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Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
TSC Matters
Gratitude this Thanksgiving
Thinking of something or someone to be grateful for is proven to decrease anxiety especially when dealing with day to day uncertainty. This pandemic may be affecting our Thanksgiving holiday plans, but it doesn't have the power to keep us from maintaining an attitude of gratitude. I'm grateful for the Tippecanoe School Corporation's employees navigating the obstacles as we keep our eyes focused on our mission. 
Thank you
All of us have felt the weight of additional stress and we can so easily pass it on to others including students, coworkers, our own children, and even our entire families if we're not careful. If we've learned anything since March perhaps it's how to be more present and thankful in the moment.

Please consider practicing the necessary prevention measures this holiday season. We're on the cusp of the final three-week stretch toward ending the first semester. Be safe. Employ an additional strategy for this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday by taking a moment to consider what or who brings you joy, and then tell somebody about it. Thank you TSC! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott Hanback 
Free workshop on the teen brain
Tippecanoe County Youth Services, in partnership with Anderson University, will host a virtual training program about parenting the teen brain. The free virtual workshops will be December 1 and 2 from 6 - 8 pm.

Click here for to register or for more information.

TSC schools receive SIA Foundation grants
Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced four TSC schools are among 15 Indiana organizations receiving grants from the SIA Foundation. The winners include Battle Ground Middle School, Burnett Creek Elementary School, Mintonye Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School.

Share your stories of holiday spirit
TSC plans to highlight how our students and staff give back to the community during the holiday season in a story to be posted on our website. If your school, club or employee group will be participating in a food drive, collecting items for the animal shelter, creating cards for soldiers deployed overseas or another community outreach activity, please share information and photos with Sue Scott by Tuesday, December 15.

Encourage friends, family and others to consider applying for a position to help us address staffing shortages during the pandemic. Positions are available for substitute teachers, bus drivers, instructional aides and paraprofessionals. More information is available under the Employment tab on our website.
Apply to be an instructional aide
TSC/LSC Health & Wellness Clinic Matters
The TSC/LSC Health & Wellness Clinics will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. If you need medical attention during this time, please call the After Hours Line at (877) 768-0082.

As part of TSC's continued effort to support and encourage wellness, the TSC Technology Department and TSC's Neuroeducator, Anne Marshall, will be collaborating to feature tools, strategies, science, and resources for cultivating Digital Wellness for our community of stakeholders. Our current climate necessitates our day-to-day activities rely heavily on the technologies available to us. Our intention with this initiative is to offer insight on resources available to guide us as we safely integrate technology with humanity.
Turn off all notifications except from people

Notifications appear in RED dots because red is a trigger color that instantly draws our attention. Most notifications are generated by machines, not actual people. They keep our phones vibrating to lure us back into apps that we don’t really need to be in.

On iOS devices, navigate to Settings > Notifications and turn off all notifications, banners, and badges, except from apps where real people want your attention (e.g. email apps, messaging apps). On Android devices, navigate to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > App notifications.
November - Energy management - Gratitude
Focusing on things that you are grateful for can strengthen and replenish your emotional energy.  Read more.

TSC INtegrate events
November 26: Lafayette Urban Ministry Turkey Trot 5K Run. (In person or virtual)
December 5: 'Tis the Season Ugly Sweater 5k Walk and Run (Virtual only)

Mindfulness Matters
with Anne Marshall
November is a month in which we prioritize efforts to express gratitude for the people, experiences, and treasured artifacts in our lives. Offering gratitude is a science-proven strategy for supporting personal wellness. In the spirit of thankfulness, this post is to express appreciation for all of you. You matter, your work matters, and you are noticed. Thank you for your stamina, dedication, and perseverance. Sending health and well wishes your way.

Mindfulness Matters
Engage steps challenge
We’re excited to kick off a challenge that you can do with your fellow coworkers and friends. The challenge is for TSC health insured employees and runs through November 24.

The Trailblazers Leaderboard Challenge is a social steps challenge in the Engage app and when you participate, you can win prizes like a $100 Visa Gift Card, $50 Amazon Gift Card, and more. Click here for details on how to join.  

Personal coaching program available
Don’t just take our word for it…hear from actual participants:
“This is not a diet. My wife and I are very science based and this is not a fad.” ~Steve M.
Do you want to get healthier, feel better, and have more energy? NuStart’s personal coaching program provides the support and guidance empowering you to get in tune with your body and gain confidence (learn more). This program is free for all TSC employees.
Are you ready? Click here to get started. You’ll be glad that you did.

with Kathy Nimmer

I recently was reminded of that old saying, "We are what we eat." I am appalled by what that means for us during this unfolding holiday season! That saying could also expand in this way I believe: "We are what we read." New Harrison math teacher Stacy Fulton wrote in an email to me, "I will list positive affirmations on my open whiteboard. Maybe if students make a habit of reading one each day, it will adjust their negative attitude toward a more positive one." Stacy has something there. If we are shaped by the things that surround us, then how empowering it is to know we can choose exactly what we want surrounding us! It's all about attention and intention.

Araceli Gualajara
Employee Name: Araceli Gualajara
Years with TSC: 12
Position: Custodian, Wea Ridge Middle School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Araceli is very dedicated to keeping her area clean and safe for the students and staff. She always takes the initiative and goes beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. She always takes a lot of pride in the way the school looks.
Deborah Honsowetz
Employee Name: Debbie Honsowetz
Years with TSC: 19
Position: Special Education Paraprofessional, Mintonye Elementary School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Debbie's talents are endless. She is always willing to lead or assist to make good things happen. She is a master "child whisperer."

November 26 & 27 - No school, Thanksgiving
December 18 - End of the first semester
December 21 - No school, winter break begins
January 4 - Staff and students return to school