February 2016

School Fundraising

Come support our fundraiser at Chick Fil A and Cici's Pizza. Our school earns a portion of the profits back. Chick Fil A Night is the first Thursday of the month and Cici's is the fourth Monday. The teachers with the most participation at Cici's wins a pizza party.


Be on the lookout for the Scholastic Book Fair.

February 25th thru noon on March 4th.

Pennies for Patients will begin this month

Start saving your change and help THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Silverdale’s National Elementary Honor Society will run our annual campaign throughout the month of February

Art News

Art classes are starting a unit on Haiti! In the process we will practice Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood! We will learn about shapes, colors and landscape/cityscapes in the process. Fifth grade students will be developing a "coloring book" based on our theme. Look for more information about this in the near future!

Important Upcoming Dates

February 15th Now a school day (make up day for Jan 22nd)

February 23rd Interim Reports

February 24th Early Release Day (Dismissal at 12:30)

Feb 29-March 4th Dr Suess week(info to come)


Online registration opened Monday, January 25th at 9:00am and closes Thursday, February 18th by midnight. Deadline for all forms and payments to be submitted to the Wilmington Family YMCA is February 22nd. Programs start the week of February 22nd and End of the season 5k will be Saturday, May 7th!

Remember Silverdale is doing online registration. Information was sent home with directions to register on January 25th. DO NOT FORGET once a full team is registered we will not be able to accept any more applicants so register fast to make sure your child gets a spot on the team. If you have any questions contact either Joe Thompson or myself at, or by phone at 910-326-5146.

- Cal Sligh

Upcoming School Counseling Focus for February 2016

School Counseling for February 2016

Tips for parents to look out for in your child while dealing with emotional changes.

It is important for parents to have an open and effective line of communication with their students. It benefits the student as well as the other members of the family. Good communication improves relationships, self-esteem, and respect for one another. Students learn how to communicate correctly by watching their parents. If their parents communicate in an open, effective way chances are their students will too! Students begin to form certain beliefs about themselves based upon how their parents communicate with them and their siblings. When its effective communication, their students are more apt to feel heard and understood by their parents. However, if communication between parents and their student is represented in a negative way, the students may feel unimportant, left out, and misunderstood. Parents who have established an open line of communication are more likely to have students who are willing to do what is expected of them and feel secure in the family unit.

Ways of Positive Communication:

  • Make yourself available to your student when they have questions or need to talk
  • Communicate at your student’s level - Go down to their level both physically and verbally. Speak in age appropriate language and kneel to their level for good eye contact
  • Really listen when your student is talking to you - Maintain good eye contact, eliminate distractions, listen with a closed mouth, ask the right questions, and express your feelings and ideas in a positive way about what your student is saying
  • Have a scheduled time for family meetings or chats - This is especially effective with older students. Gives every family member a chance to speak and helps the parents check in with their students
  • Admit when you don’t know something - However, help your student find the answer. It shows them that you are in fact human and don’t know everything. Giving them the tools and resources to find the answer can be time spent together as well as learning together
  • Use “I” messages when discussing conflicts - For example: “I feel frustrated when your room is dirty” versus “You never clean your room when your supposed to” shows the student how you feel rather than blaming or accusing
  • Be willing to forgive - talk, work out the situation, and forgive! Teach your student to be forgiving by being forgiving. It is a lot of hard work to have open, effective communication with your students. However, making the effort and starting when they are young can be rewarding for all involved
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