Weekly Message #6-4

IMG_3653Struggling to get rid of this stupid cold!  I am looking forward to tomorrow’s pro-d session with Misty.  It promises to be an excellent day with time built in for people to actually work with their own lessons / units with an eye on the new curriculum.

Many of our needy families will be enjoying some financial help this week due to a wonderful donation from the Pacific Lions Club.  We received 23 – $50 gift cards which we have distributed to our families in need to help with back to school expenses.  Thanks to Carrie for organizing the distribution of the cards.

A special thank you to Shannon for her leadership in providing the music for our playground opening.  Thanks also to

IMG_8823Jane for conducting the group.  I think it was a great success and that our donors were moved by the students and their beautiful voices.  Dave Warner (Habitat playgrounds) told us that he has been to lots of openings but ours was the best he had seen so kudos to all of you for your ideas and support.

The numbers game continues this week – we are very close to being done AND our numbers are very close to projections (Phew!)  You’d think with all the technology we have at our fingertips that the process would run more smoothly.  With slow processing by the information software, changes that were made getting lost by the computer and constant need to re-check everything, it is a very difficult process.  You have all contributed to the final result – so thank you.

Jen Erickson has asked if any of our SSSAs / teachers would like to sponsor some SSSA practicum students.  Please let Patti know asap if you are interested (a great way to get some extra help in your classroom)

I came across some interesting research on gratitude this week.  Here is a short excerpt with the link in case you want to read the whole article: “New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy”  read more

Yeah, gratitude is awesome… but does it really affect your brain at the biological level? Yup.

You know what the antidepressant Wellbutrin does? Boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine. So does gratitude.

Via The Upward Spiral:

The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine. Additionally, gratitude toward others increases activity in social dopamine circuits, which makes social interactions more enjoyable…

Know what Prozac does? Boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin. So does gratitude.

Via The Upward Spiral:

One powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin. Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex.

I know, sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what?

Doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.

Via The Upward Spiral:

It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that it actually affected neuron density in both the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex. These density changes suggest that as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful.

And gratitude doesn’t just make your brain happy — it can also create a positive feedback loop in your relationships. So express that gratitude to the people you care about.


  1. Pro-D day Monday – A focus on concept based curriculum with Misty Paterson.  9:00 – 3:00.  Snacks provided by your Pro-D funds.  Lunch provided by your Social Committee.
  2. Assembly on Wednesday morning to review Code of Conduct.  Div 1 to lead if there is time to organize!
  3. Meet the Teacher night 6 -6:45 on Wednesday.  Please see the notes distributed to teachers re: topics of importance
  4. Class Review begins on Thursday morning.  We will start with Grade 7’s and then move on to K-6.
  5. SSSA meeting Friday morning at 8:15.

Have a great week everyone!

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