The Optimist’s Creed

At assembly on Monday, Coach Matt shared with our students Christian Larson’s The Optimist’s Creed.  In his talk with the students he lead by example admitting that he made a mistake leaving the heat on all weekend in the gym, acknowledged that, asked for forgiveness and moved on to get a pie in the face from Johnny. Thanks, Coach Matt, for the words of wisdom and for being a good sport! Want to see Coach Matt get pied?

“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,not in loud words but great deeds.To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” – Christian D. Larson

Coding at Meadowbrook – a note from Domonique Wilson, technology teacher

coding1  Hello Parents!

Exciting news! Beginning in January, the students will be starting “Intro To Coding” as a new addition to the computer technology curriculum here at the Meadowbrook School. Students will learn the basics of pattern building and will create a series of commands for the computer to follow. We will have a chance to incorporate coding to do fun activities such as creating games and website building further down the line. There are even beginning concept activities provided to get preschool, pre-K and kindergarten students prepared for the future of coding and programming.
 
Also, for those interested and available, your local apple store will be hosting a series of free “Hour of Code” workshops for kids ages 6+. If interested in the Willow Grove Mall location, the upcoming and currently available workshops are on Saturday December 12th at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday December 13th at 10:15 a.m. To sign up or find out more information, check out http://www.apple.com/willowgrovepark and look for “The Hour of Code Youth Workshop.” The apple store will be using some of the same resources we will use here at Meadowbrook, so this may be a nice preparation as well as we enter into January. I am so excited, and I know the students will be too!

Perfect Gifts for your son or daughter

Your child may be begging for a Purple Sky mermaid tail or a scarab robot, but once the tissue paper is crumpled, you know these aren’t the things that will change their lives or really make them feel your love.

So how do you find that special gift for your child that actually means something?

If you know your child’s love language, you can use it to uncover the perfect gift. Love languages are how people express or experience love, according to family therapist Gary Chapman, bestselling author The Five Love Languages: the Secret to Love that Lasts. Here’s how he defines them:

Words of affection: Kind words, particularly praise, mean love to those who “speak” this language. Saying “I love you” (and why) matters.

Acts of service: Making life easier and being helpful represents love.

Physical touch: These people need human contact: kisses, hugs and handholding communicate love.

Receiving gifts: It seems obvious, but this is really about the thought and effort behind the gift. The gift says I’m thinking of you, I know you, and I appreciate you.

Quality time: Time and undivided attention let this person know they’re loved.

Gifts by language

Here’s how your child’s love language can inspire your holiday giving:

Words of affection — A note from mom or dad (or both) telling them all the things that make them wonderful could be something your kids choose to keep forever. Hint: Go deep. Talk about your daughter’s adventurous spirit that makes her explore caves, not just her cute smile. You might also consider a personalized gift. In addition to his name on a soccer ball for your sun, add those special words of love as well. Finally consider recording a special message — maybe sent to their new phone!

Acts of service — Create a coupon book for your child who sees love in acts of service. The coupon book could include doing those special things that make them feel loved whenever they need it: that special mac and cheese meal, the break from a dreaded chore, a special cup of tea in bed.

Physical touch — How do you wrap up a hug and kiss? Along with the hug or kiss, a massage, manicure or pedicure might thrill a teen, or a special dance night might be just the thing for your rambunctious little one. Give a young child a super huggable stuffed animal and tell them it is filled with unlimited hugs from you for them. For the older kid, you could give them a special throw blanket for watching TV together.

Receiving gifts — This should be easy. But if you really want to speak their language, remember that the gift is about knowing them and showing how much you care for who they are. Don’t get them something to change them, like an organizer, unless that’s their goal. This isn’t the time for the useful gift of socks, unless you knit them yourself. More than anything, this is a symbolic gift of your love. It might remind them of a special time you shared together. It might cost nothing — like an old necklace from your mother — but mean the world.

Another little thing about giving this person a gift: They usually appreciate the wrapping, so make it pretty.

Quality time: Where does your child like to go? Take her there. Special time with just you and you alone, and your child is going to feel the love. It’s okay also to take him somewhere new that’s special to you. This is the child who will appreciate that you want to share that with him.

A little warning: They’re still kids. They may not react with the same amount of joy as they will to a fancy toy. But the toy will be forgotten. Your gift has a chance of strengthening their spiritual and psychological core and live on in their memories.

By: S. Michelle Fry