Friday was a special day at CVMS – Movie and PJ day! We originally scheduled this celebration on December 16th as a reward for meeting our goal for the annual Toy Drive. Students donated 399 toys for the Toy and Joy program sponsored by Newberg/Dundee Fire Department. The day was rescheduled to January 20 due to inclement weather. The gym, library and cafeteria were filled with middle schoolers having fun in a safe and supervised environment. Thanks to all of the staff who helped supervise - I know that the gym was a challenge due to large numbers of students. The parents who volunteered in the cafeteria popping popcorn and handing out treats commented on how polite our students were to them. They said that our students used please and thank you and waited patiently for their turn. That's great news! Sometimes it’s important to take a break from the routine, day-to-day schedule and hit the pause button. While only an hour and a half, this break provided students, staff and parents with a way to connect with each other and enjoy a common experience. Thank you to our parent volunteers for popping enough popcorn for 200 students, our staff for supervising students and our custodial personnel for taking care of random popcorn spills. Thanks also to our leadership kids and advisor for putting this celebration together for our community. It was a fun day!
In addition to this reward day, we also launched our new Positive Behavior project led by counselor Maddie Kozloff – CVMS Pawsitivity! When a student receives a Positive Behavior Referral from a staff member they receive a small prize. Now, they also get their name on the wall in a wolf print. When we reach 600 paw prints, our school will celebrate together with a fun event. It’s important to recognize good behavior in our students to reinforce our school goals to be Safe, Respectful and Responsible. You’ll hear more about this commitment to positive behavior in the following weeks.
I say goodbye to my daughter Olivia this weekend. She is returning to Smith College in Northampton, MA. We've had a great break together but it's time for her to return to her education. I'll miss her and her sister Clara, but I am so proud of their growth, both intellectually and social/emotionally. It's a wonder to see your children turn into responsible adults. What a journey this is - and what a gift to be part of it. If I'm a little sad this week, it's because I miss my girls. I'll get over it. But for a week or so, I'll hang onto their amazing presence in my life. And then I'll let go.