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December 13, 2013

posted Dec 16, 2013, 6:08 AM by jmarcotte@sau4.org


 Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have had a few challenging weeks and when this occurs, I am so fortunate to have the experience, support, faith and perseverance to push through. I often rely on quotes to help me reflect on the situations and remind me that the “issues” I am working on are generally minor in the larger scheme of life. Those quotes are:

“Believe & Succeed—Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” —Mary Anne Radmacher (framed saying in my DES office)
“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”—Author Unknown
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh (framed saying at my home)

 “May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you.” (scroll hanging in my NHCS office)

 I believe, as educators and parents, we need to model, discuss, teach and provide our students with boththe mindset and skill set to persevere when they feel challenged, frustrated and confused. As a school,   We need to build a climate where students can feel comfortable and confident in going to a trusted adult to share and express their needs, fears and feelings. Our teachers and staff need to create that partnership with families so that students know that we are all in this together. We need to help our students find positive and nondestructive ways to deal with feelings of hurt, disappointment, failure and frustration. At school, we can expose our students to different experiences such as journal writing, music exploration, physical activity, conflict resolution and stress management. Our curricula need to encompass compassion, empathy, diversity and resiliency. Most importantly, we need to teach our children that no matter what is happening today, they can work through it and it will get better. As a school, we need not always focus on test scores, but keep in our schedules our morning meetings, guidance lessons, teachable moments and celebrations/assemblies.


Have a great weekend and stay warm!