Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Circle of Friends - a note to my 8th graders

Hello my brave 8th graders,

         During homeroom today, we did a difficult activity to help realize that your "circle of friends" is not static... that is, relationships change. This is especially true as next year your circle will drastically change as you will attend a new school. Even if you go to the same high school with a good friend, the relationship most likely will change because the environment is changing. That's a scary thought. 
        As Mrs. Cohen, the founding Head of School, would say, "Put yourself in the other person's shoes." Think about what it will be like to be the new kid, who has to build his/her circle again. Several of you in the room today experienced that very act as you joined your class at KSA in a later grade (4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th). If you were a new kid, how would you want to be treated and build your circle?

     The activity we did was hard for many reasons. It was beautiful to see you struggle with it... because it shows you have more friends than you realize. It was heartwarming to hear you say that the task was difficult because you had tremendous empathy for everyone.

       But most importantly, were the results of doing the challenging activity... you looked at one another and realized, "I want to enlarge my circle NOW. I want to bring more people into my inner circles TODAY." And that is a special thing.  As this is your 8th grade year, you want own it and make it the best possible year yet. A big part of that is growing your relationships with one another. 

       Now you have the time to enlarge your circles of friends here at KSA. There is nothing stopping you. So, take the risk, and reach out to someone. You may just find another close friend! And that, is one of the best gifts you can give to each other this year and will make your 8th grade year that much more sweet!

See you in the morning!

Fondly,

Mr. M.