Craig Scott

Craig Scott
Mike Vitelli and Craig Scott

Friday, December 12, 2008

Awesome Job!

Great job on the Santa Fund! There were 4 classes that raised over $100 for the cause. Yes my class won, but the bigger issue here is that our goal as a school was reached AND surpassed from last year. Way to dig deep. I did get a lot of..."you cheated to win", "what did you do to raise so much money", etc, etc etc. Really??? Are people REALLY concerned that my class was able to raise that much money?? I thought the point WAS to raise as much money as possible. Aside from reaching into the jar from another class (which we don't do), there are no rules to raising money. I suppose if people would like me to stop making an effort to raise so much I could...but then who loses? The same people complaining are the same people who's class raised $5. The only cheating going on is the cheating of the family we are trying to support. I get excited about increasing competition amongst kids and classes. What I've gotten my class to understand is that in order for another class to beat us they are going to have to raise a ton of money and if that happens then we as a school have done a great job. I think the people wrapped up in how my class gets the money, she expend their energy in figuring out a way to get their class to raise money. Our kids are very generous kids, just ask them.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Between the holidays and finals this is a very stressful time of year for students. What you eat may help…..or hurt!

Here are some nutrition tips to help during this stressful time:

EAT BREAKFAST – Breakfast provides carbohydrates and protein to help get your brain and body ready to concentrate and perform.

EAT CARBOHYDRATES – Carbohydrates stimulate the release of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps reduce pain, decrease appetite and calm nerves. Healthy carbohydrates include whole grain breads, pasta, and cereals as well as fruits and vegetables.

EAT PROTEIN – Protein helps your body produce epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine – brain chemicals that boost mental alertness, memory and thinking. Lean protein-rich foods include fish, poultry, eggs, lean cuts of meat, legumes, milk, yogurt and low fat cheese.

EAT MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY – Eat 3 meals a day and snacks. Snacks keep you going. Healthy snack options include nuts, fruit, milk & cereal, and popcorn.

WATCH CAFFEINE – Caffeine may help you focus for a short time, but too much can leave you jittery. Hydrate yourself with water.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Many Thanks

Just wanted to thank everyone for doing such a fantastic job with the CPR Anytime program. It was so exciting to hear many of your parents telling us at conferences that their child had come home and talked at length about the program. Knowledge is power...and all of you who have shared this are empowering people. Congrats to you!!

Santa Fund

It's that time of year again to scrape the pennies and dimes out from under your carseats and couch cushions to help raise money for a great cause. This time of year is always challenging for people in terms of money and especially this year with the state of our economy, but remember, there are a lot of people who are even less fortunate than we may be. Are you a coffee drinker or a Rock Star energy drinker? If so, can you go a day without one of those guilty pleasures?? Nobody is asking you to contribute your college savings, but a few dollars here and there from everybody would make a huge difference. I've always tried to make Santa Fund a competition. I enjoy the "trash talking" and comraderie amongst the homerooms during this time. The more we really get into the spirit of the competition...the more money we are going to make for a great cause in the end. It's not really about which class wins, but just so you class ALWAYS wins!! Best of luck.