Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Be Thankful, Make Memories and Enjoy



Image result for summertimeThis is the last Windsorhappenings Blog for the school year. Next year, we will have a new format. We will still have a blog, but not on a weekly basis!

 I have heard from so many parents that they cannot believe how fast this year has gone.  My mother once told me that the older I got, the faster each year would go by, and boy was she right!

I am so thankful for a great Windsor staff and a great Windsor community.  We work hard to get through difficult moments and I very much appreciate everyone's efforts. We also truly love to celebrate! Whether it is when students work hard and make growth, our life events like weddings or babies,  or see our students following the Wildcat Way, we enjoy each other!

We also are a supportive bunch and I truly feel that when people share their opinions or thoughts face to face and not on social media, we can problem solve and most often come to resolution.

This summer, I am sure you will make wonderful memories with your families and we hope that you will share some of your vacation adventures using the Hashtag #Windsorviewss .  It is fun to see our students having fun outside of school!

We hope your children will read over the summer and practice those math facts!  Those are always great things to continue to support outside of school,  in addition to perhaps writing in a journal about adventures!  Of course, swimming, biking, and being active are also important parts of the summer!

We will see you all in August!  Until then.. have a wonderful Wildcats summer!




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Saying Goodbye to Some of Our Wildcat Staff Members and our Fifth Grade Class



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This is the time of year when we need to say goodbye to some of our Wildcat staff members who are retiring and moving on to new adventures! It is never easy for sure and we thank the following teachers for everything that they have done to help make Wildcats be successful, learn and grow in all areas of their lives!  They have helped to make Windsor a great place to learn and have fun.  We will truly miss them! Today, the staff celebrated our Retirees at a morning breakfast!  It was certainly an emotional morning!

Our retirees this year are:

Mrs. Genie Beck- Literacy Interventionist
Mrs. Joanne Cooke- 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Karen Norman- Resource teacher
Mrs. Sharon Gaughan, Foundations Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Janet Sprague- Communications Teaching Assistant

We also celebrated those that are leaving to explore new adventures!

Mrs. Aprati will be moving on to her dream job- the Math Interventionist position. She will be working at Olive Mary-Stitt School.  We will miss her, but we know she will always be a Wildcat!

Ms. Greising- Communications teaching assistant is moving to Springfield and we will miss her!

Ms. Wienskowski- part-time Literacy Interventionist will be staying at home with her new baby!

Also, I would be remiss to not also say a big goodbye, give a virtual hug and wishes of good luck to our 5th grade class of 2018 and their families.  You have been a class of leaders and helpers.  You have always asked what you can do to help and worked quite collaboratively together both in and out of the classroom. You are a talented group of students and creative, too!  Make good choices in the future! You will all be missed and we hope you come back to visit with us!

Again, we wish all of our Wildcat family members the best of luck in the years ahead and we know you do, too!





Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Be Understanding.......




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Being understanding is something that I try to do on a daily basis truly minute by minute whether I am speaking to my family, parents, colleagues, students and friends. To be understanding means to truly think about what it might feel to be in someone else's shoes. It means to withhold judgement and really try to figure out what someone might be feeling, thinking and saying.  Sometimes, it means we have to infer and draw our own conclusions, but maybe it is better to ask questions to be clearer and have a deeper understanding.

I always think about what others might be going through when I meet them and even talk to them daily.  I work with so many people. Sometimes people are friendly and share a smile.  Other times, not so much- I might even feel ignored or hurt. I try to understand what someone might be feeling and thinking.  But, more importantly, I wonder as I try to be understanding, what are the events or situations that might be occurring in their lives that I am not privy to or aware of.  Those life situations may impact how people respond to others and me, too.

You would be surprised to learn HOW MUCH LIFE we all deal with on a daily basis, yet we go about our business because we have to do so and don't share it. We may make judgements on quick interactions or on our feelings in response to those interactions.  We need to remember that we don't always know what is going on with others. Sometimes a simple question to another like "is everything alright?" can help us understand and have someone feel understood.

I encourage all of you to BE UNDERSTANDING of others.  It will only make us all better community members, neighbors and simply put, better human beings! 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

BE Reflective





WOW- the school year is suddenly wrapping up very quickly and we have only three weeks left.  This is the time of the year that I become particularly reflective!


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I reflect about the work that I have accomplished this year and those ideas and innovations that I was hoping to do, but for a variety of reasons I did not get to do so. I will put those ideas at the top of my list for the 2018-19 school year! I reflect about the professional books that are sitting on my desk at home- and did not quite have the time to read them.  But, I will this summer!

I reflect about the teachers and how wonderful they all are!  I reflect about how lucky and grateful that I work with those who really believe in Windsor School as a community concept. They make so many contributions to the students and each other that it is quite extraordinary!

I reflect in the growth that I have seen in the students this year and how lucky I am to see the smiles and joy in their faces each day!  I also wonder how I might have helped students that may have needed a gentle nudge to work harder or an ear to listen to them. I vow to spend more time next year with all of the students!  After all, their successes and happiness is why I do what I do!

I reflect about how lucky I am to be the principal of a school where parents value their children's teachers and staff. I reflect about how important it is to remind all of being tolerant of differences that we may feel and/or experience.

So many things to reflect upon each day on my long ride home- these reflections help me to grow, move on, make promises and set goals for the next day ahead.

My bottom line about reflection is that finding the time each day, week, month and year is imperative as it helps all of us learn and understand what to keep, and what to change to be better for our students and teachers at Windsor. 

I hope you will ask your students to reflect upon their school year to look at their growth and goals for the future!

Worthy WIldcats MAY 2018

Congrats to the MAY Worthy Wildcats!  These are students that are selected by their peers in a committee with Mrs. Cooke who facilitates the club.  Thanks to Mrs. Cooke for all the years, time and energy she has put into this fun leadership club!  Many students over the years have been recognized for being Kind, Safe and Responsible in various aspects of school!  This May students were selected for going out of their way to be kind to everyone around them, modeling the Wildcat Way every day with a positive attitude, helping a classmate get a hula hoop down from a tree outside, cleaning up a spill, playing with someone who seemed lonely and taking on leadership role all year with morning announcements and Tech crew!  Thanks to all of these Wildcats! 

Ben M. -fith grade

Brianna B. -First grade

Victor T. - Fourth Grade

Zack H.- Second grade

Zander B- third Grade
Owen B.- Kindergarten

Friday, May 11, 2018

Be JOYFUL

This is the time of the year where we begin to reflect on the entire school year. While we have an extraordinary amount of parent involvement and engagement here at Windsor throughout the year, there is so much to be joyful for in the month of May in school.  We are always joyful when we can have parents in the building.  So far this May, we have had parents in for a poetry slam, our 4th and 5th grade Drama club performances, Kindergarten Fine Arts Day, and our annual Open House.  Additionally, we are having parents come in to share their careers and talking with our students about some of their expertise as it may relate to school.  Students always learn so much from our guests.

As the month goes on we will have parent volunteers here for our annual Field Day and of course, the 5th grade chorus show.  As much as we love to watch our students perform, it is always joyful to take a peek and see the smiles on our parents faces as the students perform! 


We love having reasons to celebrate at Windsor and our parent involvement in May is one of the joyful celebrations we can have here at school!  

We hope your Mother's Day is filled with JOY!  

Friday, May 4, 2018

To BE PROUD!




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Next week our focus is on to Be Proud.  The dictionary defines to be proud as to feel pride or satisfaction with yourself. Of course, it is always great to be proud of others as well.

When we asked students what it means to be proud they shared:
It feels good to be proud.
It is how you tell others that you like what they did.
It is when you are happy with yourself.
It is when you feel good about yourself or someone else!

We believe that it is important for students to recognize things that they should be proud of either in school, clubs that they may be in, and outside activities, etc.  Learning to recognize your own accomplishments is important. While we often tell students that we are proud of them, internal praise is most valuable. 

We hope that you will do the home link next week about to BE PROUD!