Principal's Message


Merritt Waters

March is WONDER Month at Horace Mann

Always on the lookout for ways to emphasize kindness, we are having a month-long celebration of WONDER (2012), a story by R. J. Palacio about August (Auggie) Pullman.  The book jacket says, “Auggie was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to mainstream school - until now.  He’s about to enter 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, you know how hard that can be.  The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”  

Recently, many schools have capitalized on the release of the movie WONDER to engage in fun, yet meaningful, activities.  Horace Mann is joining in!  Soon, families will receive a Kindness Bingo sheet, where students can record acts of kindness and have a chance to win a prize at school.

We’ll have quotes about kindness on the announcements and many classrooms will do a WONDER read-aloud (with books geared for their developmental level).  At the end of the month, we’ll have a movie event, showing films with a theme kindness, especially to peers who might be different.  Different grade levels will have movies geared for their age to communicate the message in an engaging way.  

We hope you’ll join us on this WONDER-ful journey.  Most importantly, will you help us bring Mr. Browne’s #1 precept to life? “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”


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