Lower Lab Values Patience
Book of the Month for December 2017
The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables
It is believed that the expression “patience is a virtue” began very far back to a poem written in the late 1300s. A virtue, quite similar to a value, is something good that creates more good. Being patient, or having the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed, angry or anxious, is definitely something we can value, something that is good. Patience has also been defined as the ability to continue doing something despite difficulties. This is not always easy for adults, and more often than not, it is not easy for children.
Our wonderful Lower Lab chess players are presently in Florida competing at the 2017 National Championships.
Let’s send out a giant good wish for their success!
Go Lower Lab!!!
Sandra G. Miller
Last night I was extremely honored to accept a Blackboard Award on behalf of our school. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and productive collaboration that happens every day at Lower Lab. We are indeed an OUTSTANDING SCHOOL! Congratulations to the fantastic staff, dedicated parents and magnificent students of the Lower Lab School.
Extra thanks to our parents who arranged a delicious celebratory lunch for the staff today.
SHHHH! Don’t tell the children yet, but a little heads up for clothes for the assembly this Friday morning on tolerance – THINK PINK
A beneficiary of the Meals-on-Wheels program sent a beautiful thank-you note to me. She praised our “delightful group of children” who delivered her meal and lifted her spirits. To all those involved in this wonderful effort, my thanks goes to you as well.
Sandra G. Miller
The Lower Lab School, P.S. 77
1700 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Book of the Month for November 2017
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
The Cambridge English dictionary defines Tolerance as the willingness to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own, even if you disagree with or disapprove of them. In the scheme of things and certainly for the world today, what could be more important than having the ability to “tolerate” that which one does not like? This is not always easy for adults, and more often than not, it is not easy for children.
So we are very fortunate that Dr. Seuss created “The Sneetches.” This book, which appears to be a typical, adorably illustrated, rhyming Dr. Seuss book, is one of the most recommended artifacts of children’s literature for the teaching of tolerance. It also provides access to this topic for even young students.
This book introduces its readers to a race of odd yellow birds who live on a beach. Some have stars on their bellies. They are the popular Sneetches, while those without stars on their bellies are deemed less fortunate, neglected and are treated poorly. The plain-bellied Sneetches then have opportunity to get stars on their bellies, but soon after, the star-bellied Sneetches have their stars removed. This goes back and forth for a bit until all of the Sneetches realize that they are equal, with none better than another, and the stars do not matter at all.
While the book experience feels familiar Seuss, it gives us the opportunity to discuss a serious topic in a safe way. It can address race, equity, diversity and discrimination, and it can also more simply address how one can act when they don’t like something about someone else, or just someone who is different.
Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:
- Were the Sneetches with stars better than the Sneetches without stars? What made the star-bellied sneetches think so? What made the plain-bellied sneetches think so?
- Have you ever felt like a star-bellied Sneetch? What made you feel that way?
- Have you ever felt like a plain-bellied Sneetch? What made you feel that way?
- What kinds of things make people feel different from one another?
- Is it better to be different or the same?
- What if everyone looked the same?
- What if everyone acted the same?
- Is it sometimes ok to pick or not pick someone based on certain characteristics? Why? Or why not?
Seuss intended the Sneetches” as a satire of discrimination between races and cultures, specifically inspired by his opposition to antisemitism.
Some very exciting news: Thanks to nominations from the school community (parents, students, faculty & staff, alums, etc)—Lower Lab School has been selected as a school of excellence to receive a 2017 Blackboard Award!
Your very proud Principal
Dear Lower Lab Families,
Just wanted to share a few highlights of my day, which included two wonderful publishing parties in the first grade classes, well attended by parents and even a few grandparents. The writing was amazing!
Early morning, made lovely by some third graders who could not wait to play music on their recorders.
Afterschool coding class with Mr. Goodman engaged a large group of our younger students.