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Conference Scheduling

MONTCLAIR CONFERENCES


Fall 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Conferences are a great way to discuss what your student has been learning this year. Our Fall Conference appointments will be made during the following times:

Thursday, October 10th, 4:15-8:15p.m.

Tuesday, October 15th, 4:15-8:15 p.m.

Wednesday October 16th, 8:00-12:00 p.m..

We will be using a conference scheduling program called PickAtime. Visit the website at:

https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11607274


The website will be available beginning Friday, September 27th at 3:00 p.m. and will close Sunday, October 6th at 11:59 p.m.


Important Details

Our Fall Conferences will be held for PK- 5th Grade. Conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes only. Please sign up for one conference per child.


Preschool conferences will only be scheduled if you opted to not have a home visit in August. Please discuss with your child's classroom teacher.


One 15 minute conference time per student. If you have more than one student at Montclair, please try to schedule conferences with 15 minutes in between each conference, in the event that a conference schedule gets backed up.


If your student’s conference includes Mrs. Brokaw, Mr. Clark, Mrs. Moody, Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. Neil and/or Mrs. Reid, an appointment may have been scheduled for your student and their siblings.

Register (new users)

Enter your email address and push “Login/Create Account”. (There is an option to type in if you don’t have an email address)

Fill in the required fields and register.

For each child, Student ID is first and last name (e.g. Monty Wildcat) and birth date (e.g. mm/dd/yy).

Sign In

If you’ve previously registered, all you need to do is enter your email and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can select the “Forgot Password” button and a new password will be emailed to you.

Scheduling

Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color. (Note: You will not see all of the teachers at your school, just the set of teachers with which your child has class.) Click on a square to book that time.

Click “Create Appointment”.

Repeat until you have a time for each child.

Reminders

At any time you can click on “printable schedule” and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule.

If you need to make changes to your schedule, please contact the school at 402-715-1295.

Changes must be made prior to 24 hours in advance.

If you do not have access to a computer or you have questions, please contact:

Anne Cooke at 402-715-1260 or email ascooke@mpsomaha.org

We look forward to seeing each of you at Parent/Teacher Conferences!

Math Mentors

Calling all family members of Montclair Students! This year we are excited to add Montclair Math Mentors to our daily schedule in addition to Watch Dogs. Montclair Math Mentors ARE open to any adult family member of a Montclair student. Mentors would be assisting students across grade levels with Math based activities. Mentors would also be involved in helping in the library, workroom, and lunch room.


Ideally, we would like to have a math mentor at Montclair from 8:30-3:30 every day. However, please let us know if you would like to come for a 1/2 day too!


Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please sign up at least ONE week in advance. Thank you!


Please use the following link to sign up for October Math mentors. Click here.

A note from Dr. Kotlarz

According to the OT Toolbox (2018), self control and resisting temptation is a difficult task for many of us. For kids, it can be quite strenuous. Just place a bowl of candy in front of a few unsupervised children and see what happens. The ability to fight urges can be overpowering! For some kids, however, the struggle with impulses is more than the typical developmental growth that all of us go through as we age and become more in control of our urges. Some kids lack the ability to identify appropriate responses, problem solve, attend, or self-monitor themselves in activities and tasks. They may jump out of their seat in the classroom, talk out of turn, make poor choices, or not even realize that they are being impulsive. Does any of this sound familiar? Try the activities below from Brain Balance Centers (2016) if you are wondering how to help kids learn impulse control.


Raise Your Child’s Awareness of Impulsiveness

Sometimes just being aware of an issue can diffuse it. Whenever your child acts impulsively, bring her attention to it and help her to better understand why the behavior is a problem in that moment. If your child interrupts you, advise him that you haven’t finished your conversation and that it’s important that you do so for x reason and ask for patience. When correcting your child’s impulsive behavior, it’s important to do so in a calm and helpful manner so as not to affect self esteem negatively. Don’t make your child feel like he or she is the problem but rather the behavior is the issue and send the message that it can be corrected. However, keep in mind that in some cases kids won’t be able to control their impulsivity just by trying harder—so consult a professional if you continue to have concerns.


Suggest Alternative Behaviors

Provide your child with tools to combat impulsive behavior. For example if your child has a tendency to interrupt, ask him to place his hand on your arm when he has something to say and wait for you to acknowledge him before speaking. If your child is prone to aggressive behavior like hitting or kicking other children, encourage her to take the aggression out in other ways like by biting on a pillow or kicking at a ball or bush. This will satisfy their urge without causing problems or hurting other people.


Take a Deep Breath

Techniques like breath awareness and mindfulness meditation can help improve impulse control. Teach your child to take a few deep breaths when they feel their excitement or impulsivity building. Learning to pause can go a long way towards helping your child to reduce impulsive behaviors. Deep breaths can also help parents reduce their frustration that often arises in reaction to a child’s behavior. So in all cases, remember to breathe!


Praise Patience

Acknowledge when your child is being patient and reward him for positive behavior with praise or a special prize. Children who struggle with impulsivity want to behave and may be more likely to do so when they understand what the preferred behavior looks like.



This month in our PRIDE partner classrooms, students will be focusing on what's in and out of their control while discussing how to handle those each of those.

A note from Mrs. Dischler, the school counselor

September 2019



Dear Parent/Guardian,


This month our classroom counseling lessons in grades K-5 will focus on skills of resiliency, coping and how to get help for oneself and/or a friend if needed. These lessons are intended to educate students on feelings of stress, worry, sadness, how to cope with such feelings and how to ask for help if needed.


Students will identify coping strategies and trusted adults at school and outside of school to whom they can go for help. Any student who has difficulty identifying coping strategies and/or adults who can help will receive a follow up visit with the school counselor to determine if any additional steps are necessary.


Please talk with your child about these feelings, and reinforce appropriate coping strategies such as talking with a trusted adult, exercising, positive self-talk or doing an activity they enjoy. Modeling appropriate reactions to stress and feelings of sadness in your own life and then talking with your child about you handle it in a healthy way can also help to empower your child to make healthy choices.


Please contact Terry Dischler at tadischler@mpsomaha.org with any questions! Thank you for your continued partnership in helping to ensure your child has a successful school year!


Sincerely,


Terry Connor Dischler, M.S., NCC, LMHP

School Counselor

Millard Public Schools

Montclair Elementary School

402-715-1189

tadischler@mpsomaha.org

Lunch Menu

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PTO Pointers

PTO Pointers:

2019-2020 Board Officers:

President: Deana Hammond
Vice President: Catrina Alexander
Secretary: Jenny Miller
Treasurer: Lucas Shook


 Don’t forget about Montclair for your TAGG and Amazon Smiles purchases

 Want to send your child a shout-out on the lighted marquee? Celebration Marquee forms are in the office and on the PTO website.



2019-2020 meeting dates/times:

Mon., Sep. 30 @ 7 PM

Mon., Oct. 28 @ 4 PM

Mon., Jan. 27 @ 7 PM

Mon., Feb. 24 @ 4 PM

Mon., Mar. 30 @ 7 PM

Mon., Apr. 27 @ 7 PM

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