A Simple Thank You

“Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It’s time for another Saturday Shout Out! Each week I’m giving a shout out to an educator that has inspired me, challenged me, or helped me out along the way.” With these words, I start a short video each week to show my appreciation for an educator who helped shape who I am today. The first time I saw green screen technology, I had a vision of this project. It took me a year to get to the point where I could create and send out these short messages. The videos are 30-40 seconds in length and are a quick nod to my Edu-Heroes. For the past 22 weeks, I have sent out “Saturday Shout Outs” and I’ve been amazed at the responses I’ve received.

About a month into the project, I was approached by a PTA member who casually mentioned that she loved the weekly shout outs. I was surprised, because I didn’t know she had seen any. Several weeks later, I was at a district meeting and a secondary principal (who I didn’t even know was on social media) told me he thought the shout outs were great. Obviously people were enjoying the messages. Next, I was out for dinner and an educator came over to me and joked about when he was going to get a shout out. Again, this was someone that I didn’t even know had seen the videos. Most recently, I received a call from a friend and educator in New York who said this was something really special. I was shocked at the impact that had come from what started as a simple thank you message.

As educators, we often do little things that may never be noticed. Coming in early to set up the classroom for a special project, helping a child who needs their shoes tied, or simply covering a classroom, so a colleague can use the restroom. But guess what? Someone is ALWAYS watching. I recently read a blog post where a teacher said he always picks up items in the hallway, because he saw his principal do this (when no one was looking) and he remembered it still 20 years later. The rocks of kindness we through into the pond of life create ripples that reach farther than we could ever know. Little things do matter and can make a big impact…even a simple thank you!



“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

“I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.” – Will Arnett

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” – Gertrude Stein



Hamish Brewer                                 Tara Martin


  • Monday, February 4: Students of the Month Assembly (Confidence) 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, February 5: Achievement Team Meeting (Trantham) 8:15 AM
  • Wednesday, February 6: PTA Board Meeting 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 7: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50
  • Friday, February 8: VIP Dance 6:00-8:00 PM


  • Monday, February 11: Celebrate Monday Assembly (Reflection) 9:05 AM, Computer Lab 2 Closed for the week for WIDA Testing (ELL)
  • Tuesday, February 12: Achievement Team Meeting (Kurtjian) 8:15 AM
  • Wednesday, February 13: Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00 PM, Founder’s Day Banquet at Schoolcraft 5:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 14: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM, Valentine’s Day! 


  • Monday, February 18: No School for President’s Day!


  • Wednesday, February 27: Students in AM/Building PD in the Afternoon
  • Thursday, March 7: Kindergarten Parent Orientation 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 8: Students in AM/Records Day in the Afternoon
  • Tuesday, March 12: Grades entered by Midnight
  • Friday, March 15Report Cards go Home
  • Friday, March 22: Battle of the Books
  • Monday, April 1 – Friday April 5Spring Break
  • Thursday, May 16: Art Fair (K-4) Music Concert (1-4) 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 4: Kindergarten Round Up
  • Wednesday, June 12: Field Day

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