Happy October Everyone!
It is strange to realize that we have already finished the first month of school. It has been a great start and there is more on the way. Just this coming week, our middle schoolers will begin the annual Seismic Out reach Program with UCSD Grad students. There are field trips planned to the Old Globe and more. The firemen from Engine 11 will come and demonstrate fire safety with our younger students and we end the week with a great Oscar nominated animation film from Belgium called Ernest & Celestine for our first Movie Night of the year!
RESILIENCE – Our Trait of the Month
Each month, at the Museum School, we are focusing, school-wide, on a trait of the month. This month we are celebrating resilience.
Each and everyday, every single one of us face hurdles, obstacles or disappointments. It is our resilience that helps us deal with these problems in a productive manner, figure out a solution, seek help and move on. From some situations, it is easy to bounce back, from others, we may need help and support. This month our staff will be talking with students about resilience and the tools they have to work though difficult problems in class, with friends and life in general.
We encourage you to join in on this conversation with your children. Perhaps discuss a time that you, or they, faced a difficulty and how you overcame and learned from it. It might be a time that you didn’t want to try something because you thought you may not succeed, or a time that you had a failure and had to learn from it, or an instance that caused you disappointment but you choose to move on.
Some conversation starters can be:
- Stay Flexible – We don’t always get our way
- Stay optimistic – Be grateful for what we have
- Learn lessons from our mistakes or disappointments
- Take action to improve the situation – “Worry is just a misuse of the imagination”
- Seek help when you need it – All of us need help at times
- Release tension in a productive way – Exercise, venting, relaxing
- Believe in yourself – You can do it, even if you may need help sometime
We can all use good reminders of these. Though some days of work may be difficult, I am always grateful for the opportunity to work with our kids and staff at the Museum School. There is a tremendous network of support here, from the staff, to the parents, right down to our kids. I see evidence each and every day of people supporting one another. Help us help our kids by being a part of this month’s conversation.
If you would like, there is a poster attached that you can print for your home. If you would like a hard copy, just come to the office for one.
Scheduling Good Times to Chat
Life is very busy for all of us, and things come up that we hope can get immediate attention. Our teachers and staff do a very good job at trying to get back to parent requests as soon as possible, and we take your concerns and requests very seriously. We would like to ask your support in understanding that the 10 minutes or so before school are a very busy time for all our teachers. We ask that you understand that this is not the best time for an impromptu conference or longer discussion about your child or the classroom. It is always best to have an opportunity to sit quietly with a teacher who is not hurrying to get to class and has kids waiting.
If you have a need to chat about something that may take more than just a few seconds, please schedule a time to meet with the teacher at a good time for you both. You can find the emails for all of our teachers and the Contacts Page of the museumschool.org website. We would appreciate it.
Movie Night “Ernest & Celestine” – Friday, October 9th at sunset 6:30pm
No School – Friday, October 23rd – Teacher Workday
Family Literacy Night – Rescheduled to Wednesday, November 18th
Harvest Festival – October 30 during the afternoon
Parent – Teacher Conferences – Week of November 16 -20