Lead, Love, Learn... Become More!
November 2015 Principal's Newsletter
Mr. Howse in Elementary School
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
Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)
Girls on the Run
On 2015 Girls on the Run team completed their 5k race on Saturday, November 14th. Way to go girls! A big thank you to all of our parent coaches who met with the girls each week to deliver a wonderful program!
Leaders in Action!
Our new Student Leadership team visited Operation Food Search. In addition to learning more about the program we support through the food and toy drive, they also spent some time working at the food bank.
School Store Leadership Team
Our new School Store Leadership team will be managing our school store each week.