The Viking View - Families
From the desk of Principal Williams Return to School Options
I would like to start off with an announcement. Maia, our office manager, has accepted a new position as the Accountant Technician II with Fiscal Services. Her start date for this position will be March 1st. I would like to thank her for her service here at Steele Lane. Congratulations Maia!
I have been in many classrooms and conversations with staff this week. We are noticing some disengagement with our students. As a mom myself I can relate to the frustration and hardship on our families during these times. I am asking you at home for some help. If you can please encourage your students to fully participate in ZOOM room sessions as well as working on and completing their independent work. Your student can participate by unmuting themselves and answering or adding onto the classroom discussions, showing themselves on camera, and or participating appropriately in the chat. I encourage you to watch some of these classes or ask to see your student's work. Our teachers work very hard to have an agenda, office hours to ask extra questions, and are available to respond to e-mails, and Parent Square, or other forms of communication. We need your help to ensure the students at Steele Lane stay connected and on track with their learning.
With much gratitude,
Scholars of the Week
Luiya Habtay, Eliana Farwell,John Mwaura,Daniel Logan, Luis Santos Herrera,Eduardo Munoz Cortez,Hudson Pointer, Aliyah Cortes
Julieta Jiminez,Emily Navarrete Flores, Isaiah Norwood,Jared Galvan Nunez, Romina Sanchez,Giselle Rodriguez,Eliel Moreno,Isaiah Davis, Angie Sandoval Avelar,Angel Vazquez Rodriguez, Gael Abrica Ugarte,Jazlene Jiminez Lizeth Martinez,Karen Villafranco, Victoria Ramirez Cruz,Kamari Houston, Jazmin Ramirez,Marcus McClain,Jason Jimenez Mia Duque,Bella Espino, Alexa Salas,Luis Mancilla, Randy Villegas Hernandez,Araceli Vega,Jairo Andrade,Ernesto Ambriz Rojo,Alezander Ortiz, Montserrat Gomez,Brianna Moya,Ashley Nunez,Linda Vasquez
Abilene Arrellano,Emma Agudo, Abel Choez,Cai Avendano Lopez, Tyler Yun,Yahir Sandoval Perez,Tug (Matix) Harris,Jeremiah Walker,Camila Medrano,Ra’ad Pasha Jairo Andrade,Diego Valadez,Emma Agudo,Armani Avendano Lopez, Robert Blystone,Ivan Barrientos,Guadalupe (Lupe) Ojeda,Astryd Camarena, Skyler Olvera,Vanessa Mendez,Jessica Camarena,Brian Solano
The Listening Tool
Dear Steele Lane Families,
This week we’ll focus on another Tool, the Listening Tool. The Listening Tool highlights the importance of accurately reading the signals and words of others, and paying attention to the information within us (what’s going on within me right now?) We listen “with our ears, our eyes, and our hearts.” With eyes on the speaker, body language may help us pick up what is unspoken. Remembering to use our heart allows us to notice what the other person is feeling and to emphasize with what we would feel if we stood in someone’s else’s shoes.
Listening actively means we are committed to really understanding what our child is trying to communicate—beneath the presenting words, tone of voice, volume, or behavior. When people are in a conflict, one of the most common statements made is that they don’t feel heard. When the Listening Tool is practiced, good will is fostered and understanding becomes easier.
Here are some suggestions:
· Remind family members to listen with their ears, eyes, and heart.
· During conflicts, listening is important. Listen to your body if you need to take a break, and then come back to talk about things.
· Work with your child to name the feelings beneath what they are saying. We can say, “I see that you are angry, are you also feeling hurt?”
· Understand that children are learning to express themselves with words, which takes time. Listening to them during this developmental stage of life helps to foster connection.
By practicing this Tool at home, you are helping your child to feel understood, validated, and heard. You are helping them become effective communicators and listeners.
Elementary School Counselor, MS, PPS
We need students enrolling at Steele Lane!
Materials to pick-up
When you are on campus
As we welcome families/students to campus for our various material distribution, we'd like to remind you of a few health and safety protocols.
1. Please stay home if you or your student:
- exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)
- tested positive for COVID-19, and are within the 10-day isolation period
- have had close contact (longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days
- live or cohabitate with a person who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- traveled outside of the state (specifically to high-risk areas) within the past 14 days
2. While on campus, please respect social distancing of 6 feet and wear a mask at all times. We recommend sanitizing your hands prior to and after the event.