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October 4, 2018

posted Oct 8, 2018, 2:05 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a busy, yet short week of school. Monday and Tuesday were a little more challenging with no recess opportunities, but our students and staff persevered and we were able to get outside on Wednesday. Our students are well into the academic year and many are working on their first writing challenge prompt. For example, fifth graders are writing opinion essays, fourth graders are creating a scene from their own fairy tale and first graders are working on a “super seven sentence.”

So far this year, I have been able to spend more time in classrooms watching and interacting with students and faculty. I have been able to celebrate our teachers’ instructional practices and also pose wondering questions to them. This has led to having more informal discussions and dialogue with my staff. I don’t know if they are always enjoying my opportunity to spend more time in their classrooms, but I am confident that it will be beneficial for all of us in the end.

I am also doing more reading as noted in last week’s newsletter. This week, I read 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts. According to Merriam-Webster, a precept is “a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action.” Or as Mr. Browne states, “words to live by.” Here are a few of my favorites so far:

  • Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. –Blaise Pascal
  • Be nice to each other. It’s really all that matters. –Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung
  • When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. –Thomas Jefferson
  • Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work. –Shreya
Maybe your family could find a precept that inspires you and hang it on your refrigerator for the month. Then at the beginning of each month add another one.

Have a great, extra-long weekend! See you Tuesday, October 9th.
-Ann
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