Saturday, December 31, 2016

Adios 2016- Hello 2017, Year of the Rooster!

As we begin 2017, I wanted to revisit areas in need of attention when we go back to school,

1.  The 2017 Strategic Planning....Marian and Safra, what is your final decision-making? 

2. MLK Day is fast approaching. Isaiah, Miranda, MiAngela, Mrs. Omelia, Mrs. Small, and Father Blizzard...Please check the MLK Day information at the Casady Places to Serve blog  Please let me know if what I have has not changed in my absence from OKC. Do we need a sign-up genius this year?

MLK Day needs
a. A flyer
b. A letter to market the day and get volunteers from all
A letter to market the day and get volunteers from all divisions 
c.  Youth to introduce and the guest speaker on January 9th at UD and MD chapels 
d. Sign-up genius link?
...did I forget something?

3. Finally, from the blogs below, and personal photos taken, the Rainbolt lunch needs a PP, Prezi or ? of memories of 2016???   Dr. Fyer suggested contacting the marketing department because they have great pics.  Grace, Katherine, and Ellie...any ideas here.

A reflective moment:

2016 was a very good year.  We transitioned from the very capable hands of Aubrey and Dylan to the welcoming, smiling hearts of Miranda and Isaiah. 

Peace Week 2016 was a collaborative great beginning.  The Casady Cans Do Food Drive 2016 broke all donation records.  The ICS Hope for the Holiday Drive was a great success, and 30 people were able to donate blood in December 2016.

Looking forward to a wonderful 2017

Infant Crisis Services Hope for the Holidays Reflection

Sophomore Katherine S. facilitated the Casady's drive to support ICS.  Katherine is a member of the ICS Teen Board and has volunteered there in the summers since she was 13. 

In 2015, she led the drive in the Primary and Lower Divisions and this year, she added the Upper Division. She was assisted by the fourth-grade class, the Casady YAC, the entire Lower, Primary, and Upper Divisions.  The Middle Division did not participate because they have an ongoing project during the holidays  The MD collects donations to educate a child at a sister school in Uganda, Bishop McAllister College.  

The 4th grader faculty team started the ICS project a few years ago. The Primary Division adopted the project and in 2015, Katherine connected the project to the Upper Division YAC as part of her Independent Study Course,"Classroom with a Cause".  In 2016, Katherine brought this project for the holidays to the entire Upper Division.  

Baby items donated were bottles, clothing, coats, hats, mittens, diapers, toys, and monetary donations for infant formula.  The high school had 5 days to bring donations and the drive competition ended on December 9, 2016.  The winning grade of an out of uniform and an extra out to lunch was the sophomore class. 

Upper Division students and faculty who continued to bring donations placed them under the Harper Wing Giving Tree and YAC members took them to the Giving Trees at the Lower and Primary Divisions where the drive continued until December 14, 2016.  The fourth graders delivered donations on December 15 in Casady vans and the Primary Division students transported their "baby store under the tree" to a very special ICS Santa Vehicle on December 16, after grandparents day. 

The ICS Hope for the Holidays Drive Team
Pictures courtesy of Casady's marketing department and 
LD and PD administrative assistants, Mrs. Maness and Mrs. Dillier

"I selected ICS because we, as the Casady Community, are so blessed in all that we have, in not only materials, but also connections with peers, teachers, and families to guide and assist us; however, others are not as fortunate, and often the little ones are left behind so I want to help the one in four babies who go hungry every night.  Thank you so much to all that participated and helped with the Hope for the Holidays Donation Drive. It was a huge success, and the generosity displayed was simply incredible. One girl, a Primary Division student, used all of the money she made this summer at a lemonade stand to buy a box of diapers bigger than she was", Katherine said. 

The LD and UD delivered 300 pounds  in donations to ICS.  Mrs. France and the Casady Staff helped the 4th graders pack donations. Mrs. France, Upper Division Director drove a group of 4th graders to the Infant Crisis Services warehouse to deliver the LD and MD donations.

The Upper and Lower Division collected: 
Cash $ 260.26 + Check $ 25.00-Total $ 285.26 for baby formula

The PD filled the "Santa's Special ICS Van" with ICS wish list items from the "Baby store under the tree" on Friday, January 16, 2016.  

Final results will be provided by ICS officials after the Xmas Break. 







Super Cao Nguyen donated some sweets for the ICS Drive organizers to say thank you to the Casady teachers who helped the drive reminding students to bring donations and/or brought donations themselves.