Your Counselor - Ms. Mutter, & PBSES Coach - Ms. Kusunose
From Ms. Kusunose
Dear Newcastle Community,
Gratitude comes from the Latin root gratus, which means “thankful.” It is appreciation one receives, an acknowledgement of the goodness in their lives. I feel much gratitude to all of you, my Newcastle community. My children learned how to build strong, positive relationships through the interactions with your families, with the school, with the teachers. The person I am today is a direct result from the support and love I feel from all of you. So, now I am able to step outside of my comfort zone and into a new role because of the confidence you instilled in me.
On July 1st, I will be the new Associate Principal in Lake Washington School District! Yes, I am very excited about this opportunity and I am very proud of all the work I put in these past years. I am thankful to be able to say I did this with your support. Students, find ways to show your gratitude to your family, friends, and community. It makes a difference, I know. My final challenge to all of you is to show gratitude every day.
Start with this 7-Day GRATUTIDE Challenge! (click) Families and educators, continue modeling the ways you show gratitude in the small moments of life. It is the small moments that make a difference. Gratitude moves us towards the positive emotions and makes us happier and healthier. There is a ton of research out there on the benefits of practicing gratitude. It is all interconnected with relationship building, health, stress, depression, a spiritual well-being, and increasing happiness.
I wish you all the very best and will keep you close to my heart as I start my new role. Thank you and I look forward to when our paths cross again.
From Ms. Mutter
Also, if you've missed any of our previous newsletter topics, you can find them all here. They are: Routines, Emotional Regulation, Growth Mindset, Flexible Thinking, Joy, Social Connection, Hope, Online Safety & Screen-time Management, Courageous Conversations, and Transitions.
I want to thank you for inspiring me every day, and I look forward to continuing on this unique journey with the Newcastle community of love and support. A short message below: