Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - January 2018

Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Welcome Back! We hope you and your family had a safe and relaxing holiday.

Congratulations to the MES Spelling Bee winners, 1st place went to fourth grader Valeria C., 2nd place went to fifth grader Milagros U. and Tori H. will be our alternate. They will represent MES at the district Spelling Bee on January 23 from 6:00-7:00 pm.

We are excited to welcome Ms. Palm to our campus this semester. Ms. Palm will be teaching Dance to our kindergarten through fifth grade scholars.

It is that time of the year again – Flu Season. Although attendance is very important, please follow these guidelines on when your child should return to school after being ill. They can return 24 hours after starting an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, or 24 hours after the fever is gone and you no longer are giving medication to control a fever, or 24 hours after any episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

In January, we are focusing on Habit 4: Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not me or you—it is both of us. It is a belief that there are enough good things for everyone; it is an abundant way of thinking. Think Win-Win is being happy for others when good things happen to them. As a parent, not everything is negotiable, but if you go into discussions with your child with a win-win mindset, you’ll find a lot less resistance.

Younger-Child Activities

1. Play a game with your child(ren) that has a definite winner. Explain how competition is okay when you play a game, but it is not okay in relationships. Discuss how tense it would be in your home if every situation had to have a winner. A better way to think is win-win. This means we think of solutions that we can all feel good about when there is a problem. The more we Think Win-Win, the fewer problems there will be. You may want to display a chart listing the days of the week. When someone is “caught” thinking win-win, he or she gets to write his or her name on the chart for that day.

2. Encourage win-win solutions to sibling disputes. Don’t always be the mediator; let them work out a solution and be sure to lavish children with praise when they do.       

Older-Child Activities

1. Say you are sorry when you yell, overreact, or accidentally blame one of your children for something he or she didn’t do. Modeling this behavior will set expectations for how your child should behave.

2. Set clear expectations with your children about chores, curfew, grades, car privileges, etc.  It’s hard for you both to win if you are playing by different rules. 

Remember, it may take time to teach your child these skills. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. But remember, your child won't learn how to be independent and successful if you always do it for them. Using the 7 Habits is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

Research has shown that the simple act of writing a goal greatly increases the chances of accomplishing the goal. If the goal is broken down into action steps and the action steps are tracked, goals have an even greater percentage of success. At school, your child may write his or her academic and personal goals in a Leadership Notebook. You will gain a lot of information on how your child is doing if you ask your child to tell you about his or her goals. The Leadership Notebook idea can also be used in your home. Create goals such as reading together, eating dinner at the table, or doing an activity together. Involve everyone in the family in choosing a meaningful goal and action steps. Post the goal and the action steps in a visible place and be sure to track and celebrate progress!

We look forward to sharing these new opportunities with you. Together, we can support your children’s growth throughout the year, helping them reach their full potential.


Jennifer Robinson