Dear Granada Family,
Assalāmu ‘Alaykum! There was a time in man’s history that when the term “winter is coming” was uttered, it brought forth an ominous message. Millennia ago, and depending if man made his home in the more colder ecological systems, that term was used in a rhetorical manner and the message was clear: prepare. The great stoic philosopher Seneca said, “It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress. . . if you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes.” I know this post sounds a bit serious, but the consequences of not following this advice can be dire.
As Californians we all know that we live in earthquake “country.” With multiple fault lines that run up and down the coast and not to mention the subduction faults that run throughout the Northwest, for decades our scientists have warned us about the perils that California faces due to the tectonic plate activity underneath our very feet. That is why last week, California practiced The Great California Shakeout.. This was an exercise in preparation for what they call “the big one” -- an eventuality that is bound to happen any day now.
Given that 2020 has been a year of unprecedented events, this timely exercise is meant to both remind and prepare Californians for disaster. If we prepare ourselves and our homes for such events, we will be able to withstand the aftermath and take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Therefore this week, Granada teachers will be reminding students how to prepare for the big one. This Thursday, homeroom teachers will run an exercise to help prepare our students. They will also be reminding students to ensure that homes have enough supplies to weather the time after a possible quake where medical and food services will be limited. Regardless of the reminders and exercises in safety our teachers will run with our students, please take the time this week to look at the link above that talks about how we can all be prepared for an earthquake of magnanimous proportions that can take place any time.
Next Week @ GIS:
PTSO Read-a-Thon is in its second week so remind your children to keep on reading and collecting donations.
Thursday is Earthquake preparedness day where homeroom teachers will be running earthquake preparedness activities.
This entire week is Social Circles Week for grades PK-4. Please look at my previous email for pertinent information and times.
Book Recommendation: The Lessons of History by William and Ariel Durant.
It is my opinion that William Durant was one of the most renowned historians of the 20th century, and this book summarizes one of his most seminal works: The Story of Civilization. If we are to prepare for a better future, we better know our past, and this work by Mr. and Mrs. Durant is a read you will find inundated with the timeless wisdom of the author whose insight transcends time and space.
Contemplative Quote: Please see Seneca’s quote about preparation in the first paragraph of this blog post.
It is clear that “luck” favors the prepared. Whether that be on tests, journeys, or even in games of sport, preparation is the proverbial key to success.