June Newsletter

Northside Elementary School

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R.O.A.R. Model of the Month: Connor Crum

4th grade student, Connor Crum, modeled R - Ready to Learn this month. He has done a wonderful job engaging with his learning opportunities and showing up to Zoom with his teachers and peers on a consistent basis. He is pictured above with a delicious reward from Mrs. Pedersen!

Looking Ahead

As Covid-19 continues to bring challenges, I find it important to mention the good that has come from the pandemic as well. The Northside staff have been nothing short of monumental in their ability to plan, prepare and launch opportunities to help our students feel loved, engaged, and equipped. Please thank them for what they've been able to accomplish considering what was thrown at them, and let others know the incredible things happening at Northside.


As I have said, our circumstances have changed, but our mission has not. My hope is that you use this summer to recharge, reflect, and refocus on what lies ahead. To be honest, we are unsure of what the fall will look like. One thing is for certain - we will come back stronger and with a clear plan aimed at meeting the needs of all students with a foundation of strong relationships and care.


Please let us know how we've done this school year. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am available all summer if you need me.


-Mr. Applequist

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Dates to Remember in the Summer

Please stay tuned to emails from Northside and the Palmyra Area School District regarding important dates/events for the summer months and the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Home Stretch!

Each day, we are launching a video of a beloved NS staff member reminding students that we are in the Home Stretch! Anyone can start a race strong, but we have been challenging our students to finish strong and continue the hard work until the final day of school. Remember to check you email or Twitter daily for the Northside Home Stretch video. Here's a shot of Mrs. Mackneer's video getting kids warmed up to give their best!
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Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Pascale

As we find ourselves in new and uncharted territories, it can cause an increase in anxiety in both children and adults. Adults play an important role in helping children understand how to react to events happening right now. The National Association of School Psychologists recommends these tips regarding COVID-19:


  • Stay calm, listen and provide reassurance: Children will react to and follow your reactions. They learn from your example and have an opportunity to learn appropriate problem solving skills.
  • Monitor what your children watch on T.V. or Social Media: only provide developmentally appropriate information regarding COVID-19 and be aware that watching too much COVID-19 updates can be anxiety producing
  • Stay connected to the School: help your children with their educational learning opportunities by providing a space for them to work and maintaining a schedule throughout the week
  • Model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices: teach your child important hygiene tasks (washing hands, avoiding touch face, etc) and abide by social distancing rules

  • Be aware of your child’s behavior and signs of increased anxiety: take time to talk to your child about their fears, focus on positives, establish a routine, keep busy with activities, practice deep breathing exercises or other coping skills, and offer lots of love and affection
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Reading Nook - Mrs. Walters & Mrs. Brier

Your children are active, independent readers for a sustained period of time at school. Having trouble encouraging them to do this at home, too? Enjoy this video series that will guide your student in developing their skills of reading engagement (while you have 30 minutes alone to get your work done!).


https://www.thedailycafe.com/sites/default/files/ReadingatHome_Parent_Letter.pdf


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Can our students and staff read one million minutes? We are going to find out!


Our reading specialists and district librarians have started a #PASDreads1million challenge. All students and staff are invited to participate - all you have to do is read and record the number of minutes you’ve read on a Google form. We’ll see how long it takes us to read one million minutes!


Use this link to log your minutes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZYQOutOGmb9xXNSeL4RWRcLBqfHZzUUtMsk6gTLJofKhliQ/viewform

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Northside Renovation Updates:

At this time, Northside Renovations are on schedule! I will email updates as I am able. For now, the building is emptied, all items are packed away, and demolition work is completed. Thank you for your continued flexibility, support, and patience during this time.