Told when to show up, told where to sit, told when to talk, told what to focus on – it’s not often that I have to follow someone else’s stringent guidelines, but this past week I served jury duty for the first time. For three days I was really surprised by how tired my brain became having to concentrate so intently for so long – doodling, daydreaming, and dozing were frowned upon by the judge. I received quite an education in “lawyer talk” and the workings of a courtroom and was also reminded of the fact that following rules is a huge part of my life as an adult (despite what I thought as an adolescent). It’s mandatory that we parents establish clear expectations for our children, letting them know what they can and cannot do and holding them accountable to these expectations. It’s just as important that we encourage our children to comply with the guidelines that make school run smoothly; we can do this by modeling respect for teachers and supporting their decisions. Our goal as grownups is to shape productive citizens in our homes and classrooms today so they will be ready for jobs and jury boxes tomorrow.
Mark Your Calendar
Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day
Nov. 14 – Report cards come home / School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)
Nov. 15 – 1st Grade field trip to Virginia Living Museum / Fall Pizza Bingo (6:00 – 8:00)
Nov. 27-29 – No school: Thanksgiving holiday
Dec. 6 – No school: Parent-teacher conferences
Dec. 11 – Interim reports come home
Dec. 12 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)
Dec. 18 – Last day of school before winter break
From the PTA
Thank you very much…
Thank you very much to all who have sacrificed to serve our country -- Happy Veterans Day!
Robert D. Brennan