Don't forget that Friday is our Jump Rope 4 Heart afternoon. The children were sent home with envelopes for fundraising two weeks ago and they need to be turned into the office this week. If you still have your child's envelope, please send it to the school by Friday at the latest. We will be spending the afternoon outside on the field so please dress the children appropriately- hats, sunscreen and water bottles are a good idea if it looks like it will be warm. We will participate in six or so stations that involve jumping in some way, shape or form so expect Team Awesome to come home tired. You are more than welcome to join us for the afternoon. Events begin at 1:00ish. See you Friday!
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In years past we have invited our moms for Moms & Muffins to celebrate Mother's Day and our dads for Dads & Donuts to celebrate Father's Day. Of course there are always children who do not have or live with both of their parents, or their special parent was not available to attend, and these days caused the children some distress, although they were welcome to invite any special adult in their life to come. To help alleviate some of the discomfort these celebration days cause for some of our little peeps, Mrs. Farber and I have decided to do away with both days and amalgamate them into a Family Day. We have decided that Friday, June 7 this year would be a good day to celebrate our families and Team Awesome will be inviting one or two people in their family to join us from 8:30-9:00am for some one-on-one reading and possibly a bit of juice and small snack. I will send out a reminder blog post closer to the date and add it to our June calendar. Team Awesome will also write some invitations. We look forward to celebrating our families!
The RCMP will be sponsoring a Bike Rodeo the morning of Wednesday, May 30 from 9:00-11:00. We will start with an assembly in the gym and then those children with bicycles will participate in the bike rodeo. If you would like your child to participate, ensure they have their bike, a helmet and a lock for their bike that morning.
Bert Edwards Egg Drop/Glider Fun Thursday May 16, 1:00pm
Goal: to get your device or glider to carry the egg safely off the roof to the ground. (No students will be on the roof!)
Students are invited to enter this fun event on their own, with a group or with a parent. All you have to do is build a package or glider that carries a raw egg. Find a way to prevent an egg from breaking when dropped or travel as far as possible, also without breaking. Choose the materials, make your plan and have some fun. There will not be prizes or measurements. We will just take pride in our achievement.
As you know, I was away from Team Awesome today. I am seldom away from my classroom and the only other time I was absent this year, Miss Dowler was here to oversee things so it was pretty much business as usual. To allow the children time to adjust to the thought of another teacher in our classroom, I told Team Awesome on Monday- and was met with blank stares of incomprehension and plenty of questions and concerns about what would happen when I was gone and when I was coming back. The questions continued to occur at random times throughout the week and I did my best to ease their anxiety. So if your child seemed a bit out of sorts when dropped off this morning, my absence and the 'unknown' could have something to do with it. But I know Team Awesome will rise to the challenge and welcome our guest teacher with all the love and warmth they bestow on me on a daily basis. And a good day will be had by all!
At BEST we work very hard to instill a growth mindset in our students. When children believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. The feedback that teachers and parents give children can either encourage a child to choose a challenge and increase achievement or look for an easy way out. For example, studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When children have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement. We all live upon a continuum, and consistent self-assessment helps us become the person we want to be.
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