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Play Day!

February 01, 2019
By Dr. Troy P. Roddy
February 1, 2019
I remember a professor in graduate school telling me that even though the readings and lessons were important, nothing can possibly prepare school leaders like on the job training. I have reflected on that advice quite a bit over the past few days. What I believe he was saying was that the most important and impactful ways to support a school are more determined by being emotionally intelligent and having a clear sense of purpose than having a recipe from which to depend. In other words, there are times when people needs are better served by more “art” than “science” - being present, respectful, and genuine than adhering to “a script.”
This is the emotional labor we do at Holy Trinity. There are times when following through on our promise to model The Titan Way (Respect, Compassion, and Integrity) is hard. It should be. If it was easy, everyone would do it at every school, but that is simply not the case. Are we perfect? No. However, we are committed to this path and learn from each experience in order to do our best each day and visualize what the next better version of our work may be.
Part of that vision is that we can be more playful in our approach to learning. So, we are going to play...for a whole day….on Wednesday, February 6.
February 6 is Global School Play Day and Holy Trinity is registered to participate, along with hundreds of thousands of students around the world, in taking a day to simply allow students to play. Play is a powerful way for children to learn social skills, exercise creativity, engage imagination, and explore interests.
On February 6, students (all grades) can bring a toy(s) from home to use and share. We will have playtime both inside and outside (weather permitting). Here are a few other procedures we will follow:
  • Depending on the grade, teachers may have different means of facilitating the day. Please be aware of any messages your child’s teacher may send home to help make this day awesome.
  • No electronics. This is a day without screen time for play. Do not bring game systems or similar items as your toy.
  • Write your name on your items.
  • If you bring it, be prepared to share it.
  • Child friendly board games and puzzles are great. Feel free to bring those.
  • Delicate toys or toys that may break easily are discouraged.
This is going to be a great day, so be on the lookout for updates. For more information about the Global School Play Day, please visit their website.
As always, thank you very much for your continued support of Holy Trinity Episcopal School.
It’s great to be a Titan,