As part of Kids Connection’s ongoing program of “Educating the Heart”, our life skill this month has been gratitude. It’s very important to reinforce our life skills not only by words but deeds.
Our after school students prepared and sent cards to the veterans at the VA Center in San Francisco telling them how much we appreciate their dedication and hard work in protecting our country. Their letters were a token of the students’ love and gratitude.
On Tuesday, November 15th, the students began their gratitude countdown to Thanksgiving. Each day, one grade level will share their classmates’ collaborative thoughts on gratitude over the intercom. Only by identifying one’s own blessings, can one truly be empathetic towards others.
Our third grade classes are sponsoring a food drive in partnership with Harvest Food Bank that will run from now through November 22nd. This is yet another way for our students to learn the meeting of gratitude for what they have, and by extension to share their blessings with others.
Thanksgiving is a time for thinking of those who are a special part of our lives and have a special place in our hearts. That’s why Thanksgiving is a time for thinking of all of you.
We wish our K.C. Families happiness and blessings always.
At Kids Connection, one of our core pillars is
“the emphasis on character development that helps children learn to be quality individuals and ethical leaders.”
We call this “Educating the Heart”. Many schools focus on academics or social involvement, but what makes Kids Connection unique is the way in which we connect the education of the mind and the heart, and we provide both. By showing our students what it means to be a good person, they learn what it feels like to achieve, for themselves and others. It is from that sense of self and caring that the strong academics follow. They become true leaders, both in mind and spirit.
In 2014, the Harvard Graduate School of Education surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students to rank what was important to them: Achieving at a high level of happiness (feeling good most of the time), or caring for others. Only 20% selected caring for others as a priority. (click here for a link to the study http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/mcc_report_7.2.14.pdf)
- As a school, it is our goal to give our students a true sense of empathy. How do we reinforce this every day?It is a core part of our curriculum. We reinforce and reward great character every day in the classrooms, on the playground, and in all school activities.
- We have regular assemblies, where we talk about virtues of responsibility, respect, honesty, and integrity.
- We have community service initiatives running all year long. This year, we are partnering with the Samaritan House as a Wee Care school to further our reach into the community to help others, and to show our students how to take these skills they have learned to help others.
At Kids Connection, we focus our attention to educating the heart of each and every student. We teach that good character is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. We believe that true happiness and achievement comes from helping others, not in spite of it. Our mission is to show our students that they have the power and ability to help make the world a better place. Our alumni come back year after year and tell us that it is the foundation they received at Kids Connection, that helped them to continue to accomplish extraordinary things in the community.
We are so excited to welcome back our KC Preschool and Elementary Students to the 2016-17 school year! Your teachers and the entire KC Staff has been working all summer to make this the best year yet!
“You’re off to great places.
Today is the Day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way!”