Friday Focus

St. George Episcopal Lower School

Don't Overlook the Quiet Kids

I recently read an article about engaging quiet kids which highlighted some really interesting ideas and suggestions for dealing with introverts in the classroom. We have them every year, the kids who we may never really feel like we got to know. A few years ago I listened to a TED talk by Susan Cain called The Power of Introverts. It really made an impact on me then, and when I came across this article I wanted to share both with you. You will find the TED talk and a link to the article below.
Susan Cain: The power of introverts

January 18-22

  • MONDAY - MLK Holiday
  • WEDNESDAY - Faculty meeting at 3:30 p.m., Happy Birthday, Arlene!, Exploratory for Middle School - 4th and 5th lunch/recess schedules move up 5 minutes.
  • FRIDAY - School spelling bee at 8:40 a.m., Red carpool will be in the hallway and gathering area, Middle School dance 7-10 p.m.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 24 - Happy Birthday, Pedro!
  • January 25 - Junior and Senior Kinder Assessments
  • January 26 - Junior and Senior Kinder Assessments
  • January 27 - Junior and Senior Kinder Assessments, Exploratory for Middle School - 4th and 5th lunch/recess schedules move up 5 minutes.
  • January 28 - Junior and Senior Kinder Assessments, Yoga in St. John room at 4 p.m.
  • January 29 -

Reminders and Things To Be Thinking About:

  • CARPOOL INFORMATION - IMPORTANT: We had an incident this week in which several students assured the carpool teacher that they were supposed to go home together. It turned out that the driver was not on the list of people the parents had designated as potential drivers and the parent had not okayed any playdate. Please make sure you question the drivers thoroughly when children are going home with friends. Ask the driver if they are on the playmate's list of designated pick up people. If they are not or if they do not know, have them pull over to the side and call Mrs. Roberta to have her check. She can check their records and make a call to parents if needed.
  • If you have students who are struggling, please make sure you are having conferences with parents. I am happy to attend any of these conferences. If you need to come and speak with me about any students you are having concerns about, please do so. More communication is always better than less.
  • Middle school exploratory classes will again meet on Wednesday. We need to adjust our lunch times by 5 minutes for 4th and 5th grades; 4th will go to lunch from 12:05-12:30 and 5th will go from 12:10-12:35. Specialists will need to have 5th grade ready and lined up at 12:10. Teachers please make sure your classes are in the cafeteria at the assigned times because middle school will be in at 12:15. This will only be for 4 more Wednesdays. Because 4th will be coming in at 12:05 and 2nd does not leave until 12:10, 4th grade will need to sit at the three tables closest to the stage and closest to the courtyard.
  • Classroom teachers - If you are using a specific behavior management plan with individual students, please send the specialists a note detailing the plan. Students who need this extra help also need consistency and, if we are using the same plan across all courses, it will be much more effective.
  • Please make sure that you are always keeping your doors locked.

Some Great Things I Saw This Week:

  • We had quite a few hard to deal with situations crop up this week and everyone involved was very professional and competent in dealing with each of these.
  • Third grade can often be heard singing a song about the colonies which Mrs. Roberta wrote a few years back. They sing it when walking to lunch and I do believe Mrs. Roberta might be getting a Grammy sometime in her future. The kids can list all the colonies now and I bet it will still serve them well in AP US History.
  • Doug and Shannon helped out with the junior and senior kindergarteners at lunch so that all the kinder teachers could meet. Thank you for going the extra mile.