Sunday, November 24, 2013

Diggs-Latham Has A Lot To Be Thankful For.........November 25-29

 Diggs-Latham Has A Lot To Be Thankful For:  Here are just a few who come to mind for me...........

  • Dedicated and Hard Working Staff who care about each other!
  • Teachers that talk the talk and get the job done.
  • Teachers who want to be here at Diggs-Latham!
  • Teachers and staff who work many long hours to help students succeed.
  • Faculty and students who put their hearts and souls into their jobs.
  • Joyful students who want to learn and try their best!
  • The humor you exude and the power of your smiles.
  • Students who are talented in Academics and the Arts!
  • Our own families who sometimes have to sacrifice so we can do what we do:)
  • Parents who care and support us!
  • Generous and kind Community and Business Partners that we couldn't do without:)
  • Volunteers who go above and beyond everyday!
  • An Assistant Principal who is smart, kind, caring and devoted to Diggs-Latham students and staff.
  • DL winning a state award that has shed some positive light on what we have been doing for years!
  • UNCG Interns WSSU  and UNCC Student Teachers who are great at what they do!
  • An office staff who work so very hard. They are all amazing!
  • Our nurse, social worker, guidance counselor, speech teacher, and our volunteer coordinator who go above and beyond and behind the scenes to serve our kids.
  • A Custodial staff that keep our building shining and a cafeteria team that keep our students fed!
  • I am thankful for each and everyone of you for helping to build shared leadership and a shared vision in which we take Diggs-Latham to a level in which all of our students are proficient or higher in all academics. We can do it. I believe in the power of  "us".
  • On a funny note, I am thankful for "Diet Coke and little Hershey bars" because they sometimes get me through my busy day!!!  and you thought I was naturally bionic!
I hope you take time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. We have a lot to celebrate.

"It Takes A Village Goes to Barnes and Noble!"

What a wonderful trip. Each of our students were able to pick out approximately $85.00 in books. The smiles on their faces said it all. This has been a wonderful program and we hate to see it end.  The students showed growth and have a renewed interest in reading!!!  I am so proud of all our students big and little!  Thank you UNCG, Sue Mercier, Barbie Brown, Nohora Martinez and all the Interns and students who participated!

 Home Moravian's "Hoe Down" for Diggs-Latham - A Great Success!

 Over 200 people were in attendance for this special event planned just for our school. there was delicious home made soup, bread, rolls and yummy desserts. The tables were decorated beautifully and it was a wonderful event.  I hardly had words to describe how moved and touched we were by Home Moravian's generosity.  The band was talented, funny and eager to play. Our own John Powelson did an outstanding job playing the "fiddle"!
We had about 35 staff members attend  and I thank each and every one of you who came. The church was very impressed. They do so much for us and we truly appreciate them. Thank you for coming out to support Home Moravian as they support us!  It was an incredible night and the soup was delicious!!!!!!!!

Who is MaDonna Anyway?!!!!!!

We had a wonderful time dancing with the principal. Classes who collected the most change were rewarded with a dance party from the 80s.  We played the Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, and on and on. It was great fun!!!!!!  Thank you kids for getting my blood pumping! I had a blast!

Reminders for Monday and Tuesday......

Let's be sure to bring our "A" game and stay focused on Instruction for the next two days. Keep things on target and make sure you are well planned and do not change your schedule.  Our commitment to educating our students is our top priority.  Give it your all the next two days as you challenge your students, we will have time to relax and spend time with our families over Thanksgiving Break after dismissal on Tuesday!

  • All Spelling Bee Class Winners should have their names given to Mrs. Pubantz by Tuesday.
  • CWT Grade Level Action Plans due to Cannon on December 2nd. I have received a few already. Thank you!
  • 12/4 Melissa (Technology)  will hold a wkshp. on setting up 2nd qtr. grade book for teachers in grades 3/4/5 in the Media Center 3:15-4:00.
  • 12/5 IC Meeting 3:30 Focus on Data
  • 12/6 Newsletters, translated, copied and due.
We will once again be packing up 150 bags of food (Room 200 3:15 December 9th) to be given away at the Holiday Concert 7:00 on December 12th.  Please come on the 9th and help us fill the bags. Home Moravian has donated all of the food.

Please take a moment to comment on what you are thankful for:)


  1. Although my family has had some health challenges this year, I am thankful we are here for another Thanksgiving to remember how very blessed we are. I'm also thankful for a GREAT grade level team and a principal who leads with such a positive attitude!

  2. I am thankful for my family. They are beyond supportive and understanding. I'm so grateful to have such amazing people around me.

  3. I am thankful for the understanding and support my family gives me so I can be the best teacher I can be, my fabulous team, my sweet, sweet students, and an administration that is supportive and caring. There's no other school I'd rather be a part of.

  4. I am grateful for my wonderful new job this year at Diggs-Latham. I LOVE being a school librarian, especially with the team at DLES. I'm also grateful for my son who has adjusted to Mommy's new schedule :)

  5. I am truly thankful for the love of family and for being able to work with amazing adults and students each day.

  6. I am thankful for the Keurig.

  7. I am thankful for being at Diggs-Latham, having the chance to meet everyone and having a lot of support from everyone on a daily basis! :)

  8. I am thankful for my family and school family. I appreciate the support from everyone.

  9. I am thankful for my family and the wonderful people I work with.

  10. My life has been blessed beyond measure and I am grateful every day for the many gifts I have been given.

  11. I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I HAVE A JOB! Hallelujah! I'm thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and my awesome family at Diggs-Latham. Thanks for all that each and every one of you do to make a difference :)

  12. I am thankful for my family and my wonderful family here at Diggs Latham!

  13. There is so much to be thankful job, students, co-workers, administration, delays, breaks, etc.

  14. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and restful couple of days off!!! And remember if you want to be in "What does the Fox Say?" faculty dance for the holiday singalong come to the dance room from 3-4 on Monday! Going to be epic!