Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Let's Go Ahead, Together


My Mission Statement
Big tree, little tree
standing side by side
both in the perfect place
and by this we will abide.

Valuing curiosity, enthusiasm, kindness and love,
we’ll grow together,
alongside one another
much like a hand in a glove.
                                                       ~Mrs. West

Monday, September 2, 2019

My Job

Choose to show children how they can be successful.  It's the most important
part 
of learning, everyday.

"Small steps" forward turn into
confidence and we can 
celebrate that. 

Overcoming 
obstacles
creates
joy!




Sunday, August 25, 2019

"Always the Learner"


My Mission Statement
Big tree, little tree
standing side by side
both in the perfect place
and by this we will abide.

Valuing curiosity, enthusiasm, kindness and love,
we’ll grow together
alongside one another
much like a hand in a glove.
                                             ~Mrs. West


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Miss Asparagus Aethiopicus

A "new" year begins long before day number
 one commences in any school. 
Summer is in
  reality a very busy time  of the year for folks in the
 business of caring for 
the community of kids they serve.
  

 Supplies are ordered, grants prepared, schedules created, rooms painted, buildings cleaned, potential staff are interviewed, teachers do professional development, the
grounds around buildings are cared for, registration occurs,
 and the inevitable last minute surprises are dealt with.
A final flurry of preparation on the part of many is
upon us, a predictable ritual as August "breathes her last." 


My penchant for filling learning spaces with something green and beautiful leads me to care for plants over summer breaks, returning them when classes at Parkside resume.  Last week
one colleague made the returning greenery feel right at home.  
He moved an empty desk to a nearby window, a
 fortunate move because this beauty will need the sunlight.

He smiled and then prepared a name tag as well.  I can see
that she's a Chicago Bears fan; the kids will love it!

Schools are made strong and safe places of learning for kids when we support them in all ways possible.  Developing routines and rituals that sustain a human connection
for youth and adults alike, is what gives a school 
community the ingredients for success.  

I hope Fern has a great school year, along with her
teacher, classmates, and the many people who make
Parkside a valuable part of the path we call "life."  
May that be so for all those who are heading back
 to the classroom, wherever that may be.  



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thursday in June


The wind rustling through
Indiana trees plays a
woodland symphony.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Never Alone


I believe encouragement to explore
stories leads to a lifetime
 of wonder & learning. 




Saturday, October 20, 2018