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Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - December 2018

Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for your generous donations to support the Treasured Smile Food Drive and our MES Book Drive. Congratulations to Saddleback Elementary School for bringing in the most canned food. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving break and found time to relax and sharpen the saw as a family. My husband and I carved out time to catch some sunrise walks with our dogs in the desert. I also found a great carrot cake cookie recipe! What did you and your family do?

How many of you wrote family mission statements during our focus on Habit 2: Put first things first? We’d love to hear how it went. Please stop by or send me an email to share.

Organizational Skills

Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will learn this very important skill. Use the first three habits as a learning tool:

Habit 1: Be Proactive: Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what he or she will need for the next day. To start, writing a list may be helpful. Next, have your child gather the non-perishable items and put them in his or her school bag.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind: Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child how that will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he or she is organized and you will all have a happy start to the day.

Habit 3: Put First Things First: During December we are focusing on Habit 3. This means focusing on the task when there's something else you would rather be doing — the hardest part of all! Help your child learn how to avoid distractions by reminding him or her that, if they stick to it, all the fun things can come right after—with no guilt or nagging! Once children know these habits, and how to apply them, they can start tackling more difficult tasks independently. They will begin to feel self-confident and proud when they're able to complete homework, chores, and other tasks by themselves. They will also be excited when they find they have extra free time to do what they'd like.

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 Habits 1-3 is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

Community Volunteerism

During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need. If your family’s time is limited, consider just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).

Why should your family lend a helping hand?

·         It feels good

·         It strengthens our community

·         It can strengthen your identity as a family

What can children learn from volunteering?

·         A sense of responsibility—children learn about commitment, to be on time, do their best, and be proud of the results.

·         One person, one family can make a difference—children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else.

·         The benefit of sacrifice—children learn that there are important things besides themselves.

·         Cooperation and unity—children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one.

·         Job skills—children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers.

·         How to fill idle time wisely—children learn to use time to help others.

Ultimately, children learn that we're all responsible for the well-being of our communities. Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.

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

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson

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