John Hancock Charter School

September 7, 2021

Message from our School Counselor

Hi JHCS Families,

Now that we are in full swing into school, it is clear that many are struggling to adjust back to regular schedules. As the demands of life can sometimes seem overwhelming, one word came to my mind, patience. Patience is something that does not come easily or naturally to many. As I have watched our teachers and staff categorize and prioritize their work and personal life, it is nothing short of amazing. As parents and caregivers, you also face challenges that seem like the size of Mount Everest and can wonder how you will conquer and balance all that is asked of you. Patience! Patience is like a muscle; it has to be exercised. Patience with yourself, patience with family, patience while driving, patience with teachers, and patience with the changing world around us.

Dr. Judith Orloff describes patience as:

  1. Patience doesn’t mean passivity or resignation, but power.

  2. Patience as a form of compassion, a re-attuning to intuition, a way to emotionally redeem your center in a world filled with frustration.

  3. With patience you’re able to step back and regroup instead of aggressively reacting or hastily giving up on someone who’s frustrating you.

  4. Patience is an active state.

  5. Patience doesn’t make you a doormat or unable to set boundaries with people. Rather, it lets you intuit the situation to get a larger, more loving view to determine right action.

  6. Patience is a gift when given or received.

“As virtues go, patience is a quiet one” ~Kira Newman

As we go through the school year, we may do it together, exercising patience, understanding, and stepping back to hear what others have to say.


Sam Grabert


The Power of Patience

Four Reasons to Cultivate Patience

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Arts in the Curriculum

John Hancock Charter School is a Core Knowledge School, meaning we provide our students with a wide variety of content in addition to the State Standards. One of the areas of focus in core knowledge is the arts.

The arts are not a peripheral part of the curriculum, but an essential part of the knowledge children should learn in the early grades.

Early instruction in the arts would be non-competitive and provide many opportunities to sing, dance, listen to music, play-act, read and write poetry, draw, paint, and make objects. Equally important, when children are young and receptive, they should be exposed to fine paintings, great music, and other inspiring examples of art. As children progress in their knowledge and competencies, they can begin to learn more about the methods and terminology of the different arts, and become familiar with an ever wider range of great artists and acknowledged masterworks.

Through attaining a basic knowledge of the arts, children are not only better prepared to understand and appreciate works of art, but also to communicate their ideas, feelings, and judgments to others. A good understanding of the arts grows out of at least three modes of knowledge - creative (i.e. directly making artworks), historical, and analytical. Early study of the arts should embrace modes with special emphasis on creativity and active participation.

The arts guidelines in Core Knowledge Sequence are organized into two main sections: the Visual Arts and Music. While the Sequence does not present other arts such as dance or drams as separate disciplines, we acknowledge their importance and have incorporated them in other disciplines in the Sequence (for example, dance is in Music; drama in Language Arts).

The JHCS arts program was founded on these principles and we are excited to return to providing our students a well-rounded arts education in addition to strings instruction. We recognize this may be a different approach to what many of you have been used to at JHCS, however, we feel this more comprehensive approach will benefit our students. Students will still have exposure to strings instruction, but they will also have access to the entire Core Knowledge Sequence Arts Curriculum.

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General Homework Tips for Parents

General Homework Tips for Parents
  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
    Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.

  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
    Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.

  • Help your child with time management.
    Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don't let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.

  • Be positive about homework.
    Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

  • When your child does homework, you do homework.
    Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.

  • When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
    Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.

  • When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
    Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.

  • If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
    Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.

  • Stay informed.
    Talk with your child's teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child's class rules are.

  • Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework.
    Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

  • Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration.
    Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind on an assignment.

  • Reward progress in homework.
    If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (e.g., pizza, a walk, a trip to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.

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