“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl

At EBS we work to nurture leadership and personal planning skills for the students using the framework of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which is currently being used successfully in schools throughout the world. The habits, as outlined in the book by Stephen Covey, are:

Start with yourself:

  • Be proactive. (You are in charge of your actions) – This habit gets us thinking ahead about what needs to be done without always depending on others for direction.
  • Begin with the end in mind. (Have a plan) – This habit gets us thinking about what we wish to accomplish. It helps us to start making goals and working toward them.
  • Put first things first. (Important things first, then play) – Funny how it’s sometimes easy to spend more time avoiding a task than it takes to just do it! This is a tough habit, but well worth learning at an early age.

Then work and play well with others:

  • Think win-win. (Everyone can win) – Life’s not just about me, or you, it’s about both of us. When we teach our kids to think win-win, they start to approach all situations with a more global perspective.
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (Listen before you talk) – How many times do we approach a difference with someone by thinking, “if they would just let me explain my point of view, they would surely realize that I’m right!” This habit helps to learn empathic listening so that we understand not just what the other person’s ideas are, but also why they are feeling that way.
  • Synergize. (Together is better) – This team-work habit helps us to accomplish more by working together and using each person’s individual strengths to accomplish more than each one of us can alone.

And remember to take care of yourself:

  • Sharpen the saw. (Balance feels best) – Too much of anything – work, reading, time on the computer – makes us feel out of balance. This habit reminds us to refresh our minds, bodies and souls. It helps us to be well-rounded, healthy people.

The habits are infused into our classroom routines and daily interactions on the playground. Goal-setting and independence are built into the culture of the school. They are language and practices that are helping our students develop effective interpersonal and planning skills to become leaders of the future.

“I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.” – Emily Carr

EBS students are encouraged to use fine and performing arts to express themselves and develop a meaningful relationship with the world around them. Students participate in weekly art and music classes and are given the opportunity to learn about the musical world from our very talented and musical staff members.

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At EBS we recognize the power of being able to communicate effectively. We offer the following language programs to support our students in becoming effective communicators. Our program teaches students the full writing process, from note-taking to the creation of an outline, from the rough draft through to revision, editing and the publishing of a final piece. Students learn to read for key ideas, and to organize their thoughts effectively on paper with increasing skill and style as they progress through the program.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

At EBS, we make fitness and health awareness a part of the weekly routines. Twice a week, students take part in physical education classes. In addition to the weekly programs, students take part in 8 sessions of Red Cross swimming lessons in the spring.

“As any 10-year-old can tell you, it’s not just about the book anymore… For educators, this means recognizing all forms of literacy, embracing them as relevant, and, finally, creating meaningful classroom experiences that integrate printed, visual, and technological literacies within disciplines and subjects.” – Johanna Riddle

Incorporating technology in the classroom involves more than simply teaching our students keyboarding skills. It recognizes that technology pervades our daily lives and helps our students to understand their place within the variety of media that bombard them on a daily basis. It is about using the internet wisely, thinking critically about online sources of information and the implications of online communications. It also involves teaching students how to use computers and technology as an effective tool in their daily lives. And it is about continuing to underscore the importance of balance in their lives – of moving away from “virtual reality” and enjoying some “actual reality” in the form of daily physical activity to balance their screen time. Understanding how computers and technology work┬áinvolves problem-solving skills that we incorporate into the EBS curriculum.