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

A Message from Our Principal

Happy fall, ya'll!

One of our focus habits this month is Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw! Sharpening the Saw is the perfect focus for a month that has fall break!

Highly effective people and kids take time for self renewal. Leaders, both children and adults, spend a lot of time supporting others through challenges. It is vital that we take time to renew ourselves in four core areas so that we can help others.

  • The first area of renewal is the body. We need to take care of our physical body through good eating, exercise, and getting enough sleep.
  • The second area of renewal is the mind. We need to keep our minds sharp by learning new things (in and out of school) that interest us. Doing hard things makes your brain grow!
  • The third area of renewal is the heart. Creating and maintaining strong relationships with others supports our overall health. We can do this by making regular deposits in the emotional bank account (EBA) of people we interact with.
  • The fourth area of renewal is the spirit. This area is different for different people. For some, examples include going to a religious service, connecting with nature on a hike, listening to inspirational music, or reading inspirational books.

During these stressful times, please remember to take care of yourself. It will benefit everyone! 

You are a leader!

You have genius!

Change begins with you!


Dr. Cagle

Dr. Michael Cagle
Country Place Elementary School Principal