Washington School: February Issue 2018
Letter from Mrs. Daly
Dear Washington Families,
I hope everyone had a most enjoyable winter break! I personally relished the slower pace and extra time I was able to spend with family and friends, because the months ahead seem to become increasingly faster and busier. January also marks the midpoint of our school year (already?!?!), and it is the time of year when we begin to plan for the next school year while staying focused on our current goals.
Besides helping our students jump back into learning mode this month, we also have been engaged in the powerful and proactive best practice of – after a long break from routines - reviewing the schoolwide behavior expectations outlined in our District 64 Student Handbook. If you would like to discuss or reinforce these guidelines at home, feel free to access our handbook online. It would also be helpful if you would remind them and talk about what ROARing behavior looks like and sounds like.
As we move into February, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. In addition, I want to also welcome our new families to Washington and trust that you will find yourselves a part of an outstanding and supportive learning community.
Thank you to our families for your diligence in having your students at school on-time and well-prepared for learning each day. In addition, please continue to be mindful that our students’ academic day continues until dismissal each afternoon and it is very important that students are not dismissed early unless an unavoidable appointment or emergency is involved as valuable instruction from the teacher can be missed in addition to required assignments.
As always, thank you for supporting the wonderful teaching and learning taking place here at Washington!
February SEL Update
Drop off and Pick up Safety Reminders
We have witnessed very unsafe behaviors of parents who walk their children across the street through traffic or allow their students to walk through the traffic.
Please don't allow this to happen.
Parent Teacher Book Club - Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle
There's a new set of 3Rs for our kids-respect, responsibility, and resilience-to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge, and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counter-intuitive-yet much more effective-approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. This is not a book about the parenting strategy of the day-what the author calls "Post-It Note Parenting"-but rather a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.
Looking forward to this opportunity for staff and parents to discuss this book to help all of our students become respectful, responsible, and resilient kids!!!
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News from our LRC
It’s award season in the library! We will be studying our Illinois State Book Awards. In K-3, we focus on the Monarch Award. The Monarch Award list is made up of 20 books. We will read several of these books together as a class. Students will get to vote for their favorite book in March. As we read Monarch nominees, we will be doing visible thinking activities, including “See, Think, Wonder.” This activity encourages students to make observations from the text and prepares them for inquiry.
In 4-5, we focus on the Bluestem Award. This list is made up of 20 books including different genres. Students must read or listen to 4 books from the Bluestem list in order to vote. We will be previewing different titles in the library.