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Principal’s Message

Date: February 12, 2012 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA community.

Our first Mind in the Making book club met in the BA Library last Monday night. Fifteen of us began discussing Ellen Galinsky’s “Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” to grow into healthy, productive adults. Not surprisingly, much of the conversation was based on participants’ own child-rearing insight, as parents shared challenges and successes they are experiencing with their children. By the end of the night, we had covered a short list of best practices for communicating clearly with our children to help them improve their focus and become more flexible thinkers.

One of the big take-aways for me was how isolated we often feel in our role as parents. We commonly believe we are the only family experiencing difficulties working with our children, and rather than reach out to others for guidance, we hope no one notices how different our family is from all the others in our community.

As our book club learned last week, nothing could be farther from the truth. Every family grapples with the complexities of raising children at different times. Taking the initial risk to reach out to other parents around us, we can find solace, wisdom and strategies we may desperately need—and others will learn from our stories as well.

Our next Mind in the Making book club will meet 7:00-8:30 on Monday, March 5 in the BA library. We will discuss chapters 3-5 and generally continue to dialog about ways we can support each other and build community around raising our children. Maybe you can join us.

If you haven’t picked up your free copy of the book, please drop into the school office and Cathy Eitel will be happy to provide you with one. To join the group, please email our Friendship Counselor Karin Bloom at

Best wishes!
John Triska