News and Notes from Principal Goetz

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Principal Tammy Goetz

January 30, 2015

Dear Seward Families:

Thanks to the Seward PTA and Middle School Parent Group for inviting Erin Walsh to speak to us about social media and brain development.

Shortly after her presentation, I read this: The 2014 “State of the Kid” by Highlights magazine surveyed 1,500 children ages 6 to 12. Of those surveyed, 62 percent said they felt their parents were often focused on other things when the child tried to talk to them. Most of those children said the main source of distraction was that electronic device many of us can’t live without.

This reminded me that our kids absolutely want us to connect with them and that they notice our use of electronic devices. As adults, we wonder how to limit “screen” time; perhaps we need to consider our own habits.

In addition to funding Erin’s presentation, our PTA also helps pay for many of the wonderful field trips our students take. This week, Seward students attended the Children’s Theatre and our 6th, 7th and 8th graders went tubing and skiing. Next week, students will go to the Art Institute and Ordway. The teachers and I agree we are fortunate to provide our students off-campus learning and community-building opportunities. One reason we can take these trips is because of the generous donations you make to The Seward Sustainer Program. If you are interested in giving money to Seward, one time or on a monthly basis, go to https://givemn.org/project/ Seward-Sustainer-Program.

Don’t forget February is I Love to Read Month! Students will participate in the Read-Around throughout the month and we will have our annual book fair on Friday, February 6th at 5:30 p.m. It’s a great Seward learning community event. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Tammy Goetz
Seward Principa