With spring in full swing, many parents are now in the process of making summer plans and arrangements for their children. My favorite word regarding most things is “balance,” and children’s summers are no exceptions.
There is no greater gift you can give to your children than to read to them everyday (even after they can read independently). Reading opens up worlds of information, expands vocabulary, and can open up the door to important conversations. When there is a difficult topic to discuss, whether it is personal or social, finding and reading the right book can make the subject easier for you to broach or for the children to understand.
With another on the books, now is the perfect time for reflection. It’s easy to be so detail-driven that we miss the greater picture of what this week means. Service Week is heavily focused on our students, families and our community partners.
This week is a whirlwind of activity as we prepare for Service Week. Amongst the last minute preparations, I’ve been doing my best to keep a healthy perspective on what it is that we do as a school when we undertake a large scale project like Service Week, when I help place, mobilize and support 360+ people with much help from my colleagues and community partners.
Close your eyes with me for a moment and think back to your elementary school days. Feel the bubbling excitement that welled up as you arrived at school, brown paper lunch sack in hand, school bus idling in the parking lot. Today, you are leaving your pencils in your desk. It’s field trip day.