November 2013


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Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know, we have been working with our students to help them to gain a deeper understanding of the character traits we value at Tashua School.  Every two months, one of the letters in the T.I.G.E.R. acronym will be highlighted.  Beginning this month, we will be teaching the children more about the “I” in our acronym which stands for INTEGRITY.

Our students have been taught that Integrity means, doing the right thing even when no one is looking. This character trait is about being honest and fair at all times. As students are going about their days, we will be recognizing them for exhibiting these behaviors in school.  We will be asking the children to think about what is true and right and to make good choices all day, every day.

You can support us at home by discussing with your child that telling the truth is part of having integrity.  You can encourage this behavior by always making sure your child feels comfortable sharing the truth with you.  You can also discuss with your child how doing the ‘right thing’, even if it’s hard, is part of having integrity.  As adults, it is important that we lead by example and to offer many examples of integrity; helping children to recognize when it is being exhibited and when it isn’t being exhibited.  Children often learn more from what they see than from what they hear.  Be sure to model the behaviors you would like your child to learn when they are working to build their own integrity.

Our Positive School Climate Committee continues to set goals for our school.  We will continue to work on making sure each student has a made a strong connection with at least one adult in our building.   In order to accomplish this goal, staff members will be making a conscious effort to learn the names of as many students in our building as possible and they will also reach out to connect with students in other classes.

Another goal identified by our committee will be helping our students to make connections with other students in the building.  At the beginning of the school year, classrooms were matched up with buddy classes.  As a result, students are developing special bonds with one another and these relationships are reaching beyond the classroom to help improve the climate on our buses, in the cafeteria, and on the playground.

If you have additional ideas for our committee, please contact Karli Smith or Mary Jo Vasquez, our parent representatives to this committee.

Jennifer Neumeyer