Our House Annoucements

September 20, 2020

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We Belong Here!

Hello Falcon,

You made it through your first 5 day week and Week 3!

This week's edition is includes a message from Ms. Stromberg on being well rounded, a Social Emotional Lesson from Thrively on Gratitude, and the Benefits of Taking a Break from Screen Time.

With Kindness,

Ms. Bohn, Mr. Lightner, Ms. Stromberg, and Mr. Tahapary

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

OVMS Counseling Canvas 2020-21

Make sure to check out our OVMS Counseling 2020 canvas site at the link Here

You'll need to be a student or observer of your student's canvas site to view the link.

Student Support Services' Corner

Here is a message from Our Student Support Services Specialist Ms. Stromberg.

Fellow Falcons

We hope that you are engaging and learning new subjects 📘✏️through distant learning!🎧🖥

Challenge yourself 💯to learn something new besides your academic work.

Here are some fun skills to try:😃

  1. How to write a letter/thank you note to a friend, relative or teacher
  2. How to introduce yourself and say something unique about you
  3. How to care for a pet
  4. How to converse with somebody who is much older than you and learn something new about thier past and history
  5. How to cook and plan for a meal
  6. How to set the table
  7. How to notice the needs of others and be a great help even if it is simple task of opening a door or saying hello with a smile

Here are a few ️self care activities you can engage in:

  1. Talk to a friend🙋‍♀️📞
  2. Read a book📚
  3. Go for a walk🚶‍♀️
  4. Ride a bike🚴‍♀️
  5. Play with your pet🐕
  6. Take a nap🛌
  7. Play board games⌨
  8. Write a poem or short story📓
  9. sing your favrite sonngs🎤🎼
  10. Make a list of the things you are really good at
  11. Write a letter to your future self💻
  12. Read inspirational quote👓

Every day is a fresh start! Welcome new opportunities. leave past mistakes behind. As Satchel Paige said,

"Dont look back. something might be gaining on you'. Look to the future with excitment and hope. Start the new school year with this attitude, and your'r sure to have a better year.👍

"I will make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes"

Sara Teasdale 😊

Gratitude as a Learning Strategy

Social Emotional Lesson- Gratitude Thrively

This week's Social Emotional Learning is about Gratitude and how it can boost your mood and increase happiness.

To access Thrively please click on the link below


Once prompted, enter your username and password which are the following

Username: Student Id Number (ex:1234567)

Password: qx1fpv

Once you are in you will be prompted to change your password. If you have logged in before, please use the last password you created. Feel free to look around.

Once you are logged in click on the link below.


This actively should take you less than 30 minutes.

The Effects of Too Much Screen Time.

Check out the article below about Screen Time. As we know, our screen time is being increased with Virtual Learning. Below are some negative effects of too much screen time and quick tips to reduce screen time.

Whether you keep the TV on all the time or the whole family sits around staring at their smartphones, too screen time could be harmful. Here's what some of the research says:

  • Obesity: Too much time engaging in sedentary activity, such as watching TV and playing video games, can be a risk factor for becoming overweight.
  • Sleep problems: Although many parents use TV to wind down before bed, screen time before bed can backfire. The light emitted from screens interferes with the sleep cycle in the brain and can lead to insomnia.
  • Behavioral Problems: Elementary school-age children who watch TV or use a computer more than two hours per day are more likely to have emotional, social, and attention problems.

Establishing Family Rules With Electronics

Telling your child to turn off his video games while you're sitting in front of the TV won't do anyone any good. It's important for you to set healthy limits on your electronics use for your own sake, as well as your child's sake.

Here are a few household rules you might want to establish to curb screen time:

  • No digital devices during family meals.
  • No screen time in the car.
  • No screens allowed in bedrooms.
  • No electronics use during family fun nights.

In addition, consider an occasional digital detox for the whole family. Create a screen-free night once a week or commit to unplugging one weekend a month. It could be good for everyone's physical and emotional health, as well as your family's relationships.

welcome back oak valley!!!!! - Small

Parent Technology Presentation Week 2

Just in case anybody missed this last week....New to PUSD, Oak Valley or Middle School? Wondering what all these different applications and programs are? Take a few minutes to look the following Power Point. This will give you the basics of the different applications we use and how to check on grades, assignments, and contact teachers.

COVID 19 Resources

Your Oak Valley Counseling Team

Jocbethem Tahapary: A-Le jtahapary@powayusd.com

Kenya Bohn: Li - Z ebohn@powayusd.com

Andrew Lightner: alightner@powayusd.com

Counseling Assistant: Belinda Pagaduan bpagaduan@powayusd.com

Student Services Specialist: Sandra Stromberg sstromberg@powayusd.com

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

The Access & Crisis Line San Diego 1-888-724-7240

The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.

California Warmline: 1-855-845-7415

Text TEEN to 83986

TEEN Support Guide