Week of November 27th, 2017
We've got a busy (but great) 3 weeks ahead of us before we wrap up 2017. Let's be sure to make the best of it and enjoy every minute with our kids.
We've got a few things planned to treat you with and help celebrate the season. To start with, please enjoy jeans through the coming Christmas break.
... and in case I don't tell you enough... I'm so thankful for you and to be a part of the Wilson family.
Don't Ever Doubt Your Impact
Suggestions for teaching social/emotional skills include:
- Label your child's feelings. Say things like "It looks like you're feeling sad today" or "I can tell you are mad right now." Eventually, your child will learn to verbalize his feelings on his own.
- Validate your child's feelings. Resist the urge to say things like "Calm down--it's not a big deal." Instead, say, "I know you're really upset right now." Regardless of whether you think his emotional response is out of proportion to the situation, teach your child that it's OK to have big feelings.
- Make empathy faces. Say, "Make a face that shows me how that boy felt when you hit him." When your child makes a sad or angry face, he'll actually experience that emotion for a moment. And he'll develop more empathy--which is a key ingredient in social success.
- Let your child experience uncomfortable emotions. It's healthy to feel bored, angry, scared, or lonely sometimes. Teach healthy coping strategies to deal with discomfort, and coach your kids as they practice. With your support, they can learn that uncomfortable emotions are tolerable.
- Correct the behavior, not the emotion. Make it clear that angry feelings are OK but aggressive behavior isn't. And teach your child that it's OK to feel sad but screaming at the top of her lungs in the grocery store isn't OK. Use discipline that teaches better ways to deal with emotions.
- Data Conversations - Our remaining data conversations are this coming Friday!
- Rise & Shine - There are a few remaining dates available. If your class or club/group would like to sign up to host, consider signing up for January 5th or January 12th.
- GEMs - Want to recognize an amazing Wilson educator? Consider nominating them for a GEM (deadline = Monday the 27th). See the email from Jennifer Adams on Thursday the 16th for details.
- ESL Newsletter - Check out the updated newsletter by clicking the button below.
- Educator Writing Survey - See below for information regarding an educator Writing Survey to address our campus System Safeguards.
Educator Writing Survey
Please complete the survey by Friday, December 15th.
Hour of Code
Want to get an early start? Check out https://hourofcode.com/us/learn for sample activities sorted by age/grade level.
PLN Launch Party
It's Party Time!
Week At A Glance
- Welcome Back!
- No Team Time
- 1st Grade Collaborative Team Time
- 1st Grade Field Trip
- Kinder Collaborative Team Time
- Vertical Teams - 3:30
- 5th Grade Collaborative Team Time
- PLN Launch Party - 5:00 - Biodiversity Center
- Happy December!
- Rise & Shine
- Data Conversations