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September 7, 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 1:40 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We survived another hot week of school! Our school community persevered through the temperatures and enjoyed the cooler weather on Friday. Our school building was still hot on Friday, but we are hoping over the weekend things will cool down.

Besides having our students obtain the skills associated with the Common Core, our teachers and staff are working with our students on gaining knowledge and practice on “soft skills”. With our every changing world and really not knowing what jobs will be available when our elementary students graduate from high school and college, these “soft skills” will be essential in their future.

At school, we work with our students on taking risks, being kind and accepting the fact that we all make mistakes. Students need to be able to recognize that rigorous academic learning is not going to be easy or be quick. We also need to help them understand that learning takes practice and mistakes will happen. One of my classroom teachers had the saying, “When you make a mistake, you need to try again and not give up.” It is our hope that students will learn from their mistakes and know that learning is a process. I had a college professor who believed that “true learning” only results from a mistake. He never used the word "growth mindset" but he instilled that concept within us some 27 years ago.

Growth mindset and the character virtues of honesty, integrity, ownership, responsibility, and forgiveness are the foundations of a person’s character and future success. It is my hope that our students learn these important lessons right along with their academic achievement.

Have a great weekend.
Ann
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