum to the best of your abilities. Play with all of the passion, enthusiasm, and heart you can muster. Nothing else really matters. You can offer no finer gift or higher honor to the world than to find out what your “drum” is and then play it for all it’s worth.
My best to you in 2017. May you find your drum and play the heck out of it!
- Tuesday, January 3- PTO Meeting- 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 4- Faculty Meeting -7:50 am
- Overview/review of upcoming Professional Learning
- Dan DiVito may be here to discuss a new Technology policy from the State
- Thursday, January 5- Leadership Meeting- 4:00-5:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 18- ALICE Scenario Training- 4:00-5:00 pm
- PLEASE NOTE AFTERNOON TIME FRAME
- THERE WILL BE NO MORNING FACULTY MEETING
- Friday, January 20- Character-Building PTO assembly- Time TBD