Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

December 2018

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

As we head into the holiday season, I am reflective about our school year thus far. There are many things for which I am grateful:

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to work with each of your children each day.
  • I am thankful for the trust you place in us to make a positive difference each day.
  • I appreciate the support you give our school and our students.
  • I am grateful for the teachers who work hard each day with our students.
  • I appreciate the partnerships we have with parents like you!

Thank you for all you do for our school and our students! We are glad to work with you and your students each day!

Sue Haugen

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 13

*Grades k-2 will go to movies for their Winter Celebration - 8:45 - 11:30

Friday, December 14

*Grades 3-5 will go to movies for their Winter Celebration - 8:45 - 11:30

Tuesday, December 18

*Parent meeting regarding behavior supports with Dr. Linthacum 6:00 pm in gym

Wednesday, December 19

*PBS assemblies

8:30 grades 3-5

9:40 grades k-2

Friday, December 21

*School-wide Sing-a-long

*School dismissed at 12:15 pm

No School December 24 - January 2

Thursday, January 3

*Classes resume

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PTO Events and Activities

For our Winter Celebrations, in place of classroom parties, we will be taking students to the movies! Please be on the look-out for permission forms for your child to participate in the special event.

PTO will provide snacks for students at the movie theater. DO NOT SEND MONEY - the concessions will not be open.

December 13 at 9:15 - grades k-2 to see Polar Express

December 14 at 9:15 - grades 3-5 to see The Grinch

Breakfast in the Classroom

We will have a new look to breakfast as we begin 2019! We are excited to begin Breakfast in the Classroom!

  • All students will have the opportunity to each breakfast in the classroom each morning. Breakfast will run from 7:45 - 8:15 in the classroom.
  • Classrooms will each have a wagon of breakfast options for students. Students will select from these choices in their rooms and enjoy breakfast as a classroom community.

We are excited about this new opportunity for students and the benefit from seeing that all students have access to a meal to start the day!

Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have students at school every day, ready to learn. Please support our efforts by:

  • Having students at school by 8:10
  • Scheduling appointments around school hours (8:15 - 3:15) when possible
  • Making on time arrival at school a priority by having a morning routine
  • Seeing that students are getting to bed at a reasonable time and are allowed a restful night of sleep

Thank you for your help by letting your child know that school is important to you!

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Teacher of the Year Nominations Open

Want to nominate one of our deserving educators for the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award? Please submit your nomination online before January 9, 2019. Fill out the online nomination form here.

Educators eligible for this award include full-time, certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors or instructional coaches. You are welcome to nominate as many teachers as you would like. The nominated teacher must have five years of teaching experience, with two of those years being served in the Jefferson City Public Schools. For more information, call the JCPS Foundation at 573-659-3743 or click here.

Artistic Thoughts by Boyd

I love December and preparing for the Holidays. I hope that you and your children have a

wonderful December, and joyful Winter Break. Each grade level is working on Winter Holiday

Projects, of which I am very excited. As the students finish them, I will upload photos of them

to Artsonia. I will save some for the Spring Art Show, display some at school for December, and

send some home with you as soon as I finish grading them.

I wrote to send home a December Newsletter. I just put it in homeroom teacher’s mailboxes

yesterday. It includes Artsonia information for each student, Grade level updates for art, and

an Ornament Sale order form. If you want to order ornaments, please turn them in by

Thursday, December 13th.

The letter I sent home is attached in case you need a second copy of it, and it is on my page of the Moreau Heights School Website.

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Jenny Boyd

Coaching by Roedel

In all grade levels we are doing a soccer unit.

In Grades K-2, we are focused on the large motor skills of kicking and stopping the ball.

In Grades 3-5, we continue to focus on the skills of kicking and stopping the ball while also adding passing to our large motor skills. In the older grades, we also learn the strategies of the game that help us to know how to work together as a team.

We have stations where we practice kicking the ball, then kicking back and forth with a partner, and dribbling through cones.

Hope you have a lovely holiday season!

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Focus on Parenting - The Best Consequence

Have you ever been at a complete loss for an effective consequence? One of the most common requests we get is: “Can you give us a list of consequences?”

The reason you won’t find this in any of our materials is that effective discipline involves far more than simply picking the right consequence. It involves building and maintaining loving relationships so that: (a) kids are less likely to rebel; and (b) they experience genuine remorse when they blow it. It also involves setting effective limits, sharing control within these limits, and teaching skills so children are prepared for life’s tough challenges.

With this said, there are a variety of consequences that often outperform the others. It’s called “restitution.” We at Love and Logic call it the “Energy Drain” approach. Performing restitution means to restore. It means to make things right by performing any action that repairs the inconvenience or damage inflicted on another.

It’s the preferred type of consequence because it:

• Leaves kids seeing they can solve the problems they create.

• Requires real thought, action, and learning.

• Builds healthy self-esteem and efficacy.

• Meets the need to reconnect when relationships have been damaged.

While it’s not always possible to repair a concrete object, it’s almost always possible to replace energy drained from another person. Having kids replace voltage they sap is the approach of choice, particularly with youth who feel poorly about themselves and need to see they are capable of doing good.

The next time your child drains somebody’s energy you may want to experiment with saying:
“This is so sad. What an energy drain. How are you going to replace that energy?”

Then provide some options, such as:

• “Some kids decide to do extra chores.”

• “Others decide to wash the person’s car inside and out.”

• “Some decide to stay home instead of being driven to practice.”

Be positive and thankful about their energy replacement efforts. Don’t try to make them feel bad, and don’t be surprised if they appear to enjoy replacing your energy.

Kids don’t have to feel horrible to learn from restitution. In fact, many will feel good about it. When this happens, it often translates into fewer battles for everyone involved.