El Noticiero

February, 2021

Dates to Remember

Monday, Feb 1: Kindergarten Online Registration Opens

Monday, Feb 8: PTO Meeting at 6:00-Join HERE

Monday, Feb 8: 100th Day of School

Thursday, Feb 11: Dress-Up Day-Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Friday, Feb 12: Dress Up Day-Dress Cozy

Monday, Feb 15-Tuesday, Feb 16: No School-President's Day Break

Greetings Sonia Sotomayor Families on our 100th day of school!

I feel incredibly grateful that we have had the opportunity to serve our students in school, while so many others across the nation are struggling with distance learning, access, and student engagement. Our success is due to students, staff, and families who are staying the course, wearing their masks, washing/sanitizing hands often, and staying home when exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID. We know this has not been easy, but we are doing it! With just over 70 days left of school, it almost feels like we are entering the home stretch. Thank you!

Last week I, along with USD Professor Dr. Rob Turner, had the opportunity to virtually attend the Joint National Committee for Languages- National Council for Language and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) Virtual Language Advocacy Days 2021. This is the first time that South Dakota was represented in 40 years! It was a great honor to be a part of putting our state in the mix of such important work regarding language learning! Some of you may know Dr. Turner for his work with our Spanish Immersion Senior Capstone Projects.

Dr. Turner and I visited with staff from Senators Thune and Rounds’ offices and with Representative Dusty Johnson himself. All were very receptive to our requests for support in Washington, DC on four language related issues being discussed at the national level, which were: 1. Support at least $15 in the FY22 Department of Defense Appropriations for the World Language Advancement and Readiness Grants Program (WLARA);

2. Support forthcoming legislation that will provide federal funding for equitable implementation of programs to allow every student in America the opportunity to achieve a Seal of Biliteracy;

3. Co-sponsor the Native American Language Resource Center Act bill when it is introduced; and

4. Join the Congressional America’s Language Caucus.

More information on the above can be found HERE. If you have an opportunity to visit with Senators Thune, Rounds, and/or Representative Johnson, please ask for their support of language learning. Dr. Turner and I were sponsored by the National Network of Early Language Learning (NNELL), which has a wealth of information for educators and families! I encourage you to check this valuable resource!

Please remember to bundle-up your children for this cold stretch that is hitting our area!

Grateful for each of you,

Tracy Vik

Congratulations to Sonia Sotomayor Staff

Congratulations to Principal Vik for being honored as an Outstanding Elementary School Administrator of South Dakota! The 2021 Legislative Commemoration honors eight 2019-2020 School Administrators, including Dr. Vik. All recipients were elected by their peers for outstanding service and dedication to education. The commemoration recognizes Dr. Vik's sincere interest in children and her superior skills in educational administration. Sonia Sotomayor is so lucky to have such an amazing Principal!

We would also like to congratulate the following teachers for being nominated for the 33rd Annual Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award!

Victor Naranjo, Kindergarten

Eliana Gutierrez, 1st Grade

Florencia Nievas-Hawk, 2nd Grade

Bobbi Greenfield, 3rd Grade

Jennifer Castello, 3rd Grade

Lali Triadu, 4th Grade

Lorena Pantoja, 4th Grade

Germàn Arenas, 5th Grade

Thank you to all who took time to write a letter of nomination or letter of support to recognize these wonderful teachers!

Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Do you have a student starting kindergarten next year? If so, you can begin the registration process. Information on registering kindergarten students can be found by clicking the button below.

Kindness Month-A Note from Mrs. Biggar

Hola Parents! February is Kindness Month at Sonia Sotomayor. This year we are encouraging our students to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. Each student will receive a Kindness Checklist in class. The checklist they receive will be in Spanish, but the English versions can be found below. Kindergarten and first grade students are challenged to complete eight Kindness Challenges on their sheet. 2nd-5th grade is challenged to complete 20 acts of kindness from their Kindness sheets! Students turn in their checklist to their teacher, who will give them a pawprint to write their name and one of the Acts of Kindness they have completed. The pawprints will hang on the Wall of Kindness in the Cafeteria. Let's challenge ourselves to learn a few new Spanish words! Seamos amables Lobos!

We also have a few dress up days:

February 8th is the 100th day of school! Never has this seemed like a bigger accomplishment than this year! Students are invited to dress up like they are 100 years old, wear 100 items or wear the number 100!

February 11th is Wear your heart on your sleeve day. Students are encouraged to wear shirts with kind words, hearts, pink, red or white.

February 12th is Cozy Day. Students are encouraged to wear their most comfortable and cozy clothes.

Hopefully focusing on kindness will give us the encouragement we need to get through this last really cold month of the year. With all that we have been through this year, showing kindness to each other and ourselves is really important. Let's continue to role model for our children that we are a community that cares.

Library News

Click on the button below to learn how to access three read-to-me links on the Library home page: Capstone, Scholastic BookFlix, and AV2 World Languages.

Classroom Connections

Click the button below for a quick video with ideas for working with words this month.

Update from the Art Room

For information about Artsonia and art grading, check out Mrs. Kreidermacher's Art Room Newsletter below.

Help Children Learn at Home

Click on the attachment below for tips on creating routines and meeting individual needs to help children learn at home.

Introducing Leaders of the Pack

Each week, Sonia Sotomayor staff is recognizing students who display characteristics of a great leader! Students that demonstrate leadership skills will receive a "Leader of the Pack" tag they can proudly display, as well as a certificate and a special treat. We have been recognizing these great students since December and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of the school year.

PTO News

Happy Monday, Lobos! We are excited to announce that the Spirit Wear online store has opened again. The link below will be live for two weeks, with delivery scheduled for March 8th. We also still have Sonia Sotomayor Elementary decals available. You can purchase them at the link below. Happy shopping!

Please join us for our virtual PTO meeting tonight, February 8th at 6:00 pm. The link can be found below.

Project Warm-Up

Mrs. Biggar and our fifth grade Leadership students recently had the opportunity to delivery Project Warm-Up blankets to the Sanford Children's Castle. The students delivered 26 blankets for children and babies in the NICU. The nurses at the Castle were very excited and happy to receive the blankets for their patients and their families. They explained that some kids arrive at hospital in emergency-type situations and they have nothing with them, so being able to give those children a blanket is priceless!

Mrs. Biggar commented how helpful and courteous the students were during the delivery. She said "they were very attentive when the nurse was talking to them and so cheerful and kind to all hospital staff. They were all just truly delightful. It was such a fun experience!"

Watch the video below to see how the experience impacted our caring students!

Lincoln High School Summer Camps

Lincoln High School is offering summer camps to high school students this summer. Information can be found in the flyer below.
Superintendent Column

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