Every educator knows that creating relationships with students, colleagues, and parents is time well spent during the first month of school. Those relationships become the foundation for everything we do at school and can set the tone for the entire year. But it is vital that we continue to maintain and tend to those relationships throughout the year. Spring can be a stressful time for teachers as it is filled with assessments, evaluations, and trying to fit everything in before the end of the year. One way to help alleviate that stress is to focus on the three R’s of the relationships we have developed.
The first R is for Renew: After spring break, many of our students fall out of their routines as school. Help renew your relationships by reminding them of the expectations and that we care enough about them to hold them accountable. Renewing a relationship can be as simple as “catching up” with students to find out what is happening in their lives. A renewed relationship is a more productive one.
The second R is for Recharge: Relationships require energy. Help recharge your relationships by doing something fun! Perhaps you need to connect with your colleagues for a night out and talk about things other than school. This job is too hard to do on your own. We need support and recharging relationships with colleagues may be just the thing to get you through the tough times.
The third R is for Rejuvenate: This is the time of the year when parents may become lax on reading updates or checking on student homework. Help rejuvenate parent involvement by inviting them into the classroom, asking them to participate with a project, or simply jazz up your communication with some pictures or videos of students. Active parents are great partners to have on your team!
We all do a great job of working on relationships in the fall. Make sure you tend to those relationships in the spring as well by renewing, recharging, and rejuvenating them. If your are successful, those relationships with students, colleagues and parents will have the same positive impact on you!
“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler
“A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust.” – Beau Mirchoff
Proud of my friend Allyson Apsey for publishing her first book!!
- Monday, April 16: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, PTA Board Meeting 2:30 PM
- Tuesday, April 17: Achievement Team for A.C. (Adams) 8:15 AM, Achievement Team for C.P. (Medellin) 10:00 AM, Parent Meeting for N.A. (Williams) 2:35 PM
- Wednesday, April 18: Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM
- Thursday, April 19: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 AM
- Friday, April 20: Spring Picture Day
- Saturday, April 21: PTA Garden Beautification Day (Sign Up Genius)
- Wednesday, April 25: Administrative Professionals Day!!
- Thursday, April 26: Art Fair (K-4), Music Concert (1st&2nd), Science Fair Displays (for participating Students) 6:00-8:00 PM
- Monday, April 30: M-STEP Window Opens, PTA Meeting 7:00 PM
- Friday, May 11: PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM
- Friday, May 18: F&P Data due in Illuminate (K-4)
- Monday, May 21: iReady Window 3 Opens
- Wednesday, May 30: Kindergarten Round Up
- Friday, June 1: Garden / Time Capsule Dedication 2:00 PM (tentative time)
- Sunday, June 3: Family Detroit Tigers Game at 1:00 PM (Sign Up Genius)
- Friday, June 8: Field Day
- Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Celebration / Music Concert 1:30 PM
- Wednesday, June 13: 4th Grade Party
- Thursday, June 14: All-School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM
- Friday, June 15: 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM