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Principal's Post | November 30, 2020

Greetings!

 

I hope each of you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend! Please take a few minutes to check out this week’s updates:



Instruction This Week

Wednesday, December 2, is an asynchronous learning day for ALL students. There will be no in-person instruction that day. For the other days:

  • All In-person Students in grade K-3 and regional programs should attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  
  • In-person, Cohort 2 Students in Grades 4 and 5 should attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • In-person, Cohort 1 and Cohort 3 Students in Grades 4 and 5  remain home and learn remotely. 
  • Virtual Academy Students are learning from home. 

Information about how to prepare for returning to in-person instruction can be found on our website

 

Holiday Assistance - How to Support Families in Need

Typically, our Mitten Tree holiday assistance program has an overwhelming response from our community. Due to COVID-19, we can’t do Mitten Tree as we normally would, but we still want to offer holiday assistance to families who need it. This year, our Counseling and Student Services Department is partnering with the PTA for a Gift Card Drive. We will distribute the gift cards to Brier Creek Elementary families. You can drop-off gift cards at school during office hours, or mail them to school, Attention: Gift Card Drive. We will collect cards through Friday, December 11. Any store, any amount is appreciated, especially to stores in the Brier Creek and Pleasant Valley areas. Stay tuned for information on how to apply to receive assistance. 



Health and Safety in Our School

Maintaining a safe school environment in light of the pandemic is extremely important to us. No single person can do it alone, it takes all of us, each and every person in our school community, to do their part. Here is what we need from you:

  1. If your child, or anyone in your household, is sick, please keep your child home from school.
  2. Consider each question on the Daily Health Screening to ensure candid answers.
  3. Practice the 3-W’s everywhere and any time you/your child are near anyone who doesn’t live in your home. Wash hands frequently, wear a face covering, and wait 6-feet apart

To learn more about when students can return to school following illness of themselves or a family member, please visit our website



Positivity Project This Week: Kindness

Starting Monday, students are learning about KINDNESS. This character strength is grounded in the belief of a common humanity in which others are worthy of care, attention, affection, and compassion. Aristotle defined kindness as, ”helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”

 

Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people. Kind people are selfless. That is why a true act of kindness is distinct from helping another person in order to simply gain something for yourself. An individual with the strength of kindness helps others because it’s the right thing to do, not because they expect any reciprocal treatment or gain in reputation.

 

So, why does kindness matter? For individuals, kindness is correlated with desirable developmental outcomes. It is related to other-oriented emotions, like empathy (the ability to experience the emotional state of another person) and sympathy (the tender emotion of concern for another’s difficulty). Psychologists have even traced kindness and generosity as the keys to healthy, happy, and lasting marriages.

 

On a group level, kindness is very important. In addition to empathy and sympathy, the character strength of kindness is indicative of an individual’s moral reasoning capacity and level of social responsibility. That means people who develop kindness possess a strong personal ethical responsibility to care for other people. And, their acts of kindness towards others lead to additional acts of kindness by those who have been helped.

 

For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.




Instruction NEXT Week - December 7-11

There are no asynchronous days this week. Virtual Academy students will continue learning from home. Also learning from home are students in Grades 4 & 5 in Cohorts 1 & 2. The following students will attend school in-person this week.

  • All In-person Students in grade K-3 and regional programs should attend school Monday through Friday.
  • In-person, Cohort 3 Students in Grades 4 and 5 should attend school Monday through Friday.

Information about how to prepare for returning to in-person instruction can be found on our website

 



Kathy Livengood

Principal