Jefferson News!

March 2022

St. Patrick's Day Fun

There was a lot of green around Jefferson this past Thursday as Jefferson students celebrated their Irish pride and assembled their leprechaun traps. Despite their very best efforts, all student traps failed to capture the many pesky leprechauns that caused havoc throughout the classrooms. Better luck next year.

Jefferson Sixth Grade Drum Unit

Sixth Grade Artists Hard at Work

Character Strength: Love of Learning

Jefferson students explored the character strength of "Love of Learning" this past week.


WHAT DOES LOVE OF LEARNING

MEAN?

You master new topics on your own or in school.


Individuals with this strength might be described as:

• Studious

• Knowledgeable

• Immersed

• Interested

• Engaged

• Absorbed


Individuals with this strength are likely to think, feel, or behave in the following ways:

• I love learning new things and broadening my knowledge.

• I love diving deeply into the subjects in which I’m interested.

• I know a lot about my subject area

• Working on my area(s) of expertise never feels like “work” to me.

• I spend as much time in my area(s) of expertise as possible.

• I care more about doing a good job than gaining recognition.


Love of Learning

Fourth Grade Teacher, Mrs. Henry, is proud to recognize six of her students for demonstrating the character strength of Love of Learning:


Aiyana Kimble, Mila Weinzapfel, Kate Tyo, Aiyana Abelard, Raiden Boyea, Charlotte Hubert


"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."

Pele

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Luxxen Swamp and Addison Curran

Jefferson Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Kellogg, is proud to recognize Luxxen Swamp and Addison Curran for demonstrating the character strength of "Love of Learning."


"Learning never exhausts the mind."

Leonardo de Vinci



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Paisley Brothers and Wyatt DeLorme

Jefferson First Grade teacher, Miss Brush, is proud to recognize Paisley Brothers and Wyatt DeLorme for demonstrating the character strength of "Love of Learning."


"The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Dr. Seuss

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Fourth Grade North America Explorers

Mrs. Henry's fourth grade students recently completed a social studies unit in which they learned about a number of European explorers of North America. The students each researched a selected explorer and created a travel passport to share with their classmates. The explorers included: Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Samuel de Champlain.
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This Week's Character Strength Focus: APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY & EXCELLENCE

WHAT DOES APPRECIATION MEAN?


You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.


Dear Families,


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. Appreciation of beauty and excellence means you notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.


Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, a song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.


Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around them. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside their head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing them to forget anxieties and troubles. And it is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and purpose.


To practice and encourage the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.


Have a wonderful week!




We-Wednesday:

  • First Grade has shared that our spring season starts this week - yay spring!. Firsties would like to encourage all classes to "take a break" and go on a nature walk. The season is slowly starting to change and we can search for signs of spring!