The Liberty Link
August 28, 2020
Volume 11, Issue 2
Liberty Early Elementary is a safe, respectful early childhood community characterized by collaboration, rigor, and fun. We inspire our students to be confident learners, innovative thinkers, and compassionate citizens. Setting big goals for little learners, we prioritize the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics skills to prepare students for the next steps in their educational journey.
A Note from the Principal
We all want our kids to be successful, right? And, research shows that when parents are involved in their children's schooling, the kids are more likely to be engaged in their learning and to do better in school. I know when my own daughters were younger, dinner conversations often revolved around how they were doing in school, what they were learning, and how they did on their tests and papers. Those are certainly worthwhile conversations to have. But recently on my walk, I was listening to a Kind World podcast and what I heard really reshaped my thinking.
"The evidence is clear that in the long run, the kids who achieve the greatest success are not the ones who faced a ton of pressure to get straight As. They're the ones who were taught to be concerned about others and show compassion." -Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business
Dr. Grant even notes that a research study found that 30 years after kindergarten, the children who had been rated as "helpful" by their kindergarten teachers ended up earning more money than those who were the academic stars. So, perhaps it's time to reframe our dinner table conversations to at least include this question every day - "How did you help someone else today?" Thanks for all you do to help your children become the kind people this world needs!
Mrs. Susan Bryant
Dates to Remember
Coming Up at Liberty:
- Friday, September 4: Hawk Hootenanny Celebrations
- Monday, September 7: Labor Day; No School
- Wednesday, September 9: School Picture Day (for in-person learners)
- Thursday, September 10: Virtual PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm - log on with this link https://msdd.webex.com/msdd/j.php?MTID=m51c8a3703f0c46eb883e4c1d8383c9d4
- Friday, September 11: School T-Shirt orders due (see flyer below)
Say Hello to more New Staff Members
Welcome, Ms. DeLeon (Nurse Stacey)!
Welcome, Mrs. Schmalz!
Preschool Instructional Assistant
Welcome, Ms. Hamilton!
Preschool Instructional Assistant
T-Shirt Orders due September 11
Please Join us at PTO!
We will be electing officers and setting up committees for the year, as well as talking about our first online-only fundraiser. The PTO provides lots of support for students and staff at Liberty and we need your participation to have a successful year. If you are interested in running for an office or serving on a committee, fill out and return the sign up form that will be sent home next week. Whether you want to have a leadership role, or if you just want to help the PTO at one or more of our events, we hope to see you at our virtual meeting at 6:00 on September 10th!
News from Cummins
Updated Calendar for MSD of Decatur Township
From the Board of Education:
It is the Board’s commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at www.decaturproud.org.