December 2014

December 5, 2014

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff:                                                                                      

As we proceed through our work, there will likely be more changes coming down from our state government.  We must stay flexible, communicative and willing to work together.  The state legislators are winding up there “lame duck” session in the next few weeks and there is a lot of potential legislation that may affect us as educators.  I would urge all of you to keep an eye open as to what these changes, mandates and compliance issues may be.  It seems as though the only constant in our profession is that of continuous change.  Try to stay positive and remember on a daily basis why we entered this profession.  We all have at least 25 reminders in front of us every day.  We are the adults, professionals and role models.  Do not ever forget that.  The children are depending on us! 

Communication and information dissemination is essential as we work together through these challenges.  I hope everyone has a great week at school and I hope the Christmas preparations are coming along!

December 12, 2014

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff:                                                                                      

I hope that everyone has a restful or productive weekend!  Tis the season!

Rest well colleagues.

December 19, 2014

Happy Christmas Break Ravenna Staff!                                                 

As we look forward to the holiday season, I thought I might share with you some quotes from famous people that might bring perspective to you during this wonderful time of celebration, introspection and family enjoyment.

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some”.   Charles Dickens

“Children may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”   Parker J. Palmer

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hopefully, this holiday season will give us the opportunity to spend time with and appreciate our families and friends.  Reflect and offer thanks to those present and past that have contributed to your life and say a prayer for those individuals in the military who, stateside and abroad, safeguard the rights and freedoms we often take for granted.  Also, take time to reflect on the importance of your contributions to the Ravenna School District and know that you have a daily impact on many young lives every single day.

Once again, I personally thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our school district and ask that you stay positive and focused on our mission in these difficult times.  May each of you enjoy your break in your own way.