The Triton Tribune Parent Edition

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 12 ~ October 19, 2020

Wonderful Triton Students and Parents,


“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” Aristotle


Distance learning has really tested every aspect of self-control that we might have had. What I have learned since April is to focus on what I can control; this means not allowing others and what they do affect my internal balance, especially if it is negative. Distance learning has also taught me that self-regulation can easily be derailed when predictable patterns in our lives, such as going to work or school, are removed. And it reveals what we have in place to maintain control and regulation. Consequently, we are having to learn new ways to self-regulate in quarantine or we are being forced, as adults, to learn self-control that we may have not learned in our time of maturation. If adults' self-regulation can be derailed by a pandemic, imagine how this pandemic is wreaking havoc on our children's' journey of developing rituals and patterns of self-regulation. It is even more important now that we have to instill in them the importance of developing self-control during the pandemic. I believe when they do, many of our children will be some of the strongest individuals this world has ever seen. History has shown us that generations who have endured extreme hardship have produced the most resilient generations of individuals who are using their experience to better society. In the Triton Trait section below, I share an example of a 7-year old who found a way to calm himself by focusing on his love for his mother. Triton parents, I challenge you to focus on ONE skill to hone in developing your ability to self-regulate and ultimately, be models of individuals who exercise great self-control that our children can emulate.


ELM Teacher Distance Learning Dashboard:

In analyzing the qualitative data from the surveys, I created a graphic organizer called the ELM Teachers Distance Learning Dashboard. This dashboard contains information about how your children can be successful in each of their teachers’ classrooms. Please click on this link to access the dashboard. This dashboard should be completed by the end of this week.


Virtual 7th Grade Science Tutoring Now Available:

In addition to the virtual math tutoring, we will now be offering weekly 7th grade science tutoring on Wednesdays. The first day will be this Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30pm-4:30pm. See picture slide below.


ASB Spirit Day on Thursday, October 25 – Breast Cancer Awareness: Wear Pink

On Thursday, we are asking all of you to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness: Wear Pink activity. Wear your favorite shade of pink or ribbon. On Thursday, please submit your Wear Pink look to the URL bit.ly/ELMspiritsubmisions to be featured in my newsletter! See picture slide below.


South Bay Loops of Love Drive on Saturday, October 24:

Like me, many of you know someone who has been afflicted with breast cancer; in fact, some of you may be one of those blessed to survive. One of our teachers from East Hills Academy, Ms. Valerie Ruiz, is a breast cancer survivor and is spearheading the efforts of South Bay Loops of Love to collect donated items such as feminine hygiene and gently-used or new bras. On Saturday, October 24th, South Bay Loops of Love will be collecting donations between 9:00am and 12:00pm as the Chula Vista Community Park near Eastlake High School. It would be great if, as a school, we can make this their biggest collection ever! Please spread the word!


Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:


1. Blast from the Past Video

2. Important Schedule Changes in Quarter 2

3. Academic Support for Quarter 2

~Available Daily Support

~Virtual Math Tutoring Schedule

~Virtual 7th Grade Science Tutoring Schedule

4. October Triton Trait: Self-Control

~Self-Regulation is KEY!

~David Tran's Choice and Plan for Self-Regulation

~Self-Control Quotes

5. Yearbook Submission Requests

~Staying Fit in Distance Learning

~Science Through Distance Learning

6. ASB Spirit Activity: Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness

~Wear Pink on Thursday, October 22.

~South Bay Loops of Love Bra and Feminine Hygiene Collection on October 24.

7. Lunch Distribution Announcement

8. Attendance Clearance Form

9. ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form

10. Genus Bar Teachers Support Form

11. ELM Technology Support Line


Finally, please refer to the website for updates. We update it on a daily basis.


Let's have an amazing week!


Mrs. Finley

Blast From the Past Video

Thank you to all who participated!

Blast from the Past Highlight
Important Schedule Changes in Quarter 2

Below are the schedule changes for Quarter 2 in accordance to two major holidays: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Break. Please mark on your calendar.

Please note there is a major change for the veteran holiday schedule for the week. Eastlake High has adopted the A-B-H-A-B schedule. Since both schools share families and share teachers, ELM will also change its Thursday schedule from B (Periods 4, 5, 6) to A (Periods 1, 2, 3) and Friday schedule from F (Periods 1-6) to Schedule B (Periods 4, 5, 6). Thank you for your understanding and don't forget to add to your family calendar.
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Students, on Mondays - Tursdays, there are two (2) embedded academic support available to you DAILY: 1) Officer Hours and 2) Asynchronous sessions. Our survey revealed that 31% of you do not use any of these supports, which could contribute to you feeling overwhelmed with the work. Before the next progress report on November 6, it is important that you use these support so that you can remain current with your assignments. Please see the picture below


This week we are adding a 7th grade science tutoring session on Wednesday from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. A 7th grade teacher will be available for you to ask for additional support.


Don't wait until weeks from now to get caught up. This is your part in learning how to regulate your actions so that you develop your self-control.

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October Triton Trait of the Month: Self-Control

Self-control is one of the most important traits we can master. Self-control gives us the power to master our emotions, especially anger. When you demonstrate self-control, it means you have trained your mind to be tougher than your emotions.

Learning to Self-Regulate is KEY!

One of the ways in which we gain self-control is learning how to regulate our behavior, especially our emotions. The ability to self-regulate indicates higher executive functioning. Below are six (6) ways in which we, as adults, can teach our students/children how to self-regulate.


  1. Help children to recognize there is a higher goal.
  2. Use naturally occurring situations to teach self-regulation strategies. For example, waiting to open holiday presents.
  3. Acknowledge the challenge of regulation. It is hard for us adults, even more so for children.
  4. Have your children make a choice and plan for it.
  5. Play games that focus on self-regulation skills.
  6. Remember self-regulation is developed over a lifetime. At every age span, new skills are learned and add to the brain's memory.


In perusing Facebook this weekend, I came across a post of a teacher who worked for me at SOM but lives in the Eastlake community. She was sharing how her son, David, found a way to regulate his emotions in navigating distance learning in a dual instruction program. He is seven years old. Below is Lizzie Tran's post and David's choice and plan to self-regulate. David developed this plan all my himself. I love his metaphor of the plant. You are never too young to learn self-regulation. Enjoy their story.

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Yearbook Submission Request: Staying Fit & Science Fun

Are you staying fit and/or having fun doing science at home? If so, please submit any photos of you staying fit and/or having fun doing science activities at home. Your submission may be used for the yearbook! Can't wait to see what you submit.

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ASB Spirit Day - Breast Cancer Awareness: Wear Pink

Let's see participation from everyone!

ELM ASB Spirit Activity Breast Cancer Awareness Wear Pink
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ELM is partnering up with South Bay Loops of Love to collect needed materials for breast cancer survivors. Like me, many of you know victims to this type of cancer and there are many in our community. Let's support them by participating.

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Attendance Clearance Form

Have an absence to clear? Click on this tile bar to access the ELM Attendance Clearance Form.

ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form

Parents, if your student exhibiting high stress levels, has not adapted well to the start of the school year or need additional support, please click on the title bar to complete the Parent Referral Form.

Genius Bar Teachers Support Form

Triton Students, are you in need of TECH support? If so click on the title ELM Genius Bar Support Form, fill it out and an ELM Techy Teacher will reach out to you. Also check out the video below, to learn more about the Genius Bar

ELM Technology Support Desk

If you need help with any technology issue, please contact Mr. Doyle, our site IT support. He will get back to you faster.

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