Acton Weekly Update 4/5/19
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THOMAS - will be responsible for art and music and 4th and 5th .and 42-57 .Mon. Tues. and Wed.
Thursday and Friday will be the days for media and front office and LGI and gym
Vicky will work on 3rd grade and other areas .
We are working little issues out. Please work with us by stacking chairs AND cleaning off the desks.
Please get trash out at night in halls as quick as you can . I want them working in the rooms as much as possible. We are working out a time frame for getting things done .PLEASE WORK WITH US .
Employee Assistance Program- PLEASE review the EAP brochure at the very top of the newsletter. EVERY employee has access to this benefit.
On Tuesday during our AM Collaboration Meeting I plan to give you EVERYTHING you will need to know for End of Year Procedures. I've been working on a packet of information and hope to be able to share all of it on Tuesday.
April 15-20 will be a reading contest Students vs. Staff! We are asking that saff fill out our own reading logs for the week. We want to see who can win the challenge.
CONSCIOUS BREATHING: A life-long tool for healthy self-regulation
"Self-regulation is not obedience or compliance but rather the ability to control and navigate one’s feelings, impulses, and behaviors. When children are self-regulated, they can both stop or start doing something, even if they don’t want to. They can delay gratification; think ahead; control impulses and consider options. Breathing techniques give children something specific to do to support themselves when confronted with the challenges of transitions, sharing, waiting, and re-directing impulses."
"Kindergarten teachers rank self-regulation as the most important competency for school readiness. They find it more important than IQ or reading or math skills for social success and academic achievement. Unfortunately, early childhood teachers are also reporting that more and more children are coming to school dys-regulated or with low levels of self-regulation."
"Breathing exercises are a first step in helping children enhance their capacity to monitor and manage themselves, so they can start to self-regulate sufficiently to feel successful in a school setting. Dr. Becky Bailey, of Conscious Discipline, calls breathing the first step in any discipline encounter because it shifts children out of fight or flight mode."
More Breathing Techniques
1. Breathe in the nose, taking a long, deep inhale
2. and then exhale out the mouth on a small hiiiissssssssssssssing sound – like a balloon slowly losing air.
Go super slow and try to
make the exhale last 10-15 seconds or more.
Invite kids to slow their inner speed as they hiss.
Repeat several times so kids can feel how they can use
their breath to slow themselves down, mentally and physically.
is like giving yourself a big hug, and so wonderful for calming, centering, and soothing. It’s a tool I recommend using on a regular basis, before starting any new activity. It also works well when kids are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or irritable.
1. Place one hand on your belly button
2. Place the other hand on your sternum in the middle
of your chest.
3. Take a deep breath and hummmmm while breathing out. Feel the vibration of the sound as you hum and let it ground your body and calm
is a fun, silly technique because you make a bloop sound on the exhale, like a fish. So, it’s sure to start some laughter, which is an effective way to disperse tension or over-efforting, and help kids not take things too seriously. Physiologically, when you inhale deeply, you pull in lots of oxygen needed by our brain and body to stay relaxed and alert. When you exhale completely, you make room for more which helps us release stress and recharge ourselves.
1. Take a deep breath through your nose,
2. Expand up your cheeks and …
3. Push it all out through your mouth …
Bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop, blooooooop.
And again, deep breath in your nose…
Expand your cheeks
Exhale out your mouth …
Bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop, blooooooop.
has the same hand positions as Humming Breath, but instead of humming, you have children move just their eyes (head remains still) slowly and together from right to left on the exhale. This movement facilitates improved eye teaming skills and cross-motor coordination. It’s a good tool for bolstering confidence and shifting to calm if kids are feeling anxious, fearful, or confused.
1. Place one hand on your belly button,
place the other in the middle of your chest.
2. Press your thumb and forefinger into the
soft tissue points beneath your collar bones
on either side of your sternum.
3. Inhale fully through your nose and then, as you exhale
slowly, move just your eyes from right to left.
DIBELS Progress Monitoring-Yellow/Green LOW Students
- Front Office Planning Meeting
5th Grade students visit East
PM- Brook at Master Schedule Planning Meeting
- Jacks Donuts Fundraiser Day
- AM Collaboration
- Dr. Stevenson Visit and walk through- GR Tables
- PM-Brook and Sarah Nuts and Bolts Meeting at Ctech
- Kindergarten Evening Registration
- Principal's Meeting at Ctech
- Coaches Meeting at Ctech
17 Children’s Museum Outreach night
18 4th and 5th grade music programs
18 May field trips due
19 All Pro Dads
22 Skating Party
23 Chow with the Cow
25 Kdg field trip
26 Mid term grades posted
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.