Letter from Cathey Goodgame – March 11, 2015

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

This week we are having our first Kindness Challenge Week created by Mrs. Lee, our counselor, and her student action group, Excellent People at Work (EPAW). We kicked off the week with an engaging student-led Morning Meeting on Monday where we watched videos, listened to speakers, discussed kindness opportunities and learned about how we would share kindness throughout the week. One of the themes of the week is to share kindness forward and Christa Gogstad, one of our morning speakers, talked about how a simple act of kindness shared with her by a village woman in Kenya, led to donations for Kenyan school children of backpacks, rain boots, and jackets. For many of the children, these were the first gifts ever received. This inspiring story was followed by the Kindness Boomerang video, which is certainly worth a view and perhaps a discussion at home if you’re looking for some talking points around this topic. The speech and video both helped our students see that kindness is contagious and we hope to see small acts of kindness happen throughout our building for this week and the remainder of the year.

Last Saturday, we had our annual ANCS Auction themed “Alice’s Adventures at the Wonderball”. We don’t know yet exactly how much money was raised, but we do know that fun was had by all; particularly on the dance floor. The 80s band was awesome! Thank you to the Auction committee chairs – Terri Herod, Shannon McCaffrey and Joanna Mevers – for making this a great event. Special thanks goes out to our crew of middle campus parents who buzzed around the building until the last minute to make sure everything was ready to go – Cat Jaffin, Heather Smith, Natalie and Billy Rosbottom and Alicia McGill. Finally, thanks go out to the staff members who donated their time and energy to the auction on top of all they already do – your generosity and spirit is appreciated more than you could possibly know. Thank you!

Our Celebration of Black History, “snowed” out in late February. Therefore, this event has been rescheduled to Friday, March 20th. I will share more details about the events of the day next week, but wanted to share the new date as soon as possible.

I’m sure your middle schoolers won’t let you forget; however, there is no school for students on Monday, March 16th. We have a teacher work/professional day and many of our teachers will use some of that time preparing to leave with the 6th graders who depart for their trip the very next day. We look forward to hearing stories about their trip in the coming days.

Wishing you well,

Cathey