Weekly Notes from the Head of Lower School, 10/30

Dear Lower School Families,

Did you know that your attitude and beliefs about math can have a positive (or negative) influence on your child’s achievement? Studies show that offhand comments such as, “Math is hard for me,” or “I wasn’t good at math, either,” can be detrimental. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, has written extensively about this very subject. The attached article is an excellent summary: https://www.youcubed.org/resources/parents-beliefs-math-change-childrens-achievement/ I recommend her book, Mathematical Mindsets, and her latest, Limitless Minds.

You can encourage your child by asking them to explain their thinking, even when they have an incorrect answer. Usually, by verbalizing the thought process, the students can recognize their error. Praise the effort and their growth. When they say “I can’t,” or “I don’t get it,” tell them they just haven’t learned it yet. You can give feedback while they are still working on the activity without just giving them the answer. As Jo Boaler says, “It is not our job to rescue them from thinking.”

I hope everyone has plans to attend our Fall Festival on Saturday, November 2nd, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The Parent Association still needs volunteers to help and bake sale items. If you would like to volunteer, click here.  If you can donate something to the bake sale or provide some of the other items, please click here.

Please note the Spirit Store will not be opening on Thursday or operating the pop-up booth on Friday morning this week. There will be a booth set up during the fall fair with new jacket arrivals, t-shirts, hats, and visors, as well as a selection of clearance items.

Be sure and stop by the Lower School office to see the Dia de Los Muertos display. Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated in several countries. Students learned about this celebration in Global Studies. It began as a religious celebration but has become more of a cultural holiday. We are focused on the cultural aspect of this holiday. The display will remain until Monday, November 4th. Thanks to Mrs. Huerta and our Lower School families who helped organize the display.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, November 1st: End of the 1st quarter
Saturday, November 2nd: Fall Festival
Tuesday, November 5th: PA Meeting in MPR 8:15 - 9 am
Monday, November 11th: Veterans’ Day Performance: 8:30 GYM -Open to the public!
Friday, November 15th: Report cards sent home
November 25th - 29th: Thanksgiving Holiday, school is closed. Mini camps are available Monday - Wednesday.

Francene Fisher
Head of Lower School