Hero Headlines: Mouse PAW China 2019 “We Share”

Be A Meadow Brook Hero!

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We went to China last week.  Take a quick look with the lates Mouse PAW (Peek at the Week) video embedded below.

What a beautiful country!

We were treated with such incredible kindness and warmth.

We moved from city to city and school to school.

We took a whirlwind tour of the education system in and around the Shanghai region.

We met administrators, teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders along the way.

We shared stories of our individual and collective journey and we listened as our hosts shared theirs with us.  It was wonderful.

We talked, we problem solved, we ate, we laughed, we played, we drew calligraphy characters, and we learned a few words to express how we were feeling…”thank you” and “beautiful” among others.

We engaged and our Chinese partners engaged with us.

I can’t describe the magnitude of the wonders we experience in words or in pictures.  You simply had to be there.  Actually, I highly recommend that you go.

Of all the thoughts and ideas rushing through my mind in this moment the one that stands out the most is that we are more alike than we are different.

I’m honored to represent Rochester Community Schools and Meadow Brook Elementary School as a part of this most recent China delegation, and I’m ready to extend the experience as we seek to continue enhancing our Global Awareness initiatives including our efforts to extend curriculum, programming and opportunities around diversity and inclusion.

Coming tougher with like-minded people from around the world is good for our community and great for our students, from the youngest to the oldest we serve. It’s good for our teachers, our parents, and our administrators.

It’s been really good for me:).

Here’s to another joyful Meadow Brook week!

Thank you for your patience and you partnership…in it together for the kids.

With gratitude,

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

Hero Headlines: Mindfullness Modeling and Practice

Be a Meadow Brook Hero! Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

We live in a really busy world with lots of expectations, and so do our kids.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find balance.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find calm.

Sometimes is difficult to focus.

We know that wellbeing is among the critical foundations of happiness and achievement.  When we feel good about ourselves we’re better able to focus on learning, socializing, and having fun.

The same is true for our kids.

At Meadow Brook we use positive behavior supports at all tiers of instruction and intervention to help drive a culture of wellbeing among kids and adults.

We focus on concepts like gratitude, kindness, and compassion as we seek to continueously learn about and share tools and strategies that support our individual and collective wellbeing.

One great strategy is to include mindfulness practice in our daily routines.

In my quest to learn and grow I recently came across the following New York Times article with some connected resources that can help when thinking about mindfulness practice for kids: Mindfulness For Children

The article underscores some important potential outcomes of consistent mindfulness modeling and practice, such as:

  • decreased anxiety and increased happiness
  • enhanced ability to focus
  • greater connectedness to others and the environment
  • deepened problem solving skills
  • lowered aggression and stress
  • relief from social and academic pressures

If you have some time to explore the article I believe you will find it time well spent.

Please touch base any time with thoughts, ideas, or questions…your input is always welcome and very much appreciated!

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…in it tougher for the kids!

With gratitude,

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

Hero Headlines: From The Heart!

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! It’s been a fun and energized couple of days at the Berg house!

I was playing with our kids the other day. We were playing rough. Getting some energy out.

During some wrestling around the 4-year-old took a knee to the chin from his 5-year-old sister. I heard, “Pause game, pause game!”

We all stopped to look around and figure out who the injured party was. The big guy was handling it pretty well.  A tear or two slid down his cheek, but he gritted his teeth and made clear that he had no intention of tapping out.

I reminded everyone how important their brains are. I told them that we need to work hard to avoid knees and heads meeting during rough play.

Fully recovered, our little wise one announced to the group, “But our hearts are the most important because that’s what we share with!”

Indeed.  Our hearts are the most important.

As I reflect on the past week and look forward to another I’m filled with pride. Meadow Brook Heroes do so much to demonstrate our enduring commitment to kindness, compassion, and togetherness!

Our hearts truly lead the way!

This group of Meadow Brook students, parents, family members, and staff spent an evening sharing our light with children who were healing in the hospital just before we left for break:

Here’s a group of third graders sharing their time with kindergarten buddies, helping them understand that they are part of a larger community of joyful learners who care about one another:

Our First Lego League kids were mentored but the RHS Robotics Team Kids over the holiday break during an incredible collaborative event:

These fifth grade Meadow Brook Heroes started the new year with a “Kindness Write Around” to emphasize how important it is to support and encourage one another through our challenges and our triumphs:

Some first graders spent some time planning and prepping to share nonfiction so that they could all benefit from one another’s learning:

In play, in learning, in exploration, and in all the moments that we spend growing together as community of safe, responsible, and respectful Meadow Brook Heroes, we are so fortunate to have one another to learn with and from!

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…in it together for the kids!

Here’s to another joyful Meadow Brook week!

With Gratitude,

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

This Week on Twitter: Sharing our Story of Thinking, Learning, and Fun!

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

If you are not yet with us on Twitter at @ThinkMBE (using #ThinkMBE), join us today!  It’s a great way to share in our ongoing story of thinking, learning, and fun!

Here’s some of what’s been going on in past week:

Engaging Art Education!

Physical Education with Tech and Teaming!

Literacy Infused Diversity & Culture!

MBE Teachers Learn and Grow Together!

Learning in Harmony!

A Great Debate!

Scientists at Work!

Spelling Pattern Pride!

Augmented Reality, Reality!

…and so much more!

Please touch base any time with questions about Twitter or the Meadow Brook learning journey!

Here’s to another great Meadow Brook week!

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

Partnerships Drive Enrichment at Meadow Brook!

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

I am so proud to be a Meadow Mouse, and so grateful for all the Meadow Brook Heroes who are dedicating their time and energy to drive enrichment for our kids!

If you missed it, the first Meadow Brook First Lego League Jr. Expo happened yesterday!  It might as well have been a rock concert!

Mr. and Mrs. Vittorini and their crew of parent coaches and volunteers were our in force along with the Rochester High School “Faclons Engineering Design Solutions (FEDS) team, and our incredible community of parents and relatives there to support this year’s ten problem solving, collaborative, robotics teams!  Yes…ten!

Here’s a peek:

Also, our incredible group of Math Pentathlon thinkers are well underway toward representing MBE in competition in 2019!

Special thanks to the MBE PTA and our incredible team of parent Math Pentathlon leaders who are making sure this important program thrives at Meadow Brook!

Stay tuned for more about Meadow Brook’s comprehensive enrichment programming, both during and after school opportunities.

Touch base with any thoughts, ideas, or questions…I’m always looking to support innovation on behalf of the kids we serve!

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

 

Autism Awareness: Looking Inside & Love

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

One of the greatest sources of pride for all Meadow Brook Heroes that we are a diverse learning community, sharing our journey together with compassion, kindness, and love!

We live and learn with a growth mindset, which means with hard work, dedication, and open minds and hearts we know we can alway get better in any area of focus.

Here’s the thoughtful & creative John Spencer sharing his thinking on Carol Dweck’s work around Growth Mindset if you’re interested:

At Meadow Brook, one of things we are constantly seeking to grow is our understanding and apperception for one another.

This week I woful ask you to think about autism.

Did you know that some of our friends are not yet able to communicate in ways that most others their age are?  Not yet.

This communication challenge can lead to unique frustrations and even communication that can seem out of the ordinary and even confusing at times.

As we think about autism and communication this week, let’s work with one another and with our incredible students to strive for growth in our already compassionate school community.

Let’s remember that the best way to communication is on a foundation of love.  After all, our shared love, understanding, and a dedication to kindness makes this world a better place for all of us with each passing day.

How about these Meadow Brook Heroes who spend their weekend making a kindness poster for all to learn from and enjoy:

Finally, here’s David Flood – a “Youth Inspirational Speaker” talking about the incredible impact of looking inside & love:

Thank you to Mrs. Nazione for bringing this video to our attention.  It’s one that you will be glad you watched.

I’m certainly better off for it!

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…in it tougher for the kids!

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

Hero Headlines: Suit Yourself…Be Kind.

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

When I walked out of the building from conferences on Thursday evening I saw something that made me remember what is means to be a Meadow Brook Hero.

It was dark, it was snowing, and it was cold.

It had been a long day. Wonderful, with opportunities to share stories and celebrations with many partners, but long nonetheless.

It would have been understandable if people walking out of the building late in the evening would have been thinking about nothing more that heading home.

What I saw was an act of selflessness and kindness.

Mrs. Schroeck was just finishing wiping the snow off of everyone else’s cars.  If your car was still in the lot, it was cleared off by Mrs. Schroeck.

Thank you, Mrs. Schroeck, for being a shining example of what it means to be a Meadow  Brook Hero!

Let’s all follow that lead over the next couple of days and do as many acts of kindness as we can.  It feels good and it helps all of us build the positive partnerships we pride ourselves in our wonderful school community.

For more on how kindness can help us and everyone around us check out this inspirational Ted Talk from Mark Kelly:

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…in it together for the kids!

With optimism and gratitude,

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

 

 

MBE School Improvement Plan (SIP) Hero Headlines: PBIS at MBE (Kindness Write-Around)

A Message from Ms. Troutt: Kindness Write-Around in 5th Grade!

Every Monday, we begin our week with a Kindness Write-Around.

In this activity, the whole group sits in a circle with a sheet of paper with their name on it.

Every 40 seconds, we pass the paper to the right and write a compliment for the person whose name is on the paper.

At the end of the Kindness Write-Around, each person receives a paper full of compliments from his/her classmates – and has given a compliment to every classmate, as well!

We do this on Monday mornings to set the tone for the week.

It comes before we do any lessons because, above everything else, it is of utmost importance to treat each other with kindness and respect.

In the Kindness Write-Around, everyone must think something positive about everyone else in the room, and everyone receives a paper showing just how important s/he is in our classroom community.

This has been a wonderful community-building tool in our classroom!

MBE School Improvement Plan (SIP) Hero Headlines: PBIS at MBE (Mind Up)

A Message from Mrs. Czarniowski: Mind Up In 3rd and 4th Grade!

In Mrs. Czarniowski’s 3/4 split classroom kids are learning a lot about active listening through what’s called the “Mind Up” curriculum.

Mrs. Czarniowski uses “Mind Up” to drive Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) in her classroom.

The idea is that we need to practice with tools and skills for active listening and respectful communication.

This practice helps us interact with one another with kindness and compassion in real time, and in turn, it helps us stay positive in any number of challenging situations that could and do occur during the course of any typical day.

During the practice, kids were split up into groups of four or five.

One student in each group read directions describing what to draw while the others drew.

It sounds easy, right.  What the kids learned is that following a set of directions precisely takes some focus and dedication, just like actively listening in any situation.

Mrs. Czarniowski facilitated a reflective conversation with the whole group following the activity.  Kids were enthusiastic about sharing their thinking around how it all went, how people typically function when speaking and listening, and how we can all grow.

They discussed challenges, problem solving, intentionality, distractions, kindness and more.

PBIS is about learning and growth.  As our 1st grade partner Mrs. Lovell always reminds, “practice makes progress!”

Mrs. Czarniowski’s kids are making progress through their “Mind Up” practice!

Focused and Engaged.
Thinking and Trying.
Collaborative and Productive.
Joyful.

Hero Headlines: Safe, Valued, and Respected!

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Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

As we celebrate and honor our country’s veterans I couldn’t be more proud of our Meadow Brook students, staff, and families in the way we shared our hearts with those among us who have served, and continue to serve in the military services of the United States of America!

Thank you to our incredible PTA and the parent/teacher team who put together our wonderful Veterans’ Day Event on Friday!

What a meaningful reminder of the freedoms we each enjoy living in this great country of ours, and the sacrifices that our brave military heroes make so that we can!

At Meadow Brook and throughout Rochester Community School we have a respect code that insists each of us make sure we are all safe, valued, and respected.

Thank you Veterans’ for learning the way with bravery and honor, and thank you Meadow Brook Heroes for your partnership in making sure that we live up to that code each day!

In it together for the kids!

Wishing you a joyful weekend,

 

Seth

 

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Call: (248) 726 -4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View