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Week of 2/8/16

Weekly Recap

This Monday we will gather together for another Be Your Best Assembly with Coach Anne Marie Sebastiani. Please review the following information as a preview of the contents of Monday's assembly.


From Anne Marie Sebastiani:

Be Your BEST Tool: Kindness

Why Kindness:

When other kids are suffering or need help- helping students understand how they might be feeling through kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents. Learning to strengthen their attention on caring and regulate their emotions are foundational skills that will benefit kids in school and throughout their life.


The school environment can sometimes be very stressful; in addition to any issues they bring from home, many students struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, and we thought it could be impactful to teach empathy and caring through Kindness.


We'll share two ways to practice Kindness:

1. Acts of Kindness

2. Caring Thoughts


1. Acts of Kindness are physical acts we can do for ourselves and each other to show we care:

We'll show the video from last year again and ask students what Acts of Kindness can they do here at Flowery.

In the cafeteria:

On the playground:

In their classroom:

On the school bus:

At home:


2. Kindness can be done through saying/thinking the following Caring Thought:


Caring Thought:

May I be safe

May I be happy

May I be peaceful

May I be loved

We'll have students say this caring thought out loud.

Then we'll have them think of someone when who has needed help have them say the caring thought to______________

May you be safe

May you be happy

May you be peaceful

May you be loved.


Finally, we'll ask each student to participate in a Acts of Kindness Challenge. They'll each receive a strip of paper from you and they can write an act of kindness they did or when they had a caring thought for someone here at Flowery. The strips of paper can be connected to make a classroom kindness chain.


Teachers will receive follow up ideas for teaching kindness in your class via email after the assembly.

links: video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU


article: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_if_schools_taught_kindness

Updates

Staff Valentine's Day Soup and Salad Potluck! If you haven't had a chance, please take moment to sign up to bring something to our soup and salad potluck this Thursday, 2/11. Get ready to enjoy some yummy comfort food as we celebrate our connections and teamwork as a staff.


CABE & ATDLE (dual immersion) Conferences:

Please don't forget to tell me if you are interested in attending the CABE conference over Spring break or the ATDLE (dual immersion) conference at the end of June in Sacramento. We have funding to send 4 staff members to each conference. The ATDLE conference is a good one because the entire focus is dual immersion. It's a great place to network and share best practices with the dual language community.

Happenings

Monday, 2/8: 8:30-9:30 Parent Tour

Be Your Best Assembly: 1:05-1:30 grades K-3; 2:15-2:45 grades 4-5

Staff Meeting 3:15-4:30

Technology Plan update

Break into groups for more learning with Google or Lexia/dream box

Tuesday, 2/9: First grade to WFC

Oral Language Fair grades K-2 @ 1:45 pm

Esmeralda off campus @ Equity conference at SCOE (Justina is TIC)

Wednesday, 2/10: Esmeralda off campus @ Equity Conference at SCOE (Lucia is TIC)

Early Dismissal/Grade level collaboration

Thursday, 2/11: Valentine's Day Soup and Salad Potluck at lunch time

Friday, 2/12: No School-Professional Development Day

Duty Reminders

Before School: Osvaldo, Mariana, Laura

AM Primary:Juana, Nancy, Matt

AM Upper: Dora-Aldina, Christi

PM Primary: Lucia, Carolina, Edith

Lunch Helpers for January

Vega & Campbell: Please send 3 students to the cafeteria 3 minutes before lunch. Thank you!

On the Horizon

2/15: No School; President's Day

2/18: PTO 4:30 p.m. ELAC 6:00 p.m.

2/18: GATE Symposium for 4/5 GATE students in Falcon's Nestt 8:30-12:15

2/19: Sing Along & Jogathon Kick off Assembly 9:00 a.m.

2/22: Staff Mtg. @ 3:15 p.m.

2/25: School Site Council Mtg. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

2/29: Professional Development Day: No School (2nd trimester ends)

3/8: Oral Language Fair grades 3-5 1:00 p.m.

3/17: PTO 4:30 p.m./6:00 p.m.

3/14-3/18: Parent/teacher conferences/early dismissal days

3/14-3/18: Copperfields Book Fair in the Library

3/18: Jogathon 9-11 a.m.

3/21-3/28: Spring Break

FLOWERY SCHOOL

Flowery is a Spanish/English dual immersion school, providing all students with the opportunity to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Begun in 1998 with one kindergarten class and a $1,000,000 federal grant, dual immersion now spans grades K-5 at Flowery and grades 6-8 at Adele Harrison Middle School. We are proud to offer this high quality program of choice for Sonoma County families, and are committed to educating all children for success in a global society.