December 8, 2013
Early Dismissal: These next two weeks are early dismissal weeks so that you can meet with your children’s teachers to review their academic progress and social/emotional growth and strategize for the future.
School will dismiss at 2:12 for 1st – 5th grade. Kinder students will dismiss at the regular time. To make the most out of your time, I suggest that you come having already reviewed your child’s progress report and with questions in hand.
Book Fair: We will have a book fair in the meeting room on the 11th, 12th and 13th of this week (Wed., Thurs., and Friday) to support the school and assist you in preparing for the holidays. Great gifts can be found at the Scholastic Book Fair!
Valet Drop Off and Pick Up: This is a reminder to pull all the way forward to the red line in the valet area. We need to let as many children in and out of cars as possible at one time. Maximizing the driveway will help us do this.
Adults, stay in your car, please. Seat students in the back seat on the passenger side so that they can exit without your help. This makes the line more efficient and safer!
Finally, extend the life of your principal by refraining from crossing the parking lot; cross at the end of the driveway where the sidewalk is located. It is very difficult to see small and big people in an active parking area.
Character Counts! Congrats to all those students who received recognition for exercising respect! Our next character focus is Responsibility.
Most character development specialists agree that character traits need to be taught. Good traits and positive habits do not just happen. They are nurtured at home and at school through the action of parents and teachers.
People of character are responsible. They are accountable, show self-restraint, and pursue excellence. They mean it when they say, “You can count on me.” Being responsible is part of a person of character. Being responsible means that we do the right thing even when no one is looking. We do the right thing just because it is right and not because we will get credit or praise for doing it.
To have good character, we have to do more than say we are responsible. We must take action. Responsible people take care of themselves as well as others and can always be counted on to do the right thing, even when the right thing is hard to do.
Be Accountable Responsibility means being accountable.
Be Accountable – Look Out for Excuses “That’s just the way I am.” You are whatever you choose to be, nothing less and nothing more.
“It’s not my fault.” Responsibility is not about blame, it is about accountability. “It’s not my job.” Your moral duties often go beyond specific job responsibilities. Responsible people often do more than they are required to do.
What you do and what you say start a chain reaction that affects others.
- Take charge of your own life.
- Practice self-discipline with your health, emotions, time, and money.
- Act out of reason, rather than anger, revenge, or fear.
More to come on responsibility in the future.
Enjoy the next two weeks!