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Principal's Message

The power of self-discipline

      As we approach the end of the 2017-18 school year, the last 6-7 weeks of school are going to be quite busy for our Palomino students. With state testing, Pali Camp for fifth grade, Open House, Spring book fair, fifth grade variety show, awards assemblies, and kindergarten/fifth grade culminations, the last day of school will be here before we know it.  A sense of excitement will be in the air, which leads me to wonder… How can we keep our Palominos keep focused on their studies while still enjoying the last few weeks of school?  The power of self-discipline comes to mind.

      Self-discipline is important for success throughout life.  How do we help our children learn self-discipline?  If our Palominos have self-discipline, they might:

  • Do what needs to be done.
  • Do the best thing, not necessarily the easiest.
  • Avoid fighting.
  • Complete homework without constant reminders.
  • Look for ways to compliment people, not put them down.
  • Resist being swayed by peers into doing things they shouldn’t.

       If our children don’t seem to show these traits, what can we do to instill them?  Probably the best way is by example.  If we model self-discipline, our children will see it in action.  Much of children’s behavior is learned by observing.  For example, if we have a job or task to do and we have a choice of doing it or watching television and our children see us turn off the television and do the job, that shows self-discipline.  They might not know what you’re doing when you turn off the television or leave the room, so it might help to say it out loud so you know they got it—“I’d love to watch t.v., but I have to finish my report for work.”

       Another way would be to set up goals for our children to achieve. Start with simple ones and gradually build up to more difficult ones.  Everyone feels good when they accomplish what they set out to do.  Be sure to celebrate in some way when those goals are achieved.  

       When we work together—Palomino staff and families—to model self-discipline, our children will learn and become productive, responsible adults in the future.  Here’s to an enlightening and fun-filled Spring!

                                               All the best,

                                               Rachelle Ratner