HUSKY WEEKLY: Friday, February 24, 2017
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Anansi Play
The restoration of Husky Hall is complete! Students performed Anansi folktales last Friday, and Commonwealth Theatre performed SkyHigh Tales for Teams K-5 on Monday.

Teach Your Children Well, Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the ways children and teens can be affected by the heightened emotions and polarization we are experiencing in our nation and our world. We adults cannot help but have strong feelings and opinions about current issues, and we want our children to be aware of events in the world as well. On the other hand, we know we must protect them from the toxic effects of chronic stress and discord. How do we teach children to be engaged without being consumed with fear or anger?

I offer these guidelines as a beginning to an ongoing conversation. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
  1. Reassure children about their future. Strong emotions about an issue can develop into a fear of events beyond one’s control. In conversations with your children, exude your peaceful confidence that many people want to – and will – work together to solve problems that arise.
  2. Highlight the inherent goodness in humanity. Endless news cycles of alarm can lead to hopelessness and pessimism. Help your children to see what is right in the world. Even when tragedy strikes or a potential crisis looms, point out what people are doing to help others.
  3. Model an openness to hearing other opinions. It seems more and more common for people to have an anxious response when they read or hear something they disagree with, as if the thoughts themselves may harm them. Demonstrate a willingness to listen without fear. By listening, we grant others the dignity they deserve and open the door to true dialogue. Students must know that disagreements are opportunities for deeper understanding.
  4. Teach patience. Speak your thoughts when reminding yourself to be patient. “Worrying about this red light won’t get me there any faster.” “Yes, that person was a little rude, but I’m not going to let that affect my day.” Your children need to hear such messages regularly.
  5. Keep perspective. To protect our children from stressful influences, we need to protect ourselves. Find avenues to peace and contentment, whether it’s a new hobby, a good book, or a quiet morning walk. Schedule time that your family can enjoy together, separated from the stresses of the world.
- Phil Howell, Dean
SkyHigh Tales

Sparta & Athens

Sparta/Athens Venn Diagram
Social Studies Essay
In their studies of Ancient Greece, Team 6 compared and contrasted the city-states of Sparta and Athens. Then they wrote paragraphs about at least two aspects of that comparison: the Military, Women's Rights, Education, and/or Trade. Mrs. Novak took turns conferring with each student regarding both the outline of their paragraphs and subsequently their final products.

International Fair

On Thursday, March 30 from 12:00-4:00pm, Team 8 Legacy Committee is hosting an International Fair to raise money for tuition assistance.
International Fair
*Image courtesy of
All Team 8 students are invited to have a table with food, crafts and/or games from around the world. Guests – parents, friends, and K-7 students – will be able to explore the world together!

Team 8 Legacy is seeking donations for international foods and crafts, as well as volunteers. All participants must register by March 15. To sign up or learn more, contact Elea Fox.

Elementary Movie

Finding Dory
Student Council is hosting an Elementary Movie after school on March 9, from 3:20-5:00pm. Students in K-5 are invited to see Finding Dory. The event costs $5 and includes snacks and the movie. Contact Ms. Meranda for further details.
*Image courtesy of Disney/Pixar

Library Skills

Library Skills
In addition to their weekly (Elementary) or bi-weekly (Middle) visits to the library for enrichment and to check out books, Team 3-8 students visit the library once a month to learn technical library skills. Some topics include how to find fiction vs. non-fiction books, how to navigate online databases, and how to cite resources.

Alumni Update

Courtland Fuller
Courtland Fuller ('01) has worked as an actor and/or stunt performer in many productions you may recognize including – Sleepy Hollow, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Sleepless (in theaters now), and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May, 2017). On a phone conversation with us this week, Courtland encouraged students to pursue their dreams, and he passed on advice that Ms. Balthaser gave him as a student: "Use what you have (your strengths) to your advantage."

The de Paul School: Month At A Glance

Tues, Feb 28 - Registration Deadline for Husky Golf Team
Thurs, Mar 9 - Elementary Movie, 3:20-5pm, Husky Hall
Mon, Mar 13 - Regular Class Day (Former PD Day)
Fri, Mar 17 - TK-5 Grandparents Day Lunch/Showcase & Writers Expo, 11am in Dining Hall/Gym, 12pm in Classrooms
Fri, Mar 24 - T6-8 Grandparents Day Lunch/Showcase & Writers Expo, 11am in Dining Hall/Gym, 12pm in Classrooms
Fri, Mar 24 - Tuition Assistance Deadline at 4pm
Thurs, Mar 30 - T8 Legacy Multicultural Fair
Thurs, Mar 31 - Half Day: Begin Spring Break
*Check our website calendar by clicking the Full Calendar button below to see all that's going on at de Paul! We update our website calendar regularly to reflect any changes in our schedule.


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