Weekly Updates from Mrs. K
November 13th, 2020
Teacher Feature - Mr. Tuft
WHY I TEACH
When I was young I had the opportunity to go into teaching. I promptly ran from the field as fast as I could. I thought it to be painfully boring, not much creativity involved, and how can you make a career out of staring at a bunch of kids year after year - without going insane? Even when Mindy began teaching I could not see the upside of teaching - still looked tedious & boring. I began teaching when I needed money. I was laid off and needed to work, and substituting was quick and easy to get into, even in a depression. I quickly learned teaching was not easy, but very challenging, and working with students (yes, day after day) was a fantastic opportunity to help students learn and grow and young people! Ten years later (thanks to fantastic fellow teachers!!) I find the teaching profession to be fascinating, challenging & creative beyond comprehension, and that working with young people is a gift. Helping each to grow into their fullest potential, as a student and person, is truly a gift, and that is why I teach.
Let's Keep Everyone Healthy and Our School Open
1. Screen your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school.
2. Keep your child home for at least 3 days if they are not feeling well - sick children should not be at school regardless of the cause of the illness.
3. Keep the lines of communication with the school open - we all want what is best for your child and working together we can accomplish that!
Reading Activities at Home
CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH
This month we’re talking about Gratitude! The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” The definition we are using in class is:
Gratitude: choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world.
- Talk about why you were grateful for the teachers and mentors in your life then ask your children why they are grateful for theirs. Have they had a favorite teacher? If so, who? What makes that teacher a favorite? If they haven’t had a favorite yet, find out what makes a great teacher in their eyes.
- Gratitude takes practice! What can we do as a family to work on expressing Gratitude more regularly to each other and those around us?
- Discuss why you are grateful for your child. Be specific: who are they? How do they make you feel? Ask them what they are grateful for about your family, your home, your neighborhood, etc..