This year, through the 7 Habits of Happy Kids (Covey, 2008), we’ve introduced our school community to ways of thinking that not only make us feel productive, but also help us work together better. The 7th Habit is Sharpen the Saw: Balance Feels Best. This habit encourages us to take care of our bodies by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep. It honors the idea that we need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others, and acknowledges that time with family and friends is part of being balanced. This Habit reminds us that we need meaningful things to keep our spirits high and inspire us to do our best. While it can seem tricky to find time for these things, in our hearts we know they are essential. With the final weeks of school in front of us, this is a wonderful time to experiment with new routines to keep ourselves—and our students-- sharp.
Another focus for the weeks ahead is our 2nd annual One School, One Book challenge. The last week of April was full of teasers to build anticipation, culminating in the reading pep rally held on Friday afternoon. The secret is out, and everyone in our school will be reading The Lemonade Wars (Davies, 2007). We hope you have a blast reading this book with your child(ren)—who knows…maybe you’ll want to read other books from the series? The joy of reading for its own sake is absolutely necessary for students to be good readers, and this shared reading event is a perfect opportunity to model that reading can be very entertaining.
Finally, I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude for another amazing year at Horace Mann. Each day, I truly experience a synergy of our minds and hearts, effort and talent as we collaborate to support our students. I am humbled to serve as principal of Horace Mann Elementary School, and I look forward to continued growth—and happiness—ahead. Always know that I welcome your suggestions and ideas; we are all in this together!
With warm regards,
Dr. Merritt F. Waters