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Candy Buffet for Teachers and Staff

Spring is the perfect time of the year for a candy bar buffet at school.  However, any time of the year is perfect for candy, right?  We can never do too much to show our staff how much they are loved and appreciated.  During the spring semester, we are faced with state testing, as well as, many other pressures.  A simple candy bar buffet with a little extra sugar during our day can give us a little "pick-me-up" to lift our spirits.

Candy buffets are easy to prep.  Just print these coordinating candy labels and grab some jars or small baskets and fill with your favorite candies.

The candy bar sign, pennants, treat bags and treat bag tags were all found at Hobby Lobby.  I  wanted to create some labels and a sign that coordinates with the items I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I think they turned out pretty cute and match perfectly.  If you want the labels and the Enjoy Some Treats sign, just download here.

If done right, a candy buffet becomes more than just a delicious treat for your staff; it becomes a great morale booster too.  Who doesn't love a little candy every now and then?


I couldn't just buy one for me and not get one for you.  I purchased an extra to give away!  In the giveaway, you will receive the Candy Bar Sign, Gift Bags, Gift Tags, and Pennants.  This is your Candy Bar Starter Kit!  All you need to do is enter to win below.  If you are the winner, I will email you and then mail you the starter kit.  I will even print the sign and the candy labels for you and ship those to you as well.  
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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John Maxwell says, "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect."  I think this maybe a quote that will stick with me for a long time.  I loved it so much I created this cute little graphic to remind me to connect and not just communicate.

I love being an active learner.  Therefore, I am constantly reading and trying to grow as a leader.   I believe building positive relationships with one another is one of the most important pieces.  It is vital to connect to those around us- family, friends, coworkers.  It doesn't matter what profession or what we are called to do.  There's not a greater need in the world than the need to connect.

Why is it important?  

Being connected to one another will not only build a relationship, it will sustain a relationship.  When the school is functioning with disconnected leadership, there will be a lack of engagement.  Everyone will function individually instead of as a whole.  School leadership should be considered service leadership.  Our intentions should be to see and add value to the lives of those on our campus.

Every person on our campus is unique.  They all have their own style of teaching.  They may have their own classroom, office, or cubicle in the building, but he/she seldom works in isolation.  Even though it may seem isolated if, in their own space, everyone is connected through a common purpose. In school, that common purpose is to be a school that inspires academic excellence, leadership, collaboration and provide a world-class education for our students.

This year it has been my goal to not only communicate but to connect.  This goal has been an intentional effort aimed to strengthen the relationships around me.  It is really been just a mindset change.

Being a school leader and blogger has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from people all across the country.  It has provided me the opportunity to help current and future school leaders address some of the greatest school challenges- from school management, dealing with difficult situations, budgets, state mandates, and many other topics.

But this was not an opportunity I ever expected to have when I first began as an educator.  Actually, I never thought about college or a career my entire childhood.  For you see, I grew up in extreme poverty and with parents who both struggled with addictions.  This is not something I really share with the world.  However, I wouldn't change a thing about my life.  I was brought up in tough situations, but I learned so much about myself and my sisters along the way.  We are strong women who appreciate even the littlest of things.  We have a lot to be proud of.  Being a positive person, I can appreciate the lessons learned from my childhood.  The lesson and legacy of my life can be summed up in this quote: "People can accomplish much when inspired by a purpose beyond themselves."

There is one thing I hope for you today- to live a connected life and create connected schools.  I hope that these connections enrich your life and those you serve.  This is how we will build stronger schools.  We just don't communicate about it...we connect.

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Create An Administrator Binder- Principal, Assistant Principal, Director

I have shared my principal binder with you many times over the years.  Each year, I try and perfect the design and layout.  I think this may be right at perfection.  Take a look at the binders that have been recently updated.  I hope to have all my other binders updated very soon.

I surveyed over 100+ school leaders to see what they would like me to include or change.  Here are their responses:

  • make several pages editable 
  • make the pages ink-friendly
  • remove any dates to keep it from being printed year-after-year.


How to Edit:

You will need to download the FREE version of Adobe Reader.  Adobe allows you to add your own text to the forms.  However, if you do not prefer the digital format, the PDF's can be printed.  Simply print and write on each form.

Calendars - Two Layouts

Daily - Glance at Your Day (Week-by-Week)

Monthly - Glance at Your Month

 Here is a look at the printed calendar.  Since I love to focus on Staff/Student Morale, I made a section to plan each month's morale booster ideas!  There is a space for staff birthdays, Morale Booster Ideas, and Celebrations/Recognitions for Staff and Students!  Never miss an opportunity to celebrate all the great things you are doing.


The files come in a zipped folder.  Just unzip the folder and all the files are labeled so you can quickly locate what you need.

If the technology pieces worry you, no fear!  I even created a 5 page handout (included in the zipped folder) for your reference.

Ready to download?  Here's the link to my TpT Store

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Lead Your School with Purpose

On Sunday, I attended church service that left me inspired.  I love the sermon- Restart in My Purpose.    The sermon was about how we all have a purpose in this life.  Sometimes we go through life fulfilling day-to-day tasks never thinking about that purpose.  We aren't on this earth just to be present.

I couldn't help but make a connection to our career paths.  What is your purpose in your position?  Most of the time your purpose is related to your passion.

My passion came immediately to mind.  I love to invest in others.  I want others to win.  I want the men and women leading our schools to know I'm rooting for them to win.  I hope this blog platform helps to make your job easier by providing just what you need.

I truly hope my passion comes across to you in my blog posts.  Today, my wish is to leave you inspired to have an amazing Purpose-Driven Leadership.   Lead with all intention to do good for your students, your teachers, and your community.

All great achievements start with a passion.  Passion fuels you.  It motivates you to keep going even when you think you have nothing else to give.  Grab hold of your passion.  Your passion is needed to discover your purpose.

Purpose is Necessary

People seek purpose.  We all want to feel that our lives have a deeper meaning that goes beyond the paychecks.  When you feel and your team feels like what they do matters, your school will succeed.

Today, if you haven't found your purpose, take a look at what brings you fulfillment.  What motivates you to do what you do?  Share your purpose and your passion with your team.

Begin and end every week with letting your team know they are part of something big...something great...  They are all part of something very important.

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School Scratch Off Tickets- EASY

Do you feel excitement every time you scratch off a lotto ticket?  The thrill of winning something is invigorating.  

Scratch off tickets- an easy motivating tool for students and staff.  The best part is that the scratch offs don't involve paint.  Can I get an Amen?  No mess, no fuss!  All you need to do is add your own text and cover the prize area with a scratch off sticker.

I found the scratch off stickers on Amazon.  You can locate them here for silver and here for gold.  You all know how much I love gold.

The packet has 100 stickers.  One set sells around $8.  They arrived in two days by mail.   I did find out that Hobby Lobby also carries them.  

As you can see the stickers are about the size of a quarter.

I printed my tickets on cardstock and simply added the sticker over the prize area.  Hand them out to your teachers and students.  The prize area is editable.  This allows you to customize your prizes.  

Printing is easy for me since I now how the HP Instant Ink Service.  You can read here about how I can print hundreds of pages using colored ink for less than $9 a month.  If you are not part of the service, I highly recommend it.   If not, I did make some of the cards with white backgrounds.

Special seating, Lunch with the Principal, Treasure Box Reward, etc...

*Note- Not every card has to have a reward.  That is something you could explain to your students.  After all, it is a lotto ticket.   Sometimes you win...sometimes you try again.

Jean Day, Leave Early, Arrive Late, Skip Afternoon Duty, etc...

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers (FREE)

Are you needing ideas on ways to celebrate with your students and teachers?  Check out The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers.  

The Ultimate Guide comes digitally so you can choose to print or keep as a digital reference.  I wanted all list of wonderful ways to celebrate students all in one place.  As I was creating this, I asked some of my educational bloggers to share some of their resources too.

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Successes with Students and Teachers is a FREE download.

How to access the guidebook:

Sign up to receive Principal Principles Newsletters!  As soon as you sign up, you will be sent the file.  

If you are already on my mailing list, the newsletter went out for February with the download included.

I decided to laminate my guidebook and bind it for my desk.  This just works for me.  If you choose to do the same, I have included the sites of where the resources are located.  When using the digital file, I have included links directly to the location.

Most everything in the Guidebook can be downloaded for FREE.

Take a look at how a student can recognize another student with this You Are Spot On Award.

You Are Spot On
You Are Spot On is an award from one student to another student.  The staff version is called UP Award.  I love the idea of students recognizing other students for their leadership and the ability to go above and beyond.  Sometimes there is more meaning in the award when another student gives the award.  This creates a tight family-type atmosphere.  We need more of this!  This is the kind of world I want to live in.

UP Award
The UP award stands for Unleashed the Potential.  Instead of an administrator nominating awards for their teachers, colleagues are nominating other colleagues.  This is the same idea as the student version, You Are Spot On. 

We need to do more celebrating the excellent people we work with.  Faculty and staff recognition is important to the culture of your school.  Showing appreciation for those we work with is one of the many things that makes your school a great place to be.  

Our Success Stories
Creating a success stories jar is easy.  Just print out the cards and pass them out.  Teachers can submit their own successes, their student successes, or add a success from a colleague.  

Share the successes with your staff at your next faculty meeting, through email, or in small group meet-ups.  Just pull a few cards out of the jar each week and share.  After sharing, place the card on a bulletin board so everyone can continue to read them throughout the year.

Sharing our successes is a great morale booster.  We should create an environment where it is okay to "toot our horns."  

Your greatest asset is your students, staff, and families.  Without them very little would be achieved.  Systems of recognition and rewards help maintain a culture of motivation, unity and work satisfaction.  Happy employees are more loyal and hard-working.

Keep the energy alive.   Motivate through celebrating the great work that's happening on your campus!

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PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Parent Registration Night Printables

Registration night or round up is a great time for parents to tour the school and meet the teachers.  It's also the perfect time for parents to fill out all the enrollment forms.  We all know starting PreK and Kindergarten is hard on the parents.  Parents are worried about their babies starting school.  Let's try and ease that worry with a welcoming parent night.

We want parents to have a welcoming experience, but we also need to relay important key points to all parents.  A school-wide presentation and matching flyer is a great start.  

WHAT'S INCLUDED- 20+ editable slides
Welcome Slide
Meet the Principal (male image)
Meet the Principal (female image)
Meet the Principal (blank)
Meet the Teachers
Our School
Enrollment Information
Our Curriculum
A day in the life in PreK or Kindergarten
First Day of School
School Supplies
Healthy Snacks
Physical Education
Parent Involvement
Nurse News
Breakfast & Lunch
School Contacts
Thank you for coming

Also, includes a blank title page to add additional slides.

The flyer is editable.  Just type in your information and pass it out to the community or have it as a download on your website.    This is a PDF document.  You will need the FREE version of Adobe to add your text.

1.  Parents all hear the same information.
2.  Tackle the registration paperwork and collect student records.
3.  Parents and students tour the school to familiarize the layout and ease worries.
4.  Build excitement because your school is fun!
5.  Assess the student- conduct a brief screening of the student for class placement.

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