October’s Focus: Self-Control
This month, as part of our Anne Hutch has H.E.A.R.T. program, our school community is focused on the ethical habit of self-control. In September, we learned how kindness requires paying close attention to the needs of others and responding in a helpful way. We also learned that our words and actions matter and our kindness—or lack of it—affects the learning of everyone around us. In October, we take this work a step further by recognizing that strong emotions and personal distress sometimes prevent us from demonstrating kindness and lead us to make poor choices that jeopardize our learning community. This is precisely why self-control, or self-regulation, is a critical skill to learn, practice, and eventually master in school…and in life.
In our school-wide read-aloud, What Were You Thinking? by Bryan Smith, we meet a 3rd grader named Braden who craves the spotlight and fancies himself quite the comedian. We happily follow his journey of poor decision-making and inappropriate jokes in class until an incident in gym class leaves someone injured and crying and pushes all of us to reflect on his journey. When Braden’s teachers and family members teach him about impulse control, we learn the important steps for showing self-control at our school as well. We are introducing the following language this month:
- Stop what you are doing.
- Think about what you are going to say or do.
- Decide if it will make the situation better or worse.
- Choose the words or actions that make the situation better.
We encourage you to recognize your child for demonstrating self-control in and out of school. As a parent, if you are interested in learning more about self-control as the best predictor of your child’s wealth, health, and happiness, check out the book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About World by Michele Borba, Ed.D. It’s a great read!
Good Deed of the Month
In October, we are proud to partner with The Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in our Caring Cards campaign! The Loukoumi Foundation rallies over 100,000 kids each year to make caring cards for patients at St. Jude. In 2016, the project was taken a step further as many groups also collected $1 donations for St. Jude from the students. This year, we will work together to unite students within our school and across the country to participate and fund a literacy program and treatment room at St. Jude!
Please save the date for our annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20th, 12:30 – 2:00 pm.
We would like to provide some helpful information and important reminders well in advance of our Halloween Parade. As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation!
Parade at Anne Hutch
- If your family does not participate in Halloween festivities, please inform your child’s teacher. Students who do not participate will enjoy supervised time in our school’s computer lab during the parade.
- Our parade will take place outside on Wednesday, October 31st at 2:15 pm.
- To ensure our children’s safety, parents/spectators should not be in masks or costumes.
- In the event of rain:
- Grades 4 and 5 families should sit in the auditorium to view the parade.
- Grades 2 and 3 families should gather in the gym to view parade.
- Please plan for your child to follow his or her normal dismissal routine. Students will not be dismissed to families from the parade.
Halloween Candy and Treats
Please keep in mind the dangers to children who suffer from peanut/tree nut allergies or any other kind of allergy. For classroom celebrations on Halloween, please remember that our classrooms are nut-free environments. Following the holiday, halloween candy and treats should remain at home.
Costumes should be easy to change into and brought to school on Oct. 31st.
- Costumes should be age appropriate for young children.
- Props that are of a violent nature or resemble a weapon will not be permitted.
- Masks or heavy make-up which make your child unrecognizable are not allowed in school.
- Slenderman, Freddy Krueger, scary clowns and any other costume that depicts a violent character are not permitted in school.