3rd ANNUAL - FAMILY READING NIGHT
Our 3rd annual Family Reading night was a success. Thank you to the PTA members and volunteers for all of your efforts to make for an engaging family event. The book fair, story time, craft, music, book walk and sight word bingo were a hit. We thank you for supporting reading at home. Enjoy the rest of I Love to Read month!
Thursday, 22nd MSU Theater (K-3)
Friday, 23rd Jump Rope For Heart
Friday, 2nd Children’s Theatre - 4th gr.
Wednesday, 7th Water Festival – 4th grade
Friday, 9th Science Fair
Tuesday, 13th -2 Hour Late Start
Friday, 16th No School k-8,
Tuesday, 20th K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:30
Thursday, 22nd K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:00
Monday, 26th K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences; 3:30-8:00
March 28-30 No School
7 Mindsets - Attitude of Gratitude
During the month of February we are focusing on Attitude of Gratitude.
Attitude of Gratitude
Focusing Students on the Positive
The Attitude of Gratitude mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. In these lessons, we guide students to focus on all the things they have, leaving no time to be distracted by what they don’t.
The 4 critical components of Attitude of Gratitude:
1. Treasure Yourself – We create the wonderful lives we want by harvesting the great things within us. There are often things we don’t like about ourselves, but we must recognize that we’re made of far more wonderful things than not. We need to recognize our own worth and see our uniqueness as something to treasure and develop so we can live the extraordinary lives we’re meant to live.
2. Be More Grateful – We all have the choice to focus on the good or the bad in life. If we focus on the positive things, they expand and guide us down the path to our dreams. If we spend our time in regret, jealously, and anger, then the negatives multiply and we likely find our dreams sidelined and our goals unattained. We must simply be more grateful, reflecting as much as possible on the good things in our lives as well as those that are coming to us.
3. Thank it Forward – One of the best and quickest ways to feel better and become happier is to do something for someone else. And the easiest as well as one of the most powerful things we can do for someone is express gratitude for who they are and what they mean to us. Thanking someone provides two wonderful gifts: it makes the other person feel good, and makes us happy at the same time.
4. Elevate Your Perspective – People who have achieved great lives point to moments of great adversity and challenge when they learned a critical lesson or built the essential skill that allowed them to be successful. Knowing this, we understand why it is important to seek the positives from all situations, even those that seem completely negative. When we do this, we get better, learn, and grow in essential ways that help us to live richer and fuller lives.
More on Attitude of Gratitude - Top 5 Dos and Don’ts at Home:
1) Do practice gratitude every day, even if it’s only to tell your children how grateful you are to have them in your life. If you have a journal, write down the things that you’re thankful for every day, both the big and small. Verbalizing what you’re grateful for is a powerful way that both you and your children can keep from taking things for granted and remain thankful for all that you have.
2) Do say “thank you” regularly. Showing your gratitude to neighbors and teachers with a kind note or word is one small way to show your appreciation for them. Teaching your children to do the same is important in helping them to feel gratitude for the lives and friends that they have.
3) Don’t let the bad times be all bad. Become an “inverse paranoid” and believe that the universe is conspiring to do you good, and the bad times and obstacles are there to teach you something useful. Try saying to yourself, “I can’t wait to find out what good will come from this!” This helps you look at all situations as leading toward positives in life.
4) Do write a thank you note to your children for what you appreciate about them. For example, you might write and leave a note that says, “Thank you so much for picking up your room today without me even asking. You are an incredible kid and I am so thankful to have you in my life!”
5) Do treasure yourself and take care of yourself as a role model for your child. Many parents treasure their children but not themselves. Think about how you are living your life. Are you maximizing your potential? Enjoying how you spend your time? If parents are not able to live extraordinary lives and let themselves shine for all to enjoy, what kind of lives are we modeling for our children?
Please register to attend Mankato Area Public Schools' Family Academy on March 5, 2018 held at Rosa Parks Elementary. Family Academy workshops give families tips, tools and strategies to help their children succeed in school. Food and childcare will be provided. Click here for current session descriptions. Register online or call 507-387-5501 with questions or for assistance.
INCOMING KINDERGARTEN - Early Childhood Screening
"If you have a preschooler that will be entering kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year and has not had an Early Childhood Screening, or if you are not planning on sending your child to kindergarten, please call Central Registration at 507-207-4037.
In Minnesota, children are eligible to attend kindergarten when they are five
years old on or before September 1st of the of the calendar year that schools starts. Early Childhood Screening is required before Kindergarten registration.
Kindergarten registration packets will be sent out in January 2018 prior to Kindergarten Round-Up."
Early Learning Department
MAPS Preschool 2018-19 Registration:
Information will be mailed to families with age eligible children residing in the Mankato Area Public Schools boundaries. Preschool registration will begin on Monday, January 8th. Registration can be made online at www.mankato.thatscommunityed.com or in person at 820 Hubbell Avenue. For more information, please contact the Early Learning Department at 507-625-4620. Video link provides additional program information.