Lasallian Volunteers 2005-2006

Lord, The Work is Yours...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Lasallian Volunteer Midyear Retreat 06

Lasallian Volunteer Midyear Retreat 06

Monday, January 30, 2006

Maybe I shouldn't give 7 year olds sugar....

I especially like the kid in the front, Jordan. The ONLY one sitting, lol. Maybe I was the one who had too much sugar...

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I had too!

I absolutely had to post a new post because I couldn't handle opening this blog to that picture any more!!! Ergh!

So....anyone catch the President's remarks from a University in Kansas? If not, take a minute and have a good laugh, here is where you can find the transcript:

and, if you don't have the time for all that nonsense, here's a small excerpt that I thought you might enjoy!

Question: "W is for Wisconsin. You're a rancher. A lot of us here in Kansas are ranchers. I was just wanting to get your opinion on "Brokeback Mountain," if you've seen it yet? (Laughter.) You would love it. You should check it out."

And, of course, his all too intelligent response:
THE PRESIDENT: "I haven't seen it. I'll be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie. (Laughter.) I've heard about it. I hope you go -- you know -- (laughter) -- I hope you go back to the ranch and the farm is what I'm about to say. I haven't seen it. "(Laughter and applause.)

Monday, January 23, 2006

2nd installment

You asked for it!

Disclaimer: In no way shape or form are any of these pictures meant to depict the volunteers in a less than jovial manner. Please forgive me if you feel this is inappropriate.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


I love this picture

Friday, January 20, 2006

Weekend in NYC

I have one thing to say: "Way-oh- way- oh -way- oh way- oh!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Here's to drunk girls

Here's to finding a drunk girl outside your office. A drunk girl that you know and love and don't want to take to the office. A drunk girl that is 15 years old and only drank because the senior she likes brought her the alcohol. A drunk girl that knows better and you know she knows better but decided to do it anyways. And here's to hoping that that drunk girl doesn't get kicked out of school, because if she gets kicked out of school who knows where she'll go.

It's my second year but this is the first time I had to deal with this issue personally. And boy do I feel terrible. Anyone else experience something like this? It sure would be nice to hear.


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gracias NYC Kids!

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone livin in the NYC area for making my first trip to NY so enjoyable. Resurrection- thanks for hostin the pre-party on Sunday. Bedford Park- You make great waffles and bacon. Also thanks for finding my glasses. I realized I forgot them as soon as I walked into the airport.

And now my friends, it is 9pm and I am off to bed cus I'm sicker than a dog. I hope no one else got sick after this weekend. I'm blaming it on walking around NYC for 1 & 1/2 hours on Sunday night with 20 degree temps and a wind chill of God knows what. Take care and God Bless!



Thank you Bedford Park and Resurrection. Your hospitality was superb. 5 Star accomodations and 5 Star people!

Now, those who had cameras on Sunday night, let's see those Coyotes. That was HOT.

Best Practice

While we were talking over lunch about best practices, I thought I would share this with everyone. Based on what I've heard, grading can be so arduous, especially having to do it all at once at the end of the term by paper and pencil (and calculator, too). I have the perfect solution. I say perfect because not only is this solution quick, it's also free!

I use an online gradebook that computes my weights for me and spits out grades the moment I enter them. The url is:
Just enter some class information, how much you want the grades to weigh, and start entering grades. At the end of the term, you can carry the class list and grade weights to the next term with the click of a couple of buttons. I've saved HOURS by using this online gradebook, so I hope all of you take advantage of it. And with it being free, you really can't beat the price. Email ( or call me (630-779-9788) if you have any questions about it. Good luck everyone!

Driven to Smoke

While at LGA Matt and I were stuck waiting for our plane to be ready because of an "emergency exit" light issue. We decided that we would take out a few of the "lucky lights" sweet candy cigarettes. Oh new york new york, so beatiful they named it twice. If only the airports could work better or not be so quirky. ;-) Midyear was awesome, and I want to thank the Bedford Park Community for hosting us Tulsans, and the New York peeps for being so hospitable. God Bless ya'll. Maybe we'll sing "oklahoma" for you all during the end of the year. Maybe..........


Greetings Ya'll!

I just want to say that it was great to see all of you! I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend away. Best of luck for the coming semester. You are all in my prayers. If you ever need anything you know where to find me!



Monday, January 09, 2006

Christmas is ending

I received this poem from my principal during our morning meeting today...the perfect thing for a Monday!

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home.
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among all,
To make music in the heart.

This poem really hits home for all of us, I believe. Enjoy your work and see you all this Friday. God Bless You All!

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Rules

I had a student challenge me on what they thought they did wrong. It involved a blatant break from the norm and caused a distraction in the room. The student became defiant and told me: "You don't know the rules! You didn't write the rules!" I quickly shot back: "Actually I did." And I had actually helped write the behavior policy for this year during our pre-start meetings. Needless to say, the student returned to their seat and remained good the remainder of the day. Take THAT, kiddo :)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A "First-Class" LV Experience

I flew into Chicago on the 23rd of December, and apparently left the warm weather in Philly. But this story isn't about the's about how I got a First Class seat (that I should never have gotten) on a United flight from Chicago back to Philly.

The reason for the upgrade was a slight confusion I caused at the airport ticket counter before my flight from Philly to Chicago. I declined an upgrade to first class because the cost was something like $325 (and what LV has THAT laying around?). The ticket counter person apparently put a note in the computer that I declined an upgrade I qualified for. Mind you, I wasn't even a frequent flyer member at that time, so I think she just put a note with my name on it in the computer.

On my return trip to Philly, I went to the counter at O'Hare to request an upgrade to First Class and the lady there told me that I didn't have any miles to redeem. She was absolutely right (I joined their program that morning). She then went into the notes section for my name/account and read that I declined an upgrade the week prior, so she thought that meant I had enough miles to upgrade and could do so at that time. She printed a First Class boarding pass and I bid her adieu before she could realize her mistake (that, indeed, I had no business asking for an upgrade because I had no history with them).

Nevertheless, the flight was delayed (hmmm...about 3 hours), but I managed to hop an earlier flight after waving my golden ticket (Seat 1A) and asking to be bumped up. The flight was about 2 hours, but it was the best 2 hours I've ever had on an airplane (and who can really say THAT?). I had a fruit plate (nothing really spectacular...4 grapes and a small wedge of pineapple), a granola bar, and a complimentary 10-serving bag of Starbuck's Holiday blend (which my community enjoyed this very morning).

So, yes, if you smile right and you get extremely lucky, you might get your First Class ticket someday ;) Just a tip from an aviation junkie...and if you don't get that First Class upgrade for free, believe me when I say it's not worth the $600!

See you all next week!


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