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Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

 

We are a little past New Year's resolutions, and I've already broken mine, at which point I decided it was more of a mindset than an absolute.  Similarly, the New Year's resolutions I set out for Lower School, in our first Gathering of 2018, are more of a mindset.  For New Year's resolutions, we are asking the children to keep in mind two ways of thinking about others:  being kind and being part of a team.

 

An embedded mission in Lower School is enabling children to be their best and truest selves.  Yet, to be your best, truest self is not enough.  Only caring about yourself is narrow and unproductive to the community.  Kindness is an action that requires putting someone else's needs before your own.  Kindness asks you to attend to others and not always pay attention to yourself.  Being part of a team has similar requirements:  think of others, watch for what others do and how you can help that effort.  Many times, in teamwork you accomplish more than you can alone.

 

I wanted to share these resolutions in case they hold meaning for your life as a family or at home.  Being kind and being part of a team.  Do not hesitate to ask your children to think of others.  We do them a great disservice to allow them to think they are the center of the world.  Our children feel immense love; asking them to think of others will not diminish that feeling.  It will only grow the love towards others. 

 

The children in Lower School practice contributing to a community every day in ways which are exceptional and unique to Westtown.  These resolutions encourage them to be even a bit more intentional about taking care of their community.

 

Warmly,

Kristin

 

P.S. Eagles fans – please consider the kids getting to bed at their regular bedtimes on Sunday night.  Staying up late on a Sunday night sets off the week on a tired foot.  Sleep deficits on a school night cannot be made up, and always remember, sleep is the underrated vitamin for kids.  (And I realize I harass you often about sleep, but it is a hugely critical piece to children's success in school and in their ability to be resilient.)

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Important Messages

From Teacher Lynn:  Children's Book World in Haverford will be hosting author Marley Dias on February 3rd.  Marley is the young author who started the #1000blackgirlbook campaign.  Click here for more details! 

Upcoming Events

Lower School Bingo Night which was scheduled for Friday, January 26 has been moved to Friday, March 2. This family-friendly event which is sponsored by Lower School Parent Council will be in the Athletic Center from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

All-School Information

Dress for a Good Cause

Join us for the 10th and Final Dress for a Good Cause, Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1-3 p.m. in the Cabin! Dresses are $10 - all sizes, styles, vintages (just like females); lots of jewelry! Proceeds benefit a local home for young women who survived human trafficking. For more information, contact Carol Metzger 610-793-4387.

 

Parent Speaker Series
Join us on Monday, January 29 at 8:15 am in the Belfry for a presentation with Mike Domritz, founder of the Date Safe Project. In this presentation, parents will discover several simple steps to effectively engage their teenagers in discussions about dating, intimacy, and parties. This is open to all, so bring a friend!

 

Fiddler on the Roof
The Upper School will be performing Fiddler on the Roof from February 1 - 3 in the Barton Test Theater at 7:30 pm. This is a family friendly event.    


Parent Speaker Series
Join us on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00pm for an Evening with FCD Prevention Works. The FCD's mission is to work with schools and other organizations across the United States and around the world to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol and other drug use. This is open to all, so bring a friend!

 

Community Blood Drive
The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Click here to register to give!

 
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Phone: 610‌ 399‌ 0123

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