From Mrs. Peggy Griebenow
April 21, 2020
I'm leaving the message I posted on our first day of the 19-20 school year. Read below this message. It is interesting to look back on what was written 8 months ago and the anticipation I felt as we began a new school year. So much of it is still true; it has been a spectacular year, but not for the reasons I was expecting.
I will admit, my energy has wanned since we've been out of school these last 27 days, but who is counting. Oh, me. I'm counting because the part of the job that gives me energy and inspires me everyday is missing. KIDS!
Who would have ever dreamed that we would be in the place we are now? We've learned so many new words in these last weeks of school: COVID-19, social distancing, flatten the curve, remote learning, self-isolating and the list goes on.
While we would wish to not know any of these words or use them as regularly as we are, this time has shown us many things about ourselves, our students, and our community: We are adaptable. We are creative. We are problem-solvers. We are communicators. We are cheerleaders.
We are also: Compassionate. Caring. Empathic. Kind. Funny. And SO much more.
As we come up with ways to provide closure to our students, families, and us (the staff at PLES) we will employ all those traits listed above because that is the fabric of who we are! This partnership between home and school has never been more important or relevant than it is now. I appreciate how both sides of the relationship has come together to provide the best education we can for the children we share.
With admiration and lots of respect. (insert heart emoji here)
August 16, 2019
Hello new school year! Today, students came with their families to drop off supplies and meet their teachers. After 30 years in education, I never get tired of this day. When kids come into the building it brings excitement and energy!
This past week, our staff had the opportunity to be led by some amazing teacher-leaders in our building. We spent intentional time building a shared understanding of what it means to work together in effective teams and how an effective team of educators has a huge, and I mean huge, impact on student achievement.
It was exciting to see us come together as a staff and explore #WhyITeach (look for the signs in our building), name characteristics of a collaborative school culture, and have fun getting to know each other a little better.
It is going to be a spectacular year!
~ Peggy Griebenow