Character Tree

Be INCLUSIVE. Be KIND. Change Our World

During our recent Tree Talk, we grew in our understanding of what it means to be a citizen leader.  Dr. Harper revisited our conversation about community from our last Tree Talk; she helped expand our children’s perspective of the Lower School community by introducing and including several important people from other divisions and departments.  

The message was clear: our community is better when we include people from buildings and grounds, fine arts, marketing and communication, technology, and the business office.  They are all extremely valuable members of our community and help us have the best possible learning environment here at Ravenscroft.  We’re reminded  that when our community is open to including people from diverse backgrounds, we are given opportunities to learn and grow at higher levels.  

Mrs. Zinn then read the book What Do You Do With An Idea? which inspired us to cultivate new ideas and give them plenty of space to grow. As expected, Dr. Harper had a great connection with this book, and she had her very own idea that she wanted to communicate with all of us because she thought it might change our world.  

Dr. Harper’s idea was Be Kind—just that simple.

As we strive to be an inclusive community–learning about, respecting, and celebrating how we are all similar and different–we will need to Be Kind.  

Mix It Up Day, which happens across the country on Tuesday, Oct. 27, will be a great opportunity to expand our social communities and put Dr. Harper’s idea into action.

Ask your child about the Tree Talk and how they plan to include others in our community, how they plan to Be Kind.

Character Tree Traits in Action (lots of examples of children already Being Kind)

Mrs. Brown’s Kindergarten class and Mrs. Price’s fourth grade class demonstrated what collaboration looks like in action during their recent Buddy Class connection. The fourth graders showed compassion when the younger students read their first personal narrative stories about their field trip to the Farmer’s Market.  The fourth graders were extremely patient and kind. The Kindergarteners showed dedication and determination as they worked hard to finish their stories and go through all the editing and revision steps required to publish and share their story with others.  

Surya Cattamanchi (3rd grade) showed compassion when he noticed that Mrs. Taylor was coughing and had a sore throat. He was sick the day before and she had taken care of him at the nurse’s office. He gave her one of his cough drops to help her feel better. Thank you for your kindness, Surya!  

Joshua Whitaker (3rd grade) also demonstrated how being kind and helpful can change someone’s world for the better. A parent recently ran into school to drop off her son’s lunch just as the students were walking to PE. Joshua observed her in a frazzled state with the other child’s lunch in her hand.  Although he was with classmates on the way out to PE, he walked back to her and, with a smile, offered to deliver the other child’s lunch. The mother appreciated Joshua’s awareness of her problem and that he took the initiative to offer help.  Way to go, Joshua!

Lucas Stansell (4th grade) recently broke his arm and is doing things with his left hand that have really impressed his classmates. They wrote me a personal note to share how they believe he is demonstrating our Character Tree traits in action that included the following: He is dedicated to learning how to write with his left hand, he has courage to try new things, he is motivated to write as good as possible with his left hand, and he has adapted to doing other things differently that he would normally do with his right hand. We are proud of Lucas  and we are also proud of his classmates for recognizing these traits in him.

Our Lower School bus riders spend time in our Winston Library every day after school from 3:00-3:30 while they wait for the bus to arrive that will drive them home.  This time can be challenging after a long school day. Thanks to Lilly Wright (4th grade) and Lollie Smith (5th grade) the time is made much more enjoyable for our younger students. The two girls often read to the other bus riders and model for our young readers what it means to be a fluent reader who reads with expression. Thank you, Lilly and Lollie, for being such great citizen leaders!


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