Sep 16

Dear Sibylla Kiddle School Families,

Beloved Canadian author, Peter H. Reynolds, is an incredible word artist. He is immensely talented at telling stories which touch on human experience and emotion. His stories contain child like simplicity and yet they are rife with depth for all readers, regardless of age. If you have never read Reynolds work, it is time for a trip to your local library or book store. Books like Ish, Happy Dreamer and The Word Collector are all great places to start.

His book, The Dot, is among his most famous pieces of writing. It is so popular that it has even inspired a worldwide movement celebrating International D​​ot Day. In a nutshell, the story follows a teacher who supports a student filled with self-doubt. The teacher encourages the student to “make her mark” by starting with a simple dot. Without spoiling the book, you can imagine this little girl goes on to see what an incredible difference a dot can make in the world of art, the lives of others and in her own self-confidence.

A number of our classes participated in Dot Day activities this past week. It was yet another way for our teachers to foster belonging within the classroom by celebrating student’s strengths and individuality. As a parent, you know your child’s strengths better than anyone. How have you celebrated your child’s dot? I hope you take time to point out your child’s dot to them and to  let them see what an incredible mark they can make on our world.

Brad Emery


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