Friday, December 11, 2009

Principal's Newsletter December 11, 2009

Giving as a Way of Life

If you are a subscriber to the LO Review, please take a moment to find the education section; they regularly print a feature called Students Speak and quite often come around hoping to speak with students about a pre-selected topic. For the most part the questions the students are asked are rather frivolous. This time, however, when the reporter spoke with our 7th and 8th graders she inquired as to their philanthropic efforts. I surreptitiously eavesdropped, and experienced once more the kind of pride that only children speaking from the heart can provide. The kids didn't blink; their thoughts and plans rolled right out. I was impressed not only by the fact that each of them had at least one major initiative or project to speak cogently about, but also by the range they represented. And this was a random sampling of our students. If you've seen the over-stuffed bins of coats gracing our front entry at Smith -- the results of our Student Council's effort to make a difference for kids in need -- then you know this is not an isolated incident. For our kids, giving is an important aspect of life in the broader world. I am thankful to work with a faculty focused on bringing them exposure to the ethic of selfless giving, and to work alongside a parent community raising a group of kids who don't flinch when asked "What are you doing to make a difference this season?"

Upcoming events:


1st Grade and Kinder to Tears of Joy

9:00 AM - 10:45 PM GS - 7 & 8 Gr. FT - RHS (Shakespeare)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM District Athletic Committee Meeting
2:00 PM - Rockets Away!