Starting the School year with a Growth Mindset

Learning can be fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging at times.   Mrs. Marko, our school counselor, visited our class and helped us to start our year with an open and growth mindset.   After Mrs. Marko shared some information, examples, and even a very entertaining video, 2nd graders were quick to realize that having a growth or open mindset could better help them achieve any goal they had… earning more winner tickets in class, getting faster at math facts, becoming a better soccer player on their team, and even becoming an Olympic gymnast someday.  

To help visualize these goals, 2nd graders built and labelled a model of their goal with everyone’s favorite building block… Legos!!   Before we were done, Mrs. Marko talked with students about their goals, and we also shared our Lego creations and goals on our class’ Seesaw blog.  Students may now continue to share comments and encourage each other.  With a growth or open mindset, 2nd graders are more ready to face the challenges that come their way.  

Mrs. Todd, 2nd Grade Teacher

“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.”

It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s.

“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

What a trying time we are all in right now. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. As parents our job is to protect and guide our children but in this temperamental and unpredictable world, it can seem quite challenging at times, especially in 2020. If we don’t know what the future holds, how can we guide our own children through it?  It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s. All we can do is take care of today and leave the rest of our worries at the foot of the cross, HE has got you and your entire family in His hands. His love for you and your family is unconditional and more than we can ever imagine.  

When you are anxious or stressed, take a moment to think of one or two things that you are thankful for. I am so thankful for the students at St. John’s, I say this with sincerity. As the PE and health teacher for elementary-aged children, I see students in grades K-6 each week and every day they make me smile. Their smile and excitement brings me back to the basics in life. Thank you for trusting us at St. John’s with your sweet children!  As we pause and head into Thanksgiving break, share with your children things that you are thankful for. Ask your children what they are thankful for. Get outside and spend time in nature, being in nature can ease anxiety for people of all ages. Take this unprecedented time to spend time with your loved ones, be active together outside: go on a hike, a walk, go to the park, the beach, or the mountains. We are truly blessed to live in a place where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter, we can still enjoy the outdoors. 

Yes, this is a challenging time, we are all feeling it in various ways, but God is transforming us and our children. He has not left us, this is one of His many promises. We will come out stronger through this, God has each of us in the palm of His hand. Remember, diamonds were not formed overnight, they were formed over time under extreme pressure. Just like diamonds, God is making us beautiful. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving St. John’s families. Praying for each of you.

In Him,

Mrs. Christine Miller

For ideas for hikes in the area download the app called “All Trails”  😊