Principal’s Newsletter September 26

Blue Shirts For A Cause 
Monday, October 1st is our annual “Stomp Out Bullying” rally.  Please remember to wear your blue shirt as a sign of your solidarity to make our world a better place.

I’d like to redirect this day into a day to dedicate ourselves to kindness.  The best way to move a community and society forward is to practice kindness through tolerance, empathy, and by giving of oneself.

I love the idea that we can truly change the bully by wearing a shirt, but it truth, we can only change those who choose to change.  However, that change can occur when we all model our best selves.  Being good all of the time is hard work.  Being a model for goodness takes practice and intention.

As for me, I plan to do my part to model kindness to the students, the staff, the parents, and my community.  Changing the bully’s behavior tests my own patience and tolerance.

It is important to stand up for those who are being mistreated.  It is equally important for us to be aware that, in our determination to make things better, we are not becoming the bully.  Stomping out bullying might require us to figure out what we can live with, and not necessarily getting everything we want.  Helping everyone realize that compromise through tolerance, listening, and working together is the goal.

So, yes, wear your blue shirt with pride on Monday.  Be prepared to make your pledge to practice kindness, compassion, and tolerance.  And go forth every day knowing that the shirt is a symbol to support the cause for a better tomorrow in an imperfect world.  Keep practicing kindness Cabrillo!

KINDNESS QUOTE:

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, moral courage and the like. More than anything else, it’s about how we treat other people.”
Denis Praiger