The Howler Vol. 17
January 25th, 2023
Greetings Grant Watts Community!
We are excited to bring a super fun assembly to school next week, called the NED show.
NED stands for:
This is a “pay it forward” assembly that comes at no charge to the school. They sell yo-yos (and teach some cool tricks) to carry the message on, as well as to sponsor the next school. We will send home order forms next Monday to families, and hold the yo-yo sale before and after school next week. There is no obligation to purchase. We will also set up a “NED Zone” on the playground so students can safely practice their new skills.
Report cards will be coming home in folders next week with your child, as this tomorrow marks the end of the first semester grading period . Be on the lookout next week.
Take care- hope to see many of you at Bingo Night!
Family Bingo Night: TOMORROW, January 26th
Join us for a night of fun! Come play for FREE with family, friends and Grant Watts staff! Doors open at 6:15PM. Games will be played from 6:30-8:00PM.
Candygram sale forms are coming home this week! Please look for paperwork in backpacks or take home folders. This fundraiser is a great way to share love and kindness (as well as a treat!) with a staff member or student. Order forms with exact payment will be due back by February 6th. If you have any questions, please reach to firstname.lastname@example.org
GWPO will be featuring groups of staff members for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year to show our gratitude for these amazing individuals! We are hoping to fill staff buckets with notes of appreciation, kindness, and heartfelt messages. First up, is our amazing Kindergarten team! This is the last week that staff members will be filling the buckets of Ms. Kosmowski, Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Vlastelicia. To include YOUR drops of sentiments into their buckets, leave a comment on our Facebook post or email us at email@example.com and we will put it in! You can include something for the whole group or individuals.
Hearts & Arrows Dance: Saturday, February 11th
Join us for an evening of dancing, crafts and photobooth fun! This event is intended for the whole family. Feel free to dress up for the occasion! Entry is $2 per person. Only cash or check accepted. We look forward to seeing you there!
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the GWPO Volunteer Form.
School Counseling Updates
Thank you for all of your support during our annual Grant Watts Giving, our students and families really showed that they care!
January and February Focus is on “Communicators”
The character traits related to being effective communicators are; Respectful, Listeners, Adaptive, Culturally Responsive, and Expressive. We will be working on these skills throughout the focus period and relating this back to our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support systems.
Our Readers with Character book focus for January is: Red, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. Here is a link to a reading of the book; Red A Crayon's Story **Thank you to our parent organization, GWPO for supporting this project!
PLEASE, if your child or your family are experiencing challenges, please reach out to me for support.
Tami McDonald, School Counselor
PARENTS PLEASE JOIN Mrs. McDonald and Mrs. Rodrigue FOR SOME LOVE AND LOGIC!!
Would you like your child to be more responsible?
Would you like to enjoy parenting more?
PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC WORKSHOPS
Love and Logic has a wealth of tools that will help you teach your child to be responsible, make choices, and accept consequences. You will have a more enjoyable and less stressful time parenting.
The workshops will be held in the Grant Watts Library.
The schedule is listed below.
Saturday, Feb. 11
How to put an end to arguing, Teaching responsibility, setting limits without waging war, and avoiding power struggles.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Guiding kids to solve their own problems, Teaching kids to
complete chores. How is it working?
Monday, Mar. 6
How is it working? Recap, Review-What do I do now?
Class size will be limited to 20 participants-please register by Feb. 3rd. Please call Tami McDonald to reserve your spot, 971-200-8002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
***A HUGE Thank You to GWPO for purchasing the materials for this course!***
Happy Lunar New Year!
THIS WEEK IN THE LIBRARY: This week we are celebrating Lunar New Year and we are learning about the traditions celebrated during the Chinese New Year festivities. The kids enjoy exploring the similarities and differences between their new year celebrations and the traditions celebrated by others. I am excited for the Year of the Rabbit as the rabbit is a great caregiver who loves to help others–we need a little more of that in the world right now! Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead! Next week is Crayola Creativity week and we are going to throw in a little splash of Kindness–looking forward to a great week!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT: Thank you so much for all your continued help in trying to find all our overdue books–you guys are AMAZING! I really appreciate all the extra efforts that you have all given! We are looking in the library too–we are searching our shelves to make sure that a book isn’t hiding here with its “book” camouflage clothes! Way to go and thanks for keeping up the great work!
CURIOUS HOW TO FIND A BOOK IN OUR LIBRARY?: We have a cool tool called DestinyDiscover and you can search our library to see if we have a title your child is looking for. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can also find this search tool on the district librarian website (mentioned below) at the bottom of the home page.
DISTRICT LIBRARIAN WEBSITE: Thank you so much for your support of our Amazon Wish List for books and supplies for the library! You can find it on our District Librarian Website or here is the link directly. Thank you so much for supporting our library!
Happy Reading! ~ Mrs. Nudo
Greetings, Gray Wolves!
For the next two months, our school will be focusing on the Profile of a Graduate Trait, Communicating!
Thanks to our parent organization, GWPO, classrooms were given the book, How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Listen to the 2 min. video below and discuss the following questions.
Communicators are respectful.
Do the dinosaurs show respect for the playground equipment?
Communicators are listeners.
Does the winged dinosaur blurt out what they want to play, or do they listen to what their friend wants to do?
Communicators are adaptive.
Do the dinosaurs hide all of the toys or do they share with others?
Communicators are culturally responsive.
Do the dinosaurs play with others that don’t look like them?
Communicators are expressive.
Do the dinosaurs use their words to communicate and make good eye contact?
First Semester Happenings in the Music Room
Kinders have spent a lot of time learning to keep a steady beat, learning to sing simple songs, moving to music and playing small percussion instruments. Their favorite game is Stop ‘n Go.
First Grade students have been learning to read simple rhythms, learning about dynamics, singing songs, playing classroom instruments and have done a unit playing the drums. Their favorite game is called Grizzly Bear.
Second Grade students have spent a good amount of time learning to play glockenspiels and xylophones, reading music and reading rhythms. They have just completed a unit focused on playing percussion instruments. They will start preparing for their upcoming concert (March 13) next week. Be looking for more information to be coming to you soon. For now, please save the date on your calendar.
Third Grade students had a fantastic concert in December. In class they have been learning a lot about reading music as they play xylophones and glockenspiels, expanding their knowledge about reading rhythms, have had a great time playing different kinds of drums and are looking forward to starting to play the ukulele next week. Their favorite game is Charlie Over the Ocean.
Each year, we share with families information about our district-approved health curriculum, The Great Body Shop. You may have seen some of the fliers going home from your child’s classroom, as there is an opportunity built into each issue to continue the discussion at home. Our materials arrived late this school year, so most classrooms are just getting started, and not following the attached schedule. You are encouraged to reach out to the school with any questions you might have, and may opt your child out of any/all lessons. Please note, the standards are written in adult language, but the student materials are developmentally appropriate by age/grade level.
The Great Body Shop Health Education Program
COVID Testing Consent Forms:
School Immunization Rates 22/23
- Kailee Klobes: email@example.com
- Anne Flores: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your child's teacher
We appreciate your support in making sure we know where your students are during the school day. Thank you!
Oregon Statewide Assessments
Each year, schools are required to participate in administering the Oregon Statewide Assessments. These tests include Math and English Language Arts (Grades 3-8 and 11), Science (Grade 5, 8 and 11), ELPA (eligible students only) and Extended Assessments (eligible students only).
For Math and English Language Arts, parents may OPT-OUT by preference. For exemptions for Science, ELPA21 or Extended Assessments, they must be based on a disability or religious reason per the Oregon Department of Education and approved by the District Test Coordinator.
Parents can find these forms below:
First Student Transportation
First Student Phone #: 971-290-4020
First Student Feedback Page: https://www.scappoosek12.org/bus
My MealTime Breakfast and Lunch Accounts
Parent Helpline: 800-755-0904
- Thursday, January 26th- GWPO Bingo Night and GWE Family Fun Night
- Friday, January 27th- Teacher Grading Day NO SCHOOL
- Friday, January 27th- ZOOM Fry Bread Cooking Class
- Tuesday, January 31st- NED Assembly
- Friday, February 3rd- Love and Logic Workshop registration due
- Monday, February 6th- GWPO Candygram forms and payment due
- Saturday, February 11th- GWPO Hearts and Arrows Dance
Fry Bread Cooking Class January 27th
Indigenous Community of Practice
We invite you to participate in a Zoom Cooking Class on the grading day, Friday, January 27th. Join the SSD Equity and Social Justice team and Cheyanne Heidt, from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, for a Fry Bread Cooking Class. The zoom link can be found on the Indigenous Community of Practice Flyer.
SOME STEPS MUST OCCUR BEFORE THE ZOOM! These steps include:
Step 1: Bring one (1) pint of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add cornmeal to boiling water. Whip slowly until smooth. Reduce heat to medium, add cold water, and cook until thick. Stir continuously to prevent lumps in the mixture. Remove from heat and let cool in the pot.
Step 2: In a large bowl, add yeast, sugar, and salt to the cooled cornmeal, along with sprinkles of water to moisten the mixture. Gradually add flour, using a metal whisk or potato masher to get rid of lumps. Sprinkle water to keep the dough moist but thick. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for three (3) hours.
Ingredients for Kevin's Fry Bread
1 pint boiling water
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 oz. of dry or instant yeast (approximately 2 packages)
1 cup raw or white sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
3 1/2 cups flour
32 oz. unrefined coconut oil
We look forward to sharing this cooking event with you.