October Newsletter 2011
Healthy Snacks : The Mt. Lebanon School is not imposing a ban on sugar or birthday treats. That said we are strongly encouraging parents to be creative in thinking of healthy snacks to bring in if you are inclined to celebrate your child’s birthday that way. Additionally, some teachers and grade levels are looking to host one reasonable birthday treat / month for all the students in that class or grade level for that month. Thank you for helping us promote healthy eating habits.
SR2S: Our Walking School Bus routes now operating on Friday mornings. Many thanks to our WSB drivers! Times and adult contacts below:
Olivet Baptist Church: Mrs. Achmoody
Intersection of Highland and Maple : Mrs. Schwartz
Intersection of Highland and Pasture: Mrs. Faucher and Mrs. Boisvert
Intersection of Crafts and Beyerle: Mrs. Devers, and Mrs. Terrill-Salter
Questions and Concerns: Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s question when you have a concern. Often times, teachers may not be aware that a child has experienced a moment of frustration or confusion during the day. Children are often selective with sharing depending on parental prompts or levels of emotion. When your child shares information that elicits concerns, please share this with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. In this way doubts will not have a chance to linger and grow into larger issues.
Limit Screen Time: If you want your child to perform better in school strictly limit the amount of time they are spending in front of the TV or computer monitor. It has been clearly demonstrated that the more TV a child watches the lower his or her academic achievement. MONITOR programs and hours and we strongly recommend no TV in the bedroom.
NECAP : This is the time of year when students in grades three and four take the standardized state wide assessment, the NECAP. This normed test measures academic achievement in the areas of reading, language arts and mathematics. There are three, forty five testing sessions in language and reading, and three in mathematics. For optimal student performance we recommend a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast. We thank our PTO volunteers for providing healthy snacks during testing. Student results will be know next February.
First taste test: Mr. Dennis Samuel has organized this year’s first fun taste test. The lucky green was Cale. Much credit to all the students who tried. The fact that this nutritious green met with mixed student reviews probably accounts for the fact that they are not begging you to have it for supper every evening.
Dates to Remember:
MLS Annual Open House on October 13th 6:00 – 7:00 PM This event is welcome parents, students and alumni into our school to share current student work, meet the teachers, and reminisce. There will be tables with information and Book Bonanza Book
Swap. If you would like to donate gently used books, please drop them off in the office. You or your child do NOT need to contribute to take home a book.
From the Desk of Mr Mills
The newness of being back in school has worn away and children and their teachers are moving through their days like an established waterway cutting through the landscape. The landscape, of course, is learning, and it takes so many forms. Someone asked me today, “What is the purpose of the school, its reason for being?” Why, learning, of course! Student learning, teacher learning, staff and family learning. We are all learners; we are all teachers.
Along with reading, writing and math; history, geography and science, children are learning how to live with others. And the rules and routines at Mount Lebanon School are all in place to carry those lessons. Walking quietly as a group through the halls makes them aware of the needs of others; walking down stairs and across pavement helps makes everyone feel safe. Table manners and quiet voices at lunch develop a respect for food and how to enjoy the company of others while eating. These, and countless other examples, are reinforced continually by caring adults around them. In classes, they work in small groups to learn about the importance of cooperation and collaboration; they learn to use their personal strengths to help others complete common tasks. They sit in circles during morning meeting to raise their awareness of other voices; they share their stories, questions, concerns and their favorites with their peers, giving them an important sense of connection, of being a part of something bigger than themselves. And on Fridays, they sing together, their many voices rising as one.
And adults are learning, too. We learn about the best ways to meet a broad range of needs, socially, academically, behaviorally, and physically. We are learning about the world from the perspectives of children - their challenges, what excites them. We are constantly honing our teaching skills, adapting to the different needs of the students, and the ever changing demands of a world in flux. Children teach us about ourselves - our limits and our potential. They teach us how to love and to be loved.
Ask your child what he or she learned today, and press for a real answer beyond “nothing”. They learned, but they may not be accustomed to being asked. We can start with “What did you do?” but don’t stop there. Ask them why. Their days are filled with purpose. They’ll talk about it if we push them. And they learn a lot from our asking.
What did you learn today?