Posted on 10 December 2012.
Dear Crocker Families,
It’s a crazy time of year and we are feeling it at school. With the holiday season and all it entails (i.e., shopping, celebrations and parties, extended family visiting, travel plans, school vacation), many of us are feeling a little stressed. In addition to their regular teaching day, the teachers are also working on report cards and holding parent conferences. We had the Book Fair last week, and next week we have the Instrumental and Vocal Music Concerts. Some families are feeling worried about their 2013-2014 school plans for kindergarten or 6th grade. Phew, it’s exhausting.
It’s interesting to see how things trickle down. At school, some students are getting snappy with each other and not always saying the kindest things. It’s important that we are the role models for them, and so when you are feeling the December stress, breathe and show your child how you handle it. There may be misunderstandings and conflict, but as I tell the kids, it’s how we try to resolve it that is the important thing. We want to create a safe, supportive, and joyful learning environment for our kids, and we all play a role in making that a reality.
Last year, a couple of my 5th grade students got into a scuffle during a basketball game. They were sent to my office and by the time they got there, they had cooled down. When I asked them what happened, one of the boys said, “Ms. Rhine, we’re over it.” I told the boys they need to get along and make good decisions when they are upset. Then one of the boys said, “Well, sometimes friends fight.” Those were wise words from a 10-year old boy. Friends do fight and we all have disagreements. But how we handle the disagreements speaks volumes about who we are.
Speaking of who we are, Crocker has done an amazing job collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program, and coats for Children’s Hospital. Now it’s time to make another Oakland family’s holiday a little brighter. Our PTA is helping the Tolento family from Community United Elementary School in Oakland have a happy holiday. They are a wonderful family with five beautiful girls, ages 2 -11 years old and they need our support. If you would like to donate to the family, they have asked for gift cards to Safeway, Target, Toys-R-Us, and anything else you think would help them have a nice holiday. Feel free to drop off your donations to the PTA green box by the front office before December 17; mark your envelopes “Tolento Family.” It’s a chance to help out and remember the true spirit of the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, check out the blurb below from one of our great Crocker families – they are helping spread the word on a great program to shop locally and earn money for our school! The program is called the Oakland Grown Card Program, and details are below.