Business Partner of the Year

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Business Partner of the Year Award

Joe Van Deuren, Owner of Balanced Life Skills, was recently selected as Business Partner of the Year to Anne Arundel County Public Schools by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. The award was made at a special dinner held at the BWI Marriott Hotel. Joe was nominated by Linda Lamon, Signature Program Facilitator of South River High School where he serves on the business advisory board. She says, “Mr. Joe is a part of our school and our lives. His goal is to make life better through his years of business and life skills by giving to others and he has developed many programs to help educators as a way to celebrate their commitment to education and appreciate their work. We were proud to nominate him for this award.” Continue reading “Business Partner of the Year”

April 10 Announcements

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April 12 – Belt Testing Day 5/6 year olds at 10AM

7/8 yr. olds @ 11:30 AM

9/12 yr olds @ 1:00 PM

April 13 – Diabetes Walk Navy Marine Corps Stadium starts @ 10 AM (be there a little early!
April 14 -18 Teacher Appreciation Week -Invite your teachers and let them see how you are doing
April 19 10: AM Rain Barrel painting.  There will be barrels for every age group.  We are still looking for some artist and schools/ groups to take part in this with us.  Please have them call Mr. Joe at 410-263-0050 for more information.
April 16, 17 Stripe Testing & Journals due.
Word of the month next week we will discuss Who are my favorite teachers and how can I thank them?

Honor your Teachers

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“No matter what accomplishments you achieve somebody helped you.” Althea Gibson

No matter who we are or what we have done there has always been someone or several others who have helped in some way. It may have been as simple as an encouraging word, offering us an insight that got us unstuck on a problem, or a gift of another sort that allowed us to move forward. However given the society that we live in sometimes we forget that we can accomplish nothing without the help of others.

Help comes in so many different ways and lessons learned from unsuspecting teachers. I know that I have learned lessons from the animal world, observing them, reading about their habits have made me realize things that would be difficult to learn from another human. Our help may have come from a personal disability or from knowing someone who has gone through an experience that we have not experienced.

Every moment is a learning moment, and then we can honor our teachers by thinking about our own personal teachers. As we think about them it is appropriate to let them know if possible that you appreciate them even if it is by just speaking about that experience to others. Recounting the value of the teacher out loud to others really firms up the sense of gratitude and happiness for all that you have been given.

For my students, honor your teachers this month with us at BLS, by inviting them to our Teacher Appreciation Week. This is an opportunity for you to say, “Thank you for being my teacher.”