Rise and Shine!
Last week, the faculty of Good Shepherd had the opportunity of attending the Lutheran Education Association's 11th triennial convocation, along with around 3,000 other Lutheran educators from around the country and around the world. It was a refreshing (yet tiring) time to connect with others, to grow professionally, and to receive inspiration.
While at the convocation, I attended two sectionals led by Dr. Dave Walsh, a psychologist with a mission to "equip parents and communities to raise children and youth who can thrive, meeting the challenges of the 21st Century." His website has a great deal of information and a number of resources that deal with this important subject. One of the topics on which he spoke was "executive function" which refers to the management of a great number of thinking processes, much like a conductor leads a symphony. Dr. Walsh listed four threats to executive function... early childhood stress overload (See the ACE study), over and unregulated technology use, sleep deficits, and a culture of "more, fast, easy, fun." As parents, we should give these issues special consideration. I encourage you to think about and help your children avoid these threats as we raise our children to be the best thinkers they can be.
A few additional notes...
We Three Spies Musical Auditions: Tryouts for the Christmas musical will be held after school this Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:00 in Miss Richter's room. If students are chosen for a role, they must commit to practicing after school for 45 minutes each Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the entire week of December 9th.
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 will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair November 3-11. Contact Ms. Jeseritz if you would like to help. Also watch for details about "Goodies with Grands" and "Pastries with Parents," two breakfast events during which kids have a time to shop for books with those special people in their lives.
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.