Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- January 17, 2017

Welcome back to school, Tesfa scholars!  I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your friends and family.

Take a minute to think about why we did not have school yesterday.  Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a day that we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  What do you know about MLK’s legacy?  Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist who believed that it was important to help others, promote equality and that nonviolence is the best way to solve problems in society.  One of his famous quotes says, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”   Which PYP attitudes do you think  best describe Martin Luther King Jr.?   Think about what you can do to help others.

We are continuing to review our expectations at school.  This week you might think about your classroom essential agreements, bathroom expectations, bus safety, and how to SLIME into classrooms.  As you review these things, think about why they are important and how they help us create a safe and productive learning environment.

At Tesfa we work hard to help students think, choose and act in a way that promotes open-mindedness, tolerance, and being knowledgeable about the world around us.  January is a great time to reflect on how well you are developing these attitudes.  Work hard, be kind and stay curious.

Ms. Lauren




Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message- January 9, 2017

Good morning Tesfa scholars!

Welcome back to another full week of thinking and growing at Tesfa.  Ms. Nicole and I are very excited to work together to be your Co-Directors and it is our job to help our teachers and students do their best everyday.  We look forward to seeing the many wonderful things you are doing in your classroom.

This week, your teachers will be helping you to review some of our essential agreements at school.  You will think about what it means to be a bus rider, how you should look and sound during breakfast, lunch, and recess and how to be responsible when using technology.  All of these things are part of Re-Month and help us to remember the ways in which we can show integrity, responsibility and be caring students.

As a Tesfa scholar your job is to inquire, become knowledgable and be caring to those around you.  Think about the the ways you can be an inquirer today.  How will you demonstrate what you are learning this week?  What are some ways you can be a caring friend to the students in your class?  I look forward to seeing you this week in classrooms and in the hallways.  Work hard and be kind.

Have a great week!

Ms. Lauren

St. Paul Charter School Fair- January 21st

Join us for the Second Annual St. Paul Charter School Fair!

Tesfa will be hosting a table at the St. Paul Charter School Fair to share information with families looking to choose a high-quality charter school option for their children. Please spread the word about Tesfa and invite friends and families who would like to learn more about us!

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Ms. Lauren’s Morning Message January 3, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back to Tesfa!

We hope you had a fun and relaxing winter break and are ready to be back at school.  We are so excited to see you again and all of our teachers have many wonderful things planned for you this week.

As you know, Ms. Becky is taking a very courageous step and moving to another country with her family and will no longer be the Director of Tesfa.  However, you will still see her around the building this week because she is helping Ms. Nicole and me learn how to do her job while she is gone. Be sure to show her your appreciation this week for all the many wonderful things she has done to support the students, teachers and families at Tesfa.  We will miss her tremendously, but luckily technology such as this blog, Skype and email can help us communicate even when she is across the globe.

We call January “Re-Month” because this is the time of year that we revise our Hopes and Dreams, revisit our Essential Agreements, and review the many routines and procedures we have been practicing throughout the building and in our classrooms.  Over the next few weeks you and your teacher will be reviewing the things that help us to be safe and learn.  It is important to be reflective of all the hard work we have done so far this year and to be committed to reaching our goals for the rest of the year.

I know that each of you can work hard and develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary for a successful second half of the school year.  Be curious, take risks, and believe in yourself!  Have a great start to the new year.

And as Ms. Becky would say….stay curious!

Ms. Lauren

Ms. Becky’s Message to her Tesfa Family

Dear Tesfa Family,

As many of you may already know, I transitioned out of my role as Director of Tesfa International School at the end of December as my family being relocated to Singapore for my husband’s job. Although this transition is very difficult for me, I am excited to embark on this journey with my family and learn what it means to have Global Minds with Minnesota Hearts. I have had the privilege to work with truly amazing staff members, scholars and families. The mission of Tesfa lives on every day thanks to this truly talented team.

I am excited to announce that our new leadership team will be Ms. Nicole Nelson-Starks and Ms. Lauren Ryan. Ms. Nicole and Ms. Lauren will be Co-Directors, assuming the leadership positions for the school. Ms. Nicole was serving as Assistant Director this year and Ms. Lauren is a founder, was our Assistant Director last year, and has been teaching first grade this year at Tesfa. Together, we will work to ensure that the transition to new leadership is as seamless as possible and that Tesfa stays true to its mission. Although I am sad to leave this amazing school, I am confident in the abilities of both Ms. Nicole and Ms. Lauren to lead the school and know that all our children will be in good hands.

I will certainly miss working in this community and the opportunity to interact with such amazing scholars each day. I am very proud of the Tesfa and know they will continue to work tirelessly to provide a high quality education for our children. I look forward to watching the success and growth of Tesfa from afar while I am gone. It has been my privilege to be the leader of such a vibrant, high quality and hard working community. My heart will always be with Tesfa.

Stay curious,

Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Monday Morning Message

Happy Monday Scholars,

Welcome to this short week of school.  We know that winter break is coming up which can be an exciting time. Please remember to SHOW what you KNOW.  This includes listening to your teachers, being respectful to your classmates, and following our essential agreements.

Snow can make playing outside a lot of fun but at school we have rules about how we play in the snow. Snow needs to stay on the ground. If you are playing outside with your class, you need to have your coat zipped and hats and mittens on. There is no running on the sidewalks as doing so could cause you to slip and fall. We have all these rules to keep you and others safe.

Being a part of our school community means you have the privilege to meet and interact with many different people. All our difference make us unique and special. It is also important to recognize that even though we may have difference, we also share many things in common. For example, we are all working together to make Tesfa a positive place. Your daily choices can help improve our climate and make our school a safe and happy place. This common interest can connect us and create wonderful friendships.

There are a lot of qualities to being a good friend.

A good friend is honest.
A good friend pays attention to you.
A good friend supports you and your goals.
A good friend is a friend you can trust.
A good friend makes it clear that they care about you.
A good friend sticks with you in good times and bad.
A good friend accepts you for who you are, even when you make a mistake.

Please take a moment to reflect on how you show you are a good friend and how you help to make Tesfa a wonderful place to be.

Stay curious!

Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Monday Morning Message

Hello peacemakers,

I have been having a lot of conversations with students about self control lately.  Occasionally scholars have a difficult time make safe choices when they get angry.  Feeling angry or upset is okay.  It is not okay to hit, punch, shove, pinch, kick or engage in any activity that hurts another person physically or emotionally even when you are really upset.  If your emotions are getting too big, please ask an adult for help.

There are times I need to talk with students to solve problems or review our school expectations.  When I have conversations like these, I ask each person to tell me their perspective of what happened.  It is important to understand that each of us see situations in unique ways.  Listening to one another can help us see the world in a new way and can help us to understand why people feel a certain way.  It can also help us understand why people make certain decisions.

Please do your best to stop and think today.  Have integrity and make safe, respectful choices even when you think no one is watching.

“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose 

Stay curious!
Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Monday Morning Message

Dear learners,

Welcome back to school!  The weather this week will continue to get colder.  Please remember to wear your winter gear to school.  We don’t want anything to get in the way of our learning.

This month we are focusing on the PYP Attitude of Tolerance. Being tolerant means you are working toward feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and are responsive to the needs of others. The PYP Learner Profile Attribute of open-mindedness connects to being tolerant. Being open-minded means you know people may speak, act and look differently than you. It means you understand that not everyone will think and believe in things like you do and that is okay. An open-minded person will listen and try to understand others. Remember, as a PYP family of learners, it is important that we choose actions to show we are open-minded people.

Each new day we are faced with challenges and new opportunities. There are times a challenge can seem small and easy to overcome. Other times, they can feel as though it is an impossible task. Please understand no matter how easy or difficult the challenge is before you, we are here to support you!.

Stay curious!
Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Monday Morning Message

Good morning scholars,

Welcome back to school.  I hope you had a wonderful break and were able to spend time with family and friends. It is important to stay balanced and take care of your body, mind, and soul!

It is time to open your minds and hearts to another day of learning.    As a PYP student, we expect you to take a personal responsibility for your education and time management. We would like you to try doing this by filling in the sentence below either independently or with your class:

“Today I want to improve ….. because….  I plan to do this by ….”

There have been a few times that I have asked questions in my message and students have written  responses on the blog.  We love when this happens as it shows your communication skills and commitment to learning.  Hopefully, we will be able to hear about what you or your class is  wanting to improve.

Stay curious!
Ms. Becky