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Caroline Seta 0 20 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

GRIT: Guts, Resilience, Initiative, Tenacity.

This weekend midterms are coming home as a way to encourage dialogue with your student(s) about their grades and how to best improve them. It is our hope that we have very little to send home in this regard and that the majority of our students are completing their assignments, studying for their tests, and asking for help from the teacher when they are confused or do not understand a concept. We also expect our students to work diligently in class and behave appropriately (not talking out of turn, listening to each other). Some of our students struggle and we try to help them as best we can, providing auxiliary services and/or reviewing work. One thing we have discovered as a staff is some of our students tend to “get down on themselves” rather quickly when they don’t do well the first time on an assignment or test. This is the perfect time for our students to “mess up” or make a mistake! We are here to help our students get up and dust themselves off and try again. But we can only do so much! We want our students to actively be involved in advocating for themselves.

According to renowned psychologist Angela Duckworth, grit is passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way. It combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades. Grit is a valuable trait in the classroom, the field, and the neighborhood. All of us working together to help our students develop “grit” prepares them for the high school and beyond.

Ms. B

Paw Prints

Caroline Seta 0 54 Article rating: No rating

A Message from Ms. B:

One of the simplest things we try to teach every day is the maxim: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be kind and others will be kind in return. Kindness is shown in many ways, individually or collectively.

The beginning of our second week of break, I assisted Coach Dude in his basketball duties with the 5th grade boys’ team. Not known for my athletic skills, I fell on my face while dribbling a ball (it was not pretty to watch!). A lot of students would laugh when the principal falls doing a simple task but our young men did not laugh and even tried to assist me in getting back up. They quickly exited when the saw the injury and when we had to cancel practice early so Coach Dude could take me to get stitches, no one grumbled or complained. They all wished me well. At that point, kindness was what I needed since not only was my face bruised, my ego was too.

I would love for all of our students to be kind and experience kindness from each other. It can be difficult growing up and realizing the differences we all have. Instead of celebrating the differences, often times, the very things that make us unique become the focal point of jeers and exclusion.

So what can we do, as a community, to teach kindness? Show kindness. I challenge each of you to small acts of kindness standing in line at the grocery store, asking your children to put away their clothes, or even leaving our parking lot at dismissal. Make it a family challenge and priority to show kindness to each other, to adults, to everyone (even those we might not always enjoy the company of or agree with). Encourage your students to share their kindness stories at dinner or in school with their teacher. The more we share the goodness, the less we surround ourselves with negativity. We are the models of kindness for our children.

I truly believe that we are some of the luckiest people on the westside, attending our school and church…not because of the longstanding traditions or excellent education but because of the people.

Keep warm, stay healthy, and Bee Kind, 

Ms. B

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