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Parent Newsletter

November 2015

Northwood families, happy last day of November! November has been full of many great events, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have been able to create with each other, and the community! See below for more information on events and projects that demonstrate Northwood Elementary's gratitude.

We are thankful!

December Pillar of Character

December's Pillar of Character will be Responsibility. On the first day of the month we will wear the color associated with the pillar and highlight the pillar during announcements. Tuesday, December 1st, we will wear GREEN. There will also be simple school wide activities throughout the month to reinforce the practice of good character. In December, we have our annual Caring Tree Collection. See below for more information about this community project.

Caring Tree Collection

The Caring Tree Collection is a community project Northwood Elementary participates in each year! From December 1-11, please consider supporting this project, as the collection will go to families in need in North Canton. You can donate new children's underwear, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, toys, books, and games. Students may place items under the tree in the main hallway near the office. Please do not wrap your gifts. Thank you for your generosity!

K-2 Counseling Lessons

All classrooms received an important lesson about problem solving and bully prevention. To begin our lesson we reviewed the October counseling lessons on bullying, mean moments, and tattling. I emphasized the fact that "big deal" problems are serious situations that need to be reported to an adult immediately, while "kid-sized problems" can first try be handled by the student.

We discussed three steps for responding to problem behavior:

STOP, say "please stop" - WALK away - TALK, report problem to nearest adult

Students role played examples of problem behavior in school to give students the opportunity to practice the steps and work through their questions about problem solving. The information used to teach this important lesson came from Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports resources. Role playing is a good way to practice how to respond to various situations!

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