School Wide Morning Meeting Message 12/11/2017

Dear EVCS students,

Welcome back!  I have some exciting news to share with you: We can finally start using our schoolyard again!  This week will be our “soft opening” of the schoolyard.  Every class from each of the three schools in our building will get their own scheduled time this week to go down and explore all of the new features in the yard. We’ll start having regular recess, arrival and dismissal in the schoolyard next Monday.

Earlier this year at SWMM we spoke about bullying and how we can prevent it.  Today we are going to look more closely at one aspect of bullying, and to help me out I’m going to bring up all of the teachers on our Bullying Prevention Committee: Selena, Chloe, Jenna, Megan, Eric, Maggie, Noelle, and Liz.

Good morning!

Today we are going to talk about bullying. Do you remember how we define bullying at EVCS?

Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

When someone is bullied, it is never just one person’s fault. There are so many people who play a part in bullying.

Let’s take a minute and look at all the roles people play in bullying.



Today, we are going to think about one participant in the bullying cycle, the disengaged onlooker. They watch what’s happening, they know it’s wrong, and they do not do anything.  Take a minute and think about one thing you could do when you see someone being bullied.


Another word for an onlooker is a bystander — someone who stands by and does nothing.  Instead of being a bystander, be an upstander — someone who stands up and does the right thing when they see bullying behavior.  Let’s all try our best to be a community of upstanders!

One way you can be an upstander at EVCS is by telling a grown-up when you see bullying behavior.  If you see bullying at our school and you think something should be done, please let someone on the Bullying Prevention Committee know.

Thanks and have a great day,

Bradley, Liz, Selena, Chloe, Jenna, Megan, Eric, Maggie, and Noelle.


Let’s finish with our candle breathing exercise.

Thanks very much to our friends in Kindergarten for sharing their work and hosting this morning!  Thanks, as always, to  the amazing EVCS SWMM House Band!  And thanks to everyone who joined us today and sang loud and proud.  Have a great day.



School Wide Morning Meeting Message 12/14/2015

December 14, 2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide Morning Meeting!  This our last full week of school before we break for the holidays – and our last School-wide Morning Meeting of 2015!

As we get ready to end the year and start a new year, it’s a good time to reflect back on our hopes and dreams we identified at the beginning of the year.  Some of us have already met those goals and are ready to create new ones.  Some of us are ready to fulfill our goals very soon, and some of us are thinking of new strategies to get back on track to meet our goals.  Let’s all start 2016 with renewed energy to do whatever it takes to make our hopes and dreams a reality.  And as we think about setting new goals, I want everyone to be courageous, push yourself to do something you didn’t think you could do, and take responsible risks.  Reach for the stars and you will achieve great things!  risks

Let’s make the last days of 2015 great ones!  Have a great day everyone.

Love,  Bradley

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 12/2/2015

December 2, 2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide Morning Meeting!  I hope everyone enjoyed their well-deserved vacation last week.

Yesterday was the start of a new month and a new Habit of Mind.  Throughout the month of December we will be focusing on Taking Responsible Risks.

When we are in unfamiliar territory in our learning sometimes we can feel uncertain, confused or insecure.  In these moments we must not let the fear of failure prevent us risksfrom taking risks and trying new things.  People who have embodied this Habit of Mind understand that risk taking is a necessary part of our growth and they have learned how to view their mistakes as places for learning.  The picture we associate with taking responsible risks is of hands reaching for the stars.  This reminds us that if we want to achieve new and great things, we need to have courage and be willing to take risks!

Be courageous and take risks in your learning, and maybe you’ll get a shout out at our next SWMM!  Have a great day everyone.

Love,  Bradley

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/19/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide morning meeting!

Everyone in our school has been working on persisting in the month of October.  When we persist we keep trying and don’t give up easily, especially when the task is difficult.  I have a few really good examples of EVCS students persisting.

A bunch of our Kindergarten students have been working really hard at doing the monkey bars in the recess yard.  Emilia and Rafa have been working so hard at it that they even have blisters on their hands!  But they keep on practicing those monkey bars – that’s real persistence.  Way to go Emilia and Rafa!

I’ve been hearing so many stories from teachers of kids persisting in the classroom as well.  Elana and Maia told me how the fourth graders have been working on place value with really big numbers, into the millions.  One of their students, Janize, has been doing a great job of persisting in her learning this challenging content.  Over the last couple of weeks, whenever she didn’t understand something right away she asked clarifying questions until she understood, and then she went back and applied this new learning in her work.  Janize’s teachers have been so impressed with how she always tries her best and advocates for her own learning.  Way to persist Janize!

If you notice one of your schoolmates working hard at applying the Habits of Mind, please be sure to let me know!  I’d love to give them a shout out at School-Wide Morning Meeting.

Have a great day everyone.



School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/5/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to School-wide morning meeting!

October’s Habit of Mind is persistingWhen we persist we keep trying and don’t give up easily. When we persist while solving a problem, we think about which strategy will work best.  If the strategy we start with doesn’t work, we know how to back up and try another.  When things don’t work out like you expect them to right away it can be be very frustrating, but people who know how to persist have a high tolerance for frustration.  People who persist understand that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Picture1The picture we associate with persisting is of a tall mountain, with a flag at the top, indicating that someone has succeeded In climbing it.  This reminds us to stay focused on our goal and not give up when things get hard.

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”       – Abraham Lincoln



Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 – Black Elk








“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment.  Full effort is full victory.”

-Mahatma Gandhi





Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourself a difficult task but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”

– Hellen Keller



All of the most successful people in history have had to apply persistence to achieve their goals.  Another word for persistence is grit.  Your teachers and I will be thinking and talking about persistence and grit throughout the month of October.  Try practicing being gritty!  I’m interested in hearing how it goes.

Have a fantastic day everyone!



9.14.14 Next Week and more …

Dear Families

1) School-Wide Morning Meeting in the Auditorium (TODAY!)
Monday, September 15 8:50 am Everyone is welcome and invited. If you cannot make this one, no pressure, join us next time, they will be noted on the school web calendar.

2) Curriculum Night
Tuesday, September 16th 5:30-8:30 pm In the Auditorium.
RSVP For Childcare Here
* One RSVP per child. Pizza will be served.
* Cost $5 per child. Will be collected at drop off.
* Only EVCS students are eligible. No siblings please.
* Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, 9/15/14 at 3 PM.

2) First Kick off Parent Association Meeting
Wednesday, September 17 8:15 – 9:15 am
In the Tree of Knowing Garden (stairs located SW corner of the yard)

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School-Wide Morning Meeting

Hello EVCS families!

One of my favorite traditions at EVCS is our school-wide sing-along. I think there is no better way to start your week than to gather in the auditorium and sing together! We’ve never actually sang the song Kumbaya, but the spirit is very kumbaya. We have historically called our sing-alongs “Town Meetings”. However, this year we are re-branding Town Meeting to be called School-Wide Morning Meeting in an effort to tie in our Responsive Classroom approach. There will be more on the Responsive Classroom next week at Curriculum Night, but in the meantime please try to join us for our first School-Wide Morning Meeting of the year on Monday morning at 8:50. Come ready to sing loud and proud!