"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry
Year 2 - The week ending February 24, 2023
Congratulations to OUR MR. JIM
Title I Family Engagement Survey
Please be sure to choose GHE for your school when answering the survey. We will keep the survey open until March 9 and I will send out occassional reminders. We would love 100% participation in order to have your voice heard. Thank you!
KIDS HEART CHALLENGE
Please check out this email and information that is going out from Coach Eller regarding the American Heart Association Fundraiser.
We are participating in the Kid's Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. During an assembly on Thursday,, the KC representative for the AHA, Melissa Rock, led our students through a lesson about our hearts and taught hands-only CPR. Along with this, she and I let everyone know about a great fundraising opportunity that our school gets to be a part of from Feb. 24th through March 24th. The money raised from this fundraiser as part of the Kid's Heart Challenge goes to helping children and adults who need heart surgeries, need personal AEDs, or other assistance devices.
OUR GRAY HAWKS were sent home with an info letter that explains everything and how to sign up.There is also a QR code that takes you to our school's page and from there you can sign up as well. Donations occur online through the students page after they get signed up.
During this fundraiser there are specific prizes that students can win. There are individual prizes such as key chains, jump ropes, t-shirts, and more. The class that raises the most money will receive a pizza party. Every $1000 raised, one staff member will be slimed, and if we reach OUR GOAL of $6000 Dr. Springer and I will sleep on the roof of Gray Hawk for a night in addition to all of the sliming that will occur! :)
Finally, AHA has partnered with the KC Chiefs and are offering a field trip to tour the stadium and meet some of the staff and players. To win this prize we have to raise $3500 to be entered in a drawing with all the other KC area schools that raise that amount. Two schools will be picked and if Gray Hawk is chosen 25 students, Coach Eller, and a few staff members will be on a field trip to Arrowhead for the day.
On Thursday, Connor Stark (4th grade student in Emma's class) came to me with an idea. He was inspired by Kindness Week and had the opportunity to volunteer at Happy Bottoms. He approached me and asked if we could organize a diaper drive with Happy Bottoms.
Happy Bottoms is an organization that provides diapers to families in need. While they are most in need of sizes 4, 5, and 6 they will collect any size diapers. Diaper packages can be new or they can be partial packages that are open in a bag or box. They will also accept baby wipes but those must be new and unopened.
In sitting down with Connor, I was very proud of him. He had answers to all of my questions and I was able to convince him to lower his lofty goal of 20,000 diapers down to a goal of 2,000 diapers. I told him that we could do this throughout the month of March and see what we could collect. The thing that was most impressive to me is that he said even collecting 20 diapers is better than collecting no diapers. I love the heart that OUR GRAY HAWKS have for giving back! i will put some information together and would ask that you share it with OUR families.
Connor's Family is sponsoring a pizza party for the class that donates the most diapers.
Gray Hawk Talent Show PLEASE READ
Sign Up for the Talent Show is Tuesday, March 7, 2023 between 5 and 6:30 pm.
Dress Rehearsal is Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 6:00 and participants MUST attend
Gray Hawk Talent Show is Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 6:00 pm.
Please read the attached flyer for more details.
If you would like to sign up to be a part of the 2nd Annual GHES Talent Show, please fill out this form.
GRAY HAWK GROOVE was a huge hit!!!
Gracias to DJ Tommy Andrade of 90.1 KKFI's Taste of Tejano radio show for donating his talents to OUR event! He did an amazing job and kept the party going from the opening notes to the final song of the night.
Thank you to Lynnmark Mercantile for donating cookies to OUR event.
HUGE SHOUT OUT to Joni Gay, Tiffany Moyer, Kristin Jordan, and Graciela Holister for planning such an amazing event!
GHES FUNDRAISING W/ SPORTING KC & KC CURRENT
We are teaming up with Sporting KC again this year to raise money for our school! EVERYONE is invited to sign up for a training date. Training is very easy and the school earns money for each person that is trained! Once training is completed, please feel free to sign up to work a game! If you volunteered last year, we are required to be trained again. Thank you in advance for helping our school raise funds to do some amazing things!
Training Dates are:
Monday, February 27 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 28 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 4 9 - 11:00 am
Parking and meeting details are in the Sign Up Genius.
KINDERGARTEN for 23/24 School YEar
Shout Out a Gray Hawk Staff Member
Gray Hawk Neuro-News
- Keynote: The Developing Nervous System and How Adversity and Resiliency Impact our Emotional, Cognitive and Physiological Health - Dr. Lori Desautels
- Deep Dive into How to Tap into the Nervous System of our Most Dysregulated Behaviors - Dr. Lori Desautels
- Moving Beyond Rewards and Punishments - Connie Persike
Sensing Safety: Prevent Crisis with Sensory Supports - Jessica Sinarsky
You're Getting on My Nerves: Supporting Adult and Child Dysregulation through a Lens of Applied Educational Neuroscience - Dr. Dustin Springer
More Than Tools And Strategies: How A Simple Philosophy And Fundamental Neuroscience Can Reduce The Need For Punitive Discipline Practices - Guy Stephens
From Islands to an Ecosystem: Proactive Strategies that will Change Your School - Jessica Harris and Dr. Shannon Gauble
Keynote: Leadership Panel - Principals in Action - Dr. Dustin Springer, Dr. Melissa Sadin, James Moffett, and Jodi Place
Regulating their Being; Creating a Relational Regulation Space for Students and Staff - Meg Baldwin
Now What? Putting Trauma-Informed Practice into Action - 5 Must Do's for Schools - James Moffett
It Takes a Village. Building Trauma-Informed Partnerships with Families and Communities - Tracey Leonard
I'm a Teacher, Not a Therapist! Decreasing Overwhelm & Empowering Educators in Their Appropriate Role in Healing Trauma in Students - Doris and Rick Bowman Consulting
Increasing and Securing Student-Teacher Relationships with CTRT - Dr. Christie Opiola and Dr. Cara Carnes-Holt
See, Guide, Trust: How to Guide Children Effectively - Mr. Chazz
Student Discipline "Suspended": Supporting Student Success within an Inclusive SEL Framework - Stephen Jez
Secondary Traumatic Stress Solutions for Educators and School Personnel - Dr. Tracey Cleamans
How to Handle "That Parent" - Kathleen Hilchey
Refuel, Reset, and Replenish: Creative Tools for Resiliency - Kay Glidden and Beth Reynolds-Lewis
Why Does That Student Get To Me?!: Understanding, Accepting And Empathizing Our Ghosts In The Classroom - Dr. Jane Samuel
Check out some pictures from the event below! I left with a completely full heart and was sad to leave all of my friends but it was great to come back and be with OUR GRAY HAWKS!
"UNAPOLOGETIC DISRUPTERS" UNITED TO CHANGE EDUCATION
Prepping for Day 1
Hanging out with amazing people before the conference starts.
Joe Brummer, a leader in the field of Restorative Practices and dear friend.
Keynoting the Final Day was an honor!
Day 2 Keynote featuring James Moffett, Dr. Springer, and Jodi Place moderated by Dr. Melissa Sadin
There were over 2500 people in attendance at the ATN 2023 Conference
Sharing OUR GRAY HAWK story
My Butler University Neuroscience Cohort lead by Dr. Lori Desautels had five presenters at the conference and representatives doing keynotes on two days.
Connie Persike, Supportable Solutions
Teachers did not want to see "Dustin Springer" on their class list. #devilchild
This is Jessica Harris. Jess created a program called CLIMB for K-2 students facing long term suspension and expulsion. She is a hero and dear friend!
Mathew Portell, former Nashville admin and current PACES Director of Community is a dear friend and inspiration!
Meg Baldwin (right) trained OUR staff in Bal-A-Vis-X last summer.
If you look closely, you can see 1st grade Mrs. Brown's son with Meg at the training.
The Punitive Trauma Cycle will be one that we discuss as a staff to further OUR knowledge.
James Moffett, Dr. Ricki Gibbs, Mathew Portell, & Jim Sporleder have changed my life for the better!
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