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From the Principal – 1/26

From the Principal – 1/26

From the Principal – 1/26

Dear Families,

This past Tuesday, January 23 I conducted grade level check-ins with students in grades K-4. Each grade level shared 30 minutes with me in the Centre as we collectively revisited our school expectations and rules through the lens of how we should treat everyone within our school community. I shared quotes with students from Dr. King (“The time is always right to do what is right.”) and Oprah Winfrey (“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”), as well as the book The Three Questions by John J Muth to illustrate the importance of showing compassion and kindness in all situations. I thoroughly enjoyed checking in with grades K-4 and look forward to this experience with our fifth graders this upcoming Monday, January 29.

As we seek to determine a school mascot, each of our 22 classrooms will be completing voting this week to come up with a mascot for their individual class. By the end of next week each student within each grade level will help to determine a mascot for each grade level. Then we’ll have narrowed it down to 6 mascots (one for each grade level) and the week of February 12 all students will be casting their vote, from the 6 choices, for what our official school mascot should be. The students and staff are really excited to take an active role in this meaningful experience.

This past Monday evening (January 22) our Mason-Rice community was treated to a lovely presentation entitled “Raising A Resilient Child” by Susan Swick MD, MPH (child psychiatrist and Mason-Rice parent) and Richard Ginsburg, PhD (clinical psychologist and sports psychology consultant). It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance. As I listened to both Susan and Richard one salient point, in particular, that stood out to me was the importance of asking our children/students: What did you fail at today? Establishing a culture where mistakes and failures are seen constructively as learning opportunities is such a critical component in establishing and building resiliency in our children. Thank you to Sara Kaprove Penn and Jess Poscover, our Parent Social Coordinators, for organizing such an incredible evening.

This upcoming week is Family Fitness Peek Week. Parents/guardians of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to join one or both of their child’s physical education classes to exercise with the class. Those joining should wear sneakers and come ready to work on their health related fitness skills.

On Saturday, February 3 we welcome our World Cultures Festival from 1-4 PM. This wonderful event provides us the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our school community. We currently have 37 countries that will be represented at our festival! Some of our countries have several volunteers while others have just a few. Please find details below if you are interested in signing up to help/support with this event that I am truly looking forward to.

Lastly, in support of the New England Patriots, who will be playing for their sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday, February 4, students and staff are welcome to wear Patriots gear to school on Friday, February 2. Students and staff may also choose to wear any sports gear on this day. Hats will be allowed. Participating in this is completely voluntary and not something that anyone should feel obligated to participate in.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Kindly,

Jake Bultema
jacob_bultema@newton.k12.ma.us

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