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Mrs.  Kim  Friesen
K-8 Elementary Principal/HS Language Arts
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Principal's Corner


People are clearly social emotional beings.  This is true for adults, teens, and younger ones.  I have noticed that some of our students at MLC have a difficult time naming and expressing their feelings.  It is important to become self-aware when it comes to our emotional state. It is healthy for the person and for their relationships to be self-aware regarding their feelings.  


I am including a Feelings Chart with this article for you to use as a tool to help you navigate those emotional waters with your child(ren).  (These are available in our classrooms to help children express themselves verbally.)


When I use it, I might say:

    I noticed that you weren’t very smiley today and you usually are smiley.  Would you like to share with me how you are feeling?  

I would have the feelings chart available for the child. If they struggle to put their feelings into words, I would then say:  

   Look at the chart and show me how you are feeling.

Then I would ask them:  

   Can you use your words to tell me?

If they can, great!  If not, I would help them formulate a response.


This can get a conversation started and give the child an opportunity to put a voice to his/her feelings.  This type of exchange helps the child understand, without judgement, that what they are feeling is real and help them explore what is causing that feeling.


Emotions are real, and having healthy ways to express them promotes good social emotional health.    I hope this visual chart is a helpful addition to your parenting toolbox.




That’s a question that could cause much discussion these days.  Our lives are more socially connected than ever before with texting, emailing, snap chatting, etc.  In each of our social settings, courtesy is still expected and appreciated, yet it may look different in each setting.  


We need to reflect on our own level of courtesy in each situation we encounter and develop good habits of courtesy.  


As I walk the halls of MLC, I see a need for our students to learn to speak to adults and peers in more courteous ways. We will be focusing more attention on developing common courtesy during our elementary grades with the hope that our younger students will develop positive social habits and carry those over into their future lives.  


We will be working on:

  • Giving eye contact to people to whom you speak.
  • Saying courteous phrases, such as “Excuse me,”  “May I,” “Thank you,” and “No, thank you.”
  • Greeting others and responding when greeted.
  • Responding when spoken to directly.
  • Seeing opportunities to be helpful.
  • Being kind to others.

Please support our efforts to train up our MLC students in positive and helpful ways. Future employers, spouses, co-workers, and friends will greatly appreciate our early training.  We want to make Common Courtesy truly common at MLC