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April 19, 2020



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04/01-04/30--Continuing Student Online Registration for ALL Returning Students

04/20--Distance Learning using PUSD Curriculum begins

4/21 - PTA Open Association Meeting via zoom - all members welcome

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a safe and healthy Spring Break! We are ready to rock in to this next phase of Distance Learning. Teachers have spent a great deal of time prepping the most meaningful learning opportunities for students. Please support your child as they engage in learning and connect with their classmates and teachers.

Counseling Corner by Mrs. Zucchet

Science has taught us that our human brain becomes whatever we practice and we now know that if we practice gratitude in a very specific way, it has the ability to improve sleep, ease depression, boost immunity, lower stress and literally rewire our brains so that our happiness baseline is permanently raised. With all that is going on in the world right now there seems to be no better time to make gratitude a daily habit in our life.

Harvard trained happiness expert Shawn Achor delved into the research around gratitude and found that most people who have a daily gratitude practice are often grateful for the same things over and over again. I'm grateful for my health, my family and my job. Researchers found that this type of gratitude practice might offer a short term boost but usually fails to change us over the long term. What does? Coming up with three new things we are grateful for each day and stating why.

When we do this consistently, we train our brains to scan the world in a different way. Most of us scan for the negative without being aware of it. Meaning, our brains scan for threats and stresses opposed to scanning for positive opportunities that will help us move forward. This is especially relevant right now when it is easy to get caught up in fear and panic over all that is going on. However, this one simple exercise has the power to change that and increase our happiness baseline as well as improving all sorts of health outcomes.

This exercise can be done out loud, silently to yourself or by journaling. The things you are grateful for can be big or small. The important thing to remember is that they just need to be three new things each day and it is important to think about why you are grateful for these things.

Below are a few more activities to boost your gratitude and your mood...


Shawn Achor’s TED talk about happiness and gratitude that now has over 21 million views! Definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it before.

Shawn Achor TED talk

A great article from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center that talks about how gratitude changes your brain.

How Gratitude Changes Your Brain


19 children’s books about gratitude.

Children's Gratitude Books

Several activities that can help develop gratitude in children.

Children's Gratitude Exercises

Whether you try one or all of these activities, the key is to make gratitude a daily habit in whatever way works for you and your family so that you all can benefit from the wealth of positive outcomes (something we could all use right now!) that gratitude provides.

In wellness,

Teresa Zucchet

Westwood Elementary School Counselor

Office Hours: Mondays 1 pm - 3 pm and Tuesdays 2 pm - 4 pm


Continuing Student Registration

THANK YOU to all of you that have already completed the online registration!!! If you have not yet done your registration, please take some time in the coming days to do so We must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students. This will allow for proper placement of your student for the 2020-2021 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. If you do not have access to any computing device or internet connection, your student’s school will provide access to complete the packet.

Now is the time to confirm that you know your parent login username and password. This information will be needed to complete the registration packet. Please take a moment and ensure you can login to https://sis.powayusd.com . If you do not know your username and/or password, you can visit https://password.powayusd.com to retrieve your login credentials.

Please email Kholmes@powayusd.com as soon as possible if you do not plan to return to PUSD for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you for your attention to this important process.


APRIL 2020

Want to make sure what your children are watching is appropriate? Keep current by using Common Sense Media. It’s a trusted resource for parents to look at book, movie & TV, App & games reviews.

Want to keep your child safe in a digital world? Teach them how they can be a responsible digital citizen by using these Digital Citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media. There are lessons by grade level if you click on the educator link.

Spring has sprung! Are you feeling poetic? April is National Poetry month. The most popular form of poetry is the Haiku. So here’s a Haiku with a twist. It’s a riddle-ku and I got the idea from the book, Lion of the Sky by Laura Purdie Salas. Try your hand at writing your own riddle poem and send them to me. I’d love to hear from you!

Wings of red and black

My singing is distinctive

I live in meadows

By Mrs. Whitelock

What am I?

A Red-winged Blackbird

Teachers, are you wanting to read-aloud to your students? Here’s a list of Publisher policies copyright permission. Many book publishers have temporarily loosened their copyright restrictions to make it easier for educators to record and post read-aloud videos while schools are closed. The revised rules vary by the publishing company. Please do your best to abide by each publisher's restrictions when making and posting book videos. Email me if you have trouble determining who the actual publisher is, sometimes it's hard to tell.

School may me closed, but I want you to know I miss each of your smiling faces and how important each and everyone of you is to me. Don’t let the distance keep us apart… we’re stronger together!

Please email me if I can be of help with digital citizenship, resources or access to the Poway Unified School District learning platforms.

Mrs. Whitelock, Librarian




Yard signs are a popular way to celebrate your students promotion to another school or mile stone in their educational career. We know there are many business out there to choose from but we found a local business with a wonderful product that meets the needs of our current unique community situation. We would like to share the information with you. The payment of your yard sign goes directly to the vendor and the purchased item will be shipped directly to you. This process helps alleviate the financial and social hurdles we must take into consideration at this time. No Flyers, No collecting money, No worries about deliveries. Just click, pick, pay, and ship.

There are two styles of yard signs to choose from a standard sign and a customized sign. Small modifications can be made at no additional cost to the yard signs, for example face masks or toilet paper rolls on the zeros in 2020 or other small adjustments (see attachment for example). Please review the provided link for dimensions, sign choices, payment options and other information.

We look forward to celebrating our students accomplishments the best way we can during this unprecedented time in our lives.

Westwood Elementary Lawn Sign Form


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Arts Attack

PTA would like to provide access instructions to the Art Attack program during the distance learning time frame so students can continue to have Art lessons. We realize some students may not have the required supplies on hand so you are allowed to use substitute materials to create your masterpiece. For example, if the project calls for red, yellow, and blue paint but you don't have any paint at your house you can use makers, colored pencils, clay, or any other creative resource you may have on hand. Also the paper size does not have to be exact. Please feel free to unleash your inner Artist! We hope you get creative and we look forward to seeing your creations in the near future. Please remember to take photos of your work so we can use them if we need to have a digital Art Show. More details about the digital art show to follow if we need to go down that road. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you enjoy the program.

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