Cultivating Perseverance in Your Child

Cultivating Perseverance in Your Child Most parents want the very best for their children and work hard to ensure their success in school and in life.  Recent research at the University of Pennsylvania conducted by Dr. Angela Duckworth indicates that a critical factor influencing success is the characteristic of “grit”.   Duckworth and her colleagues define grit as perseverance and passion for long term goals despite obstacles.  View Dr. Duckworth’s inspiring Ted Talk on Grit below: How can we help our children become more “gritty” and persevere in reaching their goals despite frustrations, set-backs and obstacles?  Here are a few recommendations: Model grit and perseverance. Discuss times when you have had to push through difficulties to reach your goals.  Describe how it felt. Use a positive approach. It’s normal to expect setbacks, mistakes, frustrations or wanting to quit.  “Mistakes are how we learn. ... Continue reading Cultivating Perseverance in Your Child

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR “Happy Camper” February 23 – March 2

The Book Fair is right around the corner and WE NEED YOU! Use this link to sign up!   Hours will be: Wednesday, February 22 – 10:00 – 12:00 (set up only, no sales) Thursday, February 23 – 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Friday, February 24 – 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday, February 27 – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Tuesday, February 28 – 8:00 am – 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 1, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Thursday, March 2, 8:00 am – 7:30 pm   Besides having a FUN time helping make the book fair a success, all volunteers will receive a coupon for $6 towards any book purchase! Sign up early to get a shift that works for you!   Do you enjoy helping at the book fair? I am looking for 1-2 parents who would be interested in much co-chairing these fairs in the future. It is NOT a complicated process and does not require an immense amount of time. Multiple people could work together to make it a very fun... Continue reading SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR “Happy Camper” February 23 – March 2

Donuts with a Special Person

Watch for fliers coming home next week which will be inviting students to “Have a Donut with Someone Special.” This morning event will run from 7:45 am to 8:30 am on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th. Students are invited to bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or any other special caregiver to share in donuts and juice before school. This event will kick-off our spring book fair and celebrate all the star readers we have at Chanhassen Elementary.   We do need volunteers to make this event a success! Please use this link to sign up for times on that Thursday or Friday. It would be a great opportunity for working parents to grab an early shift before work. Contact Deb Pladsen at with any... Continue reading Donuts with a Special Person


What does the I Love to Read/Read-a-Thon look like this year? We have changed things up this year but also kept some things the same.  This year our theme for the month is Star Wars, May the Reading Force Be With You.  For February I Love to Read, we will have opportunities throughout the month for the students to enhance and encourage their love of reading.  The Read-a-Thon will take place on February 14th.   What activities are scheduled for February I Love to Read Month? Here are a few of the things we have scheduled for the month.  We will still have the calendar the students can do at home to earn the ice cream social in March.  We will continue to do the ever popular Battle of the Books so the students can vote each week on their favorite books.  Throughout the whole month, students can earn a Caught Reading (Jedi Master Reader) ticket for a chance to earn prizes.  Teachers will decorate their doors with their favorite book and as part of wrapping up the all the festivities at... Continue reading Chanhassen Star(s) Wars Read-a-Thon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT I LOVE TO READ/READ-A-THON

Office Max

Office Max in Chanhassen has a Give Back to Schools program.  At checkout, provide our school id: 70053568 and Chanhassen Elementary will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies. Continue reading Office Max

Middle School Parent Preview Night

Calling all 5th grade families – It’s time to get ready for the 2017-18 school year! Save the date for Parent Preview Night at your middle school. Meet our wonderful staff and get answers to your questions. Chaska Middle School West: Thurs., Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.       952-556-7400 Pioneer Ridge Middle School: Thurs., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.       952-556-7800 Chaska Middle School East: Thurs., Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.       952-556-7600 We look forward to welcoming your student this fall!... Continue reading Middle School Parent Preview Night

Candy Grams!

The 4th graders are excited to begin their service learning project. On February 8th and 9th your student will have the chance to buy a candy gram (a small piece of candy with a special message attached) for a friend, family member or teacher during the lunch hours. Each candy gram will cost $0.25, and students can also buy one for their whole class for $5.00. They will be delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day. The 4th graders are thrilled to raise money and donate it to a charitable organization of their choice. Thanks for all of your support! -Mrs. Lannon and Ms.... Continue reading Candy Grams!


IS A WORRY, WORRYING YOUR CHILD? Childhood isn’t as easy or carefree as it once was.  The pressures and worries of modern life that affect adults are also impacting kids.  Most children go through phases of fear and worry.  Some of the most common fears during childhood are:  fear of the dark, spiders, thunderstorms and scary movies etc.  Most of the time children outgrow and overcome these fears with understanding, reassurance and information. Unfortunately, however an increasing number of children are experiencing persistent fears and worries that interfere with family, friendships, school, sports and other interests. One in eight children suffers from some type of anxiety disorder.   On-going worry and fear doesn’t typically go away by itself, but it is HIGHLY treatable and kids can learn strategies to help them face their persistent worries and take control of them. These red flags should help you to determine if your child’s worries are a problem or a temporary phase.... Continue reading IS A WORRY, WORRYING YOUR CHILD?

#Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues

#Stigma180 is the name of an anti-stigma campaign that runs January through April 2017.  The campaign is aimed at reversing — “doing a 180” — about the stigma surrounding mental health.  You’ll see the hashtag #Stigma180 used to tie different elements of the campaign together across social media, buildings, and school and community events. The campaign was created by specialized services staff with  the following goals in mind: to provide accurate information and resources about mental health to increase awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness to mental health in our schools and community to engage members of the district and community in a dialogue and conversation about mental well- being and overall health. Questions? Contact ECCS Family School Coordinators: Samantha Lundgren ( or Eric Dean (  Follow @Stigma180 on Twitter for updates. Join us for one of the 10 presentations in the... Continue reading #Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues