Pomona Elementary

A Note from the Principal

A Note from the Principal
Posted on 01/08/2020

A Note from Principal Pfaffendorf

Dear Pomona Families,

Welcome back to a fresh, new year and decade!

With a new year and decade come new goals and resolutions. Recently, I was talking to a friend about New Years, and how it brings the energy and excitement around the opportunity for self-improvement. It really got me thinking, and of course I connected it to my own goals and how I want to improve as a principal. My point is that it is a great time to challenge ourselves around self-improvement and have some fun modeling it with your children.

This is a great time to talk with your children about the school year and personal goal setting. Have your child take a look at how her/his school year is going and set some meaningful goals for the year or for the weeks. Write them down or post them on the refrigerator. Revisit them daily or weekly and have fun with tracking the data. Celebrate the victories and the productive struggles often! If the goals dwindle, ask yourself, “Why” and hit the reset button or set a more meaningful goal.

Setting goals is the first step toward a happier and more successful year. As we adults model this problem-solving strategy and work together, we set the stage for children to develop life-long skills necessary for success. The younger we teach children to actively set personal goals and use problem solving strategies, the better they will be able to handle life’s big hurdles.

Powerful Reasons why Goal Setting is important
1. Goals give you focus
2. Goals allow you to measure progress
3. Goals keep you locked in and undistracted
4. Goals help you overcome procrastination
5. Goals give you motivation


Bil Pfaffendorf

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