Message from the Principal, Cristy Harris
November 2, 2018
Dear KES Families,
Greetings and happy Friday. As part of our Character Education Initiative, KES has developed a calendar of character traits that support our yearlong theme of PAWS for Kindness. The months of November and December are dedicated to “Tis the Season for Empathy and Compassion.” On Wednesday, during our Sharing Assembly, a few of our Fifth Grade Student Leaders introduced the kid friendly meaning of “empathy” and “compassion” to all of our staff and students. In their words, “Empathy and compassion allow us to really consider the feelings of others.” They went on to act out a few scenarios that all students could identify with and determine how each of the actors felt. For example, a student missing her bus in the morning and another student receiving a great gift from his grandparents.
During our Sharing Assembly, we all got a sneak-peek of one poem from the collection that the members of our Character Education Committee selected as our ‘common read’ for the month. Each classroom will receive the collection of poems along with suggested classroom connections and activities for Morning Meetings and other discussions throughout the month.
H.W. Longfellow wrote this simple yet powerful poem that was shared.
Kind hearts are the gardens
Kind words are the roots,
Kind thoughts are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds;
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.
On a school-wide level, there are opportunities to support our theme “Tis the Season for Empathy and Compassion” as well. The PTO Holiday Food Drive began this week and will run through November 15. Thanksgiving is also right around the corner and is yet another time for families to talk about empathy and compassion and how these character traits connect to this holiday about being thankful and giving to others in need. The conversations that materialize as a result of our Character Education initiative brings about a greater awareness about ourselves, and our relationships with others.
Stay tuned as we extend our exploration of empathy and compassion into the month of December at which time we will begin our annual PTO Gift Drive.
Enjoy your weekend and take good care.
Cristy Harris, Principal and Kweon Stambaugh, Assistant Principal