Superstar Snapshots

November 2020

Count Your Blessings

Earlier this week, the district made the decision to send St. Helens back to remote learning. Throughout this week, I have had the opportunity to pop into Zoom sessions and see learning in action. I have been so impressed with the levels of student engagement, rigor, and relationship building that I see. I am proud of all of our Superstar staff and students!

Here's some upcoming events for you:

* On Wednesday, November 25, I will host 2 parent Zoom meetings. The first one will be at 9:00. The second one will be at 9:30 and will have a Spanish interpreter. The Zoom information below is the same for both meetings.

Stephanie Teel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Superstar Parent Meeting

Time: Nov 25, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 951 6022 9963

Passcode: 518352

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* There will be no school on Thursday or Friday of next week in observance of Thanksgiving.

* On Wednesday, December 2, we will have a virtual student of the month assembly. More information will go out about it next week.

Despite the craziness of 2020, I want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am truly blessed to get to work with our Superstars each and every day.

Stephanie Teel, Principal


Conscious Discipline

Well, here we are already in November! Our focus is going to be on choices. We all have choices, from what we eat to what we wear. The choices that we will be talking about this month, are the choices we make in how we treat each other. We all have the option to choose to treat each other with respect and kindness. Here at St. Helens, we encourage our students to remember that we cannot control the actions of others, but we can choose to control our reactions to them. We can choose the tone of our voice, we can choose if we should get an adult or not, we can choose to use kind words when talking to others and we can choose being helpful over being hurtful. Although we cannot control what another person does, how we choose to handle the situation does make a difference. Making positive choices is not always easy, but it is necessary for a positive school environment. This is our goal here at St. Helens, we want all our students to feel safe, welcome and that they are a part of a positive school environment.

Thank you for sharing your students with us each day! Please contact us with any questions or concerns so that we can work together throughout the year!

Kim Childers, Climate and Culture Coach


Superstar families, if you need any school supplies, kid masks, or other resources, please contact Mrs. Hanson. Call the LEAP room at 360-575-7381.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Superstar Families,

We hope that you are well and adjusting to the changes in our school schedule. This month we are focusing on the Skill of Choices by developing the ‘Power of Free Will’. Conscious Discipline teaches that “The Power of Free Will means that I am in charge of me and I’m the only person who can make myself change.” In other words, I may not be able to control everything that happens to me but I can control how I respond to life’s circumstances. This is important to recognize because when we want things to be different with our problems we must start by changing ourselves first.

One way we are helping students is through giving them choices when challenges arise. This looks like: 1. Focus on what you want the child to do. 2. Tell them in a positive tone that they have choices. 3. Clearly state two positive choices that will achieve the goal. 4. Ask the child for a commitment. 5. Notice their choice.

Having choices gives power and helps students develop an “I can attitude”. Even in the midst of our current school situation we have choices in how we respond. Please join us in helping our students make positive choices and discover that they’ve got it what it takes when things get tough. Wishing you well.J

Joel Thomas, Counselor