Hello Parents of“Leading Ladies”! 



    Thank you for allowing your daughter to be part of the“Leading Ladies”club at Dutchtown Elementary School. I consider it an honor and a privilege that our principal, Dr. Winnie Johnson, has given me the opportunity to speak positive and life-changing words into the lives of your precious daughters and I consider this responsibility to be of utmost importance. 

     For this reason, we have attached a schedule of the topics we will discuss for the year ending May, 2012, for your review. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.


    Thank you again!


    Andrene M. Monk

    “Leading Ladies”Coordinator






           January   11 and 18,  2012



    Understanding formal, informal and casual dining etiquette,  Restaurant Etiquette, and The Proper Way To Tip

    (Part 2)

    Etiquette rules should make you feel comfortable, not uncomfortable, and they can be different for every type of event.  If there are standards that we abide by, then we can have confidence that we are behaving "appropriately" in various types of public restaurants. Proper restaurant etiquette and tipping will also display manners and respect for restaurant employees.


           January 25, 2012




    Never Give Less Than Your Best!

    Try your hardest at everything you do.  No one can ask for more than that.  When things don’t go the way you wanted them to go, never stop believing in your dream.  Some girls get depressed, blame themselves and lose self-esteem.


               February 1, 2012



    do not be obsessed with your looks!

    Being happy with the person you are and the body you have.  Eat sensibly, exercise, and get plenty of rest.  Some girls become obsessed with having the “perfect” shape and as a result, they don’t like themselves.


           February 8, 2012


    How To Properly Introduce Yourself To Others And How To Properly Introduce Others.

    Knowing how to introduce others and introduce yourself in social settings is an important social skill that helps you and others get to know each other and it will put all the parties at ease. 



           February 15, 2012






    How to Disagree without being disagreeable and walking away from arguments.



    Conflicting ideas, opposing viewpoints, and differing opinions are healthy because they broaden our perspectives, and help us to understand people and their motivations better. The trouble is in the distinction between disagreement, and being disagreeable. There is a difference between disagreeing, and being disagreeable.

    F     February 22, 2012




              February 29, 2012


    Understanding what your clothing and personal style choices tell the world about you!  Dressing for your body type

    Getting the right fit and proportion is important to dressing to suit your body. Understand your body type so that you can pick clothes that are appropriate for all occasions and that highlight your best features.



    March 7, 2012


    How to handle conflict with poise and grace

    Conflict usually exists because of bullying, cliques, power trips, and various relationship problems, but there is a proper way to handle it.



    March 14, 2012



    Respecting the role of teachers

    Have you ever taken your teachers for granted or decided to act rudely to them? Doing so can make a negative impact on your life, but not doing so can make a positive impact on your life!


    March 21, 2012


    Setting goals

    It is important to set conceivable, believable, achievable, measurable, and controllable short term and long-term goals in life.



    March 28, 2012



    Speaking confidently and clearly

    Fear of speaking can prevent us from getting on in life.  Most of us chat easily to friends and family, but we need to know how to move this skill to talking to people we don't know.

    April 4, 2012






    April 11, 2012




    Creating a budget

    It is important to create a budget to manage your money, pay your bills on time, and set aside money for extras.  When creating a budget you need to consider both your income and your expenses.  Each person will be given a “fun” assignment that will give them practice in creating a budget.







    April 18, 2012







    proper telephone etiquette and the proper way to take messages

    First impressions are lasting impressions.  Each time you answer the telephone, the caller is receiving an impression of you.  When you become of age for employment, each time you answer the telephone for your company, the caller is receiving an impression of your company.  It is your job to sell your image.  It is your job to sell the image of your place of employment when you become of working age.  If you answer in a professional manner, that image is portrayed.  If you answer unprofessionally a much different image comes across and people will remember that!


    April 25, 2012


    Appropriate Dress For Formal and semi-formal Events/Activities

    Girls will learn the meaning of things such as “Black Tie”; “Little Black Dress”; “Formal”; and “Semi-Formal” Dress.





    May 2, 2012





    Completing A Job Application

    “Leading Ladies” will learn that employers require applicants to complete a job application, even if they submit a resume and cover letter, and that employers use job applications to ensure that they have consistent information for all candidates.  We will have fun with this lesson, with mock interviews and the completion of a “fun” employment application.







    May 9, 2012








    Honoring Your Word And Telling The Truth

    The importance of trustworthiness today cannot be underestimated.  Trustworthiness is foundational to a healthy society.  We cannot function without it!  Every day we're counting on people to keep their word and follow through on the things that are important to us.  Honesty is the fundamental building block of all relationships.  Without honesty there can never be trust. Without trust it is impossible to sustain any relationship.  Relationships stand or fall on the basis of inner truthfulness.  People measure a person’s truthfulness or honesty, on the basis of what we say!

    May 16, 2012

    End of year celebration!!!


Last Modified on March 6, 2012