In an effort to Build Leaders One Child at a Time, our Principal Mr. Leavenworth has initiated an award for students to achieve in two areas, Cubs of Character or Cubs of Learning. A Student from each class is selected by the teacher for demonstrating excellence in one of these areas. Your student has received one of those awards today and will be bringing home this award. We are proud of them and know you are as well. Please take the time to acknowledge and congratulate them on this achievement. (My daughter told me it is actually two students from each class for each award.)
|Cubs of Learning|
Students are asked to help with fundraising for extras, not by selling wrapping paper or candy or cookie dough, but by bringing in grocery store receipts and boxtops. I have watched my own children develop a sense of pride when they know that they helped earn the money for a purchase or activity. They also help complete service projects for the community. The principal will set goals for the students with a reward if the goal is achieved. He has let students throw pies at him, kissed a pig and this year will be camping out on the school roof. I have sat through many assemblies where chaos could have reigned, but rather than the constant sound of shushing or the words - "students be quiet", there is praise for students who are setting a good example and the chant of "La Verkin" with the response "Cubs" from the students to gain attention.
This year, in addition to the motto "Building Leaders One Child at a Time", there are signs that say, "We are La Verkin - No excuses, No limits." This year, Mr. Leavenworth decided to recognize teachers as well as students for excellence. Each child/teacher is awarded a certificate with a personal message from their teacher/the principal. This was Lela's message for her Cubs of Learning:
Talk about a hard worker! Lela has been doing a great job this year with her academics. Math seems to be one of Lela's favorite subjects. She has also been doing and amazing job with First in Math. She is not only leading the class in total number of stickers, but she is also leading the whole school with 5,764 stickers. Way to go Lela! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Here was the email I received from Lela's teacher this week:
Your student will be receiving a reward this Friday at our monthly awards assembly. We would love it if you could be in attendance. Your student has been working hard and will be recognized for their efforts.
It would be much appreciated if you could keep this a secret as your student will not find out until the assembly that they are getting their award.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
I appreciated the notice (this is the first time I have ever been notified prior to the award). Lela tried to play it really cool that her parents were there (got to love 10-year-olds!), but she was more than willing to ham it up for the camera afterwards.
|Lela holding her certificate and wearing her Player of the Week Badge|