McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

September 25, 2020

Teacher Feature - Mr. Ocampo

Why I Teach

I initially decided to become a teacher to be able to help our second language Spanish speaking students learn to read, write, and learn English. When I was a young student, I used to be the translator for my teachers when we had a Spanish only speaking student in our classroom, Since my dad was from Mexico, I grew up speaking Spanish in my family, I am able to explain concepts in Spanish when needed. Instantly, students' faces light up when they hear me speak their first language, Spanish. After becoming a first grade teacher, I found that teaching reading to all students is my absolute favorite thing to do as a teacher.
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When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy camping with my family, hiking, fishing, and riding my bike. My favorite time is when Erin and I have our children and grandchildren all together!

Character Trait of the Month

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Courage: to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

This month we’re talking about the virtue of Courage – to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of our feelings and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel afraid. Courage isn’t fearlessness, but instead our ability to choose the right thing even when we are scared!

Coming soon....respect!

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Is Your Child Showing Respect?

October's character trait focus is Respect. As we transition into October, if your child is showing repsect, click on this link to nominate your child for Student of the Week.

It's OK

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Join the PTA!

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Did you know we still have an active PTA?

Did you know that you can have a voice, help our McKinley and Wilson kids!! Join us today.

Build Resilience with Art

Research shows that children between the ages of 5-12 may exhibit “the most intense feelings” that can translate into PTSD symptoms, 1-3 years after a natural disaster. The recent wildfires that have threatened and devastated portions of Butte County certainly drive home the importance of building resilience in our children now more than ever.

This program focuses on providing a safe avenue for children to process loss, build security, and gain confidence. Although our program targets children impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, it is important to note that it can be useful for increasing resilience in any child who may be experiencing other life stresses such as COVID-19, racial tensions, and a new wild fire season.

This program is being offered FREE to any children in Butte County. Parents can click this link here to register their children.

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HOPEww Spark Academy