I wanted to let you know of a situation that my daughter handled at school this week. She was having an issue with a classmate over a library book (the student accused her of taking it out of the school library without permission, when it had come from Helen Plum.) The teacher handled the situation, but a few hours later as they were packing up to leave for the day, the other student put her hands around my daughter's neck from behind and squeezed, telling her "don't you do that to me again." She assertively told her to stop, then went to tell the teacher. By the time she was able to discuss it, the bell had rang and the kids had been dismissed from school. Her teacher was upset about it, and promised to discuss it with the other girl the next day.
My daughter asked me after school if she could be involved in the discussion with the teacher and the other girl, to share her feelings and see why the girl did what she did. I told her that would be fine, and the teacher was open to that as well. The following day, my daughter confidently discussed the situation with her teacher and her classmate, explaining that she didn't want her to act in a physical manner again, and described 2 other situations where she had been the target of an aggressive peer and how it made her feel. The classmate apologized, the teacher set forth her expectations, and they moved on.
At curriculum night tonight, her teacher made a point to tell me and my husband that she was very proud of how maturely our daughter handled the situation, how confidently she expressed herself, and how impressed she was that my daughter wanted to be part of the solution vs just "telling" on the student. While most of this was my daughter and her personality, I know a huge portion of her confidence and her ability to problem solve comes from martial arts. I told the teacher that, and she was unfamiliar with the program (maybe a topic for another day!) but was thrilled that something like this exists.
So... that's my roundabout way of saying THANK YOU for helping instill confidence and leadership abilities in my child(ren). I was proud of her for taking such initiative to be part of a difficult discussion, and in her ability to handle it in such a way that she was undeterred to go back to the same class as the other student. I know all of your instrcutors have played a role in what type of person she has become, and that role is invaluable.