Choose Kind

   The first week of April will be busy here, with Family Conferences Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 4, 5 and 6. Wednesday is a full day of school, and conferences are from 3:30-6:30. On Thursday and Friday, students are released at 12:30, with conferences from 12:30-3:30. Check with Laurie to get a conference time with your students’ teachers.
   We are starting MCAS testing next week, the 5/6 class will be taking their ELA tests, and the 3/4 class will be taking theirs the following week. Due to technological and scheduling issues, we may have to revise the schedule that was sent home. I’ll know for sure Friday, and will get word out to families of test takers. As with any assessment, we try to keep the stress level to a minimum, because stressed students don’t test well. Please remind your students that they will be promoted to the next grade no matter what their MCAS score is and that it is as much of a test of the way the teachers have been teaching as it is a test of their knowledge. They should try to get a good night’s sleep before the test, eat a good breakfast, and try not to worry. Standardized tests show only a small part of them as a student.
   The 5/6 class is heading to Nature’s Classroom on Monday, May 21st, returning Friday, May 25th. It should be an exciting trip! We are still looking for a male chaperone for the trip. Lynda Slocik has been chosen as the female chaperone.
I usually include a link to an article of some kind at the end of each column, but I wanted to share a quote from the movie Wonder I really liked. I think it pertains to all of us in our dealings with other people, and ourselves, every day. Students really seemed to get a lot out of the movie, especially the message about the importance of kindness. The quote is: 

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer