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*Good Sport
Sports events provide great opportunities to enjoy the spirit of competition while practicing the Golden Rule. Students consider that whether their team is winning or losing the game, they can be winners by simply being fair and courteous human beings. When they practice good sportsmanship, they always win.

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”
~ Knute Rockne

Children are trained to be good sports from a young age. With some children it sticks with them throughout their lives, with others, not so much. It only takes one person to set an example for the others. As we become adults, not much changes really. Our team sports may look more like department meetings, and yet it still only takes one person to be a spoil sport and throw off the game. Conversely, it takes someone brave and resilient, willing to listen and work with others in all times, someone who will model the necessary integrity, even when it is difficult, to bring the team together for a successful win.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Try to imagine what is best for the whole team rather than what is best for you alone. It can take the pressure off you and is beneficial for the whole group.

School of Wisdom


Originally published June 8, 2020.

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*Cloud Watching 
Reflection is a key component of character development. Students are encouraged to spend some time this summer watching the clouds go by and reflecting on the kind of person they are and the kind of person they want to become.

"Self-reflection is the school of wisdom."
~ Baltasar Gracián

Recently, for better or worse, many of us have had more time than usual for self-reflection. But on what are we reflecting? past behaviors? our lifestyle? relationships? things we want to take away from this experience? things we want to leave behind? Self-reflection is more than a simple glimpse back. It is an intentional review of the choices we have been making and what we have allowed to define our lives. When we take time to really ponder what is important and what is not (in the context of the core values we embrace), we position ourselves to make wiser choices moving forward. And with wisdom, we can build a life that has more meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

Carve out some time to sit in a quiet place regularly and ponder what you need to begin, what you need to eliminate, and what needs to remain.

Free to Read


Originally published June 1, 2020.

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*Beyond the Momen
Hopping from one fleeting moment of immediate gratification to the next can lead us into a very shallow and meaningless life, without any enduring sense of happiness. Reading a good book can provide a long-lasting sense of satisfaction and has a long-lasting payoff. Students are encouraged to read over the summer break.

“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The benefits of reading — from improving our concentration to reducing stress levels — have been widely known for a long time. With what has been happening in our world of late, the benefits of reading may not have been foremost in our thoughts. Things are uncertain. Our lives have changed in many ways. Many of us may be feeling the sting of not having the complete freedom to roam as we are accustomed. The one thing that has not changed is that we can still pick up a good book and experience a healthy escape into other worlds. Remember: Reading can free us during a time when our movements may be limited.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

It's okay to lean on others if you need a word of encouragement. In times of need, look to those who have already weathered similar storms.

Smooth Seas


Originally published May 25, 2020.

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*Rivers Run Through It
Like many things in nature, a river can teach us a great lesson. It triumphs every time. It just keeps going despite the challenges, obstacles, and barriers. There will always be barriers in life, stumbling blocks along the way. How we deal with those challenges can greatly determine our success or failure in life.

"Smooth Seas do not make skillful sailors."
~ African Proverb

During a big storm, it can be difficult to traverse rough seas, know which direction to go, or guess where we will land. We've all been there, and with age, we learn that time can be a balm to soothe the bumps and bruises we've sustained during the tumultuous patches in life. It's never smooth seas for everyone all the time, but there are easier, quieter times when we can take a deep breath, learn from past storms, and reach out with encouragement to those who are in the middle of one. The silver lining behind the dark clouds of any storm is that we become better navigators. We can share our wisdom and experience with those we are entrusted to teach.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

It's okay to lean on others if you need a word of encouragement. In times of need, look to those who have already weathered similar storms.

Thank You


Originally published May 18, 2020.

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*Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day holiday or the beginning of the summer season. This national holiday is an important reminder of the sacrifices made by brave men and women in uniform who lost their lives in service to our nation. Students discuss the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday and how they can honor our fallen heroes.

"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."
~ Alice Walker

On a daily basis, there are many heroes we could thank, aren't there? Heroes can be hidden within their everyday roles, such as the truck drivers, pharmacists, and grocery store clerks who worked during the Covid19 crisis. It can be a lonely feeling to serve the public during a dangerous time when you think no one cares or understands the stress of it. A little "thank you" goes a long way. So, don't withhold gratitude. Be generous with it. Find ways to say "thank you" to the everyday heroes who are getting us through this national challenge.

With something to think about . . .

Remember to take care of yourself.

When we go to a place of gratitude, it can lift our spirits in the most amazing way. Show gratitude for what you have, those you love, and those who serve.