Every child is gifted in his or her own way. Some children exhibit academic giftedness, others artistic, or even athletic giftedness. And just as there are endless different types of children there are also endless different educational needs that they have. While public education makes sense for a lot of families, private education offers more flexibility in meeting the needs of all of the differently gifted students in a single classroom.
We all know how naturally curious children are. That curiosity is an instinct that can and should be developed into a critical skill, despite how tiresome it can be as a parent.
Of the many parenting tips that make a difference to families, we love the idea of limiting gifts by using this little poem: “Something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read.” This is the time of the year when all of the commercials on television seem to be geared toward children, convincing them they need each new toy and gadget on the market.
Recently, we took St. Barnabas’ 4th through 8th grade students on a field trip to see the movie, Wonder. Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare condition which causes facial deformities. Due to his condition, Auggie was homeschooled until the fifth grade at which point he and his family decided he would gain from the benefits of a traditional education. He and his classmates had to learn how to navigate being different. His classmates learned how to have compassion for those who have differences.
St. Barnabas is one of the few 1:1 Chromebook schools in Central Florida. We believe the integration of modern technology into the classroom enhances the learning environment for our students. Though technology is not our only platform for facilitating teaching, it is definitely beneficial to our students.
Setting achievable benchmarks, are important to meeting goals. This year we have set annual fund goals for each of our major donor groups: Board of Trustees, Community Partners, Faculty/Staff, Families, Grandparents, and “others.” We believe all of these goals are achievable, and even possible to exceed!