Habit of Mind for September: Listening with Understanding and Empathy
Highly effective people spend a lot of time listening. A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying and will not judge or interrupt with opinions while listening. The ability to listen to another person, to empathize with and understand their point of view is thought to be one of the highest forms of intelligent behavior.
This week, Student Council speeches will be given at our assembly or in classrooms. During that time we will all have a chance to listen with understanding and empathy to what each candidate has to say.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~Mother Teresa
Minimum Day… This Thursday, September 15
This Thursday, September 15, students will be dismissed at Noon so that teachers can prepare for Back to School Night. There will be no Study Hall that day. Extended Day is available for those who have a contract and for drop-ins on minimum days. Please complete the Survey Monkey on-line form for dismissal information and Extended Day Registration. It takes less than one minute!
The link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016backtoschoolnight
Back to School Night, This Thursday September 15
All parents are invited into their child’s classroom to learn about the curriculum and goals for the upcoming year. The doors will open at 6:10 so that teachers can start their presentations promptly at 6:30. A general overview of the year as well as classroom policies and expectations will be discussed. There will be no individual conferences at this time.
This evening is for adults only and we will not be able to provide childcare. Please remember that parking can be difficult, so plan appropriately. Walking, biking and carpooling are recommended. See you there!
Fall Picnic – This Saturday at Mountain Lake Park
Our picnic is from 10am to 1pm near the 9th Avenue entrance to Mt. Lake Park. Please check the flyer attached to see what your child’s class is being asked to bring. 2016-fall-picnic-flyer Hope to see everyone there!
Student Council Elections This Friday
We have many fine and worthy candidates running for a few spots for the Kittredge Student Council. We congratulate all the students who are running. Since there is only one representative per office, the candidate who gets the most votes will be the representative. However, it must be said that anyone who is running now to represent the school is already a winner!
The candidates are:
4/5th grades class rep: Shani, Bee, Jacob, Charlotte, Rachel, Alex and Tara
6th grade class rep: Haile, Charlotte, Tilden and Nathaniel
7th grade class rep: Alexandra and Isabel
President: Caroline, Madison, Chalom, Ethan, and Veronica
Student council elections will be held this Friday, September 16. Candidates for class representatives will be making their speeches in their classrooms at a time designated by the teacher. The candidates for president and secretary will address the whole school Thursday, September 15, at 10:45. Good luck to all the candidates!
Way to go, Ryan!
Eighth grader, Ryan Lee was just awarded the World Conservation Award for Boy Scouts. To receive this Award, he completed merit badges in Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, and Citizenship in the World. Keep up the great work, Ryan!
Running Gags are Off and Running – First Meet is Friday
Our cross-country runners, the Running Gags, are competing in their first meet on Friday at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park. They are practicing after school twice a week and are ready for the first race! Go Gags!
There’s Still Room to Join Science with Ms. Rose
Our middle school science teacher Ms. Rose, is continuing to offer a hands-on science course to students in first through 6th grade. This popular after-school program will be held on Tuesdays for 1st to 3rd grades and on Wednesdays for 4th to 6th grades. Please return the attached registration form to enroll your child. SCIENCE CLUB SeptOct 2016
Academic Chess Begins Again on Friday, September 30
Chessmaster Jesse will once again offer his popular class on Friday after school. The session will begin on September 30 and continue for 9 weeks. Enrollment forms are in the office, or you can register online at www.academicchess.com.
High School Visit Days for 8th Graders
October 13 and 19 are “no school” days for our 8th grade students. These days are designed to allow 8th graders to visit high schools and work on their application essays without missing class time.
Sibling Applications are Due November 18th
If you would like to have a sibling be considered for our 2017 early decision, we will have our TADS on-line application available for you in October. Please return the parent and teacher forms by November 18th. Early decisions will be sent December 16.
Classroom doors are open at 8:20 for all students. For those students in Extended Day, we open in the Primary classroom at 7:45. Thanks for your help with this.
Edinburgh Castle Pub – Kristen Kadner will be Reading
Parents are invited to come hear Kristen Kadner (and some others) read at the Edinburgh Castle Pub Stranger than Fiction event. Stop by for a drink and enjoy all the stories from 3 to 5 on Saturday, September 25. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1602874013346033/
There’s a Lot Going On in the Next Two Weeks!
Tuesday, September 13: Science Club; SSAT Math Prep Class
Wednesday, September 14: Running Practice; Science Club
Thursday, September 15: NOON DISMISSAL; Habits of Mind Assembly & Student Council Speeches
Thursday, September 15: Back to School Night for Parents; 6:30 to 7:30; doors open at 6:10
Friday, September 16: Pizza Lunch (if ordered); First Running Meet @ Polo Fields
Saturday, September 17: Fall Picnic at Mountain Lake Park, 10am to 1pm
Monday, September 19: Running Gags Practice 3:15 to 4
Tuesday, September 20: SSAT Math prep class; Science club
Wednesday, September 21: Science Club; Running Gags Practice
Thursday, September 22: SSAT English Prep Class
Friday, September 23: Chicken Strips Lunch (if ordered)