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Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Break and The Beatles

At the end of the week, we will pause to welcome the Fall.  I used to say that autumn was more of an abstract concept than a reality here in the Sonoran Desert. Seasons where I grew up involved leaves turning color and cider made from the apples growing in your back yard.  I remember wearing a down coat over my Halloween costume.  It was cold enough to need mittens and a hat!  That was then . . . 

Seasons, for me and many other educators, are as much about what is going on at school as they are about the weather.  While nature is magnificent, so is the pleasure of traveling the road of life with 600 middle school students.  We don't need to see leaves falling to tell us that change is around us.  This week marks the end of the quarter.  The year is 25% over.  Our students are turning into 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  It is an amazing metamorphosis.  

How do we capture these times?  Fall Break is the perfect invention.  We should have thought of it long ago.  It's a great time for parents and students to connect and reflect on the last two months.  Here are my humble suggestions on things to do to instill confidence and enjoy the company of your child during the break. I've based my "tips" on a playlist of Beatles songs to provide some mental Velcro (plus, The Beatles make everything better).  I've included links to YouTube, lest you might really want to listen to the FAB 4 during your down time.

So, here we go:

1.  "Twist and Shout"
Do a happy dance with your kids because they have a couple of days off!

2.  "Here Comes the Sun" 
It's Arizona!  Enjoy the outdoors together!

3.  "All My Loving"
It's what kids need most and parents are the best at showing kids how to love themselves.

4.  "We Can Work It Out"
Kids need to know that most everything can be worked out and that parents are here to help.

5.  "There's a Place"
Kids need parents even when they say they don't.  Friends come and go; parents are forever.

Have a beautiful break!
Mary Setliff

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