Letter from Lara Zelski – December 5, 2018

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for the PTCA meeting on Tuesday evening. We are excited to partner with the PTCA to offer learning opportunities for our families and community members. Getting your feedback about our Strategic Plan is critical for the success of our school. We appreciate your continued involvement!

Also, thank you to our related arts committee, Ms. Wawerna, Ms. Keller and the huge crew of folks who came to decorate the auditorium for Winterfest on Sunday afternoon. It is so festive and amazing. The students were super excited when they came in on Monday morning.

We are right in the middle of Inclusive Schools Week and the students are enjoying hearing from others about how to think outside of the box and be inclusive of others, especially when they are different than to you. We greatly appreciate Ashley Deck who organized guest speakers at morning meeting each day and to our special needs committee for hanging student-made snowflakes on our front hall tree and for hosting a coffee after morning meet today.

Don’t forget that The Atlanta Food Bank drive continues at both campuses until December 14th. There is a box for each floor right at the top of the stairs as you enter the building. Please consider bringing something in to contribute. A detailed list of needed items is in my courier letter from last week.

I am sure I don’t need to remind you that Winterfest is next week. Please be mindful of our neighbors as you find a place to park around the school each night. The dates for each grade level are:

  • Tuesday, December 11th – K & 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 12th – 2nd & 3rd grades
  • Thursday, December 13th – 4th & 5th grades

With the busyness of this season, I would like to share some thoughts from Conscious Discipline. It is reiterated again and again that the changes we wish to see in our children’s behavior must begin with the adults in their lives. The adult must be calm, present in the moment and composed. It is a shift in mentality, to calm yourself before reacting to a situation. It is vastly important for us, as parents, to make daily connections with our children. Connections are more effectively made when we are truly present and 100% focused (not while driving or cooking dinner) on interacting with our children. It has been shown that this level of interaction only has to happen five minutes a day to see a change in behavior with your children. Five minutes a day? Really? That seems so easy, but sometimes even five minutes can be challenging when there are so many other things going on in our busy lives– dinner, sports, work, homework, social media, etc. I encourage you to slow down and try to make these daily connections with your child, even when things seem to be moving at warp speed. It’s important and it’s worth it.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to answer them for you.

Lara