Jan 22-Jan 25

Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/19/2019 6:00:00 AM

School Calendar

Jan 22-Jan 25 Grade 5 students to Jones Gulch Outdoor Education Camp

Jan 24 & 25 8:30am School Tour for prospective families of the Parent Participation Program

Jan 25 9:00am School Tour for prospective families of the Mandarim Immersion Program

Jan 28 6:30pm Parent Information Meeting for prospective families of the Parent Participation Program

Jan 29 8:30am School Site Council

Jan 31 PTA All Association Meeting 6:00 pm

Feb 18 No School Presidents Weekend

Principal's Message

I have been reading Angela Duckworth’s book Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  Her research around grit is very inspiring. I like the idea that success is predicated more on perseverance than any innate talents we may possess.  What emerged from her research was something she calls the “Grit Scale” which measures the extent to which a person approaches life with grit. It is not surprising that people who scored the highest on the grit scale were also some of the most successful people in their chosen fields.

As parents and educators, it is our job is help foster grit, passion and perseverance among our children. Angela Duckworth states that the most common question she gets is, “What can I do to encourage grit in the people I care for?” I took a look into Psychology Today to see what they say about how to strengthening grit among children. They recommend 12 things we can do for our children, listed below. If you would like to read further, I have included a link to the article, 12 Ways to Raise a Competent, Confident Child with Grit

12 Ways to Raise a Competent, Confident Child with Grit.


1. Stop controlling and start coaching.

2. Remember that perfection is not the goal.

3. Let him try to do it himself from the earliest age.

4. Help her build confidence by tackling manageable challenges.

5. Don’t set him up for failure.

6. Encourage, Encourage, Encourage. And teach self-encouragement.

7. Instead of evaluating, describe and empathize.

8. Focus on effort, not results.

9. Model positive self-talk.

10. Don't be afraid of your child's feelings

11. Don't set your child up for extra frustration.

12. Affirm your child’s ability to impact the world.

I have written a lot about the ways in which we can work towards excellence. There are a lot of recurring themes in the ways in which we accomplish difficult things and the way in which we can teach our children how to do the same. We all make mistakes and we all fail. We have also seen our children give up easily when things get hard. Maybe there is something we can do about that when it happens. I am reminded of the Growth Mindset that we have worked hard to instill in our students. Growth Mindset and Grit have many of the same ideas and strategies. If you have a few minutes listen to Angela Duckworth’s Ted talk on Grit.