I was at a community event recently, without Indie, when I told a student, "hi." That student excitedly asked me, "Who are YOU and WHERE'S Indie?!" This moment was amazing and exciting for me (I was also laughing so hard), because Indie had done her job and made a special connection with a student in one week!
At that same community event I had many students ask, "Where's Indie?" It's very exciting to know that many students have made a connection with Indie. She has been supporting students with all the emotions that come up during the first week of school; happy, sad, fear, anger, disgust, and surprise. She definitely is an effective coping tool for students and staff, no matter their current emotion!
Indie's typical school day is busy with greeting students and staff in the morning, getting belly rubs from students during the day and seeing the students home when the school day ends. In between seeing students, Indie slips in a nap or two, or three, or four. Indie is a very lazy puppy!
Okay, so "where was Indie?!" Our little Indie Anne was at "respite." Respite is a place to go to get some rest. No better place to catch some rest than the principal's home! I have a feeling Mrs. Harding and Indie both were taking advantage of respite!
We already need respite after one full week of school? Yes! This week is busy and many emotions turn up! Making time to rest and relax to prepare for the week ahead is beneficial so we can perform our best!
Now that Indie is well rested, she will be ready and excited to see Mr. Wilson on Monday morning! Every morning her and Mr. Wilson have fun greeting students as they enter the school. I know there will be more connections made this week, and the learning and fun will continue as it always does at LES!!!
In the back of our heads some us might be thinking, "when is our next school break," as we frantically and excitedly prepare for the 2018-2019 school year. Speaking of preparing, Indie has been very busy preparing for her final exam, the first day of school! Her semi-final already took place at enrollment and she did phenomenal! She met many students and found that they give good belly rubs!
In many ways, Indie has a lot in common with most students who are preparing for this school year. There will be new students, preschoolers, and kindergartners that will become part of our Tribe for the first time this year, just like Indie! Indie will be quite surprised come Thursday when she sees students at school! Imagine the students surprise when they see Indie at school! The moment will be memorable for everyone.
Even if you are a fifth grader who has been in the school district ever since you were a kindergartner or if you are a new student, it doesn't matter, we all are excited for a new year, a new beginning. We all (students and adults) have expectations and anticipations going through our head for this upcoming school year. Sometimes these feelings can make us anxious and we might begin to have butterflies in our stomach or frogs in our throat. If this is the case just know we are all in this Tribe together and will support one another! If you need to grab a quick drink of water, go for it! Water is the best way to wash the frogs down and to settle the butterflies! For those of us who have no worries for the first day of school, you are an inspiration!
In closing, Indie and I are looking forward to the students and staff members in the Fort Larned School District in having a safe, healthy, incredible learning experience for 2018-2019 school year! Go Indie Anne, oops I meant, INDIANS!!
I am a beautiful black lab who is privileged in being the therapy dog for Fort Larned Elementary School. I bring comfort and happiness to many elementary students.