Is there something (other than a video game) that your child can’t get enough of? Is there something he or she just cannot stop trying to get better at, or cannot stop learning about? When your child plays on a team or participates in dance, or band, or sewing, or painting – does it seem like he or she goes into a “zone” where nothing else matters quite as much as doing that thing well? My eldest son was like that about basketball from the time he was very young. He dribbled the basketball in the house – up the stairs, at the kitchen table, around the furniture, off of his siblings’ heads – everywhere. He would watch college or professional basketball games on the television, and then run outside to try to imitate the players’ moves. He played on two or three teams at a time when he was in elementary school, not because we wanted him to, but because he couldn’t get enough of the game. He was what many people would have called “obsessed” with basketball. He was short, but that didn’t stop him. I drove all over the place taking him to games, practices, tournaments, and camps. There were times when I wanted to say, “enough”, but instead, just told him to dribble with the other hand for a while. When I was growing up, there was nothing that I was passionate about, except maybe having fun and reading.
I have heard people say that we need to help our children discover their “passion”. I guess that’s true, but I would say that we probably just have to encourage our children to pursue something relentlessly. I think we need to teach our children to play every softball or kickball game to win. I think we need to teach our children to want to be the “best” artist, swimmer, student or musician instead of just “good”. It is wonderful to have God-given talents, and we do all have them, but how many of our children are actually learning to make the most of those talents? Are we allowing our kids to quit when it’s just about time for the really hard work to kick in? Are we protecting them from failure to the point where they don’t know what it feels like to work incredibly hard – harder than they imagine they could? Sadly, it is rare today to encounter a child who will not settle for “okay” in what he or she does. Sadly, it is rare to meet parents who will not settle for “okay” from their children. I wish someone had told me, “I will not settle for less than your best.”
“We have to do the very best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” Einstein
13 Holy Thursday, Dismissal at 12:10pm No After-School Care
24 School resumes
25 Vocations Mass, Grade 8
26 Seventh grade to Learning Lab
Eighth grade End of Year Performance Series Test
27 Seventh and Eighth grade to National Gallery
28 Mass at noon
Packet pickup 3:30pm- 7:00pm
Lions’ Roar Spaghetti Dinner and SILENT AUCTION, 6:00pm
29 LIONS’ ROAR 5K packet pickup at 8:00am
Race starts at 9:00am, followed by food and fun.
3 Performance Series Testing begins
Progress Reports go home
Scanvenger Hunt, 12:30pm
Ice Cream in the Park, 1:00pm
Strategic Planning Committee, 6:00pm
4 Meeting for fifth grade parents, “All About Middle School”
5 First Holy Communion Practice, second grade
6 First Holy Communion, 10:00am.
9 Spring Band and Choir Concert
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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