Building Together – Children. Teachers. Community.
Principal’s Newsletter August 29
A Compassion Play
This week, our second full week of school, has been that week when I’ve noticed that students are beginning to find out and discover more about being safe, being kind, and being thoughtful. I want to call these reminders and expectation here at Cabrillo as doing our part in a play of compassion toward others and ourselves.
I am reaching out to you to remind the students about not climbing the trees at the end of the day. I know that they are tempting, but the fall can be quite painful. It is a safe thing to do to refrain from climbing the trees.
We also want to remind you to discuss with your child the importance of pushing their wheeled mode of transportation beyond our gates before riding them. With half of the school being let out at any given release time, there are too many people walking on the yard who aren’t paying attention as to whether a speeding scooter, skateboard, or bicycle is heading toward them. This creates a dangerous situation, so it is best to stay off of the bike, board or scooter until you are safely off campus.
Our lunch rooms are full. We are a packed house this year, and that’s a good thing. However, that is why it is also important that students follow the rules of sitting with their classes during lunch. The reason for this is because we need to ensure that, in an emergency, classes could exit together without having someone out of place. Please help us in explaining this to your child as well. It is an important safety measure.
In being kind to one another, students are always encouraged to speak to one another with respect and intelligence. I have, unfortunately, heard far too many curse words coming out of the mouths of the children as they are either on the play yard, leaving school, or even playing a game at PE. Please speak to your child about the importance of curbing one’s language. In my 28 years of being in this profession, I have listened as this language begins to erode friendships, offend prospective friends, and ultimately erode one’s own self-esteem. I have told more than one child this week that while they are at my house, I would appreciate them using the language that I use. It does not include any type of expletive. That is just being kind and thoughtful to others.
Our language, our acts, and our daily modelling of what we should expect, not just from our children, but our colleagues at work and at play are all ways to be thoughtful. The “Compassion Play” is not a short play. It is a play with many acts of kindness, tolerance, respectful language, and acceptance of rules and guidelines that we know and understand to be there for our safety and well-being. I try every day to explain this concept to children. I know you try too. Please continue to join me in helping our children, our school, our community make this world a better place. Practice compassion Cabrillo!
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Mother Theresa