The Bobby's Run School Bulletin

Friday, December 18, 2020

Principal's Message

For the month of December Bobby's Run students worked on demonstrating responsibility. Students and staff brainstormed ways that they could demonstrate this character trait both in the classroom and the community. Stay tuned as Mrs. Paolin and I will recognize our December Star Students of the Month on January 7th during Morning Meeting. We will also introduce the character trait for January.

I hope that you and your family have time to relax and enjoy the winter break. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season. Please look for our next Bobby's Run School Bulletin on Friday, January 15th.

Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation!

~Research and Suggestions by Caren Wallen and Liz Corej, Speech-Language Specialists for BRS~

While there is no manual to guide parents on how to parent their children from birth to adulthood, there’s REALLY no guide to help parents know how to allow your child(ren) to have social interactions with friends and family during a pandemic! Social distancing does not mean, though, that they can’t have social interactions.

There are many alternatives to “up-close,” face-to-face peer play. Although students are on computers for remote learning and may already meet to play video games, here are some suggestions that contain games, websites, and ideas for peer interaction and family fun:

  • Websites: - Crafts, Activities, Games, and Printable Worksheets - Encourage children to look up information on google about their interests (i.e. animals, history topics, or plan a trip for during or even after remote learning. - 3-5 minute dance routines for movement breaks!

  • Virtual Playdates: Children can sign on with their friends and just chat and share family and school experiences. Using Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google HangOut, or Google HouseParty allows the children to meet up 1:1 or in a group (almost like a water cooler interaction without the water cooler). You may need to give your child conversation starters or topics to discuss. For example, “How was school today?”, sports teams scores, or Show and Tell using items around the house.

Another idea is to have children do an art project together like coloring, doing their own puzzle, cutting snowflakes. Make it a weekly event that the children can look forward to!

  • Games via Video Chat:

Dance Party, Would You Rather…, Flip the Bottle, Show and Tell, Facebook Games, Pogo, Pokemon Go. Students play versions of these games as earning time during speech sessions so they should know the rules (and can share with parents/siblings/friends). They love competitiveness and it works on expressive language, vocabulary, and good sportsmanship without them even realizing it!

  • Virtual Field Trips: - From here you can live stream trips to aquariums and zoos around the country. - A variety of 25 field trips. - search Home Safari - observe various animals in zoo habitats.

Here are some suggestions for family interactions or with neighbors for socially distanced fun!

  • Socially distant bike rides

  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Take a walk or drive to play “I Spy” , view nature, look at holiday decorations

  • Yoga or exercise together

  • Include your child in meal preparation, especially snacks or cookies

  • Arts and crafts

  • Talk via phone or walkie talkies with friends in close proximity

  • Make a card to send to a friend or family member, especially grandparents

We hope some of these suggestions will work for your family. Remember, these ideas work at all times (not just a pandemic!) to improve social language with your child. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about your child’s social language needs. Stay safe and have a joyous, healthy holiday season!!

Congratulations to our GEOY and SSMOY!

Bobby's Run Elementary School is so honored to recognize and celebrate Mrs. Amy Andrews our Governor's Educator of the Year and Ms. Brittney Wells our Support Staff Member of the Year. You are both so deserving of this award. Please join me in congratulating them!
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Mrs. Amy Andrews is surprised at her home with flowers, balloons, and sweet treats from Mrs. Rosvold, Ms. Vecchio, and Ms. Larison.

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Ms. Wells celebrates her award with her two sons, Levi and Landon, with big smiles!

Fully Remote

As a reminder, all students and staff will be fully remote through January 15th. School will reopen for hybrid in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19th. Thanks for your attention to this.

BRS Winter Holiday Traditions

The staff at Bobby’s Run School hopes that all of our students and their families are enjoying the season, and are looking forward to the upcoming holidays! In a traditional year, we would have decorated classrooms and hallways. We would be wearing ugly sweaters and celebrating with our classroom parties. This year is different and since we cannot be together in person, we thought it would be nice to share our winter holiday traditions with one another. Do you have a family tradition that you would like to share? Ideas include: decorating a tree, lighting a menorah or candles, caroling, baking cookies, and making gingerbread houses. The sky's the limit!

Today is the last day to enter your winter holiday tradition. Click here to complete your submission!

Holiday Homework Break

The district is taking a holiday homework break until January 4th. We're hoping this will reduce some stress and allow for time to spend making new winter memories.

Click here for the district communication on this.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Virtual Parent Workshop, Social Emotional Learning Tools for Parents

Our guidance department has organized a live virtual parent workshop on social emotional learning. The workshop is hosted by Box out Bullying and is called "SEL Tools for Parents." The workshop will take place on January 7, 2021. Discover how to use certain solution-focused techniques, the Peace Table, that will have an immediate impact on a child's behavior, achievement, and social emotional intelligence. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. We will get additional information about the time and log in access when we get closer. We hope to see you there!

Spirit Days & School Closures

Friday December 18th: Holiday Spirit Day, wear holiday colors to celebrate the season

Wednesday December 23rd: Ugly Sweater Day, half day for students and staff, school day ends at 12:15

Thursday December 24th-Monday January 4th- School Closed Winter Break

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