The Winn Word

September 11, 2020

Family Connection: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Winn Elementary

What is Second Step?

Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. Second Step is more than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a positive school climate and empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.

What are the benefits of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

In classrooms from early learning through 8th grade, students are learning valuable social skills, emotions, and problem-solving strategies. Building a foundation of social skills is important for classroom management and independence. SEL provides the students with tools to engage in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement. These skills are impactful for students lives because it goes beyond the classroom, in fact it helps students navigate through their community.

Why Second Step?

Second Step Social Emotional curriculum has been successfully implemented by over 26,000 schools worldwide. This curriculum is designed to align with district standards. Educators, counselors, and parents find the lesson plans easy to use. They have the opportunity to engage students in activities that promote problem solving, empathy, and social skills. Finally, Second Step has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Department of Education, for the quality of research, training, and teacher and family support.

Always remember in a world where you can be anything, BE KIND!

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Family Check In - Things We Learned From Week 2

  • Please do not send extra shoes in for your child. This year, we are trying to keep kids out of the hallways as much as we can. The students are going directly from their room to outside so we are not stopping to change into other shoes.
  • We are using headphones every day in our classrooms. If your child wants to bring a different pair of headphones from home they can. The headphones need to fit in the pocket on the outside of their chromebook.
  • Each night, can you make sure that your child's chromebook is plugged in to charge it for the next day.
  • Thank you so much for putting an extra mask in your child's backpack each day. We do have back up masks if your child needs one in an emergency.

Drop Off Reminders in Morning

In the morning please make sure that you do not let your child out of the car until you see an adult outside. We will open the door and then you are welcome to let your child out of the car. Thank you for your help! Let's stay safe and stay in school!

Free Hot Breakfast and Hot Lunch

Did you know that your child can receive a FREE breakfast AND lunch every day through our school cafeteria? We have received additional funding to feed all of our students every day! Please have your child order each day to assure they can be fed through this program. You must preorder the day before at school to qualify for the FREE meal.

We need your help! Even though breakfast and lunch is FREE, have you filled out an application for FREE/REDUCED lunch program. We want every family in the district to fill out the paperwork for this program. Did you know that the more people we have qualify, the more Federal dollars we get to help kids. Our Title I program that helps kids catch up with reading and math is an example of our Federal dollars at work. Even if you think you may not qualify or you may never use it, please fill out this application anyway. Thanks for helping our kids at Winn!

Bluejay Online - How to Be a Successful Virtual Learning

Welcome to all of our learners in the virtual world of "Bluejay Online". Thank you for being patient with us as we work to support all of our learners at home. If you have technology issues, please call the tech help line. This line is open 24-7. You can also email the tech department for help.

Here are some ideas to help:

  1. Come to Morning Opening everyday at 7:55! I am broadcasting LIVE from a Google Meet (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and Facebook LIVE on Wednesday. Have your child log into their google account and go to Google Meet from their "waffle". Enter the passcode to get in (passcode is winnmo)
  2. Check in with your teacher's Google Classroom everyday. They are sharing if they are doing synchronous lessons (LIVE) and asynchronous (TAPED) lessons each day.
  3. The more active you can be with the classroom and what is happening the more connected your child will be to school. Encourage them to take part in the synchronous learning each day by helping them check their clock and plan.
  4. Do you need help with navigating Google Classroom? Watch for a video this next week to help you. If you need help navigating this world, please reach out to us!

Student Health Check Every Morning

Thank you for screening your child everyday before they come to school. If your child has any of these symptoms, please call the office. We can contact the school nurse for additional support. We would rather you keep your child home to be safe. The more we work together, the longer we can keep our kids and staff safe and keep school open.
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Have You Done The Census?

Did you know that completing the Census helps our school? Please take the time to complete the 2020 Census by completing your questionnaire. You can do it online, phone, or by mail. Please help us get the important Federal dollars our Shepherd Bluejays need. It takes about 5 minutes to fill it out online.

The link to do it online is

2020 Census PSA: Census Made Simple (2:20)

Winn Elementary

We appreciate all of the kindness and grace that has been offered to us as we work to find our new normal. Thank you for sharing your child with our family here at Winn. If your family needs help with social emotional needs or food, please contact me. My door is always open for our families.