Posted by Joanna on November 14, 2019
This is the time of year when we reflect upon all for which we are thankful. I am grateful each day to be among a community of learners where kindness, respect and gratitude are emphasized and part of our culture here at ASM.
Lower Elementary students began the year by reading the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. This book helps children to understand the importance of others’ happiness and how they can contribute to that feeling of well-being. This is done by filling another’s “invisible bucket” with words and deeds of kindness and appreciation.
During an in-house field trip for elementary students, TIGER Theatre reinforced these concepts in a performance called “Kindness Counts”.
T: Think before you speak
I: Include everyone
G: Give of your heart
E: Empathy matters
R: Respect others and yourself
These character traits are cultivated and are on display at ASM every day. For example, Lower Elementary students are posting acts of kindness in their classroom. After last Friday’s school dance, the DJ reported “I’ve never met a more respectful group of kids.” And following an All School Meeting, a first year student asked Mrs. Orlowitz to walk with him and hold his hand. He then said “kindness is strength and we should use it to fight hate.”
Achieving success in life is dependent upon so much more than academics. For our students, embracing kindness, empathy and tolerance as a way of life will make the world a better place.