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Principal’s Message

Date: January 29, 2012 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA Community. This week I’m sharing my column with PTA Co-President Sara Mancini. A member of the team bringing us our Parent Education events this year, she shares the following insights. Thank you Sara!

Taking Perspective
As adults we’ve learned that understanding another person’s perspective helps broaden our worldview, and has the potential to deepen our relationships.  What about our children? How do they learn do to this? According to Ellen Galinsky in “Mind in the Making,” children learn about perspective in a variety of ways.  Galinsky believes that perspective taking—which involves the intellectual skill of discerning how someone else thinks—is one of the seven essential life skills. She writes, “Being able to take the perspective of others is a platform to success.”

If you’ve not yet picked up a copy of her book, please stop by the office to get one. We have one free copy for each family. You can also sign up for a 3-part book club, if that appeals to you: email Friendship Counselor Karin Bloom at kbloom@sancarlos.k12.ca.us with Book Club in the subject line. While you are at it, mark your calendar for March 21 as our PTA sponsored Parent Education series continues with a panel discussion and your questions.

Junior Great Books
Another PTA sponsored activity is the Junior Great Books program, essentially a book club for 3rd and 4th graders. While you are participating in the “Mind in the Making” book club, your 3rd and 4th graders can participate in a book club of their own. The Junior Great Books program has students reading and discussing pre-selected short stories with facilitators. The questions raised in discussion are open-ended (no right or wrong answer), and provide opportunities for understanding someone else’s perspective. In Junior Great Books our students are allowed to learn and grow in a life skill Galinsky has determined to be essential.

Junior Great Books is a wonderful example of the enrichment opportunities offered at Brittan Acres. It allows students at all levels to stretch their thinking and build bridges of understanding among each other.

Opportunities for Parents and Children
I encourage you to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Sign yourself up for the ‘Mind in the Making” book club and sign your 3rd and/or 4th grader up for Junior Great Books. The deadline to turn in the Junior Great Books form is tomorrow! Both book clubs begin February 6.

Thank you!
Sara Mancini