21 Oct

As a Community…

“We’ve got Spirit, Yes we do. We’ve got spirit. How ‘bout you?”

Next week is Spirit Week at D-E and we are ready to have some fun! Our Pep Rally Committee has done an outstanding job of planning the week, complete with daily themes and a rousing Pep Rally on Thursday. You may want to help your child pick out their wardrobe for the week based on this information.

  • Monday, Oct. 24: No School
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Pink Day–Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: HB colors-Blue, White, Gold
  • Friday, Oct. 28: Halloween Costume-Dress up
    (Please note: on Monday, Oct. 31, Middle School students should come in normal school wear.)

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These past two weeks are good examples of ways that we bring our School Mission to life with our students in intentional, relevant ways.  On October 13, we hosted Spoken Word Artists Carlos Andrés Gómez & Caroline Rothstein. Carlos is the award-winning author of Man Up and seeks to help us reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man. Caroline is a New York city-based award-winning writer and performer. In sharing her personal story unashamed, Caroline’s motto is ‘From Adversity comes Triumph’, empowering individuals to embrace self-confidence and authenticity. In Morning Meeting, we set the context when I shared a personal story about my daughter and opened up a discussion on gender expectations. HomeBase continued the discussion on Tuesday, focusing in on the question, “Can it be limiting for a man/woman to be expected to behave in certain ways? Following Thursday’s assembly, Friday’s HomeBase groups reflected on the messages of Carlos and Caroline and shared thoughts with this in mind: The roles of men and women are changing in our society. It has slowly become less difficult to step outside the box. What would make it easier for men and women to live outside the box?

This past week, we focused on how we treat each other and used the lens of Kindness to do so. At Morning Meeting, we viewed two short videos and Ms. Garcia led us in a discussion. Then, in HomeBase meetings through the week, each group participated in activities and conversations designed to help our students gain an understanding of how their actions both positively and negatively impact others and how the smallest AOK can make a big difference.