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From the Desk of Kayla Brown

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! It is hard to believe that we are moving towards the end of yet another school year. Looking back, there are so many things that occurred this year that I am incredibly grateful for.

One of those things is the amazing group of people who met with me to discuss the book, We’re All Freaking Out (And Why We Don’t Need To). Those conversations will be ones that I remember and go back to whenever worries or anxiety appear in my life or in the lives of the people I love. I will say, just one more time, that even if you were not able to join the book discussion, I encourage you to read this book. Learning and reading about anxiety through a faith lens was life changing for me and I hope can be for others.

I would like to offer one more book discussion for this school year. Thrivers – The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, by Michele Borba, is a book that I am very excited to read. The description captured my interest immediately.

Dr. Borba discovered that the difference comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character strengths that set Thrivers apart – confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism.

My favorite, Dr. Lisa Damour, had this to say about the book:

Dr. Michele Borba combines her deep understanding of children with decades of research to offer the wise, practical, guidance that parents urgently need today. Thrivers lays out clear, actionable, age-by-age steps for raising children of character. In doing so, this timely and important book focuses our attention where it truly belongs; on who – not what – our children become.

I wanted to give everyone time to purchase and read the book in its entirety, so we will meet virtually on Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this book. If you would like to join this discussion, please do the following:

  1. Purchase the book here.
  2. Sign-up here.
  3. If you sign-up, I will send you a Team Meeting Link that we will use to meet on Monday night, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.

I can’t wait to read the book and discuss with you!


Kayla Brown
Dean of Students