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Principal's Book of the Month

Our book of the month for May is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.  It's the story of a little girl who has a most unusual and special name. 

As educators we are aware that perseverance is a character trait closely linked with success.  Perseverance is very hard work; it’s believing in yourself, your ideas and your goals.  Encourage your child to talk about his/her goals for this year, for high school, and for adult life.  Together you can discuss the steps necessary to achieve and even surpass these goals.  Remember, perseverance is a commitment, a dedication to yourself and following through with your actions.  At the public library you and your child will find many biographies of men and women who were successful because of their determination and perseverance. 

Do you and your child have DeKalb Public Library cards yet? With ssummer vacation just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to apply for a card so that your child can enjoy reading over the spring vacation and then in June your child can enjoy the special events planned for the public library over the summer. There’s no charge for a card – all you need is proof that you live in DeKalb County. Head over to the new Scott Candler Branch on Candler Road, just four blocks down Candler Road from our school and get your library card so that you and your child are ready for all the summer fun.

Chrysanthemum illustrates the character trait of perseverance as it describes how a little girl struggles to have her classmates accept and respect her unusual name.   Will Chrysanthemum ever be successful?  Yes!  She finally succeeds because she didn’t give up, she kept trying.  We want our students to approach life in the same way – to continue to try until they succeed.   Just as Chrysanthemum was able to show her classmates that her name was beautiful and unique because she continued to relish its distinctiveness, we want our students to approach life in the same way.   As the staff encourages students daily to make every effort to celebrate their uniqueness as they undertake to achieve their goals, we are guiding our students to expect excellence from themselves and to settle for nothing less than their personal best.