The Week of March 23rd
We Are Thinking About You
Ms. Dwigans reads " The Good Egg"
10:30-10:55 Bus 1- King Creek
11:05-11:30 Bus 1- Dodd Meadows
11:40-12:05 Bus 1- Shorty Collins
12:15-12:35 Bus 1-Leisure Lane
If your family is struggling with access to food at this time, please call the school for assistance.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Hello, Huskies! Habit 5, Seek First To Understand, Then be Understood is all about the skill of empathy. Like all skills, empathy can be learnt and practiced. A great place to start is by exploring the difference between empathy and sympathy - they often get lumped together but when we dig deeper we’ll see they have vast differences in action and in how they impact us and those we interact with. The video below helps us understand the differences between empathy and sympathy, it’s an animated cartoon that follows along with the voice of Brené Brown as she explains the two terms.
In a nutshell...empathy is holding space to feel, and share in, the experience of another person while sympathy is when we see, or simply witness, the experience of another person. Empathy can be hard to practice! It’s difficult to know what to say or do when someone shares their experience with us, especially if that experience is a painful one. Here is your cheat sheet of empathetic responses that you can use when someone shares something personal or challenging…
I totally hear you.
I can’t fix it but I can be with you in it.
Do you want to tell me more about what you’re going through?
How you feel matters to me.
I see how hard this is.
It’s okay to feel this way.
You’re not alone.
How can I best be there for you?
Next time someone shares their experience or feelings with you, try an empathetic response and notice how that shifts your interaction, both for yourself and the other person.
Right now, we’re all sharing this challenging time together - there’s a lot changing quickly and we are coming into contact with both the pain under these circumstances and the strength and joy of our communities finding new ways to persevere and thrive. We can hold space for these shared experiences and feelings by practicing empathy as we Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood.
References: Empathetic responses shared from Instagram accounts of @lisaoliveratherapy and @millennial.therapist. Video shared from the YouTube account The RSA.
Thank You From Our Teachers:
There was such an outpouring of love and support that I witnessed during the shifts where I handed out the “Learn from Home” bags. Many folks were asking how the teachers were doing and shared many encouraging words like “ you guys do a wonderful job” and “teachers are heroes.” This community warms my heart and makes me proud to be a Hillandale Husky!!
I have loved hearing all the laughter as I walk through our building. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this phenomenal family! I think we can accomplish anything together! Our wonderful parents are checking in on us and telling us to “stay safe.” That is so appreciated during these stressful and uncertain times.