Howse's Hello

Lead, Love, Learn... Become More!

November 2015 Principal's Newsletter

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read my very first "Howse's Hello". This will not replace ENews, bulletins, important dates or weekly school updates. This will be a casual monthly hello from me that touches base with parents to help create a connection between your home and myself. I often write little thoughts to staff but rarely do I get the opportunity to talk with parents when not rushing so I thought this would be a good way to connect.

Mr. Howse in Elementary School

Memories from elementary school for me often involve the change of seasons and holidays. As we approach the holidays, I often think back to this time in my life.


I remember the school lunch having special treats this time of year, winter parties, taking home special projects we made and most of all the way my teachers made me feel. I think one thing my teachers probably didn't appreciate was me always playing with pencils on my desk like they were school buses picking up kids. Yes I even made the "vroom" sound!


It's so funny how our expectations for kids these days have dramatically increased compared to when we were in school. I do think the increased level of rigor in our schools has been a positive. I also think it's equally important to remember when we were at elementary age and how our brains and perception at that age is different than an adult. Kids really are performing at a higher level in school than ever before, but most importantly we have a school that offers a welcoming and loving environment for all kids.


It's a great time of year to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives, I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the many amazing children, parents, teachers and staff here at John Weldon. When you serve at John Weldon it really does make an impact. I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving break with your family and truly take the time to reflect and be thankful.

The Leader in Me

We are often asked how parents can support our school’s leadership initiative. Each time we are asked we give the same answer “Use the 7 Habits language at home.” As the school year unfolds, the children are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits.


By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send the children a strong message of what you believe is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit!


Below is a summary of each of the habits:


Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood ( Listen Before You

Talk)

Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

We value your input!

As a principal, I want to hear from you. We need your ideas but we also need your support at school. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved through our PTO and by contacting your classroom teacher. Please let me know how I can better serve you.

John Weldon's Annual Santa Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar!

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 8am-2pm

7370 Weldon Springs Road

Dardenne Prairie, MO

Stop by and enjoy hot fresh pancakes and sausage with Chris Cakes. Visit with Santa and do a little holiday shopping with over 40 vendors! Advance tickets recommended, but some may be available at the door. Special Thanks to Bridgett Pelikan, her committee and our PTO for their work on this event so our kids can enjoy this tradition at John Weldon.
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