We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr

The whole school gathered in the gym on Monday for our first In-School Character Education assembly of the year. The assembly brought to a close our focus on optimism this month. It was a great kick-off to our 2018/19 character traits. (The character trait of the month can be found in the upper left hand corner of your school calendar. There is also a quote at the bottom of each month to inspire your thinking.) Marie loves these assemblies – it is a chance for her to address the students directly and to share her thoughts and strategies about how to live our best life. This month was particularly fun. Marie shared a cool exercise called the Turn Around Game. You can try it at home! Next time you (or your child) find yourself not being very optimistic or feeling negative about something, stand up, twirl around and literally turn your attitude around at the same time you turn your body around. If you have an open mind, it really works! Marie also clarified with the children that optimism isn’t about seeing everything as rosy. Optimists don’t ignore problems or pretend life is perfect. They just choose to focus on what’s good about a situation and what they can do to make things better.

Congratulations to the optimistic students recognized at the assembly. Keep up your sunny attitudes! We all need a little help to stay positive sometimes.

Next up is Appreciation in October.