The Value in Mistakes by Mary Norton, 3rd grade teacher
I want students to make mistakes. Learners need to not know all the answers. Learners need to feel inexperienced, puzzled, and frustrated. However, the consequences have a cost. Grades are lowered. Assignments have to be redone. Stories need to be rewritten. Tears may be shed.
Many educational systems believe that mistakes mark poor performance or inadequate teaching. Mistakes are evaluated as failures. What if we stored all our mistakes in a box in the closet? Mine would likely fill a storage container, no, a storage facility.
So, what do we do with ourselves and students who make mistakes? Let’s change our belief about a mistake. A mistake can be a learning opportunity. It can be a signpost for the risk taker, the creative thinker and a learner.
Students need a place, a classroom, in which it is safe to make the mistake, try a new idea, and take a risk. I had a student today say he was afraid to make a mistake because he would let himself down. He wants everything to be perfect. He was afraid to try a new technique. So I shared my fear of making mistakes and not knowing everything. We laughed because I occasionally get caught in my mistakes in the classroom. A connection is forged when we can all laugh and learn. Mistakes can be shared and learning can increase. Students can make a mistake to improve, learn, and build resiliency.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.
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Wed. 3/8: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 8 – Treasure Hunt – Matt. 13
Fri. 3/10: End Trimester 2
Mon. 3/13: No School – Trimester 2 Work Day / ESC “XTRA” Open
Wed. 3/15: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 3 – Friend of Little Children – Matt. 18-19
Talent Show Last Chance Auditions!
We will have one more audition for the upcoming talent show this coming Thursday at 3:15 PM in the commons. Registration forms are going home today. Please get forms in no later than tomorrow!
PTH Board 2017-2018
There are over 3 months left of school, but it is never too soon to start planning for volunteering during next school year. Parents and Teachers of Hope (PTH) are looking to fill two board positions for next school year:
- Secretary – Responsibilities include attending at least 80% of meetings and participating in discussions and decision making; record and timely distribute minutes of board meetings and general meetings; maintain a file of all approved minutes, agendas, and materials, distributed at any PTH meeting; send correspondence, as needed, on behalf of the PTH; assist with PTH events as needed.
- Treasurer – Responsibilities include attending at least 80% of meetings and participating in discussions and decision making; know how to use Excel and QuickBooks or be willing to learn; post all financial transactions to our financial system as they occur throughout the month; draft monthly reports; reconcile the checkbook; write checks as needed (two signatures and proper paperwork required); assist with PTH events as needed. Most of the work can be done on your own schedule – after the kids are in bed, during the day, after work, whatever suits you.
For your successful service in an officer position, you will earn 100% of your PIP requirement for the school year. If you are interested or have questions, please contact PTH President Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Got a green thumb? Help is needed with our school entry large potted plants, watering and seasonal up keep. Contact Sally at email@example.com for more information or to volunteer.
Save the Date: Donuts with Dad, March 15th @ 8:15 AM
School Clubs – Click Here
Chess Club has discontinued as of March 2017
Free Dress Passes for Sale
Student Council is selling Free Dress Passes for a spring fundraiser. Passes come in books of 5 and will be sold for $25. Students may purchase a maximum of one book of passes, but the passes may be used any day that is not a scheduled free dress day. Proceeds will go towards the student council fund, with a goal to raise enough for a water bottle filling station for the whole school to use. Order forms are going home in today’s Tuesday envelope and are also available in the office.
Spaghetti Dinner & Art Show – March 24
Families are invited to a good old fashioned Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show benefitting the WA D.C. Enrichment program for 7th and 8th graders at Hope School March 24th from 5-8pm in the Fellowship Hall. There will be two seatings: one at 5 pm for those early bird diners and one at 6:30 pm. RSVP in the school office to let us know which time you will be attending. Gluten Free options are available. And, Hope Lutheran Glee Club will be performing. After dinner, wander up to the Commons to view the artwork and enjoy coffee and dessert. Cost: Free Will Offering. See you there!
Financial Aid Information for 2017-18 Academic Year
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) for our financial aid process each year. Instructions for applying for financial aid at Hope Lutheran School are available by visiting http://sssbynais.org/parents. Our school’s SSS code is 179833. Due date for completing the Parents Financial Statement to SSS is April 30, 2017.
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Thursday Morning Bible Study – Join us for a new study on the Epistles of John. All ladies are welcome from 8:30-10:00 AM in the Commons. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date: VBS is coming July 24-28 – Registration will open online in Mid-March!
Service Project – March 8
Join us for a family service project tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8th in the Commons from 3:00- 6:00 pm. We will be putting together Refugee kits to help the refugees in our community. Stop in anytime. Then, join us for Soup Supper at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by our Lent worship service. Questions, contact email@example.com or Elissa Sommer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Services Wednesdays At 7:00 P.M. We gather with others at Hope for a short worship experience featuring some of the best of our traditional and contemporary worship hymns and songs, special elements, and inspiring messages to take us deeper into Jesus’ amazing love.
Soup Supper – Join us at 6 pm on Wednesdays for an informal meal of a variety of soups, green salad, and bread in the Fellowship Hall. It’s a wonderful way to connect! Our Soup Supper Host Group for tomorrow will be the Hope Choir and Seattle Lutheran H.S. staff. Next week will be hosted by Hope School staff. All are welcome to join us!