On the path to kindness...

On the path to kindness...
Posted on 10/18/2017
Kindness Rocks at_LMS

 

This year LMS joined many organizations around the world to focus more on the impact of kindness.  To put this mindset in motion, the faculty started their year by painting rocks illustrating a kindness saying or mantra.  Two of our art teachers, Mrs. Fraser and Mr. Stumpf, designed a pathway at the front of the building that will highlight these rocks as well as the ones painted by students throughout the year.  It is our hope that this, plus many other simple reminders will encourage all of our students to take the time each day to be kind.

Throughout the building you will see bulletin boards that provide suggestions for ways that students can perform random acts of kindness.  In addition, a group of district wide employees are sending monthly reminders to staff to suggest ways that they can carry on this mission in their day to day schedule. 

Teachers have chosen books like Schooled and Wonder to read as a class and discuss ways that characters in the book exhibited kindness.  Students have banded together and started Ambassadors of Kindness and are picking a monthly random act that permeates the whole school.  Whether hanging positive messages in the bathroom or putting sticky notes of kindness in random places, they are striving to find ways to put a smile on a face or add joy to someone’s day.

If you are looking for ways to suggest to your child that they might support this initiative, consider the following:

  • Write a ‘thank you’ letter to your teacher.  Everyone loves a hand-written note. Teachers don’t often hear how much their students appreciate them so offering them a thank you note is incredibly meaningful and lets them know that you are grateful for what they do.
  • Work extra hard this week.  It is so rewarding for a teacher to see that their students are working hard and putting forth their best effort. Show them what you can do!
  • Stop and help clean a classroom or do another chore around school. Help out the custodial staff by picking up litter or tidying up a busy teacher’s classroom. They will appreciate it more than you know.
  • Pay attention in class. Imagine that your teacher is standing in front of a sea of student faces and only a handful are paying attention. Show your respect and appreciation for them by being attentive and participatory in class.
  • Smile. Easy. Free. Always a winner
  • Sit with a new person at lunch or someone that is sitting alone on the bus.  Making a new friend will brighten anyone’s day.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”   Desmond Tutu