Monday, March 4, 2013

Wednesday - Let's say thank you to everyone in and around our Dunwoody schools.

Wednesday is GA Walk to School Day and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Please find a way to thank our Crossing Guards, the Teachers, Paras, Librarians, Specialists, Principals, Lunch Ladies and even the Janitors at our children's schools because each of them have a role in educating our children.

Below was lifted from Dunwoody Mom.

At Sunday's Public Forum 2 DCSS teachers spoke and, while we all know the issues they have faced, pay cuts, larger class sizes, furlough days, 2 faces were put to those frustrations yesterday. I further realized how deeply they have been affected emotionally by the actions of the Central Office Administration and DeKalb School Board.

The following was sent out to the Kingsley Charter Elementary community last night, but I am hoping the parents of all our schools will take the same action. 


It's not Teacher Appreciation Week. It doesn't have to be.
Let's not forget our teachers and administration during this time of turmoil and uncertainty at the county level. Teachers needs to hear from parents. Teachers need to know how much they are appreciated. Teachers are doing more with less and on salaries that haven't seen increases in six years.
Make it a goal this week to:
1. Write a note to your child's teacher letting them know what a difference they are making in your child's life.
2. Write a note to your child's teacher LAST year. Let them know how they've paved the way for them.
3. Write notes to other teachers that your child has experienced through specials, Discovery, art, music, etc.
Perhaps there are other ways you can show your thanks. Don't wait! Do it now. It is critical that we make sure that our teachers know that they are not alone in the challenges they face and that we want to see them return next year

Finally a related thought to share.

During a visit to the NASA space center in 1962, President Kennedy noticed a janitor carrying a broom.  He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man and said, “Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?”
The janitor responded, “I’m helping put a man on the moon, Mr. President.”

I love this story! Obviously, the janitor understood the importance of his contribution. He truly felt he was a valuable part of something bigger than himself, and his attitude created a feeling of self-confidence in his mission.  He wasn’t merely a janitor, he was a member of the 1962 NASA Space Team!

It is so easy to become caught up in our ordinary, unimaginative lives. To believe that our seemingly endless repetitive actions are meaningless disjointed pieces.

To be so exhausted from the routine of “right now,” that we’re unable to see that our efforts have long term consequences.

It makes no difference what “small tasks” you signed up for today.
You . . .  are . . . significant!

Your life has purpose beyond walking the dog, preparing breakfast, raking leaves, and watching television.
You are amazing!
You have lives to impact.
People to inspire.
Questions to answer.
Goals to achieve.
A destiny to fulfill.
A world to change.

You can look at today as a another throw-a-way unimportant waste of trivial activity OR you can decide to be part of something bigger than yourself — a project that reaches far into the future and impacts people you may never meet.

You can choose to sweep the floor . . . or be part of the space mission putting a man on the moon.
You can teach a class . . . or impact the next generation.
Shuttle kids to practice . . . or create opportunities for young people to excel.
Support a charity . . . or help eliminate hunger in Central America.
Recycle the paper . . . or save the planet.

We must not,
in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make
which, over time,
add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Marian Wright Edelman

What are you going to do today?  Why not help put a man on the moon? 

Why not thank those who do so much to educate our children?

Whatever you are, be a good one!

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