The Forest View

News from the Office of Forest View Elementary School

The Next Two Weeks

December 11- Band, Choral, Orchestra Concert 9:30AM

December 15- Staff Sponsored Community Breakfast 8-10AM

December 19- Winter Parties; Winter Break Starts at 3:40PM

January 4- Next Issue of The Forest View

January 7- Students Return to School

January 9- Report Cards Go Home

The Forest View Website has for dates for the entire year.

Upcoming WatchDOGS

December 10- Casey Wilhm

December 11- Ryan Camber

December 12- Drew Barbeau

December 13- Nick Contreras

December 14- Bent Smith

December 17- Chris Daniels

December 18- Kyle Brown

December 19- Jason Robertson

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

(Note: I repeat this same message each year at this time. It just seems to perfectly fit the season. Happy Holidays!)

I first read the Paradoxical Commandments when they appeared in my school newsletter in 1987 when I was a first grade teacher at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Shawnee Mission. At that time, they were attributed to Dr. Karl Menninger (nationally known psychiatrist from Topeka). I kept that newsletter and periodically printed the Paradoxical Commandments in my own parent newsletters once I became a principal in 1991. Over the years, I began to wonder who really wrote them because in addition to Dr. Menninger, I had heard that possibly Dr. Charles Swindoll (Christian pastor, author, and radio show host) or even Mother Teresa had authored them.

But now I know! After reading Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments, I know that they were written by Kent M. Keith. He wrote them in 1968 while in college at Harvard. A “paradox” is an idea that is contrary to popular opinion; something that seems to contradict common sense and yet is true. The specific commandments grew out of his own experience and observations of life. The Paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread all over the world and have been used by millions of people.

Mother Teresa put the Paradoxical Commandments up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta. The fact that the commandments were on her wall was reported in a book compiled by Lucinda Vardey, Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, which was published in 1995. As a result, some people have incorrectly attributed the Paradoxical Commandments to Mother Teresa.

As we enter the Holiday Season, I think it is a good time to once again share the Paradoxical Commandments written by Kent M. Keith. They appear below. They are a favorite of mine.


Dr. Heck

The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith

  • People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
  • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  • Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  • The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
  • People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  • People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
  • Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

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Notification of Sign Language Interpreters

Please notify the school office or principal if you need a sign language interpreter for a school sponsored event. Please contact building at least 5 days in advance to request an interpreter. It may not be possible to satisfy last minute interpreter request. Notify the building as soon as you know if you must cancel.

Notification Statement of Non-discrimination

The Olathe Public Schools prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in its programs, activities or employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups to its facilities as required by: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other relevant state and federal laws. Inquiries regarding compliance with applicable civil rights statutes related to ethnicity, gender, age discrimination or equal access may be directed to Staff Counsel, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66063-2000; phone 913-780-7000. All inquiries regarding compliance with applicable statutes regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to the Assistant Superintendent General Administration, 14160 Black Bob Rd. Olathe, KS 66063-2000, phone (913) 780-7000. Interested persons including those with impaired vision or hearing can also obtain information as to the existence and location of services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by disabled persons by calling the Assistant Superintendent General Administration. (04/13)