Hello Clever Friends and Neighbors! I haven’t posted in a couple weeks; I have just been sharing updates that have come my way. I hope to be back to your scheduled programming!
Remember, students are out of school this entire week, returning November 27th. Don’t forget to come out to the Clever Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day! 8am at the middle school south gym. It’s free, just bring a package of diapers for the diaper bank, if you can, and burn some calories before you eat ALL the calories!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the oh-so-yummy carb-loaded foods, but also because it’s a wonderful time to reflect on what you are thankful for, spend time with family, and continue traditions. Our tradition is dinner at my parent’s house in Springfield where everyone is invited. If your family lives far away, maybe you don’t have family, or other circumstances, my parent’s house was and is ALWAYS open to those who want to join us. I love that tradition. We also play games and, like many of you, read through the ads to prepare for black Friday. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with love, laughter and tradition.
Posted with Ashleigh Yoder’s permission
Commitment. Determination. Grit.
Last year, I met a Mom in my son’s 1st grade class during a class party. She was quiet spoken when she approached me to share a sweet story about our kiddos, so we connected from then on out. At class parties and field trips, we would chat and, of course, we became FaceBook friends and connected on Instagram. Ashleigh Yoder is a beautiful young Mom, dedicating her time and energy to raise 2 sweet daughters. She is shy, but I roped her in to volunteering on our School PTA, so I occasionally see her outside of the classroom. This fall she WOWED those of us connected with her on social media and I want to share her story.
On a whim, she agreed with her friend to compete in a body building competition. Over the course of the spring and summer, she started working out for one hour a day. She lifted weights and started eating clean. Now, we all know how hard it is to change your eating habits, especially with a busy Mom life raising your family and cooking for them. Her family understood and was accommodating eating lots of chicken and fish. Additionally, she didn’t join a gym, she just purchased a book and started working out at home using free workouts at http://www.bodybuilding.com. Impressive, right?!?!?!? Her competition, a secret to most of her friends and family, was this past September and she posted before and after pictures. I mean, c’mon!!!
Ashleigh competed in the North American Natural Body Building Federation (NANBF) competition in Kansas City. She indicated, at first, she was doing it because her friend wanted to, but about 6 weeks before the competition she recognized the changes in her body and started caring about the competition and the possibility of placing. As you can see in her pictures below, she is a knock-out, but more importantly she is an example of what commitment, determination, and grit can accomplish. She placed 8th out of 12 competitors as a novice, beating some veteran competitors. Awesome!
When I asked her if I could write about this journey of hers, she indicated her first reaction was “NO!”. She talked it over with her husband, Tim, and he asked her why she posted her pictures on social media? It was at that time that she realized she did it to inspire and encourage others. Well, this is definitely inspirational! Ashleigh, I’m proud and amazed by you and proud to know you.
November 23rd— Clever Turkey Trot (see flyer below)
November 30th— Picture retakes
November 30th — PTA sponsored skating party
December 12th — Choir Christmas Concert
Clever Turkey Trot
State High School Cheer
The 2017-18 Clever Varsity Cheer squad competed at Cheer State two weekends ago in Columbia, MO at Mizzou. This was the squad’s first year as a Coed squad, and they competed against 21 other schools. The team had a good performance, and even though they did not place, they did have a win for one of the members.
Senior Shelby Gilmore received a high honor of becoming an All-State cheerleader! This was Shelby’s first year on the high school squad, but she has been in All-Star Cheerleading for most of her life. This is a huge accomplishment for Shelby, and her squad mates and school are so proud of her!
High School Varsity Cheer Coach
The school board met on November 14th in the high school library.
Roberts, McKenzie, Mangan, and Cummings, CPAs issued an audit report of the schools financial statements, issuing an unqualified opinion. Mr. Fenske talked about the tutoring occurring throughout the elementary schools and the successes students are having. A few emails from parents were shared stating their appreciation for the tutoring program.
Assistant Superintended Dr. Robin Gordon shared the Dyslexia screening law will be implemented in 2018.
Approximately 94% of the middle school (5th-8th grade) students were eligible for the attendance incentive, to see the movie Wonder. (Subsequently, I talked to several students who said it is a must-see move! I would also recommend reading the book; I read it with my boys last fall and enjoyed it very much! Now, I can’t wait to see the movie myself! ~Rachel) See the trailer here: Wonder Movie Trailer
The high school students of the month for October were presented:
Senior: Hannah Tackett; Junior: Cara Brown; Sophomore: Kelsey Johnston; Freshman: Quinn Gundelfinger
The school board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the high school library. Next meeting will take place December 12th.
PTA Sponsored Skating Party
Mark your calendars and bring your friends, neighbors, grandma, grandpa, cousins…anyone who wants to go to a good ole’ skating party. The kiddos love to skate and it brings back some fun memories for those of us who grew up skating (aka couples skating, dancing, etc). Only $5 per skater and PTA gets a portion of the proceeds!
The next Board of Alderman meeting will be November 21st at 6:30.
City Hall has a new website, find the latest here: http://www.clevermo.com/
The Annual Christmas parade is just around the corner! Check out the Facebook page for the latest information: Clever Christmas Parade
Clever Box of Love
Be sure and like the Facebook page to stay up on the latest needs! Clever Box of Love
If you are ever in need, please feel free to help yourself to what is needed from the box. If you have extra and would like to donate, please feel free to add it to the box or drop off at city hall or with Mary Lisek or Aimee Wilson. Please no cash donations at this time.
The box of love is getting donations in but they are leaving the box fairly quick. Please don’t forget to donate what you can. Things in high demand for the box at this time are:
Just so everyone is aware the box is set up for a few days needs. Not a full month. So when large items are donated such as a pack of toilet paper we separate them so a 4 pack= 4 families impacted by your donation!