From the Principal’s Desk

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Margaret Newton Elementary

I have mentioned before that I read leadership books to help me become a better leader in my role as principal. The Fred Factor is one of my favorite books that I read at least once a year. Fred is a mailman and this book walks through his days of delivering mail and his interactions with others along his mail route. This true story describes how passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
It’s a quick read at 112 pages and well worth your time if you want to learn how to turn ordinary “into the extraordinary.”
The book’s message is basically to follow these four principles:

  1. Everyone makes a difference.
  2. Success is built on relationships.
  3. Continually create value for others.
  4. Reinvent yourself regularly.

Fred provides extraordinary customer service to his customers and the relationships he establishes with them benefits all involved. This is what I strive for as principal.
My customers are my MN parents, my students, my faculty and staff. It makes such a difference educating our children when the teachers (and myself) have relationships with the parents.
My goal is to continue to build a relationship with each family at MNES.
If you have a little time, please check out Fred!
The author of the book is Mark Sanborn. He is a motivational speaker. Check him out on YouTube!
Here are some fall activities for you to do with your child or grandchild!
Visit your local library and check out books about fall.
Build a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper to place in your yard as a decoration.
Make handprint leaves. Read the book, “Leaf Man” and create your own leaf person.
Create leaf rubbings. Make popcorn balls to eat while reading a book.
Take a hayride (this is one of my favorite memories as a child).
Visit a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin to decorate your house.
Make acorn people. Google it! They are really cute!
Rake leaves into a pile and jump in!
Take a bike ride. Wear your helmet and watch for traffic!
Enjoy hanging out with family and friends around a fire pit.
Don’t forget the s’mores!
Don’t forget to read something for pleasure and enjoy time with your children and grandchildren because they are only this age once!

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