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Dear East Rochester Elementary Faculty, Staff and Families,

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  This is the last full week of our Leadership Lou announcements on student leadership strategies. However, the development of leadership skills is a daily focus in our classrooms that lasts throughout the year. Below are some ideas of how to incorporate leadership development at home. (Resource: Penn State Leadership and Children website.)

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

  • Model leadership behavior to children. Children learn from seeing what others do. Tell the child what you are doing and why you are doing it.
  • Teach children how to see things from another’s point of view. Good communication is a key component to being an effective leader. Teach children how to listen carefully and how to respond to others in a calm and respectful way.
  • Help children build self-confidence. Give children opportunities to do a good job and offer praise when appropriate. You might say, “I am so proud of you that you volunteered to be the leader of the ‘toy clean up’ team in your classroom. It is a big job to make sure all your classmates are doing their part.”
  • Find ways to create problem solving situations. Children can learn how to solve their own problems. Allow children to start making small decisions such as which activity they want to participate in and then give them more opportunities to make decisions as they learn the concepts of responsibility and consequences of making a decision.
  • Encourage children to pursue things that interest them. They may develop a passion for it and feel comfortable and later take on a leadership role.
  • Look for leadership opportunities for children. Leadership opportunities may be found in your church, community, or a club/activity. Children can also take a leadership role in a family event.

Highlighted below in "Celebrations" is our wonderful Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. UPK focuses on preparing children for Kindergarten in all developmental areas - physical, behavioral, social/emotional, and academic. Believe it or not, it is already time for families to start thinking about registering their children for UPK and K. (Yes, you still need to register for K even if you are a current UPK family.) Michele Griffith ( is our new Registrar and will soon send registration packets to families with UPK/K eligible children. If you know of a family with young children that are not yet students in our school, please share this communication with them. Thank you so much for helping us to reach all of our community's children!

We really appreciate your partnership in helping to keep our school safe and healthy. Please continue to monitor your child daily for any signs of illness. We appreciate everyone doing their part. TOGETHER, WE ARE E.R. STRONG.

With gratitude, 
Marisa Capuano (Philp)
Elementary Principal