Friday, February 23, 2018

Be True!

Image result for be trueNext week our focus is to BE TRUE.  This is a bit of a tougher concept for our elementary age students to understand.  What does it mean to be true?
The dictionary definition is to be correct, loyal, not false and to be sincere.

We asked our children how they can  demonstrate that they are true to their friends. They responded:
*to be by their side at all times
*to not lie to them
*you stand up for them
*you play with them
*you stay with them when they are sad
*you celebrate with them

In difficult times, it is important that we are true to our beliefs and our friends. It is consistent with our Wildcat Way of being kind, safe and responsible.  Children can be upset with each other one day and back to being great friends the next. I truly believe this happens because they are deep down loyal to each other.  Being true to one's friend requires time and energy. It requires sometimes having to negotiate and sometimes having to give in.  But it also requires assertiveness and being true to one's beliefs. Sometimes, it will result in a disagreement, but hopefully can be talked through and problem solved. It is a tough task embrace, but we hope your children learn to know it means to Be True. We hope that you will take some time next week to discuss what it means to Be True with your children as we send home the Home Link on Monday.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


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The week of February 19th our focus will to BE INSPIRING! The definition of inspire is to: have the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Your children often inspire us by the words that they say, they ideas that they have, the way the solve problems and questioning things we do.  They inspire us to be better teachers/learners, listeners and leaders.  We hope we inspire them to be better learners/teachers, listeners and leaders!  

When we asked the students what it meant to feel or act inspired, or what inspires them they shared:  
They feel inspired when the read or do science
They feel inspired playing video games as it makes them problem solve
Reading inspires them to think about many new places or events. 
One student shared the her friends inspire her to work hard!  

Great things to be inspired by for sure! 

We hope you will do our home link which will go home on Tuesday and work with your children on what it feels to BE INSPIRED!  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Be Caring and the February Worthy Wildcats!

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The week beginning February 12th, our school-wide focus is to BE CARING. The dictionary defines caring as displaying kindness or concern for others.  While we encourage our students to be caring to others all the time, this coming week will have an extra emphasis on the concept!

When we asked our students what it meant to be caring they replied:
to help someone if they fall
if someone asks for help, you help them
if someone is in the hospital, you send them a balloon 
to be kind, nice, sweet, responsible
helpful, if a friend is sad you help them

It is great to see how often our students and staff care for each other.  Our annual Kindness Campaign will be starting soon, so watch for more information!  The Be Caring Home Link will be sent out on Monday.  

These students were selected for being helpful in putting the IPADs away safely into the IPAD cart, helpful and responsible in the classroom, going above and beyond and making sure to let her peers know that they are important, stopping a game that they were playing to play with another peer who was alone, loaning gloves to another who did not have any and listening to a friend who was upset and sharing comforting an reassuring words.  WOW.. what Caring Wildcats we have here at Windsor! Congrats to Peyton G. in Kindergarten, Sofia W. in First grade, Sloan F. in Second grade, Alexander W. in Third grade, Nikki N. in Fourth grade and in Fifth grade, Hayden D. 

Peyton G.

Sofia W. 

Sloan F. 

Alexander W. 

Nikki N. 
Hayden D. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Be Proud

Image result for be proudBe proud- We hope that all of our students feel proud of how hard they work each day and the differences that they make in the lives of their peers, their teachers and their parents each day. Do you know what makes your children proud?  Is it how well  they do in a subject area? Is it how well they play basketball or soccer in gym. Is how they feel about an art project or sing a song? Do they know how to express that they are proud or do they wait for others to let them know how proud they are of the student? We want our students to be able to identify what it means to be proud and how to show it.  The dictionary definition of proud is to feel proud or satisfied with oneself.

When we asked students what it means to be proud they shared:
That you did a good deed and proud of it. 
Take pride in yourself. 
Be happy about something you have done. 

When we asked students how they can show us that they are proud they shared:
Show this by smiling.
Show this by being proud of who you are.
Show this by talking about but not bragging.

We hope you will use the Home Link we will send home on Monday to talk with your children about being proud.  When one feels proud because of working hard and feeling success, it carries over to other areas!