November 2022 Edition
November is a time to think about all wonderful things for which we can be grateful! I am thankful for a job that brings me so much JOY. I am grateful for an amazing staff that comes to work each day excited to be with students and do what’s best for them. And, I have so much appreciation for all of the parents who are partnering with us. Your trust, involvement, and support amazes me!
I'm also grateful for all that we accomplished and provided for our students in the month of October. The Foundation hosted our annual Car Show which raises money that goes directly back to our school to enrich the experience of students. We had record-breaking attendance at Family Literacy Night, the PTA hosted a fun and spooky Boo Bash, teachers met with families to discuss students' progress, growth, and goals, and we all had way too much fun for words with Halloween activities, crafts, and games.
Our annual Jog-a-thon is coming up on November 18th. This is one of our biggest (and most fun!) fundraisers of the year. Pledge envelopes will go home this Friday and you can learn more by visiting the Foundation website. Our Foundation enriches the educational experience for all students by providing additional teachers, on-line instructional programs, Art Masters, and more.
Check out the rest of this newsletter for resources and important dates.
Keep being awesome!
Grow with Gratitude
Having an attitude of gratitude can have lots of positive impacts and there are so many ways to cultivate that attitude. A favorite tradition for my family in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving is to cut out paper leaves in fall colors and write down something for which we are grateful. Then we add the leaves to a ribbon to decorate the mantel. Here are a couple other suggestions including creating a gratitude jar or a gratitude flower.
Spotlight on Academics
Spotlight on Safety
Keeping students safe on the internet is a significant component of the big picture of "safety". While students are using their chromebooks at school, there are web-filters and security measures in place. Additionally, teachers use a program called Go Guardian to monitor students. They can create lists of approved websites for certain periods of the day and block internet activity if needed. When students are using chromebooks at home, only the security measures you have on your home wi-fi are in effect. If you are interested in learning more about internet safety and digital citizenship, Common Sense Media has multiple resources. Also, you can view a presentation on Raising Responsible Digital Citizens that NMUSD did last January as part of the Parent Education Series.
What is RULER?
What is RULER?
RULER is an evidenced based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is an acronym for the building blocks of emotional intelligence.
- Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
Understanding the causes of emotions and how they influence our thoughts, actions and decisions
Labeling emotions with a specific feeling words
Expressing emotions skillfully based on who we are with, where we are, and what we are doing
Regulating emotions using effective strategies that help us achieve our goals
Shout Out for Second Grade
Newport Elementary second graders have been working hard researching bats. We read about bats from a variety of different sources and took notes about important facts we learned. With each new resource, we evaluated the given information. Were these new facts or something we had already read? Were the facts given important or interesting details? Students were able to understand the value of using more than one resource when learning about a specific topic.
These facts were then organized using a Tree Map. A Tree Map is one of several different thinking maps we are using to help students organize their writing. Students were able to come up with four important headings into which their bat facts were categorized. The categories established were bat bodies, babies, hunting and diet. Now students were ready to start writing their research paper. They had their facts organized and mapped out! The Tree Map gave students structure yet allowed students to customize their writing individually. Students converted their notes into complete sentences and thoughts. Collectively we came up with strong topic sentences for each paragraph. Students were able to develop a well organized, informative multi paragraph expository writing piece on bats. They felt a sense of pride from their hard work and had fun doing it as well!
November 1 - No School for Students
November 2 - PTA Skate Night at FVSC
November 3 - Foundation Restaurant Night at Crack Shack
November 4 - Flag Deck at 8:15
November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day
November 14-17 - Art Masters #3 Assembly and Lessons
November 18 - Flag Deck at 8:15
November 18 - Jog-A-Thon
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School
All interested volunteers are asked to complete these 3 steps annually:
- Read through the Newport El Volunteer Orientation slide deck.
- Complete the Newport El Volunteer Agreement.
- Complete the district's volunteer approval process.
As always, every teacher utilizes volunteers in different ways. Teachers will be communicating with the approved volunteers from their class about their need for volunteers and scheduling.
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