If you are like me, the past week has sent your parent-brain spinning. I have three boys, ages 11, 8, and 6. As the news cycle churns out new updates on the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, I’m struggling to keep up, and more importantly, to keep my family up.
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Each year in February, Wichita Collegiate School invites an esteemed member of our alumni to serve as a keynote speaker at our annual Mentor Breakfast. This year, we proudly welcomed Sumit Shah '00 home to speak to our senior class.
Trying to measure the value of a Collegiate education is difficult and somewhat intangible. I’ve come to understand that the benefit of Collegiate is perhaps best realized after graduation. Having spent the last eleven years of my life here, working with nearly 1000 students as they make their way through high school and beyond, I can unequivocally say the value is priceless.
As parents, sometimes our biggest struggle is how to help coach our kids through the social turbulence they will experience with their peers, classmates, teammates, and friends. The book Best Friends, Worst Enemies introduces readers to the development of friendships at different ages and the dynamics that occur during each stage.
As the fall season begins, Scouts begin to sell. They are taught that people WILL say no. People they love will say no, people they don’t know will decline, and they KNOW that is all part of the process. So why sell? Because a Scout can learn so much from the experience, and each of us has a role to play in those lessons to be learned.
If new Middle School Counselor Heidi Holton looks very much at home in our hallways, it’s because she walked those same hallways as a student after transferring from another school when she was in 7th grade. We recently visited with Heidi to find out about her passion for counseling, and about some of the favorite and most challenging aspects of her work.
What better way to encourage volunteering in your child than to volunteer with them? Community service builds character as children look outside themselves and realize the needs of others. Children also learn that they can do something to help solve problems. The experience often leads to empathy, and children experience the reward that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Getting children outdoors learning and playing from a very early age is something we take seriously at Wichita Collegiate School. Outdoor learning experiences establish an important foundation and positively impact our children’s health, as well as their social and cognitive development. Fresh air, physical activity, and green spaces allow children to relax, clear their minds, and gain perspective on things.
Sometimes studying mathematics – that is, doing calculations, solving problems, gaining a sense of numbers and fractions – can seem unnecessary and even unpleasant. I want to assure you that studying math in school and persevering in solving problems will make multiple aspects of your life smoother and more economical.
It’s that time of year again! Stores are lined with parents desperately seeking the exact #2 pencil listed on their supply list. Kids are roaming through racks of clothes trying to find the perfect 1st day of school look. And teachers are working from dawn till dusk to prepare their rooms to be the most special place possible for their new students.