This past week, the students had a few opportunities to share projects with their classmates. As our children grow, we see that some of them are natural performers who thrive on being the center of attention. Other children prefer to stay in the shadows, embarrassed by any extra attention that they might receive. It's important to recognize that God has made us each in unique ways and that not everyone grows up to be comfortable in front of groups, yet we also want our children to be comfortable with who they are. We want them to be able to stand up for what they believe in and to be able to lead. While there are many leadership styles that we can encourage in our children, giving them experiences in public speaking is one way to assist them in growing leadership skills. In grades 2-3, we take this one step at a time, helping children to gradually become more comfortable as they speak to others. If your child is a natural performer, be on the lookout for ways you can put them in front of an audience, and if they prefer to keep out of the limelight, encourage them in their existing abilities and interests, giving them confidence and courage in these areas.
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
A few additional notes...
Congratulations: Slone, Johnathon, Savannah, and Grace have secured parts in the Christmas musical, and Abigail won the book fair coloring contest for grades 2-3. Way to go!
PE Shoes: We will soon begin holding PE at the gymnasium at Lebanon Lutheran School. All students are required to wear non-marking exercise shoes while using the gym. Please make sure that your child brings a pair of these shoes to keep at school
Scholastic Book Fair: We are holding a Scholastic Book Fair November 3-11. Contact Ms. Jeseritz if you would like to help. On Thursday, November 7th, grandparents and other special friends are invited to bring students to school beginning at 7:00 am for a chance to have treats and browse the book fair during "Goodies with Grands." Parents are invited to bring their children at 7:00 Monday, November 11th for a similar event called "Pastries with Parents."
Winter Clothes: As the weather gets colder, please ensure that your child comes to school in clothing that is suitable and will keep them warm. Students should wear winter coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, and boots when appropriate. Without these items, students may be asked to stay indoors or to stay in a shoveled area.
Lutheran Bible Translators: This quarter's chapel offerings go to Becky Grossman in her work with Lutheran Bible Translators to help people around the world in having a Bible in their home languages.
Upcoming Opportunities at the Watertown Public Library:
Bible Verse of the Week
Students choose their own memory verse this week.