It’s report card time. For those of you with children in the primary grades, there are so many objectives and so much code on our report cards, that you probably get tired of reading them after about twenty minutes. That’s plenty of time to spend on them anyway. Your children develop in fits and starts, sometimes expending all of their energy on their gross motor needs, sometimes charging through their language skills like wild children. All of them are learning how to be in school, and all of them are happy during their school days. This is what we need to know right now.
For those of you whose children are in fourth grade and up - if your child receives grades that disappoint him or leave her feeling upset or discouraged it might be a good time to practice a little empathy. Your first instinct upon seeing those grades might be to pull him out of basketball, take away the cell phone, or recheck the teacher’s credentials. Instead you might take a few minutes to imagine what it might be like to receive a report card for every nine weeks you work. Or, if you’re a stay-at-home parent, consider what grade you might get for the last nine weeks of your life. Did you get all those tasks done? Did you do them all well, because you prepared appropriately, and you focused all of your energy on the task at hand, each hour of each day? Did you keep from getting distracted, or did you find yourself playing solitaire on your computer or checking ESPN online every couple of hours. Did you stretch out your lunch hour(s) or skip out a little early when you could? How would you feel if your boss shared your report card with your spouse? How would you feel if your spouse gave you a report card?
Fortunately, none of us has to suffer these indignities, but it doesn’t hurt for us to consider our children’s feelings when they receive a report that rates their success and their effort. Let’s remember to keep whatever is on those reports in perspective. They represent a brief moment in time – nine weeks in a child’s life. They do not reflect ability, attitude, life events. They do not predict academic success or lifelong struggle. Report cards are an update, a communication tool. Talk about what worked and what didn’t for both of you over the last nine weeks – what you did well and what you need to work on. Just have a conversation. That’s enough. I wonder how much your child will learn from this approach.
“Exams and grades are temporary, but education is permanent.”
18 Report Cards go home
20 Mass, noon
25 Potomac Pizza Fundraiser, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
27 Middle School to Right to Life Mass
27 Pizza Bingo, 6:00 pm
29 Catholic Schools Week begins with Mass at 9:00 am, all students, in uniform
30 Middle School Science Fair, 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
31 Open House, 9:00-11:30am & 1:00-2:30 pm
1 Coats of Many Colors Drive Ends
3 No SCHOOL, Teachers Faith Formation Class
5 Online Auction opens for bidding and sign-up events, 12:00 noon
10 Mass, noon
13 Online Auction closes, 5:00pm
17 School Mass, 9am
Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
20 NO SCHOOL, PRESIDENTS’ DAY
21 Deadline for Re-enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.