Bobcat News

November 1, 2022

Message from Principal Sisler

Happy November! I hope you all had a fun evening yesterday! Territorial has been a buzz with activity. Last Friday, TPA hosted the annual Harvest Festival for students. This included; mummy wrapping, a mini carnival, face painting, pumpkin sweeping, apple nachos, and more! I heard several students comment that it was the best day ever! A huge thank you to TPA for the time and energy they put into making this a success!

Events

11/ 1 - 11/18 - Food Drive - All food goes to local families

11/5 TPA Playdate - Cancelled for the month of November

11/8 Vision Screening - send glasses with students if they have a prescription

11/8 - TPA meeting 6 pm - Please come help us plan enriching activities for students

11/11 - Veteran's Day - No School

11/19 Taste of Territorial

11/21 Picture Retakes (originals going home soon)

11/23 half day, dismissal at 12:30

11/24-11/25 No school for Thanksgiving

11/30 Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30 Free Pizza, Petting goats, science, math, poetry, and more as you rotate through the stations.

12/2 & 12/5 Parent Teacher Conferences - SIgn-ups are coming out soon

Counselor's Corner - Message from Mrs. Moss

Hello families,

October was Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. I visited some classes, specifically Kindergarten (we identified kind vs unkind behaviors) and 4th grade (we identified what is bullying and strategies for bullying) to explain the importance of kindness and how it can affect others. Speaking of kindness, the Kindness club had much fun bringing a pay-it-forward act of kindness called, "Boo" to classrooms. Each class encouraged another class to "Boo" another class, secretly delivering kind notes and treats to them. Kind acts like these help students identify and practice one way to make/keep friends. Friendship groups have begun! Those who are in a friendship group this season have been learning what they like/need in their friendships, as well as how to make a friend. We will be learning what is kind/unkind in friendships and about problem-solving. Coming up...November is National Career Development Month where I will visit some classes to spark conversation and awareness about careers. Please let me know if you have a specific career you would like me to bring awareness to!

Counselor tip: Remind your student(s) you love them by adding a kind note to their lunch. Kind notes or affirmations from loved ones can improve self-esteem and confidence and instill feelings of joy and belonging, all of which contribute to their success in school.

Additional Contact for Territorial

As you know, Territorial has had phone outages in the past. We now have a cell phone, 541-729-0433 that families can reach us on if that happens again. We ask that you still call us at our main number 541-998-8371 unless there is a phone outage.

Strong Readers

As you know it takes a village to prepare our students to be joyful independent learners, and we are incredibly thankful that you – our families have partnered with us to build strong readers. I know what a difference it can make when educators and families collaborate to support their students. Experts believe that reading to and with your child, every day is one of the most important things families can do.



Encourage your child to read another one -Find ways to encourage your child to keep reading. If he or she likes one book, find another book with a similar subject or by the same author. Ask a librarian or teacher for book suggestions.


Take turns reading -Once your child can read, have him or her read aloud to you every day. You can take turns – you read one page and your child the next.


Make connections to your child's life- Help your child make connections between what he or she reads in books and what happens in life. If you're reading a book about a family, for example, talk about how what happens in the story is the same or different from what happens in your family.


Try different types of books and magazines- Encourage your child to read different types of books, articles, or stories. Some kids, especially boys, prefer nonfiction books. Others like children's magazines.


Turn on the closed captioning on your television -When watching a television show with your child, try turning on the closed captioning channel. This shows the words the characters are speaking on the television screen.

Most importantly, make it fun and be consistent, read each day.

Character Strong

We are looking forward to focusing on Gratitude this month! One way to think about Gratitude is “choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.” Practicing Gratitude can increase our well-being and our happiness. Gratitude is 1 of 3 traits we will focus on throughout the year that helps students Be Well. Throughout the school, students will be developing skills like emotion regulation, positive self-talk, and stress management.


Emotion Regulation Strategies:

● Breathe It Out - take a nice deep breath or try out a specific breathing strategy

● Move It Out - move away from the situation or get some exercise

● Talk It Out - talk to a trusted adult about how you feel


Conversation Starters

What is something you are Grateful for every day?

When someone shows you Gratitude, how does it make you feel? Why?