Dear Parents, December 2016
It seems hard to believe we are about to say “goodbye” to 2016 and “hello” to 2017!? What great weather we had this fall. It’s been wonderful settling back into our beautiful new Runyon and working out the kinks, that inevitably come with new construction! We feel so very fortunate to be back home and in such a gorgeous building!! Thank you!!
As PTO has been mentioning for the past few weeks, our LOST and Found is overflowing, literally!! Please come check out the piles of clothes. These clothes will be donated on December 21st. I have seen several winter coats in the piles. We are just heading into winter and those coats will be needed. Last week when we had a cold snap, I was shocked at the kiddos who did not wear a warm coat to school!! Our policy is this; we go outside, before school, morning recess and lunch recess, if the temperature is 20 degrees or above. Getting outside, breathing fresh air and getting exercise, helps students concentrate better! Please make sure your child is prepared for the weather, thank you!!
The Drop off lane has become a bit crazy the past few weeks. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, this lane is a drop and go lane. It is not a parking lane, to park in and walk up to school to meet your child. We will open the car doors for your child to get out or in, you do not need to get out of the car. If you want to do that, please park on the street to do so. We always need to be aware of our neighbors and not block their driveways. We also cannot block the roundabout at Elati and W. Davies Way. Please pull to the far west side of Elati if you are waiting to move through the drop off/ pick up lane. Please do not park in the roundabout circle, busses and our neighbors cannot access the school and their homes, thank you!
Our Superintendent, Brian Ewert will be presenting at our January Accountability meeting on the future of the district's Professional Learning Communities(PLC’s). I highly encourage you to attend to hear Mr. Ewert’s thoughts and ideas about PLC’s. It will be January 25th at 6:00 pm. This is a changed date, please note!??
Last, but most certainly not least, I do hope each and everyone has a peaceful, relaxing winter break! We will be excited to see your smiling faces back on January 10th! Enjoy your time, take care!! Happy Holidays!!
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
~~“Can you say ‘Thank You?'”~~
Here are a few ideas:
One of the first things we teach our kids as soon as they learn to speak is to say, “Thank you.” Think of the countless times you have said, “what do you say?…” to prompt your child to utter these words. But do our kids really have any idea what it means to be thankful?
Practicing gratitude has benefits that go beyond having a polite kid. Studies show that people who practice gratitude feel 25% happier, are more likely to be kind and helpful to others, are more enthusiastic, interested and determined, and even sleep better.
And grateful children and teens tend to thrive. Kids who practice gratitude get higher grades, are more satisfied with their lives, are more integrated socially and show fewer signs of depression. So how can families practice gratitude in meaningful ways so that our kids learn what it means to be thankful?
Express your appreciation for each other. In my house we started this as a birthday tradition. When it is someone’s birthday we go around the table and express what we all appreciate about that person. The first time we did this it was uncomfortable for me, it felt ‘cheesy’ for lack of a better term. But when I heard the amazing things my kids had to say it quickly became my favorite family ritual, and we remind each other of what has been said often.
Acknowledge the small stuff. When we practice mindfulness it helps us to be present in our relationships and pay attention to our environment. Often it is easy to go through the day distracted, out of sync with our environment and the people around us. When you are with your kids, be intentional about noticing the beautiful flowers, bright blue sky, the helpful person at the coffee counter, and the nice man who held the door for you. Your appreciation for the the little things around you will rub off on your kids.
Make a gratitude jar. This can be a fun project for kids. Find a container and let the kids decorate it. Cut out some pieces of scratch paper and put them in a convenient place so that family members can write down things they feel grateful for and place the paper in the jar. If kids can’t yet write, then having them draw a picture of something works great also! Then, open the jar once a week or once a month and read what everyone has written.
Make it part of your bedtime routine. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to show appreciation for the little things in your life for which you are thankful. It is important for parents to model gratitude for meaningful things like relationships, kindness, and the natural beauty in your environment (rather than your 60 inch plasma TV or your new ipad). This is a wonderful way to end each day!