San Vicente School Weekly Bulletin
A Professional Learning Community-- June 7-June 10
"Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey." [M. Josephson]
Community Partnerships (Soledad Police Department)
From one Marine to the other, Semper Fidelis!
The closing of our school year is right around the corner. It is incredible to look back at everything we have accomplished during one of the most challenging times in our history. When we closed down, we were unsure of what the future would bring. We have navigated the course steadily which demonstrates the gregarious nature of humanity. Throughout this journey we have discovered that critical reflection is iterative, revisions have been made, and precedent has been set. In spite of the necessary shift in the educational paradigm, we have endured. Thank you to all of our San Vicente family and community for working together to help our kids prosper.
Thank you to my staff, students, and parents for supporting me throughout my first year as a principal. I have been honored to serve you and to work with you as a team. Thank you to the board and the district for placing your trust in me as a leader. I look forward to another year of partnership and working on new and exciting challenges.
A final thank you to all of those who lost their lives in support of the United States of America and to those who are still with us and who have and continue to sacrifice to keep our country free. To the families of those who have fallen, they may not be with us physically but they are not forgotten. Semper Fidelis!
Have a great summer!
Safety (LCAP Goal 3)
Food for Thought (LCAP Goal 2) (Edutopia)
Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year
These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
June 3, 2021
Rafael macia morant / Alamy Stock Photo
As students return to the classroom after over a year of remote and hybrid learning, loss and trauma are ongoing themes. As many as 43,000 children have lost a parent to Covid-19. Lockdowns and quarantine meant social isolation, which has resulted in increases in depression and anxiety in children and adolescents. Moreover, since schools can be a stabilizing force in many children’s lives, switching from in person to remote to in person again can add stress.
These unresolved traumas can affect memory and concentration, putting students at risk for lowered levels of academic performance. Teachers—many traumatized themselves—are on high alert for students who show signs of trauma, like difficulty sitting still, irritability, emotional volatility, and difficulty regulating their emotions, plus withdrawal, avoidance, and constant fatigue.
In the face of widespread trauma, strategies rooted in emotional regulation, self-growth, and relationship building can help students heal from stress and loss.
Foster emotional expression through creative outlets: Provide students with the opportunity to engage in creative outlets such as art, music, or writing. Let them freely express their emotions and help process any built-up frustrations or stress. Sometimes that requires making time for therapeutic art activities such as constructing masks or collages or having students respond to prompts in creative ways related to the curriculum such as a reflection on a topic in ELA or social studies. Questions like “What advice would you give a character/historical figure?” and “How do your challenges or stressors compare to or differ from those of a character/historical figure?” are relevant and can prompt deep reflection.
Conduct daily mood check-ins with students: Asking students to assess their mood helps them learn how to identify their emotions and helps teachers quickly assess students who may need some additional support before they are ready to learn. Consider using a ready-to-learn scale in which students rate their emotions from 1 to 10, with 1 to 4 representing down emotions of tiredness or sadness, 5 to 7 representing feeling settled and ready to learn, and 8 to 10 representing up energized emotions or even hyperactivity.
If students are on the down or up end of the scale, direct them to try self-regulation strategies such as taking a movement break or doing some deep breathing to help shift them to the ready-to-learn zone. Other check-in ideas include having students describe how they are feeling with one word or through the use of metaphors such as weather. A great way to wrap up the daily mood check-in is by asking students, “What do you need from your peers and teachers to help you be your best self today?”
Create a calm corner in the classroom: Students who feel overwhelmed often benefit from a designated area where they can go to manage their emotions or work independently without having to leave the classroom. Create a separate space equipped with self-regulation tools like coloring worksheets, play dough, or stress balls. A comfy chair, a helpful poster, and directions for bubble breathing can also help settle the mind.
Ask students to write letters to their past selves: Provide students with writing prompts like these:
- “What do you wish you knew prior to the Covid-19 pandemic?”
- “What advice would have made this past year better for you?”
- “What do you want your future self to remember about this time in your life?”
Reflective prompts like these encourage students to acknowledge challenges and brainstorm solutions for managing their struggles.
Focus on student growth: We typically focus on the negatives when we’re stressed, so it’s important to maintain a growth mindset. By highlighting areas where students have grown, teachers can focus on the positives and acknowledge how challenging times present opportunities for learning. Asking students what they have learned about themselves in the past year encourages students to engage in self-reflection.
Encourage students to share about themselves: Try starting each day with an expression of gratitude when you and your students share something or someone you’re thankful for, or conclude the day by sharing something enjoyable about the day. You can also try the think-pair-share model and have students share with partners descriptions of their hero, the place where they are happiest, or a favorite memory. Other ideas include nominating students to share a daily laugh such as a joke, story, or meme with the class.
Focus on fun: Plan time for a favorite card or board game as a brain break. Uno is always a student favorite, and cribbage can help reinforce math skills. You can also gamify lessons by having students earn badges through completing learning challenges or having students take on different roles to reenact certain perspectives or historical events. Movement through scavenger hunts, wellness walks, quick dance parties, or yoga gives students’ brains a break and offers opportunities for students to have fun.
Engage in collaborative learning: Collaboration among students not only fosters healthy relationships but also encourages students to learn from each other and further their understanding of the material. Some great examples of collaborative learning include group problem-solving; using the jigsaw method, where each student is given a task or problem to solve and then teaches the other members of the group; and engaging in small group tasks such as creating a commercial.
Ms. Santos' Class: Giving to the Community Through Project Based Learning (LCAP Goal 5)
Strings Musicians Year End Concert
See You Soon, Ms. Rabideau
San Vicente Panthers
Parent Corner (LCAP GOAL 4)
ALERT: Please assist us in making sure that your students' turn in all textbooks and all library books. If they are lost, please come to the school to pay the lost book fee. Sixth-grade students will not be given their promotion certificate until all outstanding books or fees have been paid.
IPAD'S will need to be returned to your child's teacher. At this time we will not be collecting chargers. Please be sure that your student brings their iPad to class on the last day of school. For those students who are in Group B, please reach out to your student's teacher for details.
Parents of SPED students: When dropping off or picking up your students, please be sure to park in the top dirt parking lot that runs parallel to Orchard St. The lower parking lot is reserved for staff. Thank you for your attention and assistance in this matter.
Promotions will take place next week. Please check with your student's teacher for details:
Preschool June 7: 10:00 am
Sixth Grade June 9: 9:00 am
Kindergarten June 10: 10:00 am
I am requesting your continued support with the following: Please assist your student(s) in filling out their COVID questionnaire each day before sending your students' to school. There is an app on student iPads that has the Soledad Unified School District logo on it and it says, "COVID..." If your student's iPad does not have the app on it, please check your student's email and there is also a link available on our district website. I have also asked teachers to post it on their portals. Please see the example above to access the survey. Thank you.
Next, please continue to check in on ClassDojo, Seesaw, and Google Classroom regularly to ensure that you are receiving current news and information about your child's/children's class(es) from their teacher(s). Your children's teacher and I would appreciate it if you would support us in ensuring that your children are logging in, staying logged in, participating, completing all assignments, and attending their teacher's office hours daily.
Lunch continues to be served daily so please stop by our school site between the hours of 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to pick up a lunch to go. PLEASE NOTE: Our office hours are from 7:45-4:30 pm. If your child's iPad requires repair due to physical damage, please take it directly to the school district office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance and support! We are here for you!
Finally, please continue to check our school's website, Facebook page, and school marquee regularly for updates and upcoming events. We value your input and our kids thrive from partnerships.
Thank you for supporting our school!
Important Events This Week
Jun. 7- Aeries Closes for Report Card Data Entry
Jun. 7- Virtual IEP Marathon Day
Jun. 7- Metz Preschool Promotion Ceremony 10:00am
Jun. 7- San Vicente Preschool Promotion 11:00am
Jun. 9- Weekly Engagements due to Dr. Bailey
Jun. 9- San Vicente 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00am
Jun. 10- San Vicente Kinder Promotion Ceremony 10:00am
Jun. 10- Last Day of School
TOP AR READERS 2020-2021
Nehvyna Hernandez 6th/Pantoja 208.3 points
Dominick Rosas-Rosillo 5th/Salas 190.5 points
Kimberly Fletes 6th/Felix 159.4 points
Noemi De Santos 6th/Pantoja 144 points
Michelle Garcia 6th/Felix 110.6 points
Kevin Zavala-Lara 5yh/Salas 109.6 points
Sofia Pantoja 5th/Mr. Ceja 102.8 points
Ebony Evans 5th/Mr. Ceja 97.8 points
Nathaniel Trujillo 3rd/Mrs. Ceja 84.1 points
Elizabeth Flores-Ramirez 6th/Pantoja 76.3 points
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