Celebrating the Gift of Bishop Marshall School

blog post by Mrs. Wilson

Here we are in a new year – 2019!  Many of us choose to make resolutions, promises to ourselves and our loved ones, as we consider the “clean slate” of a new year.  My resolutions typically have to with health and fitness (along with roughly 2.4 million others).  And while that remains true for this year, I have decided our school is a gift and that I want to work more on celebrating the gift of Bishop Marshall School.  But how do I do that with greater purpose?  After some thought, it occurred to me that I can’t do it alone. I need you to help me celebrate the gift of our school, our students, our families, and one another.

I was reading about a Vermont leader who passed away several years ago.  Rick Marcotte had a remarkable and inspirational career in education and ended his work with teachers and students at St. Francis Xavier School as principal.  He spoke of gifts and I would like to share his thoughts (and a few of my own) with you as we begin the new year with our students.  I am going to work on these, and I hope you will consider joining me:

The Gift of Praise: Appropriately mention, in front of colleagues, parents, and students, of a job well done.

The Gift of Concession: Humbly saying at the right time, “Sorry, you were right and I was wrong.”

The Gift of Consideration: Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  Prove your genuine understanding of another side.

The Gift of Gratitude: Remember to say “thank you” and mean it.

The Gift of Attention: Listen attentively.  Meet the speaker’s eyes (colleague or student) as words are directed to you personally.

The Gift of Inspiration: Plant seeds of courage and action in your students’ hearts and minds.  Consider doing the same for a colleague.

The Gift of Helpfulness: How can I lighten someone else’s load?  Lend a helping hand, cover a class for a colleague, sign up to assist with a school event, offer words of encouragement to a student, parent, or colleague who needs them.  Try to do it without complaining!

The Gift of Diligence: Go the extra mile. We all “do our jobs.”  But do we consistently go the extra mile for our students, colleagues, and school?

Here’s to a new year. May it be filled with the blessings of faith, family, and friendship.  May we all celebrate the gift of our school and each other.