Thursday, December 29, 2016

One Word: 2017

For the past two years, I have taken the #OneWord challenge and selected a single word to serve as my theme for the entire year. I started with "Inspiration" and followed with "Gratitude". This year, my focus is going to be on "Kindness". When I look to those that I admire and aspire to be like, one of the common attributes they all share is kindness. It's something that can be given by those that have no money. It can be shared no matter how old or how young you are. It's something that is understood regardless of what language you speak. Kindness can be universally given and is something that is universally needed.

I think everyone wants to leave a legacy behind them. Whether at home, at work, or with the community, we want to be remembered for something. As I focus on my one word each year, I want it to be something that I would be comfortable with as my legacy. If I am remembered as one who showed kindness I will be happy. If I am remembered as someone who taught others to be kind as well, I will be happier still. The world is a tough place and we need to equip our children and our students with the tools to be able to handle it. I can't think of a better tool to face the challenges of life than kindness.

As 2017 begins, please take a few moments to think about your goals for the year. Maybe, like me, you will select one word to be your focus the whole year long. Whatever your word may be, make it known to those around you by your words and your actions. When our goals, thoughts, words and actions are in alignment, we can accomplish anything! Here's to a new year and a new opportunity to make a positive impact on the world one student at a time.


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

"Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." - Dalai Lama 

The Teddy Story



Monday, January 9: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
Wednesday, January 11: Principal Advisory/SIC Meeting with Lisa Zaar 8:15 am
                                        Elementary Principals to Roosevelt for Eval Meeting 9:30 am
                                        ABC Meeting at Central Office 1:30 pm 
Thursday, January 12: Staff Meeting 8:05 am
                                    Elementary Principals Meeting 1:30-4:30 pm 
                                    Title I Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
                                    PTA Meeting 6:30 pm 
Friday, January 13: PTA Popcorn Sales

Monday, January 16: No School - MLK Day!
Tuesday, January 17: Classroom Book orders due to Diane
Wednesday, January 18: Achievement Team 8:20 am (Nadon)
                                        Jon Eval Meeting with Cindy Scott 3:30 pm 
Thursday, January 19: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50 am

Rosedale Staff: If you watched the video, email or text me "TEDDY" and there will be a treat in your mailbox!


  1. I love this blog! It's so incredibly well-written. I love that you indicate that kindness can be given and received by ANYONE. That's amazing to me. You're going to have another wonderful year!

  2. Great point that being kind has no prerequisites. Anybody can do it and we can all start now. Great choice and best of luck with it in 2017!