December 22 Newsletter
Wow! December is here!
Thank you to all of the parents who came to our conferences. Parents are the greatest influence on children's perceptions of themselves as learners and of the importance of education. We thank you for supporting your children by showing up for them.
Our winter concerts will be held on Wednesday, December 14. Please see below for more information. We look forward to showcasing the talent of our students. We hope you will be able to join us!
At this holiday time, when we are searching for the perfect present for our children, please know the perfect present is to BE present. Interact with your children, ask questions, show interest, set boundaries, and engage in activities. They need the firm, but loving presence of their parents or guardians during these formative years.
Wishing you the very best holiday season,
From the Counselor’s Desk
Rhonda Ebel, School Counselor
Be the Gift
One of the greatest pleasures of my job is working with your children. They are delightful and have so much to give. I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy them this season and remember that you are a gift to them and they are a gift to you. Sometimes a change of perspective is all we need to get through the challenges of a season. Here are some suggestions:
Put all technology away for a period of time and do an activity together like playing a game, baking cookies, taking a walk, or simply talking to one another
When your child wants to engage in conversation look them in the eye and put down the technology
Be sure to give physical affection
Play a cooperative game with the family https://cooperativegames.com
Talk with your child about any schedule changes and connect when transitioning to new locations like parent drop-off.
Express emotion acceptably, labeling emotions to help children understand their feelings and yours. Use “I” messages to help with everyone’s needs: “I feel _____ when you _____. I (wish, want, need) ___________________.
Listen and empathize, taking time to understand the underlying concern. Usually, it is something different than what is obvious and visible.
Be present-we get 900 weeks with our children before they leave our homes, and make the most of this time with the end goal of having a confident, self-reliant, young adult that is capable of doing life on their own.
Thank you for sharing your children with us. May you feel blessed during this season and know that I am here to answer questions, offer support, and connect with you as well. I may be reached at 766-2653 ext. 1391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What Screen Time Does to Babies' and Children's Brains and Sensory Processing Abilities
(April 2 - Correction: Information on the AAP policies below has been edited. Thanks to the readers - Diana and P - who caught the error!) It's a scene we're sure you've witnessed again and again: A family is sitting in a restaurant having dinner.
Pick-up and Drop-off, winter edition
- Turn right into parent pick-up from Lark.
- The main parking lot by the office and along Clover are not part of our parent pick-up
- Use the crosswalks when crossing the street
- Obey school zone speed limit
- Respect the crossing guards by following their signals
With the snow, the plow burms extend quite far beyond the curb, so parking and leaving the car to walk to get students is not a great option.
Also, when dropping off students in the morning, please do not let children off along Lark if the gate is closed. There is no adult supervision along Lark and until the gate is open.
Our goal for attendance this year is 95%. That is 95% of students present each day, and each student to be here 95% of the year. We understand kids get sick and emergencies happen. However, we know that students learn better and achieve at higher levels when they are at school, and on time, daily, starting in kindergarten.
Of course if your child is legitimately sick, please keep them home. The chart below will help you determine when to keep them home.
If your child needs to be gone, please make sure you call the office as early as possible, preferably before 9:00 AM. If you know in advance that your child will be gone, we ask that you complete a pre-arranged absence form.
Our attendance line is 509-766-2653 and press 5.
Shopping for the holidays
If you are an avid Amazon shopper like me, I encourage you to use Amazon Smile, with Lakeview Terrace PTA as the charity you choose to support. With each purchase you make, the Lakeview PTA will receive a small portion. It costs you nothing extra, and is an easy way to help our students! Just log onto smile.amazon.com, click "Get Started", search for Lakeview Terrace PTA. Make sure the code 12 2 27 shows before hitting select. Then when you want to shop, you just log onto smile.amazon.com. Getting your holiday shopping done and supporting the school at the same time with very little effort? Priceless! Thank you!
Looking for something to do in your spare time? We would love for you to volunteer here at Lakeview!
Ways that you can volunteer:
- Work in classrooms reading to kids, listening to them read, or whatever the teacher needs (with teacher approval and 24-hour notice, please)
- Help prepare materials for the teacher
- Join Mr. Peralez in PE
- Extra eyes on the playground
- Extra eyes at Parent Pick-up-especially afternoon
- PTA activities
- Beautify the grounds (we have some stencils we'd like to have painted, too)
- Lots of other opportunities!
Visitors to campus
Parents who wish to volunteer in their child's classroom or be on the playground must have passed a Washington State Patrol background check. The forms are available in the office, and take a week or so to process.
All visitors to campus, please enter through the front doors and sign in at the office. Thank you.