- Don't forget to send the library books back by Tuesday next week and your child will put it in the Library Box on their way in.
- Monday, Oct. 10 is Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy!
- Friday, Oct. 14, is Rivers Day which means the whole school will spend the day at the beach rotating through stations. It is colder down on the beach so please dress your child accordingly. Hats and mitts and a heavier coat might be a good idea.
- Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19 are early dismissal days (12:30) due to parent/ teacher interviews. Please make arrangements to have your child picked up early. There will be a post with more information early next week.
- Friday, Oct. 21 is an NI Day so Team Awesome will be at home while I am learning how to be a better teacher.
- October Family Projects went home this week and are due Oct. 19 or whenever you have finished. Have fun!
- October sight words were introduced this week. They are: am, to, my, for, was, is. If a word comes up repeatedly in our studies we will sometimes add it to our words for the month. Please feel free to practice them at home.
- Please have your child read any little paper books that come home multiple times for practice. Thank you.
The concept of thankfulness can be difficult for adults to embrace, and even harder for children who believe the world revolves around them. While some people may be blessed with a natural inclination toward thankfulness, for most of us gratitude is learned. By learning gratitude, children become sensitive to the feelings of others, developing their innate capacities for empathy and altruism, whereas entitled kids end up feeling perpetually disappointed. I have struggled with how I can help instill gratitude in children who are naturally self-centered and growing up in an entitlement-driven society. Gratitude isn’t just a lesson to be taught to children, but also an ongoing exercise in learning for adults. I work daily on being grateful for what I have right now and that includes mundane things that we often take for granted such as clean water and fresh air. And when interacting with Team Awesome I try to share frequently and generously and say please and thank you so that good manners are “what we do” not just what we say we do and encourage them to do the same. Thanks giving is something I'm hoping to teach Team Awesome to do every day rather than just on a Monday holiday.
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