Monday, August 24, 2015

First Day Procedures at BPE and at Home

As I shared in my last post, Welcome Back BPE Families, there is a buzz in the air as we start off the new school year.  Here are a few things that I would like to share so that we have a smooth start to the school year here on the "Prairie".  I hope that these suggestions will help our school make "GREATNESS" happen each and everyday.

Good Night Sleep
I know that it sounds simple and it really is for many positive reasons.  The recommended amount of sleep for an elementary student is 9-10 hours a night.  This is really important for our littlest students because a full day of school will be a shock to their daily routine.

Nutritious Meals
Being a former athlete and a person continually striving to stay healthy, nutritious meals and snacks will help fuel the body during the school day.  Look for ways to encourage healthy eating habits so that our students will be able to focus on their learning and not be a recipient of the dreaded "Sugar Highs/Lows" during the school day.

Set Clothes Out The Night Before
I am seeing this in my own household and it is working wonders.  This allows for our morning routine to be smooth and calm without the furry of looking for that shirt or sock in the morning.

Morning Routine
Make this a doable schedule for you and your family.  I know that for our family, we have this routine that works for us so take it as a suggestion and tweak it for what is best in your home.  This takes about 30-45 minutes in the morning.

  • Wake kids up with calm and encouraging greeting- I have to remind myself to do this each time I go and get my children up
  • Before leaving child's room, make sure they are up and set the expectation that they need to get dressed with clothes already laid out and teeth brushed
  • Breakfast will be waiting for them that at the breakfast table (fruit and cottage cheese, healthy dry cereals, oatmeal... some examples from our weekly menu)
  • Kids pick our their socks from the sock basket (amazing idea my wife had) and put shoes on
  • Family is ready for an amazing day at school... Most day
  • Side note: while kids are eating breakfast I am organizing the family lunches for the day and putting it in the car for the morning drive

Morning Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
Make sure you already have the plan in place so that your child will be comforted and know exactly what to expect each day for drop off and pick up from school.  There is a sense of security when you know this procedure ahead of time so everyone's minds are not thinking of this task.
Here are two videos our campus produced so that you are aware of BPE protocols:

Drop Off and Pick Up Video

Afternoon Dismissal Protocol Change From Fall of 2014

Be Proactive to Stay CALM
As with any new adventure, the plan always seems clear in our minds and when changes occur we can let our emotions rise.  We need to keep in mind that our students and children feed off from those who they look up to in life... us.  So when the first few days hit those bumps in the road, be there to listen and problem solve out loud with your child so that they can see/hear how to properly address issues as they "Unexpectedly" arise.

Listen to Your Child's Day
Make sure to take time to hear what amazing things they did or did not do in school.  When a child knows that they are being heard and understood, they will continue to confide in us as a caring adult.  This is planting a good communication seed so that when middle and high school starts and the typical teenager pulls away from their parents, they know that we are there to just listen.
I give one bit of advice and that is to just listen first without judgement or wanting to fix an issue that comes up.  Allow for the child to share what is going on, validate what they said by repeating or paraphrasing their story and then ask if they would like your help.  Sometimes they will want you help (which could be advice or just listening) and sometimes not.  This allows for them to take ownership of their life and know that they are capable of doing amazing things in their life without "mom or dad saving them".

Thanks for taking the time to read my suggestions and I hope that it will help you and your family off to a great start to the school year.

Your Biggest Fan,

Mr. Fleming

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School Night 2015-16

Blackland Prairie had an amazing back to school night.  Teachers were ready, students were smiling and I think parents even had a bigger smile.
Here is the link to our selfie photos from tonight.  All of them are uploaded.  If I missed a photo or if one is too blurry, come see me the 1st week and we can take a new one to upload of our 1st days back at school.
Thanks for a great start to the school year.

Your Biggest Fan,

Mr. Fleming

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome Back BPE Families for the 2015-16 School Year

This is such a magical and energetic time in the school year.  I hope that everyone is coming off from a summer in which all had a time to rest, relax and rejuvenate for the upcoming school year.  By "Sharpening the Saw" we will be ready to continue our campus journey towards "GREATNESS".

Our staff continued their learning this summer with year two implementation training in June for the "Leader In ME".  If you are new to our campus, this is a process we started a few years back that looks for ways to build leadership opportunities for everyone and utilizing the "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to find these roles and help our students shine.  Be on the look out for information to help strengthen the school-to-home connection.  You will want to visit our campus Leader In Me website that showcases our successes and ways to get involved to cultivate and grow our leaders of tomorrow.

I am excited to see everyone tomorrow night for Supply Drop-Off/Meet the Teacher at BPE.  Times are:
5:30-6:30 (K-2 and TAG)
6:00-7:00 (3-5)

Here is a sneak peak of some of our cool teacher bulletin boards in the hallways were our "Leaders Walk".

You Biggest Fan,
Mr. Fleming

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kinder Kamp Success

Kinder Kamp 2015

Thank you to all that attended our Kinder Kamp today at Blackland Prairie Elementary.  When you bring families together to start a school year on such a positive note it is something that is truly contagious.

Here is a way to create a 1/2 day event that allows for students, families and school to come together in a way that sets minds at ease and allows for all to have the crucial and most important "First Impression" on a positive note.  Our agenda is basic which allows for teacher time with new students and the opportunity to share expectations for the first year in school and how to continually grow in life.

I am looking forward to a year that grows each and everyone towards "GREATNESS".  Enjoy the pictures below that share today's Kinder Kamp.

How cool is this shirt?

Proud of how our community embraces BPE so that we can "Inspire and Empower Learners of all Ages."

Our PTA knows how to serve!!!