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Our school year is off to a smooth start. Our enrollment is up from last year, and we are excited about all the new families that are now a part of the BBS family. Now that our students (and parents) are in a routine, we have turned our focus to a pretty major event that will be happening in November.
As I have written previously, I am convinced that one of the most important aspects of my job is hiring the right teacher to join the faculty of our school. I echo this theme each year when I write this blog post, but it really is true. Identifying the teachers that align with our culture and mission are critical to the sustained success we have enjoyed at Brainerd Baptist School. I have often joked that "retirement and babies" are most often the culprits for change in our faculty, and this has once again proven to be the case this spring.
One of the really cool things about our school is the desire to consistently look for opportunities for our students to learn in different ways. Our teachers do an amazing job of creating lessons that model best practices in education, which we believe are student-centered and engaging. 5th grade students are getting to once again experience something new for them, a unique day that we are calling C.A.T. Day. C.A.T. stands for curiosity, adventure, and thought and embodies what we hope our students will experience as they leave campus today. Two years ago my two sons got to experience something new at their high school called "T-term". The idea behind this was to provide the students with several options of various experiences/learning outside the classroom. Students were able to choose from various classes/experiences that interested them and then spend time doing those things. The first year was huge a success, and I enjoyed watching my younger son experience it again this year, as McCallie fine tuned it even more.
Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, classroom rules, calendars, schedules, and motivational platitudes—few of which a 4-year-old can “decode,” the contemporary word for what used to be known as reading.
So our first day at Burton 4H Camp is in the books. Other than the weather not being as warm as we would have liked, it has been a phenomenal day. The programming and classes that our students have been able to be a part of have been amazing (as you have probably seen if you have been on Facebook or Instagram).
What is your bucket list of sporting events? I wrote a similar post to this almost ten years ago. For me personally, this week is the best in all of sports (even better than SEC football!). You have the conclusion of my absolute favorite sporting event that really does drive us all mad - March Madness (how's your bracket look!?) combined with the beauty and pageantry that is The Masters, combined with opening day of Major League Baseball....and just for fun, both the NBA and NHL are in the final weeks of their regular seasons making both of them somewhat interesting. I would like to list my personal "bucket list" of 10 items that I would like to experience in my lifetime.
Nurse Adams recently approached me about an idea to incorporate to have a week of school in which we specifically focus on living healthier lifestyles. I thought it was a great idea and asked her to further develop this. I am excited to share with you her thoughts and ideas for our students.
If you, like me, are going nuts over the thought of another snow day, you may enjoy reading anything to take your mind off the fact that we are missing another day of class! I like to share things in this space that are of interest to parents. I happen to have 3 "iGeneration" kids living in my house, and usually have a few others here visiting on most days! I am now also in the place where the oldest of this generation are applying for jobs now. I found this piece very interesting and helpful to understand the thought processes behind why our kids act the way they do sometimes! The piece below is written by Eric Geiger, a popular author who works for Lifeway and has a popular blog. Do you agree with Geiger's descriptions? I would love to hear your thoughts.
It is almost the time of the year where we send out re-enrollment packets and once again ask our parents to sign their child back up for another school year at BBS. Over the years, I have had many conversations with parents about how the entire "re-enrollment process" is just cumbersome. Why do we ask families to fill out forms each year and make them mentally decide to come back? Most of the time the information that is asked hasn't changed from the previous year, and our retention rate averages about 96% each year, which shows that the majority of our families intend on having their child graduate from Brainerd Baptist School.
Earlier this week I emailed all of our families about our upcoming Parent Seminar series. I shared the line-up of topics and speakers and encouraged our parents to sign up (so we can plan appropriately) and many of those forms have started coming back in. Today I want to take some time to explain the logic behind why we offer this special night, and why we are strongly encouraging you to take advantage of this parent resource.