Thursday, May 18, 2017

FGC Panel Discussion @ OB

The fourth graders have met Fifth Grade Center principal, Mrs. Helm and counselor, Ms. Amy. Current fifth grade students have given them tours of the building. However, they still had a few very important questions to get answered. Like.....How long is recess and lunch? What are the lunches like? Can you play football at recess? Do you get to see your friends? Which class do you get the most homework in? Which team is the best one?

We invited Old Bonhomme "graduates" to come over from the FGC today to answer their questions. We appreciate them taking the time!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Soar Up @ Old Bonhomme

Today your child participated in Soar Up!, a transition activity to help the students learn a little bit more about how next year will be.  Although class lists will not be finalized until this summer, students had an opportunity to visit a classroom in the next grade level.  They also got to hear from each one of the teachers in the next grade level.  We encourage you to ask your child about the event.  Here are some lead questions:

What are some things you are going to learn next year?
What special activities do you get to do next year?
What are some of the things the teachers will expect from you next year?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer Reading - How to Raise an Adult

Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Check out How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. This semester a few of us met to discuss the book and had the opportunity to hear Dean Julie speak.  She made us feel better about parenting by being honest and real with us.  She gave us tips to improve our relationships with our kids and strategies to prepare them for success. Here are a few of the things that stuck out for our book study group. 
"You are not your child's concierge." It is not your job as a parent to make everything in your child's life smooth and comfortable. If we do everything for children, they do not learn that they are competent and independent people with hopes and aspirations parents may not even be able to imagine. - Melora Pruneau (OB teacher and parent of three adults) 

"Perfectionism is not only the enemy of the good; it is the enemy of adulthood." (P174) Allowing our kids the freedom and safe space to fail encourages independent thinking. 
​- Stephanie Afful ​(OB parent of 2) 

Dean Julie got me thinking about how I greet my son the minute he walks in the door from school. Do I bombard him with questions before he even gets a chance to sit down? Putting myself in my child's shoes, how would I feel if every day when I got home from work, I was questioned. i.e. "How was work today?  Did you turn in all your projects? Did you listen to your boss? How was your behavior?" Now, I give him a chance to relax, and ask a simple "How was your day?" or "Tell me something good about your day." Not interrogating him about every little thing every day shows him that I trust him to do what's required each day without me checking up on him and I am genuinely interested in what he chooses to share with me about his day. 
- Camilla Wilson (OB parent of 1) 

If we teach our kids not to talk to strangers, then they leave home as adults and literally everyone is a stranger.  Teach them how to discern among the 99.9% harmless and 0.1% creepy. - Stacy Jurgiel (OB parent of 4) 

You have to be brave to do the right thing for your kids. Julie talked about letting them fail now so they learn how to be resilient as adults.  It's hard to do, but letting them learn how to deal with forgotten homework or lunch boxes in elementary school is a far kinder place to learn that lesson than high school or beyond. - Stacy Jurgiel (OB parent of 4) 

It's not healthy to set unrealistic goals for your kids, such as is done at the high school level competition to get into the very few most prestigious highly selective colleges.  If they only accept 5% of applicants, it's like taking an umbrella when the chance of rain is 5% - it's foolish!
- Stacy Jurgiel (OB parent of 4) 

Dean Julie told us to stop cutting our ten year olds meat.  I felt like she was talking directly to me.  Every since then I have let my son cut his own meat.  He is getting pretty good. 
 - Hayley Arnold (OB counselor and parent of 2) 

Julie had me at....I'm not really into this parenting thing....and yet she adores and loves her children "fiercely." I ave thought many times how draining this whole "parenting" thing is...and how much happier I am as an individual and thus as a parent and spouse when I do NOT hyper focus on "parenting" but rather on GOTR, the Race for Refugees, friends etc. I really think it's important for us to understand that our kids are not obligated to be the one and only source of our joy - that if our children do not have a good day then we do not have a good day.  Too much pressure on our kids! I felt very relieved that yes, it is possible to love our children so much but not really be into this parenting thing. And that what we are really trying to do is "help humans to thrive." 
- Heather Huewe (OB parent of four) 

Read this New York Times Article  and check out Julie's Ted Talk to learn more about the book. You can follow Julie on Twitter @DeanJulie and learn more about her work by visiting  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrating College Signing Day @ OB

Today Old Bonhomme celebrated National College Signing Day by wearing college T-shirts and colors. College Signing Day was created as a part of Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative.  It provides a way to celebrate ALL students making the commitment to pursue postsecondary options. Check out posts across the country using #collegesigningday.