Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Washington Elementary March Recognition Assembly, Habit Six: Synergize or Together Is Better

Washington Elementary March Recognition Assembly, Habit Six: Synergize or Together Is Better

Students at Washington Elementary are Learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. In March, we were focusing on Habit 6: Synergize or Together Is Better.  Habit Six is about two or more people working together to produce more than they would be able to separately.

Teachers nominated one student, who exemplified Habit Six, from their classrooms for recognition at our assembly this week.


Mrs. Julie Gleason says Willow Larsen gets along well with everyone in the class.  She tries to listen to the other person and make a compromise that will create a better solution for everyone and not just herself.  Willow is a team player in Mrs. Gleason's kindergarten classroom and is willing to solve the problem before making the problem worse.  She always does MORE than what is asked of her and is a leader that shows “Together is Better.”
  


Mrs. Nicole Spalla tells us Brandon Brinkschroeder is a kindergarten student who has stepped up to being a leader in small group situations.  He has been helping other students in math related activities and has shown great listening and leading skills.  He listens to others as they share and then leads his group to problem solving solutions.  He has volunteered to help struggling students one- on- one. Brandon shows that working together can make a difference and cares about the end result of his group. Mrs. Spalla is very proud of Brandon and the gains he has made this year!
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Mrs. Shawna Applegate shared that Tate Allen is a great first grade example of Synergizing. His friendly personality rallies his peers together on the playground and in the classroom. Tate compliments his friends and encourages them to work out their problems. Others have reported that Tate invites them to play basketball and be included in games. After school Tate recruits friends to help stack chairs to straighten up the classroom for Mr. Elliot, our custodian.  Thanks for encouraging your friends to work together as a team!

Mrs. Jamie Reifsteck  says Alex Lippincott can be counted on to work well with the others in his group.  He stays on task and synergizes to get the job done.  Alex knows that by working well with others he can get more done.  Thanks Alex for being a positive role model for your first grade classmates!

Mrs. Shelley Carter says Connor Lyons works well with his second grade classmates and is an encouraging part of group or team activities. He is humble and is accepting of other people’s ideas. He knows that by teaming with others we can often create better solutions than we can on our own. Connor is a worthy recipient of this month’s leadership award for Habit 6: Synergize or Together is Better.


Ms. Brianna Thornton shared that Tess Paton is a great second grade representative of Synergize! She is always willing to help out other students. She enjoys working with her peers in small groups and is a good leader. She listens to what other have to say and makes sure to compromise. Tess is very helpful and a great example of Habit 6: Together is Better.


Mrs. Mindy Hoskins  says Penelope Higdon is a great example of Habit 6 Synergize.  Nellie can be counted on to be a positive leader in partner or group work time.  She sticks to the task at hand and helps her third grade classmates find answers by leading gently and with a kind voice.  She enjoys helping others complete tasks and lending a hand whenever needed. Nellie knows that “together is better!”

Miss Lani Smith chose Jeremy Crile for the Habit 6 “Synergize” award. He is an awesome example of always helping others out. No matter what it is she knows she can count on Jeremy to take the time to explain and be patient with it. He is especially patient at helping out with one of his classmates. Miss Smith really appreciates Jeremy’s hard work and willingness to work together with others in the third grade classroom and out of the classroom.


From Mrs. Julie Hanshaw's fourth grade class, Alex Hetland receives the award for Habit 6 “Together is Better.”  Alex always cares about others and works hard in group situations.  He knows how to work well in a group and encourages each member.  Alex enjoys each task he is given and consistently does his best.  His smile and wonderful attitude contribute positively to every group project.  4H is a better place since Alex Hetland is in our class.


Mrs. Heather Buckley  told us Carly Ferrel does an excellent job working with her fourth grade classmates. Carly is a leader and encourages her peers to work together and get along. She is kind to all of her classmates, and a friend to all. Carly’s enthusiasm and personality are a joy to be around. Her hard work and willingness to help others is appreciated.

We are now working on Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw - Balance is Best.

Congratulations to all our award winners!  We are very proud of you!  Keep up the great work!



Pictured in the photo:

Front row:  Willow Larsen,  Brandon Brinkschroeder,  Tate Allen, Alex Lippincott
Back row:  Connor Lyons, Tess Paton, Penelope Higdon, Jeremy Crile, Carly Ferrel, Alex Hetland

Monday, April 16, 2012

Libertyville March Recognition Assembly, Habit Six: Synergize or Together Is Better

Students at Libertyville Elementary are Learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. In March we were focusing on Habit 6: Synergize or Together Is Better.  Habit Six is about two or more people working together to produce more than they would be able to separately.

Teachers nominated one student, who exemplified Habit Six, from their classrooms for recognition at our assembly this week.



Mrs. Brandi Strickler says Landon Nodurft is a great example of synergizing. He works with any student in kindergarten with a positive and friendly attitude. He helps others and knows that “together is better.” Way to go Landon!



Mrs. Sheryl Greiner shares that Ellerie VanTrump is a first grader that works well with others.  She contributes to partner and group activities, but also listens to others and encourages them.  She sees that when we work together we can get more done and learn good ideas from each other.  She contributes to our whole class as we learn to synergize.


Ms. Kari Mahler tells us Bradley Woodburn is a second grade student who uses synergize with the best of his abilities.  He works well in groups in the classroom.  He is good at being a leader with his classmates and provides learning to them and himself.  He knows when we work together, we can achieve our goals!  Good Job Bradley!


Mrs. Patti Johnston tells us Cohyn Roach knows how to synergize with his third grade classmates.  He works to get along with others. He does a good job working in groups and with a partner.  His personality make it enjoyable for others to work with him.  Cohyn was chosen by his classmates and his teacher for this award. Congratulations Cohyn!
 
 
Ms. Erin Cracker said she would like to recognize Chloe Stever as a fourth grade student that participates in the sixth habit of synergizing. Chloe is a student that finds the positives in every situation and makes the best of it. She is a problem solver and uses synergizing skills in either group or the whole class setting. Chloe also is an encourager and sometimes you may hear her chant "I believe, you believe, we all believe in you" to help her classmates. Thank you Chloe for modeling the habit of synergizing in a positive, yet fun way!


We are now working on Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw - Balance is Best.

Congratulations to all our award winners!  We are very proud of you!  Keep up the great work!



Pictured in the photo:
Chloe Stever, Cohyn Roach, Bradley Woodburn, Ellerie VanTrump, Landon Nodurft

Friday, March 23, 2012

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)


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Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw
  • Take care of yourself
  • Balance feels best
  • Find ways to relax and manage stress
  • Laugh a lot
  • Help others –“Service”
  • Build and strengthen relationships and friendships
  • Be a life-long learner and learn new things
  • Examine what you eat
  • Focus on how you feel –not how you look
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Re-commit to your principles
  • Develop your spiritual side
  • Renew your body, mind, heart, and soul

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw – This habit recognizes that a family increases its effectiveness through personal and family renewal. Every family must take time to renew itself in the four key areas of life: physical, social, mental and spiritual. Keep balanced in these areas also.
Family meals are important –even if you only have one family meal a week and that meal is your “family time” for the week. If the mealtime is meaningful, fun and prepared with love, the family table becomes more of a bonding place than just a table. Traditions may play a key role in nurturing the renewal of family spirit.
It is in happy families that we find our meaning, our strength, and our future. Spend some time identifying your family’s strengths. From that foundation choose some additional qualities that you can add to your family dynamics. Become involved in activities that will help your family build those strengths.
Family renewal involves the following:  do physical activity together, build relationships of trust and unconditional love, develop your spiritual connections, and learn new things together.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Transitioning from Fourth to Fifth Grade - Middle School, Here We Come!!


It doesn’t seem possible, but we are 3/4th of the way through this school year!  As we enter the fourth quarter, we start preparing our 4th grade students for the transition to 5th grade at the middle school.  Mrs. Burggraaf, our elementary counselor, and  the middle school counselors, Mrs. Steward and Mrs. Mosinski, coordinate activities for our students to help with this transition. 

One of the first things we do to help our 4th grade students prepare for the transition is to take a tour of the middle school   Each class takes the tour of the middle school with their 4th grade teacher and the counselors.  The students get a chance to see where they will have class, lunch, P.E., recess, music, and the library.  The students meet some of the middle school staff and have the opportunity to ask questions.   These tours will be taking place during the first part of April. 

After the tours are completed, the middle school counselors bring several 5th grade students to our building, during Classroom Guidance, to share with the 4th grade students a few more details about the differences between 4th and 5th grades, as well as, answer any questions the students may have wondered about since our tour of the middle school. 

A successful transition is very important to us.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Burggraaf, Mrs. Schloss, or your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s transition.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Washington February Recognition Assembly, Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart)

Washington February Recognition Assembly, Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart)

Students at Washington Elementary are Learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. In February, we were focusing on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart). To Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart) means to try to understand the other person's perspective, to listen – not just with their ears, but also with their eyes, mind and heart.

Teachers nominated one student, who exemplified Habit Five, from their classrooms for recognition at our assembly this week.

Mrs. Julie Gleason says  Savannah Hollander “listens with her heart “ every day and is sensitive to everyone’s feelings and needs.  She is willing to lend a hand when needed to her peers or to me. When I am teaching, she “listens and learns” and thinks about the lesson and on several occasions she has mentioned that she is going to “try harder” to help everyone.  I am proud to have Savannah in my kindergarten classroom.

Mrs. Nicole Spalla  tells us Pablo Fraga truly “listens with his heart.”  He is kind, tender-hearted, compassionate and sensitive to the needs of his peers.  He relates to lessons about helping others and constantly states that he will  “be nice” to everyone, which he is!  Pablo is truly generous with his heart and his a good friend to all in his kindergarten class.  

Mrs. Shawna Applegate shared that Emily Simpson “listens with her heart”. She is thoughtful and takes the time to notice when others need her in any way. She reaches out to encourage others to make good choices and genuinely cares when they are hurt or in need of help. Mrs. Applegate appreciates how Emily is a friend to everyone in her first grade room.

Mrs. Jamie Reifsteck  reported that Maya Dehl listens with her heart.  She is kind  and complimentary to others.  She is a good partner in her first grade class and gets along with everyone.  She always shares kind words with her classmates and makes them smile.  She has a great attitude towards other and listens with her heart, eyes, and ears.  

Mrs. Shelley Carter says Nicholas Kaska “listens with his heart” in a variety of ways. He is understanding of others’ viewpoints and sees the best in his second grade classmates. He is willing to put the best interests of the group first. Nicholas is kindhearted, trustworthy, and a friend to all.

Ms. Brianna Thornton shared that Israel Jimenez is a perfect example of Habit 5. Each morning Israel asks her how she is doing and genuinely wants to know the answer. He is very kind to his second grade classmates as well. He is always willing to step up to help his friends especially if they are hurt or upset. Israel takes the time to be a great friend and listen with his heart!

Mrs. Mindy Hoskins says Jenny Giles is a great example of Habit 5 “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”.  She has a kind and gentle heart.  Jenny has compassion for her third grade classmates and is a friend to all.  She is careful to treat students and adults with respect and kindness.  Jenny truly “listens with her heart”!

Miss Lani Smith tells us a prime candidate of habit 5 is Ally Strickler. She is always willing to listen to someone’s problem and then help out. She is a great problem solver and a great helper around our third grade classroom and on the playground. She has even been known to give up her recess to help Miss Smith on duty. She is a great leader in and around our school.

Mrs. Julie Hanshaw says Maya Gottshall is a very kind and caring person.  She is sensitive to those around her and wants to help if someone is hurt or sad.  If a friend gets hurt at recess or in P.E. she will offer to get an ice pack and stay with that person until everything is OK.  Maya has a positive attitude toward her fourth grade classmates and always tries to get along with others.  When working in group situations, she will listen to ideas first before adding her own suggestions.  Maya is a great example of someone who "seeks first to understand, then to be understood."

Mrs. Heather Buckley  shared that Katie McLain always shows the character trait of “seek first to understand”. Katie gets along well with her peers and shows a kind heart to those around her. If she notices someone is having a rough day, Katie lifts their spirits and puts a smile on their face. She follows directions well in our fourth grade class and is a great listener. Katie is an excellent friend to all, and a true leader at our school.

We are now working on Habit 6: Synergize or Together Is Better. 

Congratulations to all our award winners!  We are very proud of you!  Keep up the great work!



Pictured in the photo:

front row:  Israel Jimenez, Maya Dehl, Emily Simpson, Pablo Fraga, Savannah Hollander

Back row:  Nicholas Kaska, Maya Gottshall, Katie Mc Lain, Ally Strickler, Jenny Giles

Friday, March 2, 2012

Libertyville January Recognition Assembly, Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart)

Libertyville January Recognition Assembly, Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart)

Students at Libertyville Elementary are Learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Kids. In February we were focusing on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart). To Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen With Your Heart) means to try to understand the other person's perspective, to listen – not just with their ears, but also with their eyes, mind and heart.

Teachers nominated one student, who exemplified Habit Five, from their classrooms for recognition at our assembly this week.


Mrs. Brandi Strickler told us Aaron Marcellus practices the habit of listening before you talk in kindergarten. He listens to make sure he hears all of the directions so that he can do what he needs to in order to learn at his best. He also listens with his heart by observing how his friends feel even when they may not tell him. He is a good friend and a good student. Great work Aaron!

Mrs. Sheryl Greiner shared Viola Welsh is a first grader who listens with her heart.  She gets along well with others because of her caring nature.  Viola demonstrates good listening and thinking skills that help her understand another person’s point of view.  She respects other people’s feelings.

Ms. Kari Mahler says Brynley Allison is a second grader leader who listens with her heart.  She gets along with others because she is a good listener and thinks before she acts.  Brynley contributes to class discussions and is willing to listen to others.  She is a caring student in the classroom and on the playground.  Way to listen with your heart, Brynley!

Mrs. Patti Johnston  told us Payton Cline practices the habit of seeking first to understand, then to be understood.  He gets along with others because he is a good listener. He is always willing to let someone else talk before him.  He contributes many good ideas to our third grade class discussions, because he listens first and then shares.   He sets a good example for everyone in the class when he listens carefully to all the directions.  Keep up the good work, Payton.  
 
Ms. Erin  Cracker says Nicolas Schillerstrom is a fourth grade student that she would like to recognize for listening with his heart. He has become very observant and cheers on his classmates on a job well done. Nicolas also has encouraging words to say to his peers when they are stuck on a problem. Overall, he is proactive by putting other students feelings first because he wants to see them succeed. Good job seeking first to understand, then to be understood!

We are now working on Habit 6: Synergize or Together Is Better. 

Congratulations to all our award winners!  We are very proud of you!  Keep up the great work!



Pictured in the photo:
Aaron Marcellus, Viola Welsh, Brynley Allison , Payton Cline, Nicolas Schillerstrom

Friday, February 24, 2012

Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)

Habit 6 - Synergize

  • Work together to achieve more.
  • Value others strengths and learn from them
  • Be humble
  • Value and celebrate differences
  • Be a problem solver
  • It’s not your way or my way but a better or new way
  • Brainstorm
  • Think outside the box
  • Value and celebrate diversity
  • Develop teamwork
  • Exercise your mind
  • Open-mindedness  -- non-judgmental attitude

Habit 6 –Synergize – This habit is about two or more people working together to produce more than they would be able to separately. Synergy is not just teamwork or cooperation. Synergy is creative teamwork, creative cooperation. Something new is created that was not there before. The family builds a mutual problem solving atmosphere based on the dynamics of loving, learning, contributing, and creative cooperation. We are better together than we are alone. The key to creating synergy is in learning to value—even celebrate –the differences. In a family it is not enough to simply tolerate or accept the differences we must actually celebrate the differences. We must be able to say sincerely, “The fact that we see things differently is a strength—not a weakness—in our relationship.”  This kind of synergy helps create a beautiful family culture –one that is creative and fun, one that’s filled with variety and humor, one that has respect for every person and every person’s varied interests and approaches.  It helps you create a family culture in which you can successfully deal with any challenge you may face.