McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

November 6th, 2020

Upcoming Events

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Teacher Feature - Mrs. "B" (Bozzo)

WHY I TEACH

I have always enjoyed working with children and teaching them how to do things. When I was 18 years old, I became a water safety instructor and taught children how to swim. After graduating from college, I became a safety procedure writer for a gas and oil company. Although traveling around the United States, meeting lots of people and writing what I now refer to as “sub plans” was fun, it was not fulfilling. I wanted a career that met the following requirements: make a difference, variety in my day, laugh and have fun. I decided to become a substitute teacher for one year and that’s when I fell in love with teaching, because it met all my requirements and more. I applied for the teaching credential program at UC Davis and haven’t looked back. I have been at McKinley School since August 2011 and I absolutely LOVE teaching children of this great community and my McKinley School family.
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Outside of work Mr. B and I live on a prune and walnut ranch south of Yuba City. I enjoy driving tractors and quads, growing sunflower forts and potted Hibiscus flowers, kayaking, swimming, traveling, driving my truck, gardening with Mr. B, cooking, eating, hanging out with my nieces and nephews and lounging on the couch watching Netflix with my two lazy Labradors, Aggie and Shadow.

Let's Keep Everyone Healthy and Our School Open

We are so happy to be able to give parents the choice for in person instruction for their children. Working together we can ensure that schools stay open. We are asking every family to please do the following:

1. Screen your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school.

2. Keep your child home for at least 3 days if they are not feeling well - sick children should not be at school regardless of the cause of the illness.

3. Keep the lines of communication with the school open - we all want what is best for your child and working together we can accomplish that!

Because of the nature of our current reality, it is critical that our nurse’s office knows of any pre-existing medical conditions of your child, particularly if the symptoms might mirror those of COVID19. For example, if your child has asthma or seasonal allergies, he or she might frequently sneeze, have a runny nose or a cough. We can better support your child if we are already aware of a pre-existing condition. Please call us if this applies to you.

CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH

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This month we’re talking about Gratitude! The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” The definition we are using in class is:

Gratitude: choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world.

We want to make sure we share with students that Gratitude is

1) a choice that we get to make over and over again on where we put our focus and

2) doesn’t always have to be about something positive.

We can feel grateful even for tough or challenging things in our life! There is plenty of research that shows a strong connection between Gratitude and reduced anxiety, increased happiness, and better relationships. Over the course of the month, we will talk about amazing people who demonstrate Gratitude in various ways. We will talk about what we are grateful for in ourselves and in others. And we will even find Gratitude in some things we wouldn’t expect to be thankful for!

Our Staff

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