Listening to our Students

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Dear Families,

Happy almost vacation! Remember… no school this Friday, Apr. 19. We’re back on Mon. Apr. 29.

Every conversation we have with your children teaches us something new – and we are never ever bored at work! We were in my office today when two 7th graders came for lunch. They had made an “appointment” the day before and were very punctual, standing at my office door at the chosen time.

These students came with a problem they needed solved and were so lovely about asking for help. At first they were worried I would be mad. “No,” I said, “You came here to find a solution – let’s talk.” And they did, in slow and soft voices, hesitant and carefully chosen words. It is at moments like these that we lean in to listen, to make eye contact, to breathe, to wait, to wait some more. So much of our listening is in the silence – silently waiting through tears and sadness, fear, rage, excitement, joy and questions.

If we are patient and listen well, we learn. We learn about how friendships are made and broken, we learn how home life supports and hurts, we learn how teachers teach, how adults are unfair, how teasing disrupts, how questions linger, solutions are found, and happiness is around the corner.

Your students carry so much, and it tumbles out in all sorts of ways. The adults at 75 Morton work hard to respond thoughtfully and to guide students to solve their problems. But we also listen, because sometimes that’s the most important thing.

With Respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org

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Dear Families,

First off, a quick reminder to join us at our PTA meeting this Wednesday, April 10, at 8:45am in the Library. I’ll be updating you on hiring, enrollment and much more – plus we’ll hear curriculum and project reports from some of our wonderful science and social studies teachers. And, of course, there’s always the delicious coffee, bagels and yogurt shots!

Our AUCTION on Thursday evening was wonderful! Thank you to all of the volunteers who brought it home to 75 Morton. I had a great time. I wish I had been able to say hi to everyone there – but I was caught up in the crowd and music and bidding and other staff and elected officials, etc.!

I cannot wait to see the AUCTION next year when we have added 300 plus families and even more energy and joy. You are a fantastic community – and it is the power of nights like Thursday that remind us that we come together for our kids. Every minute of work all of you do as volunteers is essential to the education of our students. THANK YOU.

This Friday we are getting a visit of 22 educators from Stavanger, Norway. They are being led by a principal and dear friend of my family’s. I love nothing better than showing off the work of our students and staff. If you happen to be in the building, let me know – I would love you to meet the Norwegians. I have visited schools in Norway and Chile to see the work in classrooms but I have never met the families. Let me know if you are in the building on Friday!

With Respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org