Mill Pond Newsletter

December 14. 2018

Key Value Letter: Generosity

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December 12, 2018


Key Value: Generosity


Dear Mill Pond Students and Families,


There was once a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won first prize. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned the farmer’s strategy for growing winning corn. What was it? Simply this: the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why” said the farmer, “don’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”


I believe that at Mill Pond the generosity of our students and staff helps us grow the best corn. The abundance of kindness and consideration that I see shared on a daily basis is paid forward so many times over again that it benefits all of us. Generosity is something that is contagious. When someone feels the spirit of giving it is natural to want to give back. It is so rewarding to come to a place each day where you never know the kindness that may come your way each day.


Earlier this week I saw a student innocently bump into another student, who proceeded to drop their lunch. Both students cleaned up the mess together and approached me to ask what could be done. Another student nearby offered up a part of their lunch and then all of a sudden the whole table was offering to contribute. (We were able to resolve the issue without any student giving up their lunch!) Moreover, it is the intent of actions like this that illustrates how the key to growing good corn is how we treat our neighbors.


Sincerely,

Mr. G

Now for something completely different...

Table of Sunny Contents:

Choose your own adventure of the topics covered below:



1. Report Cards

2. WEF Cares

3. Parent Book Group

4. Knitting Palooza

5. Roller Skating Party

6. Mill Pond Toy Drive

7. Makerspace Volunteer Opportunities

8. Let's Dance

Noteworthy Notes

Report Cards

Please take a moment to check to make sure you have access to PowerSchool so you can view your child's report card on December 20th. If you encounter issues please call the main office.


WEF CARES

See how you can take part the Westborough Education Foundation Celebrate And Recognize Educators Program.


Parent Book Study Group

Do you want to learn how to better collaborate with your child? Do you want to help your child learn to problem solve, be empathic, as well as become more insightful, thoughtful, and resilient? If so, we have the book for you! Raising Human Beings, by Ross Greene. See PDF at the bottom for more info.


January Knitting Palooza!

Do you have a child interested in Knitting? Well, have we got the opportunity! Check out this link for more information about the Knitting Palooza, It will be offered Wednesday afternoons during activity period January 16, 2018 - February 13, 2018!


Roller Skating Party -

The Mill Pond Parent Group is planning a roller skating party at Roller Kingdon in Hudson on January 12th! Check out this link for more information!


Toy Drive -

Mill Pond is giving back to the local community through a toy drive to support the Holiday Store. We will be collecting New, unwrapped toys or books for children –Ages: Infant to teenagers! This will now go through December 21st! See the flyer at the bottom of the Newsletter to gain more information


Volunteer Opportunities in Makerspace

See this link for Upcoming Volunteer opportunities at the Mill Pond Makerspace!


Let's Dance

The last session of Let's Dance is on 12/17, and it will end with refreshments. Please note the last session will run until 7:45pm. If you can contribute water or a dessert, please sign-up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaeae2caa8-lets1

Thank you and Take Care!