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Westchester Today October 2018

In short, we should be different here. When visiting fans leave our campus after a game, they should leave impressed by how different our fans are from other fans and how different our student-athletes are from those at other schools. Most importantly, we should stand apart from the larger, less positive cultural realities surrounding athletics so that we can teach our children what it looks like and sounds like when adults live out with intention the values that we as a school family hold dear.

Recently, I saw a wonderful manifestation of our school family’s deep commitment to this goal and to the work we undertake to build one another up in positive ways. A resourceful parent, in a generous effort to help remind all of us of the need to be self-conscious and intentional as we cheered for our team, brought a box of Blow Pops to the game and shared them with all of us parents as a means to remind us all to think about what we say before we say it. We even began to redirect our frustrations in more healthy ways, calling for additional Blow Pops to be

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I have come to understand, both as an educator and as a parent, that children learn far, far more from watching what we do than from listening to what we tell them to do. As adult role models, the choices that we make inevitably will become powerful lessons for them, for good or for ill, about how adults are supposed to behave - how we deal with conflict, address disagreements, confront challenges, and, yes, even how we react to a bad call. Our commitment to constructive, positive, and respectful cheering is more than just the right thing to do; it is a foundational step in our work to teach our children how to live well. Above, Booster Club leaders Avery and Colin Merritt (left), and Emilee and Brack Brigman with a bevy of blow pops at a recent soccer game. Below, Booster volunteer Chris Ryker distributes blow pops to the crowd.

passed around in the wake of a challenging moment, or shouting, “That’s a Blow Pop,” if a call didn’t go our way. Coming as this did on the heels of a gentle email reminder from our coach, this effort helped all of us to remember to cheer positively for our team, encourage the opposing players, support the officials, and create the right kind of community in the stands. In short, they helped us to

Congratulations, Mr. Hughes!

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So when the game is on the line and the clock is ticking down, I encourage all of us to be intentional fans this year, filled with passion for our Wildcats, loud and proud in our support for our student-athletes, and always attentive to the work of edification, the building up of our school and of one another.

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Lily Grace Hughes, daughter of John and Amy Born Sept. 11 at 2:43 p.m. 7 lb. 5.5 oz. , 21 inches

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12/15/18

Gift of Giving Holiday Bash in support of Chuck’s Fund

A formal invitation with complete details is coming soon.

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