Emerald Hills' Principal Andrea Landes took "spring break" a little too literally. While hiking, she managed to fall and severely break her leg. The injury required some significant surgery. The good news - her spirits remain high. The bad news - it is unlikely that she will now be able to make it through airport security without setting off the metal detector! She is at home, dealing with a lot of discomfort, and missing students and staff. If her recovery goes as expected she should be back at EHE around May 8th. In her absence, regular Friday Principal Kelly Evans will be filling in.
It is that time of year for parents to give input into the class placement of their child. We have forms available in the office. Please make sure to note that the deadline is May 12th. If you have any questions regarding your child’s placement for next year, please touch base with your child’s teacher.
Health Room Requests
We are still in need of pants for girls and boys, and underwear for girls in the health room.
Also, if your child has borrowed clothing from the health room, please be sure to return it as quickly as you can (in clean condition) so that we can use it again.
Habit of Mind for April
The Habit of the month for April is Persistence. Persistence is the ability to stick to a task, especially when the going gets tough. It is being able to hang in there and keep going when a task becomes challenging, never giving up and keep going on.
Does your child say, “It’s too hard,” so they don’t have to think any further? Do they crumple up their paper and say, “I can’t do this”? These show lack of persistence. Dr. Art Costa, the co-founder of the Habits of Mind, says “teaching persistence is a matter of teaching strategy. Persistence does not just mean working to get it right. Persistence means knowing that getting stuck is a cue to ‘try something else.’”
Every child will experience times that they are not interested in completing a book, either because they are not interested in the topic, or they are ready to move onto another activity. This is normal; however, persistence in this case means the ability to look for new ways to reach a goal when stuck or facing unexpected challenges. Even if a child does not show beginning signs of persistence now, reading stories about characters that persist through difficult challenges will be a great starting point for developing this behavior.
“Be like a postage stamp—stick to one thing until you get there.” -Margaret Carty