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Ronald Reagan QuoteTurning off the light and letting the door close behind me on Friday afternoon was bittersweet because it was the last time I was walking out of my 8th grade classroom. Yep! I have officially left my position teaching 8th grade language arts. I will no longer  teach grammar, writing, or inspire students to read Poe. That is the bitter part. Even though I have decided to leave the classroom, I will remain at Holy Ghost Catholic School. That is the sweet part.

Instead of teaching children, I will now be supporting the educators who are teaching the children. My official title is Instructional Coach. My focus will be on grades 4th-8th; however, I will also work some with 3rd grade because of standardized testing. I have also been assigned some other duties outside of coaching. It’s exciting, and a little bit scary, but mostly exciting.

Making this change not only impacts my work life, but it also impacts my personal life. Teaching is all-consuming. There never seems to be enough time or energy to explore other avenues. Therefore, I’m looking at this change as a positive opportunity. There are other avenues that I want to explore, interests that I want to re-energize (theme for 2018), and projects that I want to complete. And, there is also my health that I need to seriously address.

Change is good, dear reader. Change means growth which is something we should all want in our lives from time to time. Change helps us to not be stagnant or lax. This weekend, as we honor those men and women who died serving in our United States military, voice some gratitude that their sacrifice allows us the ability to make change. Happiness!

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

 

 

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Barry Jr. SLUThis past week has been an unbelievable week of proud moments for me. It started with Barry, Jr. graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B. A. in General Studies. He chose not to walk at graduation which was initially disappointing for me; however, ultimately it was his decision, not mine, and I soon realized that walking across that stage is not for everyone and not walking does not make me any less proud of his accomplishment. Now, it is time for Barry, Jr. to embark on a new adventure.    Ring Ceremony

On Monday evening, Andrew and his classmates celebrated their Ring Mass where they received their senior rings. Andrew also served at the Mass which always makes me proud. He even received a shout out from his principal about his ministry to serving at school Masses and becoming a Eucharistic Minister. He is officially a senior at STA.

On Wednesday morning, my 8th graders at Holy Ghost Catholic School attended their Awards Ceremony where they were honored for their achievements in academics, service to their school and community, as well as sports and other extracurricular activities.  Later that evening, my 8th grade students graduated from Holy Ghost Catholic School. They are now officially on their way to high school, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Watching them walk out of church was a bittersweet moment for me because the 8th Grade Class of 2018 is my last group of students that I will teach. In a sense, I graduated with them.

Andrew and KatOn Thursday morning, I attended Andrew’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas. Andrew and I were both overwhelmed with all of the awards that he received. He was recognized in Physics, English III AP: Language & Composition, Theology III, and Computer Science. He received the Sacristan Award for serving at the school Masses. He received the St. Michael’s College Book Award for demonstrating a commitment to volunteerism and leadership in community service endeavors. He also received the Cash, Coudrain & Sandage Scholarship for embodying the mission of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. WOW! While I am proud of Andrew’s achievements, I am most proud of how humble he was when being recognized at the ceremony and how humble he is in general.

Letterman AwardOn Friday morning, Andrew and the Class of 2019 had Senior Step Up Day. Four generous moms had shirts made for all of the students to wear. The students, driving their vehicles, paraded onto the STA campus and parked in the senior parking lot. It was an exciting moment for them.

Finally, Andrew attended his Tennis Banquet this afternoon. He received the Most Improved award with his doubles partner Brian, and they both lettered. Again, WOW! I am so proud of them both. They played well together and always had such terrific attitudes on the court. True sportsmanship!

It was a whirlwind week for Andrew as he transitioned from a junior to a senior. It was an end of a chapter for Barry, Jr. and myself. All three of us are blessed to be moving in new directions. Dear reader, I am optimistic and excited for both my sons and myself. Hopefully, we will all enjoy the upcoming journey that begins now. Happiness!

 “The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Happy Mother’s Day to me and all the women who assume the role of mother in some fashion. Today was a day splendidly spent with my youngest son. Movie Tickets Andrew and I started out at the movies where we watched A Quiet Place. Both of us enjoyed it even though we were tense the entire time. I treated myself to popcorn and an Icee. YUM! I haven’t had movie popcorn in years.

Next up, we had a late lunch at Courtyard Café in downtown Hammond. This was our first visit, and we were not disappointed. We both ordered crepes. Andrew chose the Perfect Pair (Nutella and bacon). I chose the Strawberry Fields (strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream). YUM 2! In addition to the delightful crepes, we ordered Dragon’s Breath. It was a bowl of Dragon's Breathpastry puffs with liquid nitrogen. The pastry puffs are about the size of a cheese ball but look and taste like Trix cereal; however, when you bite into them, smoke comes out of your nose and mouth…like it does from a dragon. Terrific experience! YUM 3!

To round out our day together, we stopped at our favorite place…Books-A-Million. We browsed a bit and did very little damage. We left the store with a book for Andrew and a gift card for one of my students who earned over 1,000 points reading Accelerated Reader this year. Once home, I took a siesta. Later this evening, I plan to watch the first part of Little Women on PBS.

The upcoming week for me will be busy. Andrew’s Ring Mass is tomorrow evening. My 8th graders have Honors Day on Wednesday morning and Graduation on Wednesday evening. My team and I will celebrate after the graduation ceremony. I’m taking off Thursday to attend Andrew’s Undergraduate Honors program at STA. On Sunday, I plan to take my momma out, and we will celebrate her for Mother’s Day. While this week will be a whirlwind of activity, I am thankful to be a part of it all.

Walking Dead Monopoly

Gift from Son #1 for Mother’s Day

 

Dear reader, I hope your week makes you smile. Even if there are a few bumps during the week, or you are feeling a bit stressed, take a deep breath and be grateful that you get to participate. Happiness!

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.” ~ Mildred Vermont

 

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