How Are You Doing… Really?

Things are busy on campus, and with many of us wearing multiple hats at school (teaching, coaching, counseling, bus driving, etc.) and even more hats at home (sons, daughters, spouses, parents, and caretakers)— time is precious.

In spite of our stresses and responsibilities, when asked, “How are you doing?" we tend to respond, “Fine. You?" and carry on with life as quickly as possible.

But what if the question were posed differently? What if we began asking each other “How are you doing… really?" and paused to listen to some of the blessings each other have experienced recently as well as learn of some of each other’s concerns?

In our driven culture, we have to guard against sacrificing relationships for efficiency and productivity. Whether with colleagues or students, it’s important we take time to find out what’s going on in each other’s lives.

In Galations 6:2, Paul says we fulfill the law of Christ when we "carry one another’s burdens."

Today, if you catch yourself asking a colleague or student, “How are you doing?" add the word “really" to the end of your question. Then slow down and listen for 30 seconds.

Positive Parent Contact Challenge

  • I’m excited about our Positive Parent Contact Challenge this month! Thank you so much for participating and encouraging our students and their parents. Here’s where we stand so far:
    • 27 Positive Contacts Documented (19 emails; 4 face-to-face conversations; 4 handwritten notes)
    • 9 Teachers have documented contacts (current leader with 6)
    • 6th & 9th grade tied for the most contacts (7 each)

  • Yesterday, the Drama Club held their annual luncheon, and the students had a great time playing games, getting to know each other, eating burgers, and planning events for the year. A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her leadership with the Drama Club. It’s a great opportunity for our MS and HS students to get plugged in and work together to accomplish big things.

  • The gym concession stand is is undergoing a makeover thanks to Chelsea Baber and several of her art students. Their work is really going to make a difference!

  • With short notice, Bradley Spencer stepped up yesterday and helped tremendously by driving the volleyball bus to Arkansas Baptist at the end of school. That’s definitely shout-out worthy!

  • As we focus on teaching our students digital skills, Janice Northen taught our 8th graders how to create Prezis, how to use Google Forms, and how to create movies using iMovie. Now, those 8th graders are using the Chromebooks to develop presentations for their historical fiction novels in Mrs. Prestridge’s English class. Her students are having a blast and I can’t wait to see what they create!

  • I can’t say enough how thankful I am for the way so many of our faculty and staff stepped to help cover classes on Tuesday. Thank you.

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Varsity Football Game vs. Robinson
    • Windsong Tailgate (5:30)
    • Elementary Cheer Clinic Halftime Performance
    • Girls Soccer State Champion Presentation (halftime)
  • Saturday, September 9— ACT Testing Day
  • Tuesday, September 12— Parent Appreciation Day (7:15-8:00 AM)
  • Saturday, September 16— EdCamp Arkansas (FREE Professional Development) at Don Roberts Elementary 8:00-3:00 (I would HIGHLY recommend attending if you can. Click here for more information.)
  • Tuesday, September 19— CAC Talent Show
  • Thursday, September 21— Family Chapel Day

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Diles
  • Cafeteria PM— T. Kaye
  • Parking Lot AM— E. Schramm
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Jamison
  • HS Lunch— P. Smith, J. Gates, & H. Cruce
  • MS Lunch— T. Kaye, J. Wilhite, & T. Hodges
  • Chapel— L. Noble
  • Detention— A. Diles

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click here for duty schedule.

Upcoming Meetings
  • Grade-level Meetings This Week

4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

Important School Documents Quick Reference

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

University of Iowa Creates a Heartfelt Tradition

Book Recommendation

*I’ve recommended this book before, but I was reminded of it this week and wanted to share again. It’s a good one! Click here to download the first chapter for free or purchase the Kindle version for only $4.99!

About the Book (from Amazon)
When you choose to live a generous life, you start to change and so does the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes your own idea, not something you do out of duty or obligation.

When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you’ll realize you’re not only loving life more, you’re also creating a more generous world— a better world for all of us.

Rich with inspiring stories and practical suggestions, I Like Giving helps you create a lifestyle of generosity. Inside you’ll find:
  • Giving—something you get to do, not something you’ve got to do.
  • How to raise kids with a sensitivity to others’ needs.
  • You don’t have to be a millionaire to make a difference.
  • Practical ideas for giving to people around you every day.

I Like Giving is about experiencing the joy of giving. We all have something to give. Giving goes way beyond money or things. It can be a listening ear, a touch, or simply the gift of time. Giving is living.

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