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A Note About Today: Synapse Values

Nov 09, 2016
Adnan Iftekhar

Parents,

Many of you contacted me today to express your concerns about your child’s emotions. I was told that some children were in tears when they found out the election news, others were frightened, a few angry, and others worried. It seems this election season has taken a toll on all of us.

I spent the morning passing through classrooms, checking in with teachers, observing kids, and even took the opportunity to play basketball with a group at lunch. I wanted to be sure I was getting a true sense of how the kids were feeling. I can honestly say, as a whole, they did a great job navigating their emotions and staying focused on the present. I wish I could say I did as good a job today.

After many conversations with staff and even some of you, I revisited a list of Synapse values that I put together with the help of our teachers this past June. I shared it with them and thought I should share it with you too. They are collected and are grouped in four areas:

1.   Love, laugh, play
Humor
Creativity
Risk taking
Collaboration
Reflecting
Shared language
Play
Life long learners
Being social
Kindness
Building relationships

2.  Give the benefit of the doubt
Empathy
Communication/support
Willingness to help each other
Believing we are each doing the best we can
Friendships with colleagues
Support for the growing families of faculty
Inclusive
Being non-judgemental

3.   Keep your word
Integrity
Hold students as our highest priority
Stay on same page
Be a role model

4.  Maximize our collective DNA
Everyone is “all in”
Saying Yes
Raise our common expectations
Growth mindset
Iterate
Make mistakes
Flexibility

I want all of us to focus on our values at Synapse, because we are a relational community and values drive all that we do. I hope you share these with your family, have a discussion about what they mean, and let your kids know they are safe, both at home and at Synapse.

Warmly,
Jim

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