Morello Park Elementary
Morello has a lot of exciting learning happening in the classrooms. All teachers are participating in rich staff development around reading and writing implementation. Collaboration between our site and John Swett Elementary has been fun and meaningful. Your children may have told you about a group of teachers coming into their classroom and teaching small group lessons. If so, please know that our trainings are occuring onsite and teachers have had opportunities to practice small group lessons with their colleagues present.
Please check our website for the most current events at our site. Dates do change sometimes so referring to our website calendar will be the best way to stay current. We also send out Remind messages since we know that families are extra busy. If you have not signed up for Remind, you can do so from your phone by texting to this number 81010 and in the message enter @morellopa. We send reminders for early days, spirit days, events and other reminders that busy parents might find helpful.
Lastly, our staff wanted to thank our PTA for their continued support at our site. From raising funds to provide extra programs, supplies and opportunities to all of the special events, we are grateful beyond measure. Together, we are making memories to last our children a lifetime.
In November, we had a concert with Gary Lapow sponsored by our PTA. He sang about peace, respect, kindness, anti-bullying, being an upstander, conflict resolution and ability awareness. Children participated in the songs and the assembly was enjoyed by all.
If you are looking for positive songs to play, Gary has them on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and also on his website at www.garylapow.com
Holidays Can Be Tough On Some Children and Families
For bereaved children and families, this time of year can be extremely difficult. The holiday season may trigger certain feelings including sadness or anger related to a family member’s death.Here are some suggestions to help your children through these tough times.
Ideas that might help your child process their emotions include:
· Discuss how this person made the holiday time special
· Make the person's favorite food
· Look at photo's of the person or make a scrapbook
· Create a memory box, poster or collage
Children and parents often equally struggle with balancing school activities, home responsibilities and the fun stuff (fun is important). The problem is, everything feels equally important - so how do we fit it all in? There is no such thing as the the perfect balance - some weeks are going to be more focused on school, some on sports or other activities and others on home responsibilities. However, the key is to help our children practice prioritizing and planning.
As we delve deeper into the school year, homework or home-based projects will begin to increase. Tons of tips and tricks to help support your child can be found with a simple google search, this is my favorite TOP 10 TIPS TO HANDLE HOMEWORK. But, what I know for sure is that one-on-one time to discuss, prioritize and plan for the week/day will set you and your child up for success. Set up a time to review their planners, looks at you home schedule and create a plan that works for your family, there is no one right way! With homework or other activities, when things become overwhelming, help your child identify the first step and use that as a starting point. Most importantly, be patient, keep going and show yourself and your child compassion - these are hard skills to master!
Down Syndrome Connection
Character Trait of the Month: Responsibility
* Do what you are supposed to do, even when no one is looking.
*Persevere and keep on trying
*Always do your best
*Use self-control and be self-disciplined
*Be accountable for your choices and actions
*Think before you speak or act. Consider the consequences.
Morning Greeters and AM Drop-Off
MINIMUM DAY December 21 and Second Grade Musical
Candy Cane Grams to Support Christmas for Everyone
On behalf of the Morello staff, we want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season 2018! It has been a true pleasure teaching your children and watching them grow. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gems…your children. We will miss them during the break.
Since you may have some extra time with your children over the break, here are a few ideas that you may want to consider that are cost free or low cost:
1. *Read with your children, maybe even consider a book that was your favorite as a child.
2. *Share stories from the past and bring your family history alive to your children.
3. *Talk about Holiday Traditions.
4. *Make cookies or do a small, easy craft together. (Dollar Tree has inexpensive ones)
5. *Play games together as a family (e.g. Checkers, Hide and Seek, Card Games)
6. * Practice Math Facts with a deck of cards. You put down a card and your child puts down a card and whoever adds or multiplies the sum first, get those cards. (Make sure they win sometimes)
7. *Encourage being healthy by taking a walk around your neighborhood to look at holiday lights.
8. *Write letters to loved ones who live far away. (or Santa if you celebrate Santa)
9. *Set goals as a family and talk about New Year’s Resolutions and Goals.
10. *Character Traits: Talk about the 6 character traits we teach at Morello and your child can demonstrate those at home: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
11. *Sing and go caroling.
Remember, the most important gift we can give our children is the gift of quality time. Even if time is limited, if we give our children individual attention, it will be something remembered for a long time.
School resumes on January 8th. Until then, we wish you a safe, joyful, and blessed Holiday Season. Have a wonderful New Year’s!
Stacy Joslin, Principal
"Putting Children First"