Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

9/30/2010 - Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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There is a great deal of learning going on all day at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, and beyond the important instruction in the classrooms there are valuable lessons being learned on our playground. It is so interesting to watch the kids playing basketball, handball, football, foursquare, tetherball, and all of their own imaginative and creative games. I am amazed at the way they learn to problem solve, encourage one another, compete, and have fun. While they are working on gross motor skills and eye-hand coordination, they are also working on how to get along and be a part of a team. Many of these lessons are directly taught by our fantastic PE staff and coaches. Some of these lessons come from general ed teachers, and sometimes the message is imparted through a Judaic lens. In the crazy business of my day I always take at least 20 minutes to be outside with the students, get some fresh air, and watch them play. I am guaranteed to end this time walking a little taller and wearing a smile.

One specific story I want to share is an observation I had on the handball court today. Two students couldn't agree on whether one was "Out" and there wasn't an adult who saw the play to make the call. Rather than arguing, walking away, or getting physical, they simply went to "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and resolved their issue.

I thought this was a perfect segue as we prepare for Yom Kippur. Our students get the message of forgiveness, redemption and "T'Shuva" by living it through many small moments. My prayer for all of us as adults is to know when it is time to forgive, move on and just go with "Rock,Paper, Scissors" as a ruling. I wish for all of us a G'mar Hatima Tovah, and may we all be sealed in the Book of Life!



 Tami Weiser