We value growth.
Our focus this month is assertiveness.
Assertive students ask questions when they are confused. They communicate when they have a need. They take initiative and exercise confidence.
These students were very assertive in writing their narrative summaries for the book, "Stellaluna." For some students, assertiveness can come in the form of asking for help and for others it can come in the form of completing their work with confidence and trusting their instincts. I am so proud of them!
Assertiveness is so important in helping our children to thrive in an ever changing world. For some students, this can be a challenge because they are naturally shy. This month encourage your child to speak up and share out. Their voice matters.
This sweet child is the very reason why I chose to make December's focus "assertiveness." She is so kind and considerate of others and is working hard on being considerate of her own feelings. She is asking questions, asking friends to play games at recess, and even being brave enough to ask me for a hug. She slipped me this note today during bus dismissal and it took so much for me to hold back tears of joy. For some, this note may symbolize a child being kind and thoughtful. For me, this note meant that she was overflowing with gratefulness because she felt seen, heard and valued and this note was her heartfelt way of letting me know. This is why I choose to bring my all to school everyday, its so much more than a day job. It's a chance to empower every child who I come in contact with. They can dream as big as their heart's desire and I will help make sure that we are working towards laying a foundation to reach those goals. I don't do it alone. Featured in the second picture is Mrs. Bessie. She is renowned for being a phenomenal source of strength and encouragement to all who are blessed to work with her. My days are brighter and my burdens lighter. Our school and community are so blessed to have her.
The child on the left was coming back from the restroom when the student on the right was politely assertive and asked her what she thought of his picture. They began a student initiated conversation about the quality of his work and how to improve it. Mrs. Bessie was so impressed that she snapped this picture wanting to capture this sweet moment.
This young man was absent from school today, but his mom sent me a picture of him recovering from tonsil surgery. Way to be brave and exude confidence. Proud of you buddy.
This student has been working very hard. He is becoming more assertive in asking for help and being specific with what he needs. His classmates were elated when he was chosen to be our class "star" student. We are so proud of him and know the best is yet to come when you show diligence, perseverance, and assertiveness.