Assistant Principal's Message
By now your students may have come home talking about some of the lessons they are learning outside of the classroom walls. Over the past months we have been working hard to infuse a sense of school community, and to teach lessons of character that foster a climate of respect and kindness. You will hear your child talking about our High Five For Excellence initiative as well as being a “bucketfiller”. Whether through lunchtime readings, morning messages from the office, or what I term “learning conversations” over the choices students have made, the traits of respect, responsibility, cooperation, kindness, and safety are emphasized.
During October students had the opportunity to work with Cyd Slotoroff, a professional singer-songwriter and diversity trainer. Cyd addressed the issues important to our young students with a unique blend of sensitivity, creativity, and humor. Through songs about young people’s experiences she engaged the students to talk honestly about how they treat each other – about friendship, popularity, status, and the pressures to fit in. This was a powerful experience that brought students together to reflect on their own part in the creation of a caring, respectful school community.
November and December brought opportunities for our students to work together through various community outreach projects. What can be more meaningful than fostering authentic lessons around compassion and giving at holiday times? Initially, students joined together to raise funds and collect donated items as part of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A school spirit day created great excitement as students donned their favorite hats and brought in dollars to purchase school supplies for an elementary school that had been severely impacted by the storm. Next, we held our annual “Warm The Children” Drive. Through the generosity of parents and students new hats, gloves, and gently used books were brought by our Student Council to the Katherine Brennan School in New Haven. Students had the opportunity to see the delight created by giving of yourself, sharing your compassion, and caring about others.
As we returned from winter break our morning message talked about imagining new possibilities and turning those into productive goals and realities. We usher in 2013 here at Jeffrey School with thoughts of continuing to make a difference within our school community, and beyond to communities outside our own where compassion, generosity, and good will can make a world of difference in the lives of others.
Throughout the school year we encourage parents to stay connected. Good home school communication can only enhance your child’s experience. Be sure to sign up for our E-notify through the link located on the district webpage at www.madison.k12.ct.us. This will make certain that you will receive important notices via e-mail. Touch base when you have information to share or questions for your child’s teacher either through voicemail or e-mail. Through the collaborative efforts between parents and Jeffrey School staff we strive to create a positive, safe, and engaging climate for learning and one in which our students can truly flourish and grow.
Rachel S. Weiss