This Saturday, April 22! 10am – 3pm Join us!
Dear Fairburn Families,
Friday, April 21st is Coffee with The Principal. Please join me in the MPR on Friday morning, at 8:15 AM on April 21st for some coffee and lots of great information.
Today was our last Prospective Parent Tour of the year. The enrollment applications will be available in the office on Thursday, April 27 to any incoming family that can prove residency in our attendance boundaries. Sibling priority enrollment will begin Friday April 28. New families may pick up applications on April 27 and enroll on May 1st.
Next week, Tuesday, April 25th we will honor our fabulous parent volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast from 7:40 - 8:15 AM in the Library - Adults only please. If you have volunteered this year up at school or for FAB, please join us!
I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.
This week’s focus: Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively
Why? Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.
How? We can teach children that all feelings are OK, but some ways of dealing with them are not useful. Children need our help learning to cope with feelings in productive ways.
- Identifying feelings. Name for children their difficult feelings such as frustration, sadness and anger and encourage them to talk to you about why they’re feeling that way.
- Three steps to self-control. A simple way to help children to manage their feelings is to practice three easy steps together: stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Try it when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them together.
- Resolving conflicts. Practice with your child how to resolve conflicts. Consider a conflict you or your child witnessed or experienced that turned out badly, and role play different ways of responding. Try to achieve mutual understanding—listening to and paraphrasing each other’s feelings until both people feel understood. If your child observes you experiencing a difficult feeling and is concerned, talk to your child about how you are handling it.
- Clear limits. Use authority wisely to set clear boundaries. Explain how your limits are based on a reasonable and loving concern for your child’s welfare.
I hope you and your family had a restful and fun Spring Break. We are now gearing up for our SBAC testing in Grade 3 – 5. Testing will take place in the month of May. Please try to limit absences during testing.
Pam Marton – Principal email@example.com