Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

May 2019

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

The school year is closing out and it seems nearly impossible! Does time REALLY go faster each year?

There are SO MANY incredible things to celebrate with student growth across the year:

  • Students who were reading far below level and are now ABOVE grade level in reading.
  • Students who were sure they would never be able to do long division and got it figured out!
  • Students who couldn't find ANY book of interest and have now found a great series and now can't put the book down!
  • Students who has grown in their response to difficult situations, responding with a calm body and voice even when highly frustrated with a task or a peer.
  • Students who struggled to write a sentence and now can independently write a whole paragraph or entire story!

We appreciate the ongoing support you offer your student and our school! Thank you!

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 16

*Sports Day

Friday, May 17

*No School

Monday, May 20

*5th grade promotion 12:30 at Miller Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, May 21

*End of Year Assembly for grades 3-4 8:30

*End of Year Assembly for grades k-2 9:40

Wednesday, May 22

*Last Day of School (school dismissed at 12:15)

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Focus on Parenting - Calming Sibling Rivalry

Is it possible that some degree of sibling rivalry is normal… and can actually provide opportunities for our kids to learn essential lifelong relational skills? Absolutely! But only as long as we have common-sense skills for ensuring that these conflicts don’t grow into chronic resentment, feelings of victimization, and constant family chaos. While the subject can be a complex one, here are four tips that can help keep the family atmosphere healthy:

Nurture each of your children’s unique strengths and gifts.

When children are noticed and appreciated for their unique interests and aptitudes, they are less likely to perceive that their parents have “favorite” children. Of course, favoritism is the kiss of death when it comes to sibling relationships.

Provide strong and loving leadership.

Love and Logic is all about helping parents become… and remain… loving and strong authority figures. Much of this is achieved by providing consistent and enforceable limits. When kids feel a lack of such leadership, they experience anxiety and subconsciously wonder, “Well… if our parents aren’t running this home, I better.” Chaos among siblings ensues as they compete for this leadership position.

Stay out of the middle, while guiding them toward solutions.

Most of us struggle with the temptation to rescue our kids from each other by placing ourselves in the middle of their conflicts. When we succumb to doing so, we send an unhealthy message: “If you want some attention, all you have to do is start a fight with your brother or sister. Then I’ll swoop in to the rescue.”

In my audio, Sibling Rivalry, I describe how parents avoid making this mistake while guiding their children toward learning how to resolve their own conflicts.

Of course, we do rescue when life and limb are in obvious danger.

Use the “Energy Drain” technique to keep it their problem rather than yours.

We’ve received story after story of how parents have informed their children that bickering and arguing drains their parental energy. Of course, when this happens, kids are expected to replace this energy by completing extra chores, staying home from an activity so that their parents can rest instead of drive, etc.

While we can’t ensure that our kids always love and appreciate each other, we can create a home where it’s always in their best interest to work hard at doing so.
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