Archive for November, 2012

Every year Mothers’ Day happens in May, and Fathers’ Day occurs a few weeks later in June. But what about good ole’ Grandma and Grandpa? They look after the kids when parents need a night off, they make sure their grandkids are spoiled and happy, and more often than not they’re the unsung heroes of the extended family. Well, at the Henderson International School the ever-important (and sometimes forgotten) Grandparents Day took place just before the Thanksgiving holiday as a special way to honor the parents of the parents of the school’s talented students!


On Wednesday, November 21, grandparents from far and wide arrived at the school for an early continental breakfast. All grandparents were invited to attend, and the response was tremendous. The meal featured pastries, fruits, assorted yogurts and much more, and was well received by the group.

Following breakfast, attendees were treated to a tour of the school, where they were able to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms, take a look at the massive sports complex and even visit an art exhibit featuring work created by some of the school’s students. This last opportunity featured a variety of creative pieces, and beaming looks from proud grandparents could be seen in every direction. Whether it was an appreciation for budding artists or the admiration of future generations, the positive vibes throughout the crowd were apparent and set the mood for an enjoyable morning.

The event capped off with a musical performance featuring many of the schools’ students. A group of gifted violin players brought beautiful music to the stage, and set the mood for a variety of solo and group performances that followed. Applause rang throughout the building as performances began and ended, and everyone in attendance adamantly demonstrated their appreciation for the hard work this group of young people put into the Grandparents Day performances.


As quickly as it began, noon soon arrived and the event came to a close. As a special treat for Grandparents Day and Thanksgiving, all students were dismissed early for their turkey-loving holiday, and the school slowly emptied of its enthusiastic inhabitants. Overall the event was well received, and paved the way for what was sure to be an enjoyable holiday for all.

Everyone at the Henderson International School sincerely hopes all attendees had a truly memorable time. We can’t wait for next year!

How Does Your Child Learn?

November 20th, 2012

What is your learning style? Do you prefer to learn by listening? Do you need to see something done before you can do it? Maybe you need to be hands on before you can master a skill. The ways people learn is called a learning style, and as a parent it’s important to know your learning style and your child’s too!


There’s auditory learners, who learn best by hearing things. These individuals retain information that they’re told or sometimes need to speak new information out loud. Children who learn like this may need background music to help them study, or they might be distracted by additional noise and can only study in a quiet room.


There’s visual learners, who can read, look at diagrams, or simply see an example and they can pick up a new skill. Kids who learn in this manner will take a lot of information from pictures and charts, but will probably lose interest when someone tries to explain something using only their words.


There’s kinesthetic learners, who learn through action. These learners must go through the motions to retain a new skill, and can often pick things up if they write down notes as they try something new.


As an adult you’ve probably picked up on this already; you take notes in your own way or you have to speak things out loud so they’ll stick. Once you have identified your learning style, try to identify your child’s learning style too! You want to make sure that your child is learning optimally, and identifying how your child learns makes you better prepared to help them be expert learners.


A study by Brown University found that in many cases learning styles are hereditary. If you and your child learn the same way, you’ll be even better prepared to help them excel in school by passing along some tips you learned to be a stellar student!


Start learning about learning styles, and better equip yourself to help your child in all the ways you try to do every day. And don’t worry if you struggle at first trying to get used to different learning styles; it is a learning process after all!




Dear Henderson International Community,

This year our school has been working diligently through Terracycle collecting recycled chip bags, lunchables, and juice pouches during our lunch periods.  We have been very successful with the collections and we’re in the process of using the points we have earned to help those in need around the world.
We would like to invite you to join us in a “Paired Shoe Brigade”.  Through Terracycle we will be collecting pairs of used shoes for recycle.  Please see the guidelines listed below when sending in pairs of shoes.


Paired Shoe Brigade Information

When:  November 14- 21
Where:  Henderson International School
Goal:  100 pairs!
·         Paired Shoe Brigade accepted waste: pairs of women’s, men’s, and children’s shoes, which may include athletic sneakers, cleats, flats, high heels, dress shoes, boots, and fashion or casual sneakers.

·         The Paired Shoe Brigade does NOT accept: ski boots, roller skates, roller blades, ice skates, completely broken or ruined footwear, single shoes, rubber flip flops, sandals, or slippers

Why:  Each pair of collected shoes equals points which can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts.

Contact with any questions.

Tara Lynn-Perez, math teacher at The Henderson International School, is focused on a lot of things. Multiplication tables, long division, fractions – the usual stuff. But what you might not know is Tara’s other passion: to “eliminate the idea of waste.” She’s an avid proponent of a website/program called TerraCycle, an international recycling system for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste, and she’s gotten the kids at her school hooked on the idea!



Here’s how it works…

Local programs, called Brigades, send TerraCycle their waste. TerraCycle then converts the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. The Brigades, then, receive points based on the number of items (waste) that they send in (2 points per item). The organization has more than 20 million people collecting waste in over 20 countries, and TerraCycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used them to create over 1,500 different products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market.

The points can be redeemed to provide meals for hungry Americans, to preserve wildlife land, to give school supplies to homeless children, send money to charities ($.01 per point), and much more!

Lynn-Perez has done a great deal to bring this exciting program to The Henderson International School, and the kids are already getting into it. Each lunch table now has a waste basket, where children can place their lunch waste at the end of their meal, and the kids stay up to date on where and how the points are spent. Already the school has managed to gather 11,000 drink pouches, 3,000 chip bags and 600 plastic lunch containers. That translates to 29,200 points, and the number continues to grow every day!

Children who participate in recycling programs have been found to feel a greater connection to the environment, and every day recycling programs are increasing in commonality. Lynn-Perez’s involvement with TerraCycle has brought a new avenue for her students to get involved with renewable resources, helping these children learn how important their impact on the planet, and the lives of others, truly is.

Be sure to watch the video above to learn even more about TerraCycle, Tara Lynn-Perez’s views on the program and how the students at The Henderson International School are getting involved too!



“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Kindness breeds kindness; we know it, and so far it’s done us all a lot of good. But when it comes to children, that message may not have hit home just yet. As parents it’s important to remember that a child soaks up everything you have to offer, so we decided to find out how children can learn kindness from their parents.

Kindness starts with manners. They learn their manners from adults, so everyone from Mom and Dad to Grandma and Grandpa needs to be on board. Be an example in the home by being a patient role model and teacher. Follow that up by taking your children to kid-friendly places, where they can practice their manners in a more comfortable environment.

After manners comes empathy. Children who are emotionally alert are better equipped to use their manners. suggests putting together flash cards with magazine pictures of people with various emotions, and asking your children to name each emotion. For more fun, you can even give kids hypothetical scenarios, and ask them to pick the flash card that represents how they would feel in that situation.

Finally comes actual kindness, and it starts with those famous “random acts.” Be the example and demonstrate random acts of kindness, like holding doors for people and complimenting great customer service. Then be sure to give your children the opportunity to be kind as well. Maybe their teacher could use a compliment, or they want to be a good friend in their classroom. If you and your child come up with ways they can spread kindness, the habits will stick and they will be on their way to being kind individuals.

Kindness can improve self-esteem for children, which can expand to reach their classroom and whole school. Kindness spreads and it’s clearly a great option for your child, so start getting your kids on board with kindness today!