This Winter break just hasn't seemed like much of a break for me this year. BUSY! BUSY! BUSY! The past few days have all been devoted to Jonny's first hockey tournament in Richmond where we are playing teams outside of South Delta (where we live and play) for the very first time. At his age level, it's not super competitive, but, as a coach, it is fun for me to see how our group stacks up against others from other areas and if the lessons I've been giving my team have been sticking. So far, I am very happy with the results. We haven't lost a game (we have played Vancouver, New West and a Richmond team), but still have one more this evening. Hopefully it goes well.
I am slowly seeing homework trickle in. I suppose that is to be suspected. I haven't checked on actual websites, so it is possible that more have finished and I will find that out tomorrow at school, but as of right now, I have received emails with pictures from 4 students. Again, the total could be much higher than 4, as you are allowed to upload the photos directly to your website and publish them there if you would like. We will get the full count tomorrow and see who still needs to get this done then. So:
Please send your 5-10 pictures from the holiday to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible - or upload them to your website. We are not starting the project on the first day back, but it will be in the first week for sure.
Hopefully you are well rested and ready to go tomorrow! I can't wait to hear about everything you go up to over the break and to get back down to work!
Happy New Year!
Business First: Don't forget to upload your 5-10 pictures from the break to your website, or to email them to email@example.com - still a few days left, but worth mentioning.
New Year's Wish Second: I post the same message every year for New Year's, mostly because I have yet to find a better one. Not from lack of trying mind you, it is just a very good message that I think really resonates with how we work in our school and in my classroom in particular. It comes from one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, who you might know from books he wrote for people around your age such as Coraline (which is also a movie) or The Graveyard Book. He had this to say, and I find it quite fitting:
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it's this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I'm ready to make some new mistakes and to try to learn from them as I go. Hopefully you are too!
Happy New Year and see you soon,
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