Principal’s News – November 2022
What Is Gratitude? Gratitude is about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. When we appreciate what we have, we recognize the worth and value of all of it. Having an attitude of gratitude is looking at situations from a point of appreciation, rather than a deficit. It’s taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens — whether it’s a small thing or a big thing.
To reinforce the importance of this month’s life skill, Mrs. Blake will be reading Gratitude is my Superpower by Alicia Ortega to the Kindergarten, First and Second grade classes throughout the month. Ms. Ashley will be reading The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor to the third, fourth and fifth grade classes. “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” -Mary Davis
From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can learn on the go (and stay busy when dinner’s cooking), but it’s easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices(www.commonsense.org/education).
To live and enjoy a good life, find a healthy balance between wanting more and appreciating enough. Realize that what you have is worthy of gratitude and appreciation, even as you strive for more. – Unknown
Sometimes eating enough veggies is challenging even in summer, but winter can make it even more difficult. Here are some top winter picks to help you stay on top of the veggie scene. I’ve also included the vitamin benefit of these choices (largest amounts listed first):
- Kale (Vit A, C, K, B’s, Mg)
- Brussel Sprouts (Vit K, A, B’s, C)
- Carrots (Vit A + antioxidants)
- Swiss Chard (Vit A, C, K)
- Parsnips (Vit C, B and E)
- Collard Greens (Vit K, B’s and C)
- Rutabagas (Vit C, K, B’s)
- Red Cabbage (Vit A, C, B’s, K)
- Radishes (Vit B’s, C, K)
- Parsley (Vit K, C)
When thinking towards your garden next year, plant some of these. Many can survive cold and frost so you can eat them through fall and into winter.
As winter continues to approach, please remind your students to dress appropriately. We will have outside recess as long as the real feel is 22 degrees or above and rain, snow, or lighting is not a hinderance.
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
November 4 SALTA testing & Meet the Masters Assembly November 15 6-8pm PTA Classic Skate
November 9 9am PTA meeting; faculty room November 23-25 NO SCHOOL
November 11 Veterans Day
November 14 3:45pm SCC meeting; library