We are beginning a week-long holiday, under the focus of Thanksgiving. As I was walking through classrooms Friday, one student said that Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday of the year. I replied, “Oh, you like the food?” And he resolutely responded, “No! I get to be with my family.” This was said with such honesty and so quickly out of his mouth; it did my heart good. It was such a beautiful, humbling reminder to me of the importance of spending time with family and sharing good food and happy moments together.
Dear Rhonda, I would like to thank you and your staff for going above and beyond to take steps to secure the safety of the students in all programs under the charter umbrella. As a member of the Parent Advisory Committee, I have had the opportunity to see and work on the updated safety plan that covers all number of emergency situations if they were to arise at one of the schools. A part of this safety plan that may not be immediately evident is the time and effort you and your staff have put into, not just securing the physical safety of our children, but into securing the emotional safety of our children.
This month it seems only natural to focus on gratitude. Over the years in my profession and personally, gratitude has been one of the most powerful tools I’ve experienced. For example, it’s not hard to slip into a feeling of envy when we’re browsing through our social media outlets. Many children buy into others’ social media narratives and can suffer a dip in their self-esteem as they look at pictures of their peers’ “perfect worlds”. Gratitude is a wonderful antidote for...
As we transition into November, the holidays are around the corner and thus we are a third of the way into the school year. The rhythm of working on, completing, and most importantly turning schoolwork in on time has (hopefully) become routine...
A few weeks ago, my son, who often throughout his childhood has had anxiety at night about different “monsters” under the bed, came into our room to say yet again that he was struggling with some fear.
The use of technology and the impact of social media on students and adults alike has become an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Personally, I think I am on screens too much..especially when I am with people whom I love and care about my relationship with. This year, I have made a strong commitment to monitor the amount of time I spend to review and send emails.
Hooray and congratulations! Every child, every family has progressed through another year of learning, many making that special advancement or graduation leap to their next step on the ladder, or rung, or river, or whatever metaphor fits for your family style.