Quote of the Day

Our thoughts, our attitude, and our actions in the morning can have a strong effect on our whole day. We may wake up feeling happy, depressed, energetic, exhausted, etc.  We can either expect to have a good day or to focus on our problems and all the things on our to-do lists. Our thoughts createContinue reading “Quote of the Day”

Monday Check-Ins & Virtual Postcards

Welcome back to a new and VERY different school year! Creating and maintaining positive school cultures during a “normal” school year takes intentionality and creativity. Creating and maintaining positive school cultures through a pandemic, well…that is a challenge like no other, to say the least! If the beginning of the school year has been anythingContinue reading “Monday Check-Ins & Virtual Postcards”

End-of-the-Year Staff Meetings

I know I am not alone in saying that things have been a bit crazy lately! As educators, we went from looking forward to a much-needed Spring Break to (for many of us) working through our Spring Break back in March or April. Here we are now, either nearing the last day of school (orContinue reading “End-of-the-Year Staff Meetings”

Collaborative Team Recipe “Book”

Today we held our first “Coffee & Check-In” with our school team. I got this great idea from one of my principal Facebook groups. In the 30 minutes we took to catch up with one another, we discovered a few things about one another like the fact that one teacher had tried her first FacebookContinue reading “Collaborative Team Recipe “Book””

Digital Postcards

As school leaders, you have probably visited more “classes” than you have in quite a while now that we are living a “Distance Learning” life. It has been so amazing to be able to “visit” so many online classes and get to see our students’ and teachers’ faces, say hello, be part of their learning,Continue reading “Digital Postcards”

Weekly Bulletins & Staff Shoutouts

It’s become a reality, or will soon become a reality, for just about every school district in the country, that schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019.2020 school year. In California, the decision was made a couple weeks back on April 1, 2020, that students would not be returning. It was heart-breakingContinue reading “Weekly Bulletins & Staff Shoutouts”

Padlet of “Remote Learning” Resources

It is amazing to see how the educational community has rallied together to support one another through this challenging time by being generous with their resources and expertise. It is incredible how many people are sharing via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Friday was our last day before Spring Break. We left on Friday not knowingContinue reading “Padlet of “Remote Learning” Resources”

High Five Fridays

Hello friends! Need a fun and easy way to bring smiles to your students’ and colleagues’ faces, especially on a Friday? How about starting “High Five Fridays?” Two of my #MomsAsPrincipals friends, Onica Mayers and Cathy Jacobs shared the “High Five Fridays” idea on our Voxer group some time ago. They ordered foam paw mittsContinue reading “High Five Fridays”

“The Trader Joes Bag”

Monthly Principal Read Alouds A simple Trader Joe’s Bag has been one of the biggest culture-changers on my campus. How can that be? A reusable grocery bag? Yes! One of the best things I’ve done as a principal is to start Monthly Principal Read Alouds. What started as an idea I “borrowed” from someone inContinue reading ““The Trader Joes Bag””

“Fab Fridays in February”

It’s February; the beginning of what can be a tough month for keeping staff energy and morale high. At this point in the year, we are entering our 7th  month of school and we are tired! We still have quite a few weeks to go before Spring Break, so how about planning “Fab Fridays inContinue reading ““Fab Fridays in February””