Athletic Boosters has had a busy January! Our youth bas- ketball tournament was a success. Thank you to all our volunteers for your help...we appreciate it! Congratulations to our winter sports programs on their success so far! We are proud of them all. Keep up the good work. The booster club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria. We would love to see you there. Le Mars Community School District will accept applica- tions for preschool starting Thursday, March 1, 2018. Ap- plications can be found on the school website www.lemarscsd.org or in the office at Clark Elementary School. The completed application must be postmarked, dropped off, or e-mailed by Friday, April 6, 2018. Enroll- ment is open to 4-year old children in the community with the goal of having a well-rounded diverse group of children that is representative of the population of Le Mars. Chil- dren must turn 4 by September 15 to be eligible. Selection of children will be held during the week of April 9 and parents will be notified about the selection of their child sometime during the week of April 16. Selection will be based on a random selection process. The Le Mars School District reserves the right to enroll children based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, special needs, and member of low-income families for the purposes of high-quality pre- school experiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patti Kruger at 546-8121, 546-4185, or Patti.Kruger@lemarscsd.org . Please return the completed application postmarked, or e-mailed by Friday, April 6, 2018. To: Patti Kruger, Clark Elementary, 201 2nd Ave NW, Le Mars, IA 51031 Athletic Booster Stuff One area of interest for many of our elementary teachers has been the impact of a student’s mindset and how it affects their learning. Mindset is how we view our ability to learn and grow--not only as a student, but in all areas of our life. Elementary teachers, Vicki Oetken and Katie Majeres, have been working with the students in their classrooms on mindset all year long! Ask your student if they have heard of GROWTH MINDSET! Here is a little information about how someone with a growth mindset views learning. Three things that will help all of us learn and grow, big time: 1. Believing that we CAN learn 2. Understanding how learning works 3. Spending time outside of our comfort zones 1. BELIEVING THAT WE CAN LEARN Science shows that our brain is a learning machine. It has the ca- pacity to learn and get good at just about anything. If it’s something that someone can get better at, it’s a skill. If it’s a skill it’s some- thing that you CAN LEARN – if you do the WORK, period. Be- lieving that you CAN learn is step one – and it’s the essence of growth mindset. 2. UNDERSTANDING HOW LEARNING WORKS We are built to learn from struggle, challenges, and mistakes – this is difficult for elementary kids at times, but it is where the most learning happens. Good learners are up for a struggle because they know that’s where growth comes from. Fixed mindset learners resist and avoid the struggle. 3. SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE OF OUR COMFORT ZONES This is where the magic happens. The more time students spend in this zone, the more they’ll grow. When we believe that we can learn and understand the value of the challenges and struggles we face outside of our comfort zone, it is way more likely for learning to explode. Encourage your student to try something new that they have never done before! When they are learning something new or different (long division for example), remind them that being out of their comfort zone is when LEARNING REALLY HAPPENS! If you have questions or want to learn more about growth mindset, please contact your elementary counselor or your child’s teacher. We would love to share how we believe ALL students can learn at high levels with a growth mindset! Elementary Counselors: Kari Kopperud and Wendy Weaver CHECK OUT www.trainugly.com for more of this article and oth- er information about MINDSET!