A message from our principal

Spring is upon us!

This month’s leadership focus is Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Habit 4 can be one of the most challenging to learn because we are so used to compromising. A compromise is technically a lose-lose. No one really gets what they wanted. 

    To build win-win agreements, we start by building up our emotional bank account with others. Every time you do something that another person sees as a positive, you add a deposit to their emotional bank account. 

    The next step is to approach the situation with an abundance mentality, the belief that there are enough resources for all of us and there is a solution to every problem.

    Then you balance having courage to ask for what you want while having consideration for what others want. 

    Next, you consider what would be wins for you and the other person.

    Finally, you would discuss these possible wins with the other person and hopefully find a solution that would be a win for both parties. 

    Win-win agreements take time, trust, and a commitment to each other, but they are well worth the effort! 

    You can find more resources on win-win agreements on the Leader in Me website!

    Remember, change starts with each of us!

      Sincerely,

      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!

      Instructions:
      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