Learning a Language is Never Wasted on your Children, Even if They Never Become Fluent

There are many benefits of kids learning languages, other than knowing how to speak them fluently. Learning another language helps children to realize that there is more out there other than what we know here.  It helps them to develop an appreciation for the world around them, and cultures other than their own.

Knowing other languages can also help your child be more adaptable in different environments. Hearing other people speaking in different languages won’t affect them in a negative way. Rather it will give them an opportunity to communicate with someone new and build new friendships and relationships.  Even with the basics of a language, your child can communicate with someone new.

Also, you can travel to a foreign country knowing the basics of a language.  You don’t need to be fluent in a language to travel, but it is nice to know a few words to get by.  To immerse yourself in the culture and to be able to understand what is going on around you makes the experience that much better.  

Learning something new is never wasted, no matter what it is.  Kids are naturally intrigued by new things and love to learn. Learning new languages helps children to stay open minded and shows them not to be afraid of the unknown.  

You can support your child’s language learning at home by teaching them what you know and repeating it often.  Also, read to them in another language even if you don’t feel like your accent is perfect. You can also play music or even TV shows in another language.  However you decide to support your child in their language learning, it will be time well spent.


Buena Suerte!

Connie Paniagua

Paper for Water

“…the water I will give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus, John 4:14

How many times a day do YOU use water? Taking a sip from a water fountain, filling up a water bottle, taking a bath, washing your dishes, boiling water to cook mac n’ cheese, washing your clothes, flushing the toilet…and it’s always just a step away! For us, clean water appears at the simple turn of a faucet! If you’re like me, you usually take this simple life-giving source for granted. But that was before I met the “Paper for Water” girls. At the ages of 8 and 5, Isabelle and Katherine learned that there are children around the world who do not get to attend school because they spend their days hauling water for their families. They also learned that a child dies every 20 seconds from unclean water, and they decided to take action. They used their talent and skills at origami-making to raise money for wells and more for thirsty, needy communities. Since they founded “Paper For Water” in 2012, they have raised over 1.5 Million Dollars, and have funded over 170 water projects in 17 countries!

Just in time for Spring and Easter when we talk about “New Life,” the Day School is excited to be raising money to fund a well in a thirsty community in Honduras. The goal is $5,000 by Easter, and I know we can do it! For every $100 that is raised, our students will see a beautiful origami butterfly appear (made by the girls and their team of volunteers) in Wight Garden to show our progress. Butterflies are a symbol of new life and resurrection at Easter, and that is just what our well will be offering children and mothers in Honduras…a new life with freedom to be healthier, to have more time to play, to go to school, to make more choices, and to have better opportunities. The final day of collecting will be at our Family Easter Service on Thursday, April 18th

The students and teachers are so excited about our Day School Spring Outreach Project, and we want to make sure all our families “catch the wave” of excitement! Beyond your donations, you can “partner” with us at home as you talk about the value of water with your children. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Make a simple “water journal”. Have your child make a tally mark every time they turn on a faucet, flush a toilet, drink or use water in a day.
  • Take the “water bucket” challenge. Try cutting back by just one 2-gallon bucket/ person. (Shorter showers, not-so-full baths, never let your faucets run, wash dishes with soapy water on one side, and rinse water in the other, conserve flushes, hand watering of plants and lawn, repurpose water to use every drop).
  • Take the “Change” Challenge: For one day or one week, Place a coin jar in a central spot in your home. Every time a person in your home uses water (including flushes), they must deposit a coin in the jar to collect money for our “Paper for Water” outreach project. This will help each family member be more mindful of and grateful for the water they are using, and might just help you cut back your own family water usage.

For information on how to give, plus more ideas for engaging your child in this project, download the flyer

Thanks for working with us to transform life for families in Honduras, and hearts here in Dallas. 

Lowry Manders
Outreach Team


Healthy Heart Month

February is Healthy Heart Month at HPPDS

In a world and time where technology is continuing to grow, we need not forget the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

According to health.gov, "The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance conducted a study in October of 2018 where they assessed children and youth’s physical activity levels.  The United States earned a D-.  While there had been shown improvement from previous years, it is evident that we as parents and educators need to do more to ensure our children will be a healthier and more active generation."

This month in our Motor Lab and Physical Education classes, I am explaining to our students the importance of healthy eating and exercise.  Each week we go over healthy eating, such as vegetables, fruits, and drinking water as opposed to sugary options. I also discuss that junk food and fast food are just “some of the time” options.

I will encourage the students to be active 60 minutes a day, an awesome program adopted by the NFL’s “Play 60” program. We will also discuss the importance of cutting back on screen time and television time.

In my classes this week, the students will be participating in activities that include jumping rope, hula hooping, obstacle course, dancing, aerobics, and relay races. The students receive a sticker stating the activity they did in class that day for their Healthy Hearts. 

Let’s make this year a stepping stone to promoting a healthier lifestyle for our HPPDS families.


Much love,

Sharon Bankhead

HPPDS Motor Lab/Physical Education teacher