So, today is Theodor S. Giesel's birthday... also known as Dr. Seuss. As most elementary teachers will tell you, Dr. Seuss is a very popular guy... at least to those under 5 feet high. (LOL). As a school we had Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast. (What else?!? LOL) Each class also had a Dr. Seuss cake made by our wonderful lunch workers.
I love so many of Dr. Seuss's books - some for their sheer silliness, and some for their timely lessons. I went around to each of the classes today and read one of my favorites - "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
"And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"
It always reminds me that anything is possible.
Today was also a day that we as a school were able to honor our former Principal. Things were rushed so much in December, that we didn't feel as though we were able to give him the send off we would have liked to. We asked him to come and be our guest reader for our Dr. Seuss day assembly. He read "The Sneetches," which is his favorite Dr. Seuss book - and for good reason. It teaches us all that we need to look beyond appearances and accept each other for who we are inside. We surprised him with a couple of his favorite books - signed by staff members, a throw, and a couple of other things that we felt would show him how much he meant to us. His wife and daughter were there as well, and we gave his wife a little gift as well, to thank her for all she did to support him while he was our Principal. I wrote a little poem and we gave it to him, as well. I think he was touched by what we had done. I hope he knows how much we all appreciated what he did for us.