The White Center Family Newsletter

October 2019

White Center Heights Elementary School

Marcello Sgambelluri, Co-Principal

Dr. Shajaira López, Co-Principal

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Our School Year is off to a great start!

There are many things to celebrate in September we have many new systems and procedures across the school that are creating more positivity and safety for students. In September we introduced:


  • A modified lunch schedule and cafeteria systems
  • A recess supervision system, we are currently breaking our playground into large (basketball court sized) areas to increase safety and reset expectations from last year, this system is a work in progress and we'll continue adjusting and improving on it.
  • A school wide positive behavior system based on a school wide economy where students earn Dolphin Dollars and can buy toys, experiences, and privileges with them. We currently have an auction for a Kindle Fire running and students are bidding through October on this. Future items will be a Nintendo switch, laptop computers, and more!
  • School wide implementation of new behavior support structures and calm down spaces in every classroom. These things, combined with our social emotional curriculum are designed to improve student outcomes from root causes and give students the skills to be successful in any situation
  • We introduced a new math curriculum (SFUSD Math) focused on authentic math work around "tasks" that stretch students creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills.
  • Our new modular building for our 4th/5th grade classes was completed and students moved in!


There is so much more we are doing to make sure this year is a great year at White Center Heights. All of these systems are not perfect and we will always work to improve and adjust them as we go through the year! Let us know how we are doing and always feel free to stop by and say hi!

Upcoming Events

Coffee with the Principals

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 9:30-10:30am

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

During our second coffee with the principals all parents will meet together in our newly launched community room! The room is downstairs across from the library, it is our hope this will be a gathering space even when we don't have family events and there will always be computers and resources for families to use anytime of day, just check in at the office!

Microsoft is coming to White Center Heights!

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 9:30-11:30am

10015 6th Avenue Southwest

Seattle, WA

On October 24th from 9:25am-11:40am, Microsoft employees will be at White Center Heights to host a S.T.E.M. day for our scholars. All students in 4th and 5th grade will have the experience of hands on S.T.E.M. activities through a rotation schedule with events such as: designing cities on Minecraft EDU, listening to the career journeys from guest speakers, taking apart and putting together Microsoft hardware, and coding electronics.


We are also looking for any adults who might be willing to join us on this adventurous day and help our scholars have the best experience possible! Please e-mail Shoshana Cohen: Shoshanna.cohen@highlineschools.org if you can help on this day!

Fall Festival at Evergreen High School!

Thursday, Oct. 31st, 5-7:30pm

830 Southwest 116th Street

Seattle, WA

Evergreen is having their annual Fall Festival! There will be games, candy, and activities for all! You can also sign up to be a volunteer here.
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Reminders & Updates

  • The White Center Heights Elementary clothing store is open year round, you may have seen our staff sporting some of this stylish gear, 10% of profits go towards our PE program. Go to http://bit.ly/wchclothing to get some for you or your student
  • White Center Family Education Council (FEC) is putting on a Know Your Rights and Responsibilities in Schools workshop event on October 19 from 9:30-1:30 at Evergreen High School. The Governor’s Office of Education Ombuds will be doing three trainings: Disability Rights and Responsibilities (IEPs, 504s, and more); Discrimination in Schools; and Opting Out
  • Need a booster seat for your student or other children? WestSide Baby has offered to provide booster seats for free to any families that need them, please stop by the office and let us know you want one, we will put down your name and call you when they are delivered.

Disney Musicals at WCH!

In collaboration with Disney Musicals in Schools and Aviation High School, White Center Heights is proud to announce their performance of the LION KING MUSICAL!

Rehearsals with our artists in residence begin on October 14th from 4pm-5:30pm in the cafeteria. All participating students must have a signed permission slip from their guardian.

Permission slips were handed out Friday, Oct 4th by 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. You can also print them from the White Center Heights website or from the PTA’s website.

Rehearsals will be held at White Center Heights every Monday from 4pm-5:30pm starting October 14th and ending the week of our show date –March 19th.

Any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader who wants to participate WILL participate! We also need adult help! Please join us and support our students in this wonderful adventure!


Questions? Suggestions? Email: Shoshanna Cohen: Shoshanna.cohen@highlineschools.org or Corey Mikkelson: corey.mikkelson@highlineschools.org

Social Emotional Learning

The social and emotional learning of our students is essential to them being successful in school and life. These are the skills we use to regulate our own emotions and create relationships with others. At White Center Heights we use the RULER program. There are four anchor tools in each classroom but we'll look at just two.


First is the Mood Meter:

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With this tool students work on identifying their emotions, you can ask our student things like "How are you feeling right now? What emotion are you feeling? Are you in the green/red/yellow/blue? Where do you want to be, red/yellow/blue/green? How can you go from blue to yellow?" The main idea is to: 1. Identify the emotion 2. Identify why you are feeling that way 3. Identify how you can move to a new feeling or keep your same feeling.


The second tool is the Blueprint:

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The Blueprint is used after a situation to solve problems with others, you go through 5 steps:

1. Explain what happened

2. Label the emotions you felt and the other person felt.

3. Understand what made you feel that way and them feel that way.

4. Reflect on how they showed the emotions and how you showed those emotions.

5. Reflect on what you could have done better in the situation AND what you could do now to make the situation better.


The last two tools are the Meta Moment and Charter, we may go into these deeper in a future newsletter but a one sentence summary of each is:


Meta Moment: Is used before the blueprint in the middle of a tough situation to stop, think about your emotions, and make a plan to be as successful as possible in the moment.

Charter: Is a group agreement (made by classes but any group can make it) made to name the emotions we want to feel and what we will do to feel them.


Feel free to use any of the above at home or reach out to your student's teacher to talk through how to use them at home!