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A Letter from Assistant Principal Kara DiCarlo

kOne of my favorite books I read to my daughters as they grew up was, The Three Questions. The book is written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth and is based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. In the story, the main character, a young boy, is trying to find the answers to the following questions:
  1. What is the best time to do things?
  2. Who is the most important?
  3. What is the right thing to do?
I was drawn to this story because while the questions are simple to understand, they can be very challenging to answer. In the story, the boy goes on adventures to seek the advice of his friends to find the answers to these questions. Along the way, he finds himself unknowingly answering the questions himself and his friend, the wise tortoise, explains it to him by saying:
“Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side. For these my dear boy, are the answers to what is most important in this world.”
As many of you can relate, I have a running “to-do” list of items I am responsible for and knowing where to start can at times be daunting. I find myself praying for guidance in His will throughout the day. Oftentimes where I am led has parallels with the answers to those questions. Additionally, our school community can also be led by answering those three questions. So hang with me as I try to make the connection:
  1. What is the best time to do things? NOW! What can we do NOW that involves supporting our school community? The Canned Food Drive, CANCUN and supporting our theater department by attending one or all of the 5 performances of GREASE!
  2. Who is the most important? The ones we are with. For a student, that could be the teachers they have in their classes, the friends they sit by at lunch, their teammates on a team, or the castmates in the musical. Ensuring they are having connecting opportunities with various people throughout their school day will help them succeed. 
  3. What is the right thing to do? Stress and high school goes hand-and-hand. I often have conversations with students to help them identify their choices and help them match those choices with outcomes or goals they have. Similar to the overwhelming “to-do” lists, helping identify what the first step is and/or thinking of doing good for others will alleviate the stress and help them know what is the right thing to do.
So what would be your answers to those three questions? Do you agree with the wise tortoise or do you have another approach? Email me at [email protected] if you’d like to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Finally, please continue to keep us in your prayers and know you continue to be in mine.

Kara DiCarlo