We are Called to Inspire our Students even in the Last Few Weeks of School…Remember the “Why” in Choosing to Teach

(Picture posted on Facebook by Teacher2Teacher #T2T)

We have limited days left with our students.

What a blessing it has been to greet them each morning as they enter our building, our classroom. To be able to tell them they can learn the impossible and see that which is not visible. Be a caregiver, boo-boo healer, magician, entertainer, disciplinarian and mentor. To be a dispenser of hope and a well of motivation and inspiration. Provide them examples to model after and to strive to emulate.

What a blessing it has been to be all we are called to be to them this school year.

We as educational support staff, teachers and administrators  have modeled for those placed in our care more than we will ever know.

Hopefully, we have modeled positive conflict resolution, how to demonstrate and hopefully deal with disappointment and frustration, how to be kind in words and actions and how to forgive.

Our students have watched and listened to our words and actions.

As one who who chooses to work within the world of education, teach and inspire our future leaders of tomorrow, this is so very important for us to remember.
Let us have faith that the seeds and examples we have planted and provide will be watered to bear fruit for many years to come.

May the last few weeks of school be all that you hoped this school year would be …on the first day of school!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-



St. Regis Catholic School


@dballwriter and @principal567

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A Positive Attitude = Positive Outcomes

The lens in which we CHOOSE to look through is powerful in predicting the outcomes of our efforts! See the good😄
If we focus on the bad or expect the worse, that is usually what we receive. We all have a journey to travel and a purpose for our path…a positive outlook can take an ordinary situation and truly make it extraordinary! If your path is leading to a dead end, make a u-turn and find or make a new road. The goal of this limited time we have on this planet should be to maximize our potential for the greater good of us all. See the good.😄

 May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-


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Never Underestimate the Power of Believing in a Child

As educators, we have been blessed with an awesome responsibility to educate the whole child to become productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

As an administrator, one of the blessings of my job is to help my faculty and staff be the best they can be in the lives of those placed in their care.

Simple reminders:

*to greet students at the door and actually “see” them each day

*to remember that as an educator, we are the rational adult called to model behaviors for our students…forgiveness, flexibility, humor, compassion etc.

*it is okay for students to know that mistakes have been made or something is not “known” …demonstrate how to build the muscle of “recovery” and “collaboration”

Never underestimate the power we have in lifting up our students to new heights…if you BELIEVE they will ACHIEVE!


May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~



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Grants, Contests and Educational Resources -FREE for the Classroom or School

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

By Edutopia


As we are always looking for resources to enhance our classroom and school programs, Edutopia’s website has a great list of grants, contest, awards and free tool kits. I have seen and worked with and among many schools teams that organize a monthly “grant writing” team. This monthly meeting can be fun, focused and can last 1-2 hours with the benefit of drafting and submitting a grant or entering a contest for your school.

Sometimes all it takes is a little out-of-the-box thinking and effort. As educators, the desire should already be there to do what is best for those children placed in our care. Have some fun and enter some contests and submit a grant or two and be amazed at the generosity that is out there waiting to be used for the betterment of your students, our future!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,


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The Importance of Creating Opportunities for Students-Dare to Allow them to Fail to Learn

As educators as in the role of parent, it is important for us to create opportunities for our children to risk (and sometimes fail) in a safe environment. It is in these opportunities where amazing learning moments occur!

Great article on this topic:


“Creating Space for Risk”

May we continue to seek knowledge-

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Summer…A Good Time to Make Family Memories

Summer...a nice time to make family memories Thoughts to ponder…

Sometimes as parents we try to make sure our children’s summer “does not go to waste” and we over schedule lessons and events.

Taking time to pause, laugh and make good family memories over the summer are essential to laying a strong foundation for the upcoming school year.

While children are in school we want them to love learning and not feel they need a break from it…

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Recommended Math and ELA Apps to Enhance Summer Learning- PreK-8

Happy summer everyone!

Regardless if you are a teacher or parent, job well done this school year…thank you for all your efforts!

Educating our children can be a thankless job at times and it is important that those of us who play a role in the lives of children to take time to say, “thank you.” An attitude of gratitude goes a long way. It is important to recognize all the effort made by parents who juggle the many tasks placed in the ever over-scheduled schedules of daily living and for those teachers who “choose” to work in the classroom to make a difference.

Positive collaboration between parent and teacher is the essential key to establishing a sound academic foundation and developing a love of learning in our children. Having gratitude for one another and our given roles is always a good place to start to build this collaborative relationship.

Below is a list of recommended apps from an amazing Educational Resource Team, enjoy!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~


The following is a list of apps recommended by St. Regis Educare Team to support and reinforce classroom curriculum.

Language Arts

Name of App Description Grade Level
Bob Books Activities that correlate with Bob Books series Emergent readers
Sight Words Practice sight words by playing fun games; two levels Early Elementary
Sight Word BINGO Click on words as they are read aloud; try for a BINGO Early Elementary
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Answer phonics questions and win your square; get three in a row   for tic-tac-toe Early Elementary
First Grade PhonicsSecond Grade Phonics Practice phonics skills by reading, spelling, matching and   sorting words Early Elementary
Scarecrow Word Puzzles Various word puzzles Early Elementary
ICanWrite 2 Arranging words to make sentences Early Elementary
Mini Word Game for making words Elementary
Reading Comprehension Practice Read short passages and answer comprehension questions Elementary
VocabularySpellingCity, Spelling Tutor, or Spelling Star Vocabulary and spelling activitiesUse lists provided or your own Elementary
Tools4Students Graphic organizers galoreFor writing, note-taking, comprehension, etc. Upper ElementaryAcademy
ReadNRespond Questions that can be used with any work of literature;   correlated to Bloom’s Taxonomy Upper ElementaryAcademy
Zombie Grammar Force Parts of Speech Game Upper ElementaryAcademy
Verb Mayhem or Adjective Mayem Fun game to practice identifying adjectives and verbs Upper ElementaryAcademy


Name of App Description Skill Addressed
MathEdge; Math Drills; or Fast Facts Timed calculationsAdd, subtract, multiply, divide Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Math Splash or Penguin Math Games for practicing basic operations Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
Math Slide Multiplication and Division Game for two to four players Multiplication and Division
Monkey Drills or Division Wiz Practice division Division
Bills and Coins Count money, make change Money
Tell Time Game or Learn Time Practice telling time Time
Pizza 1 or Fraction Monkey Fractions games Fractions
Equivalent Fractions Equivalent fraction activities Fractions
Fractions Practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions Fractions

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