A message from our principal

Happy new year!

The new year is a great time to focus on Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind. Have you ever made a new year’s resolution and then not kept it? 

Leadership guru Jon Gordon has another approach he calls one word. He suggests that each of us choose a word that will help guide us through the year. My word for 2021 is ignite. I will look to ignite curiosity in our students, staff, and community. Curiosity can be ignited by an challenging or interesting question and an open mind. Looking at the world with wonder helps spark curiosity. 

One strategy you may hear teachers using wit your students is notice and wonder. Instead of asking a specific question about something the teacher may ask, “What do you notice? And what do you wonder?” Our hope is to spark curiosity and creativity in our students. Did you know that 98 percent of five year olds are creative geniuses but by the time we are adults that number is down to two percent?

If you would like more information on finding your word for the year, look up Jon Gordon. He has some great materials and videos on the subject. What is your word?

    We hope that you have a safe and restful winder break!

    Everyone is a leader, and everyone has genius!


      Dr. Cagle

      Dr. Michael Cagle
      Country Place Elementary School Principal

      Weekly Leadership Message

      This final week brings us to Habit 8—yes, I said Habit 8. While we are familiar with the 7 Habits, there is actually an eighth habit, as well: Find Your Voice and Help Others Find Their Voice. This is all about finding that sweet spot between your talents, your passions, your conscience, and needs of those around us. 

      When you find that spot, you start sharing it with the world and making a difference, a difference that is contagious. Others want what you have, and then you help others find their voice. Hopefully during this pandemic, you have realized some of your talents and passions. We’ve also become aware of the needs of those around us. Use this time in the summer to sharpen those talents and passions. 

      The Leader in Me link includes two videos and a Venn diagram to help you find your voice. Imagine when our children know these four areas so well that they seek out opportunities and careers where they can live out their purpose.

      We also encourage you to check out the bingo card for your family to use over the summer. Can you get a bingo? What about a blackout? Have fun and have a wonderful summer!

      Math game of the week

      1-2 NIM

      Hello all and welcome to our first installment of the math game of the week. This week, we are going to introduce (or reintroduce, if you know this one) your family to 1-2 NIM. Sophia from Mrs. Ruiz’s class selected this game. We have played NIM with students as young as our kindergarteners!

      NIM is a 2-player game. Start with a pile of 10 objects. (They can be anything! Pens or pencils are great, but we play with rocks on the playground!) On your turn, remove one or two counters from the pile. You must take at least one counter on your turn, but you may not take more than two. Whoever takes the last counter wins. 

      Thoughts to ponder and investigate:
      Can you figure out a strategy that allows you to win every time?
      Does it matter who goes first? How does it affect your strategy?
      Can you make a different version of NIM? One of our fourth graders created 3-5 NIM. Does this change your winning strategy? Why or why not?

      Please share your strategies, pictures, and videos of you playing with your homeroom teachers! We will see if anyone can beat the NIM Master, Dr. Cagle, when you return! 

      Check out more fun games from Math for Love