Starting Over

Posted on October 12, 2013. Filed under: leadership related, thinking aloud, Working together | Tags: |

What a great fall carnival!  I loved seeing so many families there.  A number of the families were made up of you: our teachers and our staff members.peace I think the whole preschool team might have been there with their children! So many volunteers and so many of the volunteers were young people, recent graduates of Vista La Mesa.  For me, the whole event matched perfectly with our recent Wednesday staff meeting.

wallAt our staff meeting It was exciting to listen to the VLMA stories.  I am sure there are better artifacts that I could have found for our discussion, maybe there are some that other folks can bring forth in the future.  Nevertheless, the artifacts that we examined led me to some interesting larger themes:

I noticed a recurring theme about community.  We talked of our links to the past and the present.  stoneOur connections to VLMA as a Cheetah Community, our ideas about VLMA as part of the larger picture of military families, our choice to create connection to the outside through perhaps a community garden and/or other forms of community service and connection.

covI heard us meander around a theme about raising children with social conscience, embracing the idea of social values as part of schooling, teaching children to be “peace builders” and “covenant signers” by way of pledges, promises, and practice.

cheetahA smaller theme that emerged was one of student-leadership, through the cheetah logo, through the summer seminars in leadership, through the idea of sharing a garden with the community beyond.


Perhaps this is my own slant on the activity, I was thinking kindness, connection, and good humor were present in each artifact’s description.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.marley


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