Vista Oaks Update

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January 8, 2021

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • January 7th: Report cards were mailed out

  • January 18th: No school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • February 8th and 10th: Parent Educator Workshop (flyer below!)

  • February 12th and 15th: No school in observance of President's Day

PARENT EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

We hope you can join us!

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Mental Health Moments

Here are 10 great suggestions for Self Care as shared in the article "Self-Care 101" by Rebecca Dolgin:



Top 10 Ways To Practice Self-Care


There are lots of ways to take care of yourself. If humans came with manual, here are a few tips that might be in the care guide:

  1. Get the sleep you need. This isn’t the same for everyone, but The National Sleep Foundation recommends between seven and nine hours.
  2. Eat healthy. There is a strong food-mood connection. In fact, there is even a whole branch of psychiatry devoted to nutrition. Some of the best mood boosting foods are ginger, turmeric, fish, chia, flax, berries (colors, every color is an antioxidant), green tea, Asian mushrooms, avocados, and broccoli.
  3. Meditate. Meditation helps build mental resiliency and can help to manage anxiety.
  4. Take in nature. Research shows that visits to forests, rural areas, and other green spaces can improve thinking skills and reduce stress. Read more about how,
  5. Check out a good book. Reading fiction improves social-cognitive performance and boosts empathy.
  6. Say yes…and no. People who are open to new experiences literally see the world differently according to research. But, setting boundaries on your time is also essential to well-being. In their book, The Power of No, James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher, show how saying no gives you space to say yes to new opportunities and experiences.
  7. Make time for friends. Close relationships have a wide range of benefits: they motivate us, inform us, help us grow. And, they also have substantial mental health benefits. In fact, not having close friends is a risk factor for both anxiety and depression.
  8. Get to know yourself better. Part of caring for yourself is doing things that are important to you. It’s easy to get so caught up in what other people are doing (hello, FOMO) or what we think we should be doing, that we lose sight of what’s actually important to us. .
  9. Take a social media break. Scrolling through Instagram feels like a fun indulgence, but it’s the nutrition equivalent of eating a big bag of chips: satisfying in the moment, addicting, and leaves you feeling remorseful and maybe a little sick. It also can make you lonely, which has legitimate health consequences.
  10. Daydream, often. Letting your mind wander is linked to intelligence and mental health. And, it doesn’t matter what you’re daydreaming about. So, don’t feel guilty, embrace it!
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Go to www.vistaoaks.net and click on "Virtual Support Library" and then "Math Resources"

Yearbooks

A once in a generation year deserves a once in a generation yearbook. news! The 2020-21 Yearbook is for sale here:


https://voyearbook.picaboo.com/2020-2021


Your yearbook comes with 4 free personal pages and free shipping.


We need your help to make this yearbook fantastic during this time of Distance Learning. If you have any photos of home learning you'd like to share (including any spirit days or Zoom events), please send them in here: https://uploads.picaboo.com/9177922. Information about school portraits will be shared in early 2021.

Virtual Lending Library

Although our Lending Library is unavailable for browsing right now, we don't want you to miss out on some great items! We'll be sharing a few items in the update each week. If you are interested in picking up available items, please email Amy.Morganstein@vistaoaks.net so they can be put out for you. Check the Virtual Lending Library List for availability prior to emailing. https://bit.ly/3412TsJ

Distance Learning

We'd love to see pictures and videos of you learning from home!

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Speak Up for Safety!

We love when our students are able to share concerns with us directly, but having an anonymous option is really helpful for some! We have a safety line in place for this.


STUDENTS CAN EASILY AND CONFIDENTIALLY REPORT THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:


  • BULLYING
  • PEERS IN CRISIS
  • PLANNED FIGHTS
  • THREATS OF VIOLENCE
  • OTHER URGENT SITUATIONS


JUST EMAIL, CALL OR TEXT

speakup@vistaoaks.net

209-443-3003

Please continue to check your email and our website for updates on closures due to COVID-19.

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OAK ROOM HOURS

The office is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10a-1p.

The Lending Library is closed until further notice.

Parking at Vista Oaks

Please do not park along the fence or in the lot in front of our school. Those spaces are reserved for the Byron School District Office. Thank you!

We collect Box Tops!

Box Tops are going digital! Download the app, set it for our school then simply scan your receipt! Thank you!

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