PTA News Sep 28, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 28, 2016

WAT 2016 Is Almost Here:

The Course
The construction fence is up and we've mapped out the new course.  Students will walk the perimeter of the fence with course monitors at every turn.  

Pledge Forms
Last week you got the Green Sponsor sheet. This is how students raise money for the event.  Tips: Ask neighbors, friends, and family, to make a flat rate

Sponsor Sheets and Money Due Friday, October 21

Goal: $125 per student

Lost the form already? Download online or pick one up in the office.
https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/ support-us/walkathon/ participate/
https://mistral.mvwsd.org/es/ apoyanos/caminata/participar/

Walkstarter
Save time and raise money online via Walkstarter

Walkstarter is your online fundraising tool for the Walkathon. You can send your child's donation link to friends and family anywhere in the world and they can pay via credit card in a few seconds. It's that easy! It also saves a ton of time for everyone - no more hassle collecting checks and cash.

So what are you waiting for? Get started now by creating a donation page with your child here: mistral.walkstarter.org.

We've raised $1,495 so far on Walkstarter this year. Let's triple that number by Friday!

Reminder: Pledge money raised by Mistral students goes to Mistral

Look for the 'Walkathon success depends on you' sheet to come home with your child this week

Support the Bake Sale
Get your baking groove on and bring your baked goods to the MUR stage Oct 7 in the morning. Sized & packaged for individual sale.
Please label Nut-Free items for people with food allergies.

Requested Drinks by Grade
Please provide drink donations.  100% Juice ONLY -  NO capri sun–NO glass bottles.

  • Kinder- No Donation Necessary
  • Grade 1- Bake Sale Item
  • Grade 2 - One 6-pack Apple Juice Box
  • Grade 3 - One 6-pack Grape Juice Box
  • Grade 4 - One 6-pack of bottle water
  • Grade 5 – Bake Sale Item

Food Sales at the WAT will be hosted by Castro this year with proceeds going to the Castro PTA

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction, hosted by Mistral, is moving to December (details coming soon), proceeds going to the Mistral PTA

Volunteer
Have you volunteered yet for a role at WAT?  There are still plenty of opportunities available for all interests and schedules (before/during/after WAT) - check the wall at the front of school or Konstella for openings. Need 300+ Volunteers.

Know a Castro/Mistral student alumni who wants to help?

Send them this link https://www.konstella.com/cd/F Jh65f


Community News Sep 28, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 28, 2016

Fall Picture Day

Thursday, Sept 29

All individual and classroom group pictures will be taken during school hours.

All children receive a class photo for free. You can order additional photos by filling out the paper form or online through mylifetouch.com. Lifetouch Picture Day ID for Mistral is BY416864Q0

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

Spanish/English Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences

We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. We need interpreters from October 10-14 from 12:30–3:30 pm. Apply through our website: mvwsd.org. Click the button on the right “Employment Opportunities>Support Staff.> Translator/Interpreter. Candidates are compensated for a 2 hour training prior to working.  Questions?  Contact Arline Siam at the District Office 650.526.3500 Ext 1028 or asiam@mvwsd.org.  Training will be the week of October 3.

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Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP). State law requires MVWSD to send a letter to parents after three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes.   Letters also inform parents of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly. The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for students to be in school as often as possible.  Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate.  For more information, see https://mvwsd.org/district-info/student-services/attendance

CSMA presents your first Music in Action Concert for the ‘16-17 school year:  Eddie Madril

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
11:00am to 11:50am
Held in Castro’s Multi

Wearing traditional regalia, Eddie Madril uses American Indian sign language, singing and drumming to reveal the empowering and inspiring Native American heritage.  Eddie will perform popular and rare American Indian Dances, such as the Hoop Dance and the Grass Dance. During the performance, students will have a unique opportunity to participate.  As a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora-Mexico, Eddie’s involvement and commitment to his native heritage allows him to share a wealth of information about American Indian dance, music, history, and culture.


PTA News Sep 21, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 21, 2016

What is all the Fuss about Cash/Gift Cards?

A Few Fun Facts

  1. It's simple- you purchase a Card (for example, Starbucks)  for its full value ($25).  Starbucks then donates a percentage to Mistral (7% or $1.75);

  2. shopwithscrip.com is the online program that powers this fundraising program;

  3. Mistral/Castro earns over $2,000 each school year through partnering with shopwithscrip.com;

  4. If you buy gas/groceries, go to the movies, eat out, shop at places like Kohls, TJMaxx or Amazon, have we got cards for you!

And consider how convenient it is to purchase these cards as gifts.  

  1. Scrip  is always adding new retailers, like Shutterfly, American Airlines, Visa;

  2. I will be placing a Cash Card Order on the 10th of every month (complete with home delivery of cards).

The reason I can only accept checks or cash is so that Mistral earns more money by avoiding pesky credit/debit card fees;

  1. Want to double the fun? You can purchase a $25 or $100 Amazon card (Mistral receives $1 or $4).

Once you redeem it at Amazon.com and click on http://tinyurl.com/AmazonMistral, Mistral will receive up to 15% of any purchase you make.

  1. In  the alternative, you can ORDER or RELOAD many existing cards online, using your checking account.

Under the Dashboard section of  shopwithscrip.com, click on the PrestoPay link.

    1. Enter your bank account information.

    2. Within 2-3 business days, Scrip will deposit two small amounts in your bank account from Great Lakes Scrip Center. Record those amounts when you see them.

    3. Sign onto www.shopwithscrip.com, enter these amounts in your PrestoPay registration to verify the account, and choose a PIN number.

    4. Once you complete the verification, you will see the approval code on that page. Provide that to your organization coordinator (Jessica Millar Peterson) for approval

    5. Mistral's Enrollment Code is FEAB73C814578

9. Please find an Order Form, which may be eMailed to me or placed in the PTA Box's Cash Card Folder.

Checks can be made out to 'Gabriela Mistral PTA'.

I will be placing our school's next order on OCTOBER 10th.

Many Thanks for your support!
Jessica (Zach's Mom, jessicamillar777@yahoo.com)

Walking Together is Fun – Walkathon October 7

Permission Form

If you haven’t already, please turn in permission forms NOW.

T-Shirt $ Donation

Thank you! We reached our T-shirt donation goal!

Pledge Forms

Look for the Green Pledge form coming Friday.

Walkstarter

Mistral’s online donation tool is live. Details will be emailed. https://mistral.walkstarter.org

Volunteer

Look for the signup sheet on the wall at the front of school or take a moment and TIMES SLOTS HAVE CHANGED Check on Konstella or con Maria Rangel for details.

PTA General Meeting

When:Wed, Sep 28 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where:Gabriela Mistral Elementary MUR

Join us for our first general PTA meeting of the year!

Special Guest: MVPD Police Officers to talk about bike safety.

Childcare will be provided.


Community News Sept. 21, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on September 21, 2016

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We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Short Term Independent Study Program Contracts

Independent study is not considered excused or unexcused. It is an attendance in and of itself. Parents must put the request into the school secretary directly (not the teacher) at least two weeks in advance. The contracts are a minimum of 5 consecutive school days and a maximum of 15 consecutive school days. If a student is not granted the contract and the family decides to have the student be absent during the time, those absences will be considered unexcused and a truancy letter will be generate. If you are granted the contract and come back early, the contract will be nulled and the days would be unexcused.

Special Meeting for all Parents of English Learners grades 1st - 5th

You will have two options, please choose one to attend.

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

        Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Location: MUR

Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Child Spree

We want to express our appreciation to the Kiwanis Club for sponsoring a drawing! 15 lucky Gabriela Mistral students won a shopping spree to Kohl’s, and last Saturday received a complete new wardrobe. Students already have been showing off their new clothes with pride. Thank you, Kiwanis!

Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Enrollment

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The Mountain View Whisman School District offers FREE, half-day preschool classes for families of all income levels.

Apply Now…

Our program has expanded this year and limited spaces are still available for Head Start & State Preschool eligible families.

Applications and information are available at the Preschool Office:
Castro School (Rm. 36)
505 Escuela Avenue  - Mountain View 94040
(650) 526-3500 ext. 1844
Open Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Size

State Preschool Maximum, Gross Income

3

$4,045.70/month

4

$4,494.20/month

5

$5,214.10/month

Waiver now available for military families to exclude BAH from gross income calculation when determining eligibility.

Families receiving CalWorks cash-aid, children in foster care, children with IEP’s and families in temporary or unstable housing may automatically be eligible for State Preschool or Head Start funded sessions regardless of family income.  Visit our office today to see if you qualify!

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS
3:15 - 4:15pm
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Room # : Multi
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.

Fall Picture Day

Thursday, September 29th

All individual and classroom group pictures will be taken during school hours

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

CHAC is offering several classes for parents in Spanish (click here for fliers)

 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on September 21, 2016

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Beep, beep, beep, beep...here comes the construction crew!

Fabulous news!  Phase 1 construction plans are underway and on-schedule.  The first big event is the installation of the temporary fencing scheduled to be installed this Friday, Sep 23.  Dryco, the company that will do first stage work for our temporary campus, will begin at 7am to ideally minimize interaction with the students.

 

Here are some points that I think parents should know about:

  1. Dryco employees working on site are fingerprinted

  2. Dryco employees wear blue work uniforms, color vests, hardhats and general safety gear

  3. The Dryco crew will remain within the designated work area marked by cones, safety tape or fencing.

  4. Dryco company provides their crew with the appropriate equipment so they are self-sufficient - they will not need to use any of the school facilities such as restrooms, sinks, fountains.

  5. There will always be a clearly marked pathway and designated personnel to control construction traffic and maintain student safety during school hours.

  6. Curious children and adults may want to watch as work progresses and we must always keep a safe distance from the perimeter of the fencing line.  Anyone can view the work, but from far away and always with an adult.  Please don’t press your nose up against the fence.  


Please review any of the points above that you think are appropriate with your child.  On a daily basis reinforce and remind your child about safety as we move forward with school construction.  This is an exciting event.  Let’s all do our part to be positive and keep it safe out there!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on September 15, 2016

 

Congratulations!

The District will be recognizing our newly permanent (tenured) teachers at the Board of Trustees Meeting on September 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  Join us in congratulating our new permanent teacher Sandra Sainz!

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.  

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, hard work, perseverance, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2015 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin."

According to this Census, 56.6 million people or 17.6% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  Making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority.  The Hispanic population of California is the largest Hispanic population of any state with 15.2 million.  In the MVWSD, 39% of students enrolled are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  At Gabriela Mistral, 60% of the children enrolled are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  Isn’t that cool?!   Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

On October 6th, our school will partner and host a VERITAS employee club, HOLA (Hispanic Employee Resource Group) who will visit classrooms and lead an activity to highlight the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff16.html


PTA News Sep 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 13, 2016

Did you miss class posting?

You are in luck, the online donation form is still available until September 16th, make your yearly PTA and school supply donations online at: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Walkathon Update (WAT)

The Walkathon is coming on October 7th and so is the construction, but we have a plan!

Where are the students going to walk?

Our annual Walkathon normally takes place on the field. In preparation for the construction, fencing will be put up mid-September, which will block off part of the field. The WAT team, along with both PTAs and principals, have designed a plan for the students to walk a path that takes them around the fenced area. This will create a loop that is partially on the field and partially on the blacktop.

What else is new this year?

  • Two shirt marking stations at opposite ends of the course to provide extra supervision and validation for the longer distance.

Same as before…

  • Rainbow photo of combined schools
  • T-Shirts for all, each school will have their logo on front                     
  • (Colors remain the same by grade level)
  • Lap markers & lap prizes
  • A T-Shirt prize- if student walks the Maximum Laps
  • Food tables open an extra hour after walking (5pm-6pm)
  • And all the other great things we remember!

Silent Auction Update

To give the Silent Auction enough space and development time, it will be at held at a later date. Details to come.

What do we do next?

  • Turn in your child’s Pink/Salmon/Orange colored permission form
  • T-Shirt Donation<
    • We ask each family for a $10 donation to cover this cost. While many families made the donation at Class Posting (Thank You!) we are still short almost $1000!  Please make your donation in the Mistral  School Office TODAY.
    • Consider sponsoring another child for $10
  • Volunteer!  Sign-up sheets are posted around campus, Konstella & in the office
  • Read the sidewalk signs, banners or the newsletter for what’s coming up

If you have any questions, please direct them to the WAT Chairs:
Agnès Charrel-Berthillier, agnes@charrel.net  (650) 224-3606 (Mistral)
Trish Gilbert, trish.gilbert@yahoo.com (650) 814-4585 (Mistral)


Community News Sep 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 13, 2016

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We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Short Term Independent Study Program Contracts

Independent study is not considered excused or unexcused. It is an attendance in and of itself. Parents must put the request into the school secretary directly (not the teacher) at least two weeks in advance. The contracts are a minimum of 5 consecutive school days and a maximum of 15 consecutive school days. If a student is not granted the contract and the family decides to have the student be absent during the time, those absences will be considered unexcused and a truancy letter will be generate. If you are granted the contract and come back early, the contract will be nulled and the days would be unexcused.

Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Enrollment

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The Mountain View Whisman School District offers FREE, half-day preschool classes for families of all income levels.

Apply Now…

Our program has expanded this year and limited spaces are still available for Head Start & State Preschool eligible families.

Applications and information are available at the Preschool Office:

Castro School (Rm. 36)
505 Escuela Avenue  - Mountain View 94040
(650) 526-3500 ext. 1844
Open Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Size

State Preschool Maximum, Gross Income

3

$4,045.70/month

4

$4,494.20/month

5

$5,214.10/month

 

Waiver now available for military families to exclude BAH from gross income calculation when determining eligibility.

Families receiving CalWorks cash-aid, children in foster care, children with IEP’s and families in temporary or unstable housing may automatically be eligible for State Preschool or Head Start funded sessions regardless of family income.  Visit our office today to see if you qualify!

  

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS
3:15 - 4:15pm
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Room # : Multi
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.

Discover the Materials of Artists!

Join us for a 12 week fall art club session where we will Discover the Materials of Artists. Students will explore a range of artistic materials and mediums with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. We will create unique works of art with materials such as paint, oil pastels, clay, and cut paper. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session..

  • Castro/Mistral School (Grades K)
  • Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Dec.15
  • (No class on Oct. 13 & Nov. 24)
  • TIME: 12:45 – 1:45pm
  • ROOM: 22
  • INSTRUCTOR: Adreena Coleman
  • COURSE NUMBER: 70212
  • TUITION: $180 / 12 weeks
  • Register online at arts4all.org

Lunch Application

If you have not done so already, please apply for the free and reduced lunch program by September 19, 2016 to avoid getting charged full meal price. Come by the office should you need assistance or have questions. Website: ezmealapp.com  

FREE WORKSHOP: Raising Resilient Children  

TUESDAY, SEP. 20 6:30 P.M.
GRAHAM MIDDLE MUR  

Presenter: Dr. Robert Brooks, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is author and co-author of 15 books  

Topics:  

* Help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and become resilient.  
* Use empathy in understanding and responding to children.
* Develop specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience.   

PROVIDED:  

  • translation
  • refreshments  
  • child care
  • transportation. A bus will depart from Castro Elementary at 6:00 p.m. for Graham and return after the event.

RSVP AT MVWSD.ORG/PARENTU. Pre registered families will be entered in a raffle for a family dinner night at a Mountain View restaurant.

Mountain View Parent U is a series of District-offered parent workshops designed to address interests, issues or concerns of parents with children of all ages, backgrounds and educational status. Join us for *free* parenting workshops taught by professionals. Meet with and be supported by other parents.

Fall Picture Day

Thursday, September 29th

All individual and classroom group pictures will be taken during school hours

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on September 8, 2016

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Lots of Quetzal Pride & Spirit!

It is great to walk around campus and see so many students full of school pride and spirit!  Students are picking up trash, returning forgotten items to the Lost and Found, and respecting quiet zones throughout the day.  As I walk through classrooms I see evidence of respectful and collaborative group work and students focussed on learning.  School has only been in session for 18 days and kids are knocking my socks off with their daily demonstrations of school pride and spirit.  Keep up the great work!


Don’t Forget Principal Homework

Due, Friday, September 9th

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The assignment: Think of school situations or examples of behaviors related to our four school norms.  Students should brainstorm examples of positive behaviors that encourage and support learning at our school.   

  • Being Safe
  • Showing Respect
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Being Community-minded

Please help your child learn what "being safe" or “showing respect” might look and sound like in the classroom.  For example, listening to a classmate during a pair-share, following directions, and being friendly are good examples of showing both the teacher and classmates respect.  “Making a good decision” is when students walk to line up instead of run, share with friends, or take turns when working in a collaborative team.  Evidence of being “community-minded” in the classroom might be when a student notices that a friend is struggling on a task, and they offer help, or by seeking new friends when playing outside or working in a collaborative team.  

Make sure to come by the office to drop off the special “principal homework” assignment.  Please include the student's name, grade level, and list one example per note card.  We will use the note cards to build an authentic, student-authored school display for all to read!  Only examples that are phrased using positive language will be used on our school display.  For example, “Shows compassion” instead of “Don’t be mean” or “Peaceful hands and feet” versus “Don’t hit or kick.”