School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/16/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Our core value is social action.

Just like we sang this morning in Free to Be you and Me, we are committed to doing all we can and making a change in the world.  One way we can do that here at school every single day is by recycling, composting, and reducing the amount of trash we produce.  You may have noticed that our cafeteria has three different bins to throw your garbage in.  Different stuff belongs in each one and it’s really important that we all try our best to learn how to do it correctly.

 

There are separate bins for food scraps which are composted, recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and glass, liquids which are poured down the drain, and trash which ends up in a landfill.  Our goal is to put as little trash as possible into the landfills!  

Learning how to recycle our plastic, metal and paper, compost our food scraps, and reduce the amount of stuff that goes into landfills will make us better stewards of our planet.

My good friend Jacob Pearleman in the 3rd grade has also brought something to my attention that he is concerned about.  Jacob has noticed that a lot of kids are throwing away perfectly good food!  While we work to reduce the amount of garbage that goes into landfills let’s also please try to reduce our food waste.  Thanks for looking out, Jacob.

Big thanks to our second grade hosts, to all of the parents who came this morning, to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud this morning.  Have a great day and great week everyone.

Love,

Bradley

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 10/2/2017

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome back!  It’s great to be with all of you again for our second School-Wide Morning Meeting of the year.  Our weeks get so busy, it’s really nice to spend this time, all of us together as one community, singing joyful songs and reflecting on our core values.

Last week we visited many of your classes with our school comfort dog, Lola.  Give me a quiet thumbs up if we visited your class with Lola.  If we haven’t visited with Lola yet, we will this week for sure!  Lola really seems to love meeting all the students in our school, and I think she is starting to love her new job as EVCS comfort dog.  Now, I have a request for all of you.  You will see us with Lola in the hallways very often.  We know you will want to say hi to Lola but we need to ask that you do that by waving a quiet hello.  Please don’t leave your class line to pet Lola! Continue reading

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.

Picture2
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”       – Abraham Lincoln

Picture3

 

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

 – Black Elk

 

 

 

 

 

Picture4

 

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

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

Picture5

 

 

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!

Love,

Bradley

School Wide Morning Meeting Message 9/21/2015

Dear EVCS Students,

Welcome to the first School-wide morning meeting of the year! It’s so good to be back here with you in our auditorium, singing loud and proud!

This year all the classes in our school will be exploring a different Habit of Mind every month. September’s Habit of Mind is managing impulsivity. When we manage our impulsivity we think before we act, we stay focused on our goals and stop ourselves from saying or doing things that don’t help us achieve those goals. Managing impulsivity is having self control and being able to self regulate. Sometimes this can be really hard! But people who can manage their impulsivity often achieve great things.

The picture we associate with managing impulsivity is a traffic light with the yellow light shining.

swmm1

This reminds us to slow down, think and be deliberate. The great artist Vincent Van Gogh said,
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.” What do you think this means?
You will be learning more about this Habit of Mind throughout the month of September. But the truth is you will be practicing this Habit of Mind and getting better and better at it throughout your life.
Have a fantastic day everyone!

Love,

Bradley