Willie Brown Academy Insider

December 6, 2019

Mindset News

WBA is teaching our scholars about Mindset. It is important for you to be aware of what it is, why it's important, and how you can support it.


Over the next 4 weeks, I will be sharing strategies for helping your child develop a growth mindset:

1. Say This, Not That

The way we provide feedback to our children can have a profound impact on their mindset. Research on feedback and mindsets shows that when we praise children for being smart, it promotes a fixed mindset. It sends a message that their accomplishments are trait-based, and tied to something innate that they can't control. In contrast, praising kids for working hard promotes a growth mindset. It sends a message that the child's effort and hard work is what let them to success. So instead of saying "You made an A, you're so smart!" you could say something like, "All of the effort you put in really paid off!" In general, we want to provide feedback to our children to make them more reflective learners, wherein they can self-monitor their emotions and choose new strategies in lieu of giving up. Promoting challenges as desirable and describing struggles as normal goes a long way toward developing perseverance and resilience in children.


Use the table below to guide your efforts in growth minded feedback to your child.

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GT Referral

Are you interested in having your child screened for Gifted and Talented? The window for referral opens on Monday. Please see the attached letter from WBA GT Specialist Kimberly Greig about the process and timeline. GT Referral Letter
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AndiMac Candy Shack Spirit Days Monday & Tuesday

Andi Mac Candy Shack is supporting WBA PTA by hosting Spirit Days on Monday and Tuesday! This is a great opportunity to do some holiday gift shopping and support a local business and your school at the same time! Just mention that you are with Willie Brown Academy when you make your purchase.


The AndiMac Candy Shack, located in downtown Mansfield, specializes in retro candy, bulk candy and candy bouquets.

3rd Grade Music Program

SNOW BIZ! 3rd grade scholars will present this fun-filled musical salute to the joys of winter on Tuesday, December 10. The show starts at 6:00!

Jumpin' Eagles Perform @ DBU

Our team of Jumpin' Eagles are set for a halftime performance at Dallas Baptist University on Tuesday 12/10 during the Men's Basketball game. The game starts at 7:00pm.
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WBA Spelling Bee Friday

The top 2 spellers from each 3rd and 4th grade class will be competing on Friday 12/13 in the annual WBA Spelling Bee! The competition will begin at 8:15am on Friday.
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Angel Account

Did you know you can donate money to a campus cafeteria Angel Account? Donations to this account help pay for standard meals when a student reaches the district charge limit. Cash or check donations can be sent to the cafeteria in an envelope marked Angel Account. Credit card donation can be made online at www. MySchoolBulcks.com using the Café Angel Account Donation button.

Volunteer/Chaperone Requirements

If you foresee that you will do any volunteering on campus or attend a field trip as a chaperone, you must complete a background check. This is a requirement in MISD. A background check must be completed EVERY YEAR. A completed check will apply to all MISD schools, but it is very helpful if you choose Willie Brown Academy when you apply. If you have not completed a background check for this school year (beginning July 1), you will not be able to volunteer or attend a field trip. https://www.mansfieldisd.org/parents-students/campus-volunteers

Join REMIND

Please join the Willie Brown campus REMIND group! This is a fast and easy way for Principal Eastlick to get a message out to parents when needed. Your phone number stays confidential!
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