Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. - Jesse Jackson
Fifth grader, John Gerlach, poses with his Noisi Pillo invention on display at the Connecticut Science Center!
Happy Veterans Day
We were fortunate to be able to welcome so many veterans today. Students and staff listened to stories and asked questions of the men and women who have served our country. Thank you to all who took their time to visit us at Windermere and most importantly, thank you for your service!
Students and teachers paraded down the hallways this afternoon to show off their costumes. The staff enjoyed watching and waving as everyone marched by!
Our New Buddy Bench
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu
A few years ago, a second grader in York, Pennsylvania initiated a unique idea after his father showed him a photo of a bench placed by a German school on their playground specifically so that lonely or shy children could be offered friendship.
Christian Buck wanted to put such a bench at his school, Roundtown Elementary, and the principal agreed. In the years since that one bench was put outside to foster relationship-building, others like it have popped up at schools across the country.
More than 200 schools around the world have since installed ‘Buddy Benches’ — both across the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Italy and Canada, according to Christian’s family, which has kept track of the growth, says the York Daily Record.
Windermere School is proud to boast a Buddy Bench, new to our playground this school year. We hope that students who seek friendship from others or just need a kind word or gesture will utilize the buddy bench and know that the kindness and graciousness of our Windermere students will invariably emerge.
Special thanks goes out to our PBIS Team and especially to the Vargas and Ms. Warriner for their artistic work in making this happen!