Dear JES Families:
There are many events at Jonathan that make me burst with pride. One that came this week, came in a rather different form. Early in the week I walked into our calming room and noticed that a tool for calming was missing. I felt disappointed to know that someone walked in, saw it, and took it. I decided the next day I would bring up the “sad feelings” I had about someone taking that from the calm room.
On the morning announcements, I shared the belief that perhaps someone left with it and now, realizing their mistake would want to bring it back. I spent a good amount of time affirming that we all make mistakes, and want to own those mistakes and then fix them. In this case, all the student had to do was put the tool back in the room, no questions asked.
At 10am that morning I walked into the room curious if anyone had a change of heart. Sure enough, the tool was sitting in the middle of the room on the table. It had been returned, but even more importantly, a student had taken the opportunity to listen to that voice inside of themselves (and the loud one on the announcements) - that reminded them of their personal greatness and that this didn’t meet that standard. They saw the opportunity to do better, and they did.
We all make mistakes, and we fail, but then we can own them and repair them. As you work with your students at home keep encouraging them that the idea isn’t to be a perfect kid, it is to be an imperfect kid who can repair their mistakes.
So glad to be partnering with you.