GMS August Newsletter

We have had a great first week at GMS and love that, once again, our hallways & classrooms are filled with laughter and learning!

Middle school can be some tough years for many (including us parents!). We have an amazing, dedicated group of staff who get this and are here to support your students through this time of wonderful and at times heart-breaking moments. As parents we go through the daily tug-of-war where we are pushing our students to be more independent and to advocate for themselves and then pulling them back in to provide more support and structure when needed.

While it’s often hard, because our natural instinct is to save and protect our kids, middle school is a great time to struggle. That may sound harsh and uncaring, but allowing our kids to fail is sometimes the most loving thing we can do. Allowing these struggles builds resilience, problem-solving skills, and confidence when there is guiding support behind them. Some may have read this story from my email last year, but as a parent myself I always find reading this again reminds me of the importance of my role as a parent and the lessons that can be learned from struggle.

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole.

The moth seemed to be stuck and appeared to have stopped making progress. It seemed as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. The man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth; so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But its body was swollen and small, its wings wrinkled and shriveled. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to and able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a small, swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. The man in his kindness and haste did not understand that the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was necessary to force fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight upon achieving its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets, and don't forget the power in the struggle.

Coming up at GMS in AUGUST!

*Listed below are home sporting events and school events. Please check out the full athletic calendar at glenwoodtitans.org

8/21/19 - Softball (RED) - 4:30

8/22/19 - Baseball (WHITE) - 4:30

8/23/19 - Softball DH - 4:30

8/24/19 - 7th Grade Football - 10:00

8/24/19 - 8th Grade Football - 12:00

8/26/19 - Baseball (RED) - 4:30

8/27/19 - Baseball (RED) - 4:30

8/29/19 - Baseball (WHITE) - 4:30

8/30/19 - Softball (RED) - 4:30

8/31/19 - Softball (RED) - 10:00

8/31/19 - Softball (WHITE) - 11:30