I know all of you want to do what you can to help your child learn and help your child's teacher teach them well. Below I have listed some things that will be beneficial. As you know a well-behaved classroom requires less teacher time for management. As a result, this classroom has more instruction time, and by the end of the school year may receive the equivalent of several extra weeks of school.
To help make our classrooms more orderly we depend upon our parent partners for support. What you teach your children at home is very important in determining how much they, and their classmates, can learn at school. Below are some examples.
Don't give warnings. I have seen so many parents give multiple warnings, when a child should really know to obey the first time. When I hear a parent say something like "this time I really mean it" I know we’re in trouble.
Teach your child to wait for his or her turn to talk. Our whole society has a problem with this, but I believe it still can be done. It will take time and determination. Be sure to model it for them.
Teach your child to say “yes sir” and “no ma’am”, “please” and “thank you”, “excuse me” and in general to be polite. These social skills will take your child a long way in school, in an interview, and in a job. This is exactly the opposite of the direction our culture is going right now. Unfortunately, the examples students see on social media show people denigrating one another publicly.
Teach your child to share, which is much harder in today's world with smaller families. I had to share one bathroom with nine others in my family growing up, but most of our children now have one or no siblings with whom to practice sharing. Set up experiences with other children to practice this skill.
All these things will help your child’s teacher to teach the class and enable your child to be a better employee in the future. More jobs than ever are now cooperative and collaborative. People skills are just as important as job skills.
Ask yourself these questions. Does my child ignore my requests? Does my child refuse to do something I’ve asked him or her to do? Do I find myself negotiating with my child? Is my child disrespectful in their words, actions, or facial expressions? If the answer to any of these is yes, we have work to do. These are the actions that make life more difficult for your child’s teacher and fellow classmates.
Please don’t misunderstand. I love giving children choices, but some things are nonnegotiable. Among these are respect, reverence, and honesty. If you find yourself having difficulty with any of the above, please contact me. I would be pleased to help.
In His Service,
Epiphany is a wonderful place to work. We are blessed with dedicated teachers and supportive families. I have had the privilege of working here for the past six years. Your friendship and trust has made the hard work worthwhile, but I feel led through prayer that it’s time for a new leader to pick up the reins.
Epiphany needs someone younger, someone who will provide leadership for the next 15 years. Because of this, I have notified the School Board that this will be my last year. I will retire at the end of the school year. I have no intention of going to work anywhere else.
The Church Council has appointed a Principal Call Committee that will conduct a nationwide search for the next leader of the school. It is my hope and prayer that this person will be identified in the next few months, so that I will be able to coordinate school activities with him or her.
We went into this past summer wondering whom the Lord would provide for our faculty, and as always, the Lord provided wonderfully gifted teachers. In the same way by His providence, He will provide a new principal. I look forward to working with that person and helping him or her move into this position within the next year.
As the Principal Call Committee begins its task, please join them and me in prayer asking God to send us the next leader for Epiphany Lutheran School in a timely manner.
It is my pleasure to serve, and I look forward to working with you and your children throughout the rest of this school year.
In His Service,
Would you believe there is a concept so universally accepted that Biblical scholars and secular psychologist agree upon it? Even more amazing is the fact that we all tend to ignore it. The concept is that striving for happiness creates unhappiness.
You can find this referenced in Scripture as frequently as in Psychology Today. Still, we all arrogantly think that we can create happiness. Not only that, we think we can create happiness in others. As parents, we try to “make our children happy“, even though we cognitively know it’s impossible. It’s a part of our human need to be in control.
We overload them with great experiences. We give them whatever they want. We treat them to things they don’t even want – all in the name of making them happy.
We get so busy that we don’t stop for those teachable moments. Take time to ask about how someone else felt. Take time to help them learn to pick up after themselves. Take time to listen to their stories no matter how trivial they may seem. Take time to work together helping another person. Be completely honest yourself.
They will be happier doing the right things than they will striving for happiness. Teach and model for them good character – honesty, self-discipline, polite manners, generosity, empathy, and they will have a far more enjoyable life than the selfish pursuit of happiness.
Resolve to pursue the teaching of goodness.
Blessings on your parenting,
Tim Miesner, Principal