Hero Headlines: Safe, Valued, and Respected!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

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

Hero Headlines: Joy At The Center Of It All!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greeting, Meadow Brook Parnters!

This week was jam packed with learning and fun!

Meadow Brook heroes came together to celebrate Kindergarten Readers as they marched through our hallways with pride!

We cheered our kindergarten readers on and marveled at their love of books, and their amazing ability to explore and discover through reading! 

We followed up on an energized and spooky “Trunk or Treat event with some enthusiastic Halloween parading and parties at school!

To cap off the week, a group of parents and teachers got together to create this wonderful centerpiece for our “Innovator’s Mindset” district-wide PD Day next week:

If you notice, our caped Meadow Mouse is proudly and joyfully surrounded by the words and phrases:

  • Student Centered
  • Optimistic
  • Partnership Enhanced
  • Growth
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness

…and our heroic mascot is hovering above the words “Be A Meadow Brook Hero!”

Great, creative, innovative thinking team!  Well done!

When I look at the pictures from this week I see a group of dedicate, caring kids, educators, and parents, gathered together in a wonderful school community with the common goal of safe learning and fun!

When I reflect on this week I see clearly whey spending my days at Meadow Brook Elementary school has me feeling like the most fortunate principal in the world!

This week I am compelled to doubly offer you my sincere appreciation for your incredible partnership!

Thank you all for being the Meadow Brook Heroes you are!

Thank you for remembering that the joy on the faces of the kids, and the adults in the pictures above is the very reason we do when we do!

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…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

MBE Hero Headlines: Kindness, Giving, and Sharing our Stories!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

Gratitude to our PTA! If you walk through out front doors you see the signage that our incredible PTA drop off line volunteer team sets up for us each day. Here’s to that group of dedicated Meadow Brook Heroes who brighten up our mornings and inspire us every morning and all day!

“Kindness changes everything!” I couldn’t agree more:).

You are shining examples of our how our Student Centered, Optimistic, Partnership Enhanced core drives all we do on behalf of the kids we serve.

Thank you!

Interested in recognizing a Meadow Brook Hero? Click here for details about our growing “Chain of Heroes” – MBE Chain of Heroes

Our First Hero Happenings Charitable Giving Challenge Is Coming To An End!

Only a few days left to donate to our ITP Awareness Band Aid Drive!

Hero House GRIT is in the lead with more than 140 boxes donated, and all together we have raised over 220 boxes!  Keep up the great work…you are all Meadow Brook Heroes!

So many kids will benefit so greatly from your generous giving!

Meadow Brook Hero NOT Secret Identity Maps

Meadow Brook is proud to be a diverse school community.  What better way to learn about one another that to share our stories!

Please click here for more information about how you can contribute your story to our growing wall of identity maps: Being The Change

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…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

Hero Headlines: Help Us Build A Chain Of Heroes!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

Last year we started to build a “Chain of Heroes” around our school.  We began late in the spring and made it all the way down our front hallway before the end of the year.

It’s time to pick up where we left off!

You will find templates for “Chain of Heroes” links in the office by the “Hero Headlines” bucket.  Please nominate Meadow Brook Heroes when you see them.  The links you submit will be addd to our chain.

The goal is to get the chain around the entire building by the end of the year.

You can recognize Meadow Brook Heroes for being safe, respectful, and/or responsible – all of which come in many forms.  Describe the hero and his/her actions on the link form so that we can celebrate the heroic actions of our students, staff, and parents together!

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

Wishing you a peaceful, joyful, and relaxing 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

Hero Headlines: Sharing Our Stories Through Our NOT Secret Identities

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

Mr. Rogers carried a note in his pocket that said, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story!”

Wise words.  In fact, it never fails.  Once you take the time to get to know someone a world of potential for positive interactions, progress, and compassion opens up.

Our MBE Staff is studying Sara Ahmed’s new book, “Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension.”

Mrs. Ahmed tells us that, “self exploration is not always an easy topic,” but that engaging in it and sharing can lead us to, “see the humanity in one another.”

Wise words, too.

The Meadow Brook staff has been using our “Meadow Brook Hero NOT Secret Identity Maps” for this purpose.

Mine isn’t finished, but here’s a look at the progress I’ve made so far:

You can see that I wrote my name in the middle and surrounded it with insights about who I am.  It’s messy, but maybe you can see the words HUSBAND, DAD, PRINCIPAL, OPTIMISTIC, READER, WRITER, and so on.

Here’s a blank “Meadow Brook Hero NOT Secret Identity Map” – My Meadow Brook Hero Not Secret Identity Map

I invite you to join us in sharing your story, about you, through your lens.  We will be posting these maps at school.  If you are willing, we would love to post yours along with ours.

Please feel free to design one for yourself at your convenience and drop it off in my mailbox so that I can add your story into the mix on behalf of our diversity and inclusion journey and it’s positive impact on the kids we serve.

If you’re more comfortable sharing your story in another way, that works too.  Maybe even a simple conversation with another parent, a staff member, or me when you have a moment.

Let’s keep sharing with one another as much as possible so that we can continue working together to make sure Meadow Brook remains the best place in the world for kids to learn and grow!

Let’s do so with open hearts and open minds.

Touch base with any questions.

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…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

Hero Headlines 10/5/17: Intentional Rest

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

I’m bad at being sick.  I know that.

None of us like it.  That’s not what I mean.

What I mean is that I don’t do it so well.  I don’t appreciate not working.  I don’t take naps.  I like to be moving, doing, and being productive.

I was sick this week and I took three days off.  Three Days.  It was an eternity.

Guess what?  Meadow Brook was intact when I returned.  In fact, it was thriving!

Fun run plans were moving forward.  Collaborative thinking around instruction, intervention, and enrichment was happening.  Kids were learning and laughing.  Ideas were being bantered about.  Door were opening.  Phones were ringing.  Books were being read.  Stories were being written.  Equations were being solved.

Can you believe it?  The Meadow Brook world continued to turn while I was in bed blowing my nose and eating chicken noodle soup.

Of course you can.

We share an amazingly vibrant school community with one another.  We share leadership and learning roles and responsibilities.  We share a common student-centered, optimistic, and partnership-enhanced SCOPE of vision, and while we each contribute in unique and immeasurable ways to student wellbeing and achievement, no one among us stands alone.

Meadow Brook is a health and family first organization.  That means we each understand how important it is to be healthy and balanced.  We know that’s what makes us ready to care so well for the kids we serve each day.

I’m not suggesting that we take three days of each week, only that we never lose sight of our own health and wellbeing as we pour our hearts and our minds into making our school community second to none.

Thank you to all who made it alright for me to take care of myself this week, from an RCS leadership team who checked in on me regularly and reminded me of our district’s core values with support and encouragement, to an overwhelmingly supportive staff and parent team who always stand by one another through any challenges.

You amaze me!  I couldn’t be more proud of us.

Please make sure you are taking time to rest and rejuvenate this weekend.  Play, laugh, and celebrate with the people and the things that balance out your life.  Put the phones and computer aside, go to the cider mill, do some crayon leaf etchings, go for walks, toss the ball around in the yard.  Whatever it is you love to do, do as much of it as you can.

Get some intentional rest and feel good about it.  You need it.  You deserve it.  The world will continue to turn and it may even feel enhanced with some self care in the mix.

Thank you for your patience and your partnership…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

Hero Headlines: Introducing Our Hero Houses And Competitive Charitable Giving!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greeting, Meadow Brook Partners!

Last summer our “Be A Meadow Brook Hero” culture-building initiative was born out of an idea generated at a PD planning meeting by Meadow Brook Staff.

Last fall the Meadow Brook PTA rallied around our “Be A Meadow Brook Hero” culture-building initiative by redesigning our logo and making sure that every staff member and student had a “Be A Hero!” t-shirt.

Last winter our “Chain of Hero’s” core values celebration tool came into being on the foundation of a student’s idea and design.

Last spring a Meadow Brook parent shared an article with me about how positively impactful the concept of “houses,” or small, collaborative culture-buidling/shared learning groups are for students in school communities.

That action inspired several months of reflective development and has now ended this fall in the introduction of our brand new Meadow Brook “Hero Houses!”

Next week all Meadow Brook students will be assigned to one of six “Hero Houses” though which they will engage in what we are referring to “competitive charitable giving.”

The seven MBE “Hero Houses” are:

  • Hero House Kindness
  • Hero House Gratitude
  • Hero House Optimism
  • Hero House Grit
  • Hero House Mindfulness
  • Hero House Courage
  • Hero House Creativity

We are thrilled to announce, in collaboration with our incredible PTA, that the first “House Happening” charitable giving campaign was thought of and developed by one of our first grade students and his family, and it’s all about today’s national ITP awareness day – and helping kids feel safe, valued, and respected!

Please take a moment to watch the following video and stay tuned for more information to come!

Hero Headlines: Doing Our Best!

Safe. Respectful. Responsible.

Greetings, Meadow Brook Partners!

My wife and I have four kids. We describe our seven-year-old as the creative explorer.

This personality type makes him incredibly interesting and fun to be around when he’s engaged in a project, or telling us about a discovery, or enthusiastically demonstrating a new skill. The same makes it challenging to support him when he’s frustrated.

He’s sensitive. When he’s frustrated he gets upset with himself and anyone else in the general vicinity. He shows his frustration with the same passion that he shows his enthusiasm with. It’s challenging to watch him frustrated. It appears almost painful, and as anyone reading this message knows, it’s challenging to see kids in pain, particularly our own.

We want to help and I think we can with this caveat – we have to be ok with the journey. Our help doesn’t always sink in right away. In fact, it usually doesn’t.

In education we say, “They don’t always blossom on our watch.”

We mean that the kids we serve each year don’t typically demonstrate that our interactions are pieces of their growth puzzles.  They are, though.

A few days ago I was reminded that we achieve peace when we understand that doing our best is good enough.

Let’s continue to remind our kids that we’re looking for effort over big wins, grit over high scores, creativity over lists of facts.

Let’s continue to remind them that doing their best is good enough.  Let’s encourage it.  Let’s support it.  Let’s celebrate it.

While they may not blossom on our watch, we have the power to contribute to peaceful, joyful, and fruitful learning journeys for each and every one of them.

They are each unique.  They will each take unique paths.  One thing they can each do is their individual best.

Let’s continue to do our best to intentionally support that.

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

Here’s to another joyful Meadow Brook Week!

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

 

Hero Headlines 9.14.18: Literacy, Respect, and Communcation

Good Afternoon, Meadow Brook Partners!

Thanks to all who were able to attend curriculum night last night!  On behalf of the Meadow Brook staff, we truly enjoyed the change to spend some time getting to you know a bit better and sharing our enthusiasm for another joyful school year!

Three Things: Literacy Learning, The MBE S.C.O.P.E of Vision, and Communication

LITERACY LEARNING:

I mentioned the book “Rufus Goes To Sea” in one of the whole-group sessions.

Kim Griswell and Valeri Gorbachev do an outstanding job of writing and drawing about this young pig’s love for reading, and how that love translates into a world of possibilities.

Rufus is a great example of what we hope and strive for with regard to a love for literature and a command of literacy for each of our students.  Rufus’ ability to fully transport himself through space and time by way of his favorite books is a wonderful example of the power of reading.

The author and illustrator demonstrate the power of creativity, imagination, and dedication to one’s craft.

The combination of access to literacy learning tools like books, journals, paper, pencils, and crayons, and the understanding that we are all readers, writers, and explorers is explosive, life changing, and magical!

Please continue to share joyful reading and writing experiences with your children at home.  It should always be joyful, pressure free, and guided by your children’s interests and excitement!

THE MBE S.C.O.P.E. of Vision:

As I mentioned last night, the graphic below represents our Meadow Brook S.C.O.P.E of Vision (Student-Centered, Optimistic, and Partnership-Enhanced).

We are committed to a core that puts students first, with our RCS Respect Code squarely at the foundation.  All stakeholders, starting with students must be Safe, Valued, and Respected at all times!

Through every challenge, we remain positive and optimistic, holding firm to the belief that each one is short-term, limited-in-scope, and solvable!

We believe that it’s ok to question one another’s judgement and that it’s healthy to question one another’s ideas, but that questioning one another’s motivation can deteriorate our the positive, productive nature of our partnerships.

Thought every challenge and every triumph, we trust that we are each only motivate to care for and serve our students well!

COMMUNICATION:

Please visit our website regularly for information and updates:

Meadow Brook Elementary School Website

Please join us on Twitter by going to our page and clicking the “Sign UP” icon followed by the “Follow” icon on our @ThinkMBE twitter feed.  When you tweet, please include the @ThinkMBE handle & the hashtag #ThinkMBE

@ThinkMBE on Twitter

Please take the time to read this “Message From The Meadow” when it comes out weekly, or, return to the homepage it during the week to scroll through for information and updates.

ThinkMBE “Message From The Meadow” Blog

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

Wishing you a restful, peaceful, and joyful weekend!

 

Seth

Seth E. Berg

Principal

Meadow Brook Elementary

Rochester Community Schools

Call: (248) 726 – 4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View

 

 

 

In It Together For The Kids!

At Meadow Brook we function on the foundation of our SCOPE of vision.  

SCOPE stands for Student-Centered, Optimistic, and Partnership-enhanced.

Student-Centered. Everything we do is for the kids we serve.  The core of every challenge we face rests on our students’ safety, well-being, learning and growth.  We look to our respect code to stay present in, and intentional about this core value.

The RCS respect code states that every stakeholder has the right to be safe, valued, and respected. This begins with the kids and extends through every adult working to ensure the joyful, world-class education we pride ourselves on providing. 

Optimistic. We frame our optimism around challenges.  Through an optimistic lens we view all challenges as short-term, limited in scope, and solvable.  We believe that we must say positive for the sake the kids we serve.  We are committed to exhausting every dialogue and considering every possibility on their behalf.

Partnership-Enhanced. When we use the phrase “in it together for the kids,” we do so with the expectation that every stakeholder takes them to heart.  Sometimes we will agree with one another and sometimes we will question one another’s judgement. Diversity of thought is a natural and healthy aspect of positive partnerships. Let’s never question one another’s motives along the way.  Let’s always remember that at Meadow Brook we are all, with every interaction, in it together for the kids!

Thank you for you partnership…in it together for the kids!

Wishing you another joyful Meadow Brook week!