Happy 2012 and welcome back to school, faculty and staff! While everyone enjoyed the time away from school, students’ return to the hallways and classrooms in January always brings a certain excitement and energy. On December 23, Fifth Grader Melissa K. even wrote (unprompted) about how grateful she was for Trinity on her blog:
Hello! I’m having the best time ever! I am so glad it’s Christmas break! It’s great to be away from school, but I miss my friends and my teachers also. I know it sounds crazy, but I miss school almost! If you think about it school is very fun sometimes and we are very lucky to go to a school like Trinity. Trinity is a great place and we should appreciate it. Without it, where would we be?
Additionally, many people in our community graciously wrote letters to troops serving overseas as a part of the Bert Show’s Big Thank You initiative back in October. Over Christmas Break, Mary Riddick Stallworth received an email from a solider serving at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. His email to her was short (“Please ensure this message is given to the kids who sent us wonderful Christmas letters. We distributed the letters amongst the troops. A special hello to Jane and Natalie, I have your letters.”), but he attached a lengthy letter that your students would find interesting. It’s an excellent thing to share with your families!
Here are the Weekly Learning Links for the week of January 4th:
- Animated Adaption of The Giving Tree Narrated by Shel Silverstein by Maria Popova — The 1973 YouTube video of an animated reading of The Giving Tree, read by Shel Silverstein himself, is a rare gem indeed. Or as Popova describes, “a priceless memento of one of our era’s most wholehearted creators.”
- 100 Things to Watch in 2012 by JWT Intelligence — An interesting list (in powerpoint form) that serves as a reminder of how incredible creative human beings are. Have you heard of floating yoga (24), hydration stations (34), smart clothing (70), or Wii U (95)? Check it out!
- New Years Wish: Let Kids Wander by Ross Peters — A beautifully written blog post about carving out precious, unstructured time for wandering and aimlessness…not only for children but for adults as well. How might we use our learning spaces at Trinity in pursuit of this goal — especially since so many children do not have easy access to woods, trees, and creeks like so many of us did when we were growing up?
And the New Year always brings LOTS of lists and articles about resolutions. Interestingly, there are a number of reads about “unresolutions” or “stop doing lists.” Here are three that I found most interesting.
- Mindful Parenting: My Unresolution by Betsy Brown Braun (shared by Kristi Story) — “Mindful parenting starts with keeping your eyes wide open. It’s like the flower’s growth revealed by time-lapse photography… your children blossom before your eyes every day, but only if you pay attention.”
- Best New Year’s Resolution? A Stop Doing List by Jim Collins — “…The “stop doing” list became an enduring cornerstone of my annual New Year resolutions — a mechanism for disciplined thought about how to allocate the most precious of all resources: time.”
- 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself by Marc and Angel — “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.”