Meadow Heights Elementary School 3/4/22
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Thank you to the team of families who worked so hard to pull off a successful online auction. Special thanks to Karen Kvam for leading this amazing event! Our school board has approved school calendars for the next two school years. The links to the calendars are below. Some of you may be wondering how to speak to your children about the current events in Ukraine. Please see the links below with information on how to address this with your kids. I'm asking all parents to please complete the SMFCSD Parent Survey Link. This is valuable information and we need to have your input. As of today, I don't have updates regarding masking indoors in our district. Please be on the lookout for an email from our district when this information has been shared with our community.
How to speak to students about Ukraine
Problem Solving & Perserverance
Problem Solving is working through difficulties and creating solutions to all kinds of problems; finding ways to work through challenges.
Perseverance is working hard, doing your best, picking yourself up when you fall, and continuing to work hard toward your goal. Mistakes help us grow! Don't give up!
Click on the website for the full article: https://www.kidpower.org/library/article/social-and-relational-aggression/
Social Aggression and Relational Aggression:
Kidpower Skills for Recognizing the Problem and Staying Safe
“Social aggression” or “relational aggression” are terms commonly used by researchers and other professionals with expertise about this kind of behavior, which occurs among people of any gender, not just girls. Kidpower supports adults and youth, regardless of gender, in learning how to:
- Acknowledge and name the problem
- Use non-gendered terms to define it
- Strengthen adult/youth communication about problems, solutions, and interpersonal communication and safety skills
- Address social aggression with a “skill and responsibility” approach rather than a “shame and blame” approach
- Build skills and ‘walk the talk’ to support social-emotional safety, in person or in social media/online
This article is a brief overview of key points in each of those areas. Everything in this article relates to aggression experienced in person as well as online, including in social media and in video games.
California School Parent Survey
Parents/Guardians: We want to know your thoughts about how our school is -
supporting your child’s learning and development
creating a safe and supportive environment
welcoming and involving parents in the community
Please let us know by taking our school-specific California School Parent Survey. Your answers will be anonymous and will help us in our efforts to support all students to achieve their full academic, social and emotional potential.
Take the Parent Survey Link or if you need help to access the survey, please stop by the school office.
Family Education Opportunities
English and Spanish Samaritan House fliers Samaritan House can provide emergency food, diapers, homeless services, emergency housing assistance, or emergency services related to COVID-19.
San Mateo Free Clinic (Adults 18+, income limits):
Samaritan House has a free San Mateo Clinic with medical services for adults who meet the income requirements. Please share the linked English and Spanish Free Medical Clinic fliers. The wellness of the adults in a household impacts the wellness of our students.
Basic Resources: Food
Free Grocery Distribution
Parent Resource: Tips for Talking to Children about Violence
In light of recent events in Ukraine, some families may be seeking a resource related to talking to their child about violence. The National Association of School Psychologists has a tip sheet that is translated into 10 languages. This Google Drive folder holds all Talking to Children about Violence tip sheets.
Parent Education: Parent Venture Series
The Peninsula Health Care District in conjunction with SMCOE is continuing to sponsor a virtual Parent Education series for our community this year. Please see the descriptions below for upcoming options:
How Parents Can Boost Kids' Well-Being and Resilience During the Pandemic
Phyllis Fagell, Licensed Clinical Counselor, Author of Middle School Matters
Monday, March 7, 2022, 1:00pm – 2:00pm PST, Online Event (Webinar)
How can parents support kids' resilience and well-being, as we move toward a "new normal"? Phyllis Fagell, a licensed clinical counselor, journalist, and bestselling author, will suggest tools and strategies that parents can use to show patience, empathy, and understanding towards their children.
Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.
COVID-19 Related Links and Information
The San Mateo-Foster City School District is hiring several positions. See below for more information.
Purchase your Meadow Heights t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, or other spirit wear here.