Sunday Scoop 11/26/17

Posted by Patrick Wallace on 11/26/2017 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Good Sunday evening!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and took some time to rest, relax, enjoy time together, and eat some great food. This is a great time of year to take a step back and just enjoy those special ones around you. I hope everyone had plenty of quality time together and is ready to come back to school tomorrow. We are excited to see everyone! There are only three and a half school weeks until winter break which begins on December 21st. It’s amazing how quickly this school year is going by! Let’s enjoy every last bit of those three and a half weeks and end the 2017 portion of this school year on a great note!

 

Have a great week! As always it’s great to be a Wildcat!

Pat Wallace, Principal

 

ABCs of Student Success 

M is for Mistakes and Mindset!

Some of the best learning comes from fixing our mistakes, finding solutions to our errors, and analyzing problems to make them better. Not getting brought down by mistakes and helping our students develop a growth mindset where they believe their abilities are not limited and can be developed through dedication and hard work is essential to helping them achieve success.

Growth Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success. Dr. Dweck identified two mindsets people can have: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them, and believe that talent alone creates success. In a growth mindset, people believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Research shows that people with this view reach higher levels of success than people with fixed mindset beliefs. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity and increases achievement.

So how can you teach growth mindset to your students?

The most important thing you can do to help your child develop a growth mindset is to praise them for effort rather than for talent. Messages like “You learned that so quickly! You’re so smart!” teach the child that they either are or aren’t smart, and that they accomplished something because of something outside of their control. When they encounter difficulty in the future, they tend to then feel not smart and retreat. Instead, messages such as “I like the way you persevered through that problem”, or “Good job to hang in there and find a different strategy that did work,” or “Sorry, that seemed to be too easy for you, let’s do something more challenging,” teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully and taking on challenges in order to grow.

How can you learn more?

You can visit the Mindset Works website ( www.mindsetworks.com ), the Mindset Kit website ( https://www.mindsetkit.org/ ), or read Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset to learn about ways to infuse the growth mindset into your parenting. They all come equipped with useful strategies and tools for parents!

 

Attendance Update

 

Average Daily Attendance Data= 95.3%

% of Students Present 90% of the Time= 87.12%

Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

 

The Weeks Ahead

Upcoming Assembly

We have a great experience for our students coming up that I am excited to share with you! The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird and Friends Elementary School Program is coming to our school on Thursday, December 7th! This is a great character education based program that Fredbird and a former player or announcer will present! They will guide students to think about the question, "what makes a good teammate?" and promote the key messages of Be Active! Be Responsible! and Be Yourself! They will also talk about the benefits of being physically active and participating in extracurricular clubs and activities; valuing what makes them unique as well as the contributions of others; working together with peers, teachers, and family members; and seeking out help from the adults in their lives who can help them achieve their goals.

 

On this day let's show our Cardinals spirit, so please have your students wear St. Louis Cardinals or red shirts. And we apologize, but due to the capacity in our gym, this assembly is for our students and staff only. We will Facebook pictures and updates though!

Parent-Teacher Committee meeting

Our next Parent-Teacher Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at West Elementary School. Please join us to learn about how we can work together to support our students’ success!

 

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