KINDNESS

Dear Families, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” Mark Twain. Our school character trait this month is KINDNESS.  The books this week offer a glimpse into empathy, respect, courtesy, friendship, and kindness. Some cover bullying and many are set on the playground.  We hope that these books… Continue reading

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How to Talk to Kids About Race

Dear Families, As we come to the close of February, Black History Month, it doesn’t mean we should stop learning about racial history, but instead use this month as the continuation of conversations about race and racism.  For me, the idea of needing a month for Black History seems unintelligible, as this history should be… Continue reading

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Civil rights

Art Teacher, Samantha Jones, and I went to a Teaching While White conference in Berkeley, Ca. on Friday and Saturday. We did an exercise where we looked at a piece of art with a partner viewing it for “mirrors” into our lives and then windows through which to see what wasn’t familiar to us.  These… Continue reading

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Building the relationship of learning between home and school

The other day I was telling my children a story about when I was a nanny, and the parent of the children asked her kids, “What did you do at school today?” while we were driving in the car.  When they responded with, “Nothing!”, She turned the car around, and they freaked out, “What are… Continue reading

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Anxiety

Happy New Year! I hope you found plenty of cozy reading time with your child and for yourself over the winter break, I sure did!  If you took the 18-day challenge I sent out before the winter break, be sure to let me know how you did. As Mrs. Pettitt wrote in her email, often… Continue reading

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