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From the Principal 

This month we are focusing on Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood.

Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood means I will listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I will try to see things from their viewpoint (paradigm). I will listen to others without interrupting. I will listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
Expect your child to use words and phrases like listening first, listening with your ears, eyes, and heart, and seeking first to understand in their conversations this week. You can encourage your child by using some of this language at home. You may have an opportunity to share your feelings with your child

For more information on our school improvement efforts, see our May Newsletter at this link.

Mission: The Isaac Monfort community is dedicated to providing the essential skills necessary to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring children who will become contributing members, and future leaders, of a global society.

Theme: May The Force Be With You

Monfort students will strive to be:

  • Inquirers: Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
  • Communicators: They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
  • Risk Takers: They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
  • Knowledgeable: They have spent time in school exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
  • Principled: They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
  • Caring: They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
  • Open-minded: They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and they are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

February includes the birthdays of many famous people. Plan some fun activities
to help your child learn about these heroes, writers, inventors, scientists and artists:

 February 4—Rosa Parks. Learn more about this heroine of America’s civil rights movement.
 February 8—Jules Verne. Read one of his science fiction stories with your child.
 February 11—Thomas Edison. Ask your child what he would like to invent.
 February 12—Abraham Lincoln. Challenge your child to memorize the Gettysburg Address.
 February 19—Nicolaus Copernicus. Take a walk together and look at the stars.
 February 22—George Washington. Ask your child what she would do if she were president of the United States.
 February 25—Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Check out a book with reproductions of his paintings. Ask your child to paint one of her own.

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link