“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” ~~ John Lubbock

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”   ~ Mortimer Jerome Adler

“Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the formation of character.” ~~ Hosea Ballou

This is probably why so many children (and adults) love his books!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. ~~ Dr. Seuss

“So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, it is never too late to start life afresh.” ~ Freeman Dyson


“There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story people. Two-story people compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story people idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.”

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Lunch Time Woes

Since we returned from the holiday break, I’ve been spending more time in the lunch room at Winthrop.  What I noted to be a small issue in the fall seems to be growing bigger and bigger each week – students not eating lunch!  This phenomenon isn’t restricted to our almost-middle-schoolers, there were even students in Kindergarten today who told me they weren’t hungry, or didn’t like what they had brought.

It’s understandable not to be hungry from time to time, but I stress to students that food is the fuel that allows their brains to work for the rest of the day.  While I certainly want their bellies to be full, I’m more concerned about their brain power for all the learning that takes place each afternoon!

They seem to know and understand this, but it doesn’t result in that many more kiddos eating what they brought.  Many students simply complain that they don’t like their lunch.  There are numerous ideas on how to pack a great lunch around the web, but a few I thought worth checking out are: netmoms, webmd, familyfun, and nhs.  However, the best suggestion I can give (as the principal, and as a parent of a 17-year-old) is to involve your child in the lunch packing process.  We have many students who bring a thermos and can tell me what’s inside before I even help open it.  That tells me they were involved in the creation of their lunch, and are invested in eating it.  Don’t get stuck in the “_______ isn’t lunch food” fight.  If they like it, will eat it, and the item(s) has some sort of nutritional value, it can be lunch!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ~ Virginia Woolf