From the Principal
Hello Jefferson Families,
As I write this, we are right on the eve of spring break and the conclusion of parent/teacher conferences. When we return, we will enter the final stretch of the school year, filled with a number of activities, including field trips, annual state assessments for our 3rd-5th graders, our final Charger Champion assemblies, fifth grade outdoor education camp, and other fun traditions. In addition, we will continue support the growth and achievement of each of each Jefferson student.
One message we are continually promoting with our students is that of a growth mindset. As we move into this last stretch of the school year, we will continue to encourage and inspire Jefferson students to believe in themselves and their ability to grow and become improved versions of themselves. A few years ago, I was part of a professional book study on the book Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter Johnston. While the target audience is educators, I believe there are many things we can take away as parents.
Johnston shares how we need to continually be saying to kids, “Yes, I know you can do this.” We do this so students believe, yes, I can imagine myself being able to do this. Teachers and parents must view children as competent and imagine the possibilities for them. Children need to believe there is a reason we are asking them to do important things – these are things that will help them in life. With self-talk, we want students to think, “I’m the kind of kid who can figure things out.” Things like an unknown word, what to do at recess, how to solve a problem with a classmate, and more. Of course, we need to teach them how to do these things, but they need time to practice, and most importantly, how we talk about and around kids or even allow ourselves to talk inwardly about kids has an amazing impact on how we interact and treat them in terms of our stance towards their learning. The way we think about a challenge really dictates how we will overcome or solve it, or not, such as the case may be.
Here is some helpful takeaways right out of Choice Words:
Language we can use when a student needs time and support in thinking:
• Keep going, I think you’re on to something.
• What else?
• Say more about that.
When a student’s sharing is not clear or able to be understood by others:
• Are you saying?
• Is this what you mean?
• This is what I think I heard you say. Do I have it right?
When a student’s thinking is way out there:
• Wow, I never thought of it like that before!
• So help me out here. What’s the evidence in the text that leads you to draw this conclusion? What in your experience makes you think about in this way? (Hold
them accountable for thinking that is connected to the text)
To broaden or expand the thinking:
• What might be another way of thinking about this?
• Who has another point of view?
• Now let’s look at this a different way. What if?
To help students become independent workers/problem solvers:
• What’s your plan?
• What will you do next?
• Have you encountered this kind of problem before?
To support metacognition:
• How did you figure that out?
• What exactly did you do?
• What did you learn about yourself as a reader, writer, mathematician, or scientist today?
Here is to all of us parents and educators as we strive to support the children in our lives in meaningful ways.
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April 14: LIF Friday 2:15 pm release
April 21: LIF Friday 2:15 pm release
April 21: Spring Family Dance
April 28: LIF Friday 2:15 pm release
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News from the music room
Mark your calendars for our Jefferson Spring concerts!
May 1st: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
May 8th: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
Both concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Everett Civic Auditorium. A letter recently came home with students, but please feel free to call or email with questions. I am thrilled that we will be able to share our music with you in concert once more! Luckily, the covid regulations have been relaxed, and our music venue now has a significantly bigger capacity. We hope that all parents, guardians, and family members can come to watch our hardworking chargers put on a terrific show.
Ms. Rivera, our teaching intern, continues to learn from us and has started teaching some lessons in all classes. She has helped us with learning some of our songs in Spanish. She is excited about the concert and hopes to see you there.
Do not forget that our digital curriculum is also available to access from home, by going to https://musicplayonline.com/student-login/ and entering the access code: d563078. There you can find many of the songs we are learning and the games we play in class. There are also several learning opportunities on the music Canvas pages for each grade, including sing-along videos of the songs we will perform at the concert.
News from the library
Hello from the Jefferson Library
In the library we continue to focus on routines that help students build independence while developing the love of reading! Our library has a wonderful collection of books that grows and changes from year to year. Speaking of new books, thanks for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair. Jefferson students all benefit from book fair purchases through earning Scholastic Dollars, which are used to purchase library materials for our school. One last reminder to please read it, love it and return it. Our books are a great resource for our students to share.
News from the Gym
Health and Physical Education
Happy month of April everyone! Jefferson students did an AMAZING job at the APEX Fun Run! Learning about cardio-endurance and our practice of pacing at a “just-right” has speed paid off! Everyone’s effort, participation, and positivity made it a super fun day!
FIELD DAY!: Mark your calendars, JFE Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 16th. Stay tuned for more information about times and schedule. We will be in need of volunteers to help make Field Day a success. Please be on the lookout for an email with a Volunteer Sign-Up link in May. Volunteer approval lasts two years from the date approved, therefore, volunteers who received approval last spring do not need to fill out a new application this year!
Here’s to a healthy and happy Spring! 😊Ms. Rowe
Happy Spring Jefferson Families!
It was great seeing so many families around Jefferson during parent teacher conferences. We hope connecting with your student’s teacher was valuable and gave you a great deal of information about your student’s learning progress in all academic areas. As we look toward spring and summer it’s a great time to reestablish routines at home including setting up a nightly reading time.
Reading stamina results from developing a simple reading routine at home and sticking with it! Find a consistent time, like right after dinner or before bed and start with a goal of 5 minutes of distraction free reading. Add one minute on each night and soon your child will be at the goal of reading for 20 minutes each day. With this increased focus, your child will begin to enjoy reading, develop reading independence, and read for longer periods of time.
Here are a few tips to help your child develop reading stamina:
Allow for variety in how the reading is done. New or struggling readers benefit from listening to reading and reading with or to someone. Try reading in different ways on different evenings or even asking your child to read independently for a couple of minutes followed by listening to a story read aloud.
Choose appropriate books based on your child’s ability. For reading on their own, help your child choose books in which they can decode nearly every word in the book correctly. If your child is reading with you, choose books that are highly engaging.
Recognize your child’s reading success! Celebrate your child’s time spent reading each night, share progress with other family members and friends, discuss favorite books and consider trips to the library to find new and exciting books.
If you’d like help in choosing appropriate books for your student, or help in creating reading habits with your child, please contact us!
Winter Graham, K-2 ELA & Math Coach
Jessica Lundgren, 3-5 ELA & Math Coach