“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:
What is the key to success in school? Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, a management consultant, turned teacher, turned psychologist, has conducted research on the subject of success in school and suggests that one essential key that seems to cut across all types of students, and that is also evident in success in other arenas outside of school, is grit.
When I hear the word grit one of the first things that comes to mind is a John Wayne film – perhaps you have seen the 68’ classic, True Grit. John Wayne’s characters generally embodied tough spirits that were unyielding in the face of difficulties or troubles – these included a marshal, a soldier, a frontiersman and so on. Grit, however, is not something reserved for frontiersmen or soldiers. It is a virtue that has application in all walks of life and in situations of all kinds. It, like the related virtue courage, is the form of other virtues at the testing point (to borrow part of a phrase from C.S. Lewis). For this reason it is included in our student motto.
If you are saying to yourself, “I know the Founders student motto and the word grit is nowhere to be found,” then you are right, sort of… If you look at our student motto poster (see below) you will see the word “perseverance” at the bottom. Perseverance and grit refer to the same things, but one word is a little more “classical” than the other…
Perseverance, or grit, has a prominent place in our student motto, at the end. It is at the bottom of school motto, not because it is least important, and not because is it the most important. The first part of the motto, honoring the good, the true, and the beautiful, describes universal aspirations; this part of the motto serves as a type of rudder. Perseverance, displaying courage and sustaining a commitment in light of struggles, serves as a type of anchor in the motto.
In the short video clip viewed that follows, Dr. Duckworth explores “grit” as a major key to success in school. At the end she asks how grit can be formed in people. I know the answer. Watch the video and see what you come up with: Angela Lee Duckworth on Grit. Her talk is a compelling one for parents and educators.
Reminders and Announcements:
Hot Chocolate with the Headmaster:The topic for Wednesday morning, October 29th, is classical literature. HCWHM will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the grammar school cafeteria (next door to the grammar school office building). Reminder: These meetings are not meant for Q & A on a variety of school questions, nor for questions about a particular child. Presentation and discussion will pertain to the topic at hand.
Report Cards: First quarter report cards will be placed in grammar school folders, and handed out to upper school students, at the end of the day on Friday.
PTO: The PTO Soaring with the Eagles Campaign has gone well so far. As of Friday, $14,196 had been raised (have you seen the thermometer?). The goal is to raise $15,000. The final day of the campaign will be this Friday, October 31st. Please consider writing a check and turning it in at either one of the school offices by Friday afternoon; the attachment describes the campaign. Stay up-to-date on all PTO events and activities at http://fcapto.com/
Carline: As our school grows, so does our carline. As a result, thepotential for hazards also increases. We have already had two collisions, some near misses this year, and lots of hand waving. Thankfully, no pedestrians have been hit. In order to decrease risks of accidents, and to be in compliance with the instructions of the RES Campus Safety Coordinator, Tammy Sanders, we are restructuring the carline to have only two drop off points starting Wednesday: one at the upper school entrance, and one by the gym. Your students can safely walk on our new sidewalk and cross at the cross walk that is near the upper school building. This will decrease the risks involved in pulling off to the side and dropping off students mid-carline, this will also speed up carline.
To recap, if you have both an upper and grammar school student, please drop off both children down by the gym and have the older student walk to the upper school building, or drop them off in front of the upper school building office and have the older student walk the younger one to the gym. Thank you for your cooperation in increasing the safety of all the students and parents on our campus.
Attendance and Morning Drop-Off: In recent weeks, we have had high numbers of grammar school students arriving to school late. Please be reminded that grammar school begins at 7:45 a.m. in the gymnasium where our students and teachers start the day with pledges of allegiance, a minute of silence, poetry recitations, and important announcements. With regard to morning drop-offs, do not drop off students near any of the cross walks. Make sure to let children out of your cars at the loop near the gym.
Founders Family Fun Fair: Friday’s fair was a great event. It provided opportunities for faculty and families to share in a positive family experience; the fair was good for school spirit, and allowed visitors to get to know our school a bit. Thanks to Mr. Gauntt for serving as fair coordinator, and thanks to all the faculty/staff, parents, and students that contributed time and talent leading up to the event, and during the night of the event.
Founders 5K:We are happy to announce our 2nd Annual Founders 5K! This will be a fun 5K/1 mile walk with games, music, prizes, silent auction, some special surprises, and a whole lot of fun. We will have a great time as a school family, and raise some money that goes straight back to benefit our amazing students. Our Founders 5K is scheduled for March 21st, 2015. You can register at www.ResponsiveEdFunRuns.com. You can also keep up-to-date by liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/responsiveedfunruns. This is sure to be a great event that you will not want to miss.
Yearbook Photos: Please help our yearbook staff with school related photos. Submitting photos is as easy as one, two, three:
1.Log on to https://community.lifetouch.com and create a new account using the access code XCMVRO,
2.Click on Upload Photos and choose your folder (examples: 2nd Grade-Guy, 7th Grade, Tackle Football, 1st Day of School, etc.)
3. Upload your High Resolution images (see back for tips).
Coming UP: Nov 7-Spirit Day, Nov 11-Veterans Day (classes in session), Nov 12-Hot Chocolate with the Headmaster, 8:15 a.m.
Online School Calendar: Keep up with Founders activities at http://foundersclassical.com/calendar/.
Headmaster, Founders Classical Academy
469-464-3415 (grammar school)
972-219-2370 (upper school)