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May 2nd - May 6th

Happy Teachers Appreciation Week

Hello Krew,

It's here! It's Here! It's Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

This is the week where all your hard work, blood, sweat, tears, long hours of planning, and dry hands from constant use of hand sanitizers are finally recognized and appreciated!!!

You will receive accolades from on high and your weight in gold.... Well maybe not gold. But you will get lots of food this week...

In all seriousness, please let me say THANK YOU for all that you do. We couldn't work with a better group of people and professionals than we have at Kipling. I love coming to work with you everyday and not a day goes by that I don't go home amazed at your commitment and dedication to our students and our school.

Enjoy your week!!!

Habit 2 - Begin With The End in Mind

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This week we will take the idea of Begininng With The End in Mind a bit further. I think we all know that beginning with the end in mind means to set goals and know what outcome you want to have. It also means making a plan. This is obvious to this habit.

However, going deeper, what habit 2 allows us to do is something Malcom Gladwell and other refer to as Deliberate Practice. This week Ben Lombardi and myself had the opportunity to attend a Growth Mindset training with Eduardo Briceno, the CEO and co founder of Mindset Works. One of the most valuable pieces of this session was the discussion of the idea of Deliberate Practice. This is intentional and directed practice that is intently focused.

Psychologist K. Anders Ericcson describes it below.

"People believe that because expert performance is qualitatively different from normal performance the expert performer must be endowed with characteristics qualitatively different from those of normal adults. [...] We agree that expert performance is qualitatively different from normal performance and even that expert performers have characteristics and abilities that are qualitatively different from or at least outside the range of those of normal adults. However, we deny that these differences are immutable, that is, due to innate talent. Only a few exceptions, most notably height, are genetically prescribed. Instead, we argue that the differences between expert performers and normal adults reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain."

Are you in the Learning Zone or the Performance Zone? Eduardo used the example of Cirque du Soleil to differentiate between the learning zone and the performance zone. He said that when the performers of Cirque are in a performance they make no mistakes - they are perfect. That is only because they spend so much time in the learning zone, which in their case is the gym, practicing and making many mistakes.

Is school the learning zone or the performance zone? I think the answer is obvious. We should give our students ample opportunities for deliberate practice in the learning zone.

The video below is another in the great Rule Yourself series from Under Armor. This one is of Michael Phelps and training for the Olympics in Rio this summer. Would he be able to go through this without Beginning With the End in Mind? Would you consider this deliberate practice?

“There are reasons why I swam every holiday, every Christmas, every birthday,” added Phelps, explaining why he was the most dedicated of swimmers. “I was trying to be as prepared as I could, and I tried to see what I could really do and what my potential was. I just really did kind of whatever it took.” - Michael Phelps


Building Team Meeting on Tuesday

Leadership Day Reflection and Summer Beautification

Thank you to everyone that has completed the Leadership Day Reflection. If you haven't done so please take a moment to complete it.

Also, if you have ideas for building improvements over the summer please put them in this document.

In The News

Please send any news that we can include in the newsletter. Serious or silly - it's all good.

Kipling Students and Teachers Attend LearnStorm Final Celebration in Chicago

Thank you to Michael Schwartz, Christi Harrison, Caitlin Binder-Markey, and Jeanne Sayner for attending the final Learnstorm event this weekend downtown. There were 300 students from around the area and 8 from Kipling that attended the event.

Jeanne Celebrates Daughter's Wedding in Tennessee

Congratulations to Jeanne Sayner and her daughter Jill and new son in law Taft. that got married last weekend in Tennessee.
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Kipling Teachers Attend Ed Camp

Danna, Carolynn and Jennifer Fraboni from Walden attended EDCamp DuPage on Saturday to extend their learning with other passionate educators. Way to lead the way in professional learning.
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It Was Easter Weekend at The Sutic House

Happy Easter to Svetlana and family. You all know only 1 person can decorate eggs like that.
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Kipling Staff Tease Principal With How Much Fun They Are Having

In what one described as the best time since the Justin Bieber concert (Lynn Surico), several members of the Kipling staff sent me a picture of their fun time out just as I was settling in to call the first of 10,000 numbers for family Bingo Night. Thanks Everyone.
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Save Your Pop Tabs for Room 12

Please help collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald charities. Room 12 will be collecting them until June 2nd.
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Student Growth Folder

This is our shared student growth folder. Most recently updated with Q2 DCA results.

Important Dates


05/03 - BTM Meeting

05/05 - DARE Graduation

05/06 - Kindy Round Up

05/13 - Field Day

05/20 - Inspiration Ed Camp

Inspiration Update

A few months ago I sent out a video about Jake Olsen. A USC student that was blind but made the USC football team. Just recently he earned a spot snapping the ball in USC's spring game. Thanks for the update on this from Brad Greenberg.
Incredible moment at USC's spring game as blind long-snapper Jake Olson took the field