Triple P-Positive Parenting Program-For Every Parent

Parenting is the most rewarding job many of us will ever have. It can also be the most challenging! Recognizing parents need support to know how to handle both everyday behaviors like tantrums, disobedience and bedtime struggles, as well as more intensive parenting concerns, Goshen Community Schools teamed up with Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – to make parenting support readily available in this community.

Goshen Hospital, located at 200 Park Ave. Goshen, is now providing support for parents. The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is one of the world’s most effective parenting programs, used in over 25 countries. It is one of the only parenting programs based on evidence from ongoing scientific research. Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and to build stronger family relationships.

The Triple P Seminar is for parents of children ages 13-16 years old. Classes are free and space is limited. Sign up today!

Positive parenting help for:

  • Raising Responsible Teenagers-August 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Raising Competent Teenagers-September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Getting Teenagers Connected-November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Triple P Discussion Groups are for parents of children up to 12 years old. Classes are free and space is limited. Sign up today!

Positive parenting help for:

  • Dealing with Disobedience-January 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines-February 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression, March 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Hassle-free Shopping with Children, April 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If you have questions, you may visit www.TriplePElkhartCounty.org or call Triple P’s bilingual phone line at (877) 566-4660. For more information, please call (574) 364-2582.

Atención: Si hable español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1 (574) 364-1000 (TTY: 711 o llame al 1 (800) 743-3333 para comunicarse con Relay Indiana).

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017                                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WORK PERMITS: When you get a work permit EVERY box needs to be filled out on the Intent to Employ form before we will issue you the work permit. Please bring completed forms to the main office in the morning and they will be completed by the end of the school day.

Just a reminder that if you are coming to see Ms. Tovar you need to check in with the staff in the main office. Please do not cut through the nurse’s office to get there.

REMINDER: If you ride a bus, please remember that you are to exit the building out of the doors that face circle drive (the old main entrance doors or the athletic lobby doors) and get to your bus ASAP. The buses leave 5 minutes after the dismissal bell rings and they will NOT wait.

Eby Ford Lincoln, Michiana’s only 5-star Ford dealer, in Goshen is currently taking applications for a part-time receptionist at their dealership.  Applicants should have a soothing speaking voice to answer phone calls, a good attention to detail, good working knowledge of computers and office software and good customer service skills.  Currently the hours needed are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Pay is commiserate with experience.  If you enjoy delivering world-class customer service in a newly renovated office and working in a fast-paced environment, consider joining the team at Eby Ford Lincoln.  To apply, send your resume to Renee LaShure rlashure@ebyford.com or by mail at Eby Ford Lincoln, 2714 Elkhart Rd, Goshen, IN 46526.  No phone calls, please.

Fall play auditions for All Because of Agatha will be held on Wednesday, August 16th in the auditorium at 3:45 p.m.

The American Red Cross is offering Lifeguard Classes on the following dates and times. Classes may end earlier than projected, but will not go over the listed time. You can only miss one class. All candidates must be 15 by August 16th. You can sign up on the Aquatic Center website at aquatics.goshenschools.org under Lifeguarding Class Registration. The cost is $100 if it’s your first time. If you are recertifying the cost is $50. Please call the Aquatic Center for more details at 574-538-3201.

  • Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (recertification time)

The GHS cafeteria is offering free after school snacks every day after school.  This program is for any student who is staying after school. All student-athletes, club members, music participants, drama participants, after school homework help kids, etc. are strongly encouraged to stop by the cafeteria after school and take advantage of this generous opportunity.  Students just need to show their ID and they can grab a healthy snack to go that will hold them over during their after school activities until dinner.  The cafeteria will stay open until 3:55 p.m. to hand out the snacks.

Please stop by the commons area (either by the cafeteria or outside the main office) during lunch if you are interested is speaking to the following:

  • 8/22              St. Mary’s
  • 9/7               Navy
  • 9/12              IUSB On-Site Admissions
  • 9/19              IPFW
  • 9/21              Anderson University
  • 10/4              Wabash College

The boys soccer team is looking for a few managers for the fall soccer season. For more information please e-mail Lucas Kauffman.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet every weather permitting Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 p.m. on the administration field across from door M. You can pick up required papers from Lucas Kauffman, Mr. Snyder in the choir office or Mrs. Stealy in the main office. All required papers need to be turned in to Lucas Kauffman by the first time you play.

 

MEETINGS DURING SRT:

The Goshen Community Schools’ drug testing policy requires that students attend a drug education session on an annual basis.  We will use the following schedule to accomplish this requirement during SRT periods.

  • 1st session of SRT on 8/15/17:  All freshmen.  This will be followed by the Herff Jones class ring presentation 2nd session.
  • 1st session of SRT on 8/17/17:  All seniors.  This will be followed by the Herff Jones graduation packet presentation 2nd session.
  • 1st session of SRT on 8/22/17:  All sophomores.
  • 2nd session of SRT on 8/22/17:  All juniors.

Students will report to SRT before 1st session each day.  Juniors will report to the auditorium directly from wherever they spent 1st session on 8/22. Any awesome cheer ideas?  See Mr. Kissinger!  Ra ra ree.

Attention, Freshmen!  Key Club will have a call out meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd during the 2nd session of SRT.  If you would like to learn what Key Club is all about, join us in the cafeteria.  Attendance will be taken there.

Attention Softball Players: There will be an informational meeting for all players during the 2nd session of SRT on August 24th in the main gym.  Please attend if you are thinking about playing softball in the spring.

 

SPORTS SCORES:

 

IN SPORTS ACTION TODAY:

The boys varsity football team will travel to Jimtown for a scrimmage at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday:

The girls varsity golf team will compete in the Wawasee Invitational at 8:00 a.m.

The girls JV volleyball team will host the Goshen Invitational at 9:00 a.m.

The girls freshman and varsity volleyball teams will play at Jimtown. Freshman play at 9:00 a.m., followed by varsity at 10:00 a.m.

The boys JV and varsity soccer teams will play at LaPorte. JV plays at 11:00 a.m., followed by varsity at 12:45 p.m.

Go RedHawks!

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017                                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WORK PERMITS: When you get a work permit EVERY box needs to be filled out on the Intent to Employ form before we will issue you the work permit. Please bring completed forms to the main office in the morning and they will be completed by the end of the school day.

Just a reminder that if you are coming to see Ms. Tovar you need to check in with the staff in the main office. Please do not cut through the nurse’s office to get there.

REMINDER: If you ride a bus, please remember that you are to exit the building out of the doors that face circle drive (the old main entrance doors or the athletic lobby doors) and get to your bus ASAP. The buses leave 5 minutes after the dismissal bell rings and they will NOT wait.

Eby Ford Lincoln, Michiana’s only 5-star Ford dealer, in Goshen is currently taking applications for a part-time receptionist at their dealership.  Applicants should have a soothing speaking voice to answer phone calls, a good attention to detail, good working knowledge of computers and office software and good customer service skills.  Currently the hours needed are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Pay is commiserate with experience.  If you enjoy delivering world-class customer service in a newly renovated office and working in a fast-paced environment, consider joining the team at Eby Ford Lincoln.  To apply, send your resume to Renee LaShure rlashure@ebyford.com or by mail at Eby Ford Lincoln, 2714 Elkhart Rd, Goshen, IN 46526.  No phone calls, please.

Fall play auditions for All Because of Agatha will be held on Wednesday, August 16th in the auditorium at 3:45 p.m.

The American Red Cross is offering Lifeguard Classes on the following dates and times. Classes may end earlier than projected, but will not go over the listed time. You can only miss one class. All candidates must be 15 by August 16th. You can sign up on the Aquatic Center website at aquatics.goshenschools.org under Lifeguarding Class Registration. The cost is $100 if it’s your first time. If you are recertifying the cost is $50. Please call the Aquatic Center for more details at 574-538-3201.

  • Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (recertification time)

The GHS cafeteria is offering free after school snacks every day after school.  This program is for any student who is staying after school. All student-athletes, club members, music participants, drama participants, after school homework help kids, etc. are strongly encouraged to stop by the cafeteria after school and take advantage of this generous opportunity.  Students just need to show their ID and they can grab a healthy snack to go that will hold them over during their after school activities until dinner.  The cafeteria will stay open until 3:55 p.m. to hand out the snacks.

Please stop by the commons area (either by the cafeteria or outside the main office) during lunch if you are interested is speaking to the following:

  • 8/22              St. Mary’s
  • 9/7               Navy
  • 9/12              IUSB On-Site Admissions
  • 9/21              Anderson University
  • 10/5              Wabash College

The boys soccer team is looking for a few managers for the fall soccer season. For more information please e-mail Lucas Kauffman.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet every weather permitting Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 p.m. on the administration field across from door M. You can pick up required papers from Lucas Kauffman, Mr. Snyder in the choir office or Mrs. Stealy in the main office. All required papers need to be turned in to Lucas Kauffman by the first time you play.

 

MEETINGS DURING SRT:

Stratford meets TODAY during both sessions of SRT in room 5310 – the choir room.

The Goshen Community Schools’ drug testing policy requires that students attend a drug education session on an annual basis.  We will use the following schedule to accomplish this requirement during SRT periods.

  • 1st session of SRT on 8/15/17:  All freshmen.  This will be followed by the Herff Jones class ring presentation 2nd session.
  • 1st session of SRT on 8/17/17:  All seniors.  This will be followed by the Herff Jones graduation packet presentation 2nd session.
  • 1st session of SRT on 8/22/17:  All sophomores.
  • 2nd session of SRT on 8/22/17:  All juniors.

 

Students will report to SRT before 1st session each day.  Juniors will report to the auditorium directly from wherever they spent 1st session on 8/22. Any awesome cheer ideas?  See Mr. Kissinger!  Ra ra ree.

Attention, Freshmen!  Key Club will have a call out meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd during the 2nd session of SRT.  If you would like to learn what Key Club is all about, join us in the cafeteria.  Attendance will be taken there.

Attention Softball Players: There will be an informational meeting for all players during the 2nd session of SRT on August 24th in the main gym.  Please attend if you are thinking about playing softball in the spring.

 

SPORTS SCORES:

 

IN SPORTS ACTION TODAY:

(No events scheduled)

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017                                

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WORK PERMITS: When you get a work permit EVERY box needs to be filled out on the Intent to Employ form before we will issue you the work permit. Please bring completed forms to the main office in the morning and they will be completed by the end of the school day.

Just a reminder that if you are coming to see Ms. Tovar you need to check in with the staff in the main office. Please do not cut through the nurse’s office to get there.

All Freshmen in a fall sport are to report directly to the cafeteria after school TODAY for the Freshmen “Be the Best” leadership workshop.  Grab a snack, then report to the west end of the cafeteria with Mr. Kissinger and your coach.  We will finish with the workshop at 4:45 p.m. so you can practice.  RedHawk Pride!

Fall play auditions for All Because of Agatha will be held on Wednesday, August 16th in the auditorium at 3:45 p.m.

The American Red Cross is offering Lifeguard Classes on the following dates and times. Classes may end earlier than projected, but will not go over the listed time. You can only miss one class. All candidates must be 15 by August 16th. You can sign up on the Aquatic Center website at aquatics.goshenschools.org under Lifeguarding Class Registration. The cost is $100 if it’s your first time. If you are recertifying the cost is $50. Please call the Aquatic Center for more details at 574-538-3201.

  • Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (recertification time)

The GHS cafeteria is offering free after school snacks every day after school.  This program is for any student who is staying after school. All student-athletes, club members, music participants, drama participants, after school homework help kids, etc. are strongly encouraged to stop by the cafeteria after school and take advantage of this generous opportunity.  Students just need to show their ID and they can grab a healthy snack to go that will hold them over during their after school activities until dinner.  The cafeteria will stay open until 3:55 p.m. to hand out the snacks.

Please stop by the commons area (either by the cafeteria or outside the main office) during lunch if you are interested is speaking to the following:

  • 9/12              IUSB On-Site Admissions
  • 9/21              Anderson University
  • 10/5              Wabash College

The boys soccer team is looking for a few managers for the fall soccer season. For more information please e-mail Lucas Kauffman.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet every weather permitting Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 p.m. on the administration field across from door M. You can pick up required papers from Lucas Kauffman, Mr. Snyder in the choir office or Mrs. Stealy in the main office. All required papers need to be turned in to Lucas Kauffman by the first time you play.

 

MEETINGS DURING SRT:

Attention, Freshmen!  Key Club will have a call out meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd during the 2nd session of SRT.  If you would like to learn what Key Club is all about, join us in the cafeteria.  Attendance will be taken there.

 

SPORTS SCORES:

 

IN SPORTS ACTION TODAY:

Boys tennis will host a scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. vs. Bethany at GMS. Good luck gentlemen!

GHS Alums Receive IUSM White Coats

Congratulations to Gabriela Romo, GHS Class of 2013, on her acceptance into the IU School of Medicine (IUSM). Gaby will be studying at the IU South Bend campus, adjacent to Notre Dame. GHS graduates Stephen Graber (2nd year) and Becca (McFadden) Hendricks (1st year) will also be studying at the South Bend campus this year.

Gaby and Becca received their IUSM white coats this past weekend at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Gaby is pictured below with her family, after the white coat ceremony.

And this is Becca, with her father and grandfather who are both physicians.

Congratulations to Gaby and Becca, the medical field is gaining two fantastic future doctors!

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017                               

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WORK PERMITS: When you get a work permit EVERY box needs to be filled out on the Intent to Employ form before we will issue you the work permit. Please bring completed forms to the main office in the morning and they will be completed by the end of the school day.

Fall play auditions for All Because of Agatha will be held on Wednesday, August 16th in the auditorium at 3:45 p.m.

The American Red Cross is offering Lifeguard Classes on the following dates and times. Classes may end earlier than projected, but will not go over the listed time. You can only miss one class. All candidates must be 15 by August 16th. You can sign up on the Aquatic Center website at aquatics.goshenschools.org under Lifeguarding Class Registration. The cost is $100 if it’s your first time. If you are recertifying the cost is $50. Please call the Aquatic Center for more details at 574-538-3201.

  • Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (recertification time)

Baseball will have Fall Open Fields starting TODAY from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for potential players who are not involved in a fall sport. If you have questions, email or see Coach Collins in the library.

The GHS cafeteria is offering free after school snacks every day after school.  This program is for any student who is staying after school. All student-athletes, club members, music participants, drama participants, after school homework help kids, etc. are strongly encouraged to stop by the cafeteria after school and take advantage of this generous opportunity.  Students just need to show their ID and they can grab a healthy snack to go that will hold them over during their after school activities until dinner.  The cafeteria will stay open until 3:55 p.m. to hand out the snacks.

The boys soccer team is looking for a few managers for the fall soccer season. For more information please e-mail Lucas Kauffman.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet every weather permitting Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 p.m. on the administration field across from door M. You can pick up required papers from Lucas Kauffman, Mr. Snyder in the choir office or Mrs. Stealy in the main office. All required papers need to be turned in to Lucas Kauffman by the first time you play.

Please stop by the commons area (either by the cafeteria or outside the main office) during lunch if you are interested is speaking to the following:

  • 9/12              IUSB On-Site Admissions
  • 9/21              Anderson University
  • 10/5              Wabash College

 

MEETINGS DURING SRT:

 

SPORTS SCORES:

The Lady RedHawks played at Noble Hawk Golf Course in the East Noble Invitational on Saturday. They shot a team 473 finishing 11th out of twelve teams. They were led by senior Olivia Thomas with a 110. New transfer, Cat Hoover finished 2nd with a 117.

 

IN SPORTS ACTION TODAY:

(No events scheduled)

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017

GHS ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Welcome back…..we hope that you had a great summer!

WORK PERMITS: When you get a work permit EVERY box needs to be filled out on the Intent to Employ form before we will issue you the work permit. Please bring completed forms to the main office in the morning and they will be completed by the end of the school day.

The American Red Cross is offering Lifeguard Classes on the following dates and times. Classes may end earlier than projected, but will not go over the listed time. You can only miss one class. All candidates must be 15 by August 16th. You can sign up on the Aquatic Center website at aquatics.goshenschools.org under Lifeguarding Class Registration. The cost is $100 if it’s your first time. If you are recertifying the cost is $50. Please call the Aquatic Center for more details at 574-538-3201.

  • Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (recertification time)

Baseball will have Fall Open Fields starting on Monday, August 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for potential players who are not involved in a fall sport. If you have questions, email or see Coach Collins in the library.

The GHS cafeteria is offering free after school snacks every day after school.  This program is for any student who is staying after school. All student-athletes, club members, music participants, drama participants, after school homework help kids, etc. are strongly encouraged to stop by the cafeteria after school and take advantage of this generous opportunity.  Students just need to show their ID and they can grab a healthy snack to go that will hold them over during their after school activities until dinner.  The cafeteria will stay open until 3:55 p.m. to hand out the snacks.

The boys soccer team is looking for a few managers for the fall soccer season. For more information please e-mail Lucas Kauffman.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet every weather permitting Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5:00 p.m. on the administration field across from door M. You can pick up required papers from Lucas Kauffman, Mr. Snyder in the choir office or Mrs. Stealy in the main office. All required papers need to be turned in to Lucas Kauffman by the first time you play.

 

MEETINGS DURING SRT:

 

SPORTS SCORES:

 

IN SPORTS ACTION TODAY:

(No events scheduled)

GCS Opening Day Message

Today marked the official start of the 2017-18 school year for Goshen Community Schools. Teachers and staff members were welcomed by administrators, GEA members, and GCS Human Resources staff.

After a breakfast in the newly updated GHS cafeteria/kitchen, teachers had the opportunity to hear from staff and outside vendors about things such as retirement accounts, student loan solutions, the GCS health and other insurance benefits, computer systems in use at GCS, and Indiana Public Retirement Services.

At 10:30 a.m., everyone gathered in the GHS auditorium. Dr. Woodworth welcomed returning staff members back to school, and gave an official welcome to those who were new to GCS. She introduced board members in attendance, Jane DeVoe, Keith Goodman, and José Elizalde, and also two new administrators, Steve Hope, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, and Greg Beachey, Food Service Director.

Dr. Woodworth then introduced Bill Reith from United Way of Elkhart County. Mr. Reith presented plaques to each of the schools for the work they do as educators, and for partnering with United Way to improve the lives of people in Goshen.

Next Dr. Woodworth introduced the featured guest speaker, Kathy Nimmer. Ms. Nimmer is an English teacher at William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, IN. She was named the 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, and was also a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.

(Pictured here, in her school.)

Ms. Nimmer asked the staff “What would it look like if you took a pledge of allegiance for the school year ahead, to your school?” She said that there would be some questions to ask, and she named those questions:

Who? She stated that the “who” was reflected by everyone in attendance, and she asked them to consider “Who has touched your life? Who influenced you?” Ms. Nimmer shared her story, about learning in elementary school that she had a degenerative disease which would cause her to lose her sight. She shared that upon returning to her school after learning of her diagnosis, her teacher sat her down and helped her to catch up on her school work. “I knew then that learning would always save me. No matter what, I could always learn. And from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.” She noted that “whoever inspired you to be here has given you something, and that something is what your students need from you.”

What? What, exactly, are we pledging? “We are pledging to bring the best of ourselves.” She added that each of us has a different best, but that “there is a bounty of gifts sitting here today in all of you, available for your students”. She encouraged everyone to “be a person who takes the risk, who does more than what the teacher’s contract says is necessary”.

When? “When should we bring our best? When we feel like it? When we’ve had a good night’s sleep?” She stated we should bring our best every single day. Every. Single. Day. “If a student needs you on a day that you are just not feeling it, you might miss an opportunity, an opportunity that could change a life.”

Where? “Where is this school pledge binding? Is it just in the classroom, or the hallway too? How about the teacher’s lounge?” She said that it is in the classroom, “and beyond”. She noted that it could be a conversation in the hallway, at an athletic event, or even in a Walmart that might make a difference with a student. So, we have to understand that any place we are as educators might be THE place for a student who needs us.

Why? This, she said, has nothing to do with the administrators, your school board, or your superintendent. The “why” is “because your students deserve it” and “students will need you in ways you cannot imagine”.

How? Ms. Nimmer said that this question was not as easy to explain. “How can we be expected to make this pledge and keep this pledge, when we have overcrowded classrooms, poverty, students from broken homes, etc.?” It may not be easy, “but we have to do it, no matter what. No matter what!”

At that point, Ms. Nimmer asked the staff to stand, put their right hands over their “caring hearts”, and take a pledge for the school year, “because your students are waiting for you.” According to her instructions, the staff read the following pledge three times, with growing enthusiasm and conviction.

Pledge of Allegiance for the school year ahead:

I pledge to bring the best of me every single day to the classroom and beyond, because our students deserve it…no matter what.

Our deepest thanks to Kathy Nimmer for an inspirational start to our school year! We will not soon forget the stories, examples of students and teachers, and the wise words that will inspire our hearts on long days.

Dr. Woodworth had also prepared something for the staff, but stated that she mostly wanted to leave the staff with Ms. Nimmer’s words and the theme for GCS this year (which was chosen before we knew what Ms. Nimmer’s message would be) Every One Matters.

Dr. Woodworth ended the meeting with one illustration:

How are the Children?

By Patrick T O’Neill

Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It is perhaps surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Masai warriors: “Kasserian Ingera,” one would always say to another. It means, “And how are the children?”

It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai always place on their children’s well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, “All the children are well.” Meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place. That Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. “All the children are well” means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles for existence do not preclude proper caring for their young.

I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children’s welfare if in our culture we took to greeting each other with this daily question: “And how are the children?” I wonder if we heard that question and passed it along to each other a dozen times a day, if it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of or cared about in our own country.

I wonder if every adult among us, parent and non-parent alike, felt an equal weight for the daily care and protection of all the children in our community, in our town, in our state, in our country… I wonder if we could truly say without any hesitation, “The children are well, yes, all the children are well.”

What would it be like… if the minister began every worship service by answering the question, “And how are the children?” If every town leader had to answer the question at the beginning of every meeting: “And how are the children? Are they all well?” Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear their answers? What would it be like? I wonder…

These are the words and thoughts running through the minds of GCS staff members as they prepare for students. May we all continue to ask each other “And how are the children?”

#everyonematters