I bring this up because many of our students may feel that their home situations are "different" and that no one else could understand their situation. That's where we step in as educators. Part of our job is to help create school traditions and routines that create a safe, secure, and fun environment for our students, especially during the holiday seasons. More importantly, we need to help them realize that their family traditions or customs are okay and that there is not a perfect or correct way to celebrate the holidays. The older I get, the more I realize that I did have fun holiday traditions with my family. We always ate a meal together (even if it wasn't on the holiday) and we often watched a movie (usually Ben-Hur for Christmas). When I see old movies playing during the holidays, I often think of my dad and realize we had fun traditions after all. Most importantly, I always felt loved and safe at home. That's a tradition that I have passed along to my children (even with juggling holiday schedules between two households). So, I guess the most important tradition of all...being together and being happy as a family is a legacy that has been passed on from generation to another.
As educators, our students may have many traditions or no traditions at all. But we can help make traditions and memories here and we can certainly make sure they feel safe and loved while at school. The hug you give, the smile you share, and the words of encouragement you express may be the one thing they hold on to during their holiday season. Let's make sure that with all the traditions we have at school that kindness, patience, and empathy are woven into each of them and demonstrated to all students.
photo credit: Norman Rockwell
PEARLS OF WISDOM - From our very own Rosedale students!
"Last year we just had to learn. This year we have to get smart" - 1st grade student
"I just LOVE seeing my name where everyone can read it" - Student on seeing his name on the PBIS board
"We've been through this before. Why can't you learn to use your words instead of your hands" -Student talking with another student after a fight.
For anyone who has ever loved a dog (4 minutes)
Monday, November 2: Rotary 12:00 pm
Wennstrom/Nadon to OSS Committee 1:30 pm (I'll be back for assembly)
Student of the Month Assembly (Responsibility) 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 3: No Students / Teacher Work Day
Report Card entries due by midnight
Wednesday, November 4: IEP Limberg/Casucci 8:20 am
Thursday, November 5: Staff Meeting (PBS) 8:00 am
Handbook Revision Meeting at Roosevelt 2:00-4:00 pm
Title I Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, November 6: Goodfellows Collection $2 or 2 Canned Food Items = Bring a Stuffed Animal to School
Monday, November 9: Report Cards go home
Costco Reps in lounge with treats during lunch hour
Wednesday, November 11: Conferences in the Evening
Thursday, November 12: No Students / Conferences Day and Evening
Friday, November 13: No School