Principal's Newsletter

April 20, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby families,


I hope everyone is doing well at home, taking care of themselves, and are staying healthy. Hopefully, by now families have some kind of routine established at home to support your children's learning. I want to reiterate that students should work at their own pace and take regular breaks throughout the day. TK-2 grade students should be spending about 1- 1.5 hours total on At Home Learning. This includes time spent on the At Home Learning packets, reading 20-30 minutes, writing in their journal about the reading, and using the Clever badges to access online applications like RAZ-kids, Dreambox, and Epic! books. Our 3-5th graders should be spending about 2-3 hours on At Home Learning. Primarily, this includes digital learning via Google Classroom/Google Meets, reading 30 minutes daily, and also utilizing applications like Dreambox, RAZ-kids, Lexia or Epic!


How You Can Help as a Parent/Guardian:

1. Minimize Distractions

2. Set a Schedule at home

3. Communicate with teachers

4. Check-In (checking in with your child to not only make sure they're getting their assignments completed, but just as important, making sure they're doing 'ok' mentally--this is super-important!)

Google Classroom: We hear these two words a lot lately, and with good reason. What some people don't realize is that it is not a learning tool like Dreambox or Khan Academy; instead, it's an organizational tool where kids can access everything they need for a class. Please take time to read this article as it has many FAQ's that as a parent, I would definitely have!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-google-classroom#notgoofing


Some of you have asked me how can parents best help their children learn and complete work while avoiding counterproductive power struggles? Much of the answer involves sharing control within the boundaries of firm yet loving limits. It’s an old concept made even more relevant by the current situation. Most of us feel that our lives have been turned upside down. We’re experiencing little or no control over so many things. Do we all yearn for control? What happens when we feel like we’ve lost it?

Obviously, our kids are also experiencing many difficult feelings, including a sense of losing much of their freedom. That’s why small choices around schoolwork represent one of the most powerful ways of minimizing the chaos during these already difficult times. Listed below are some examples. Please remember that the choices you provide will depend on your unique situation and value system.

Will you be starting your schoolwork now or in five minutes?


What do you want to start with? Math or Reading?

Do you want to make a goal of working for 30 minutes before your break, or would 25 minutes be better?

Will you be doing your work while sitting or standing?

Do you think it would be best to draft something on pencil or paper… or begin your work directly on the computer?

Would you like my help or would you prefer working alone?

Do you want to learn in the kitchen or in the family room?

Will you be working while keeping your body still, or would you rather see how much you can wiggle while still getting it done?

Should we start with the hardest part first or the easiest?

Would you rather help me with chores or get started on your schoolwork?


The key to success with this technique involves remembering three things:

1. Give most of your choices before your child becomes resistant… not after.

2. With each choice provide two options, each of which you like.

3. Be prepared to choose for your child if they don’t select an option you provided.


While these ideas can’t solve all of the parenting challenges we face right now, they’ll increase the odds of getting through each day with fewer power struggles.


I want to thank Unidos PTO for the compilation of online resources for your convenience in English: here and Español : aquí

Recently, a friend shared these two uplifting Youtube music videos(hope you like them!): "We are the Champions" (Child Prodigy); and " Don't Worry, Be Happy!"


As you may know, the process for naming our school was interrupted due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation. At the Redwood City School Board meeting on Wednesday, March 11th, Superintendent Baker presented Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School as the final name choice for our school of the three choices given to him by the School Naming Committee(Adelante Spanish Immersion, Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion, and Unidos Spanish Immersion). The School Board will hold a virtual meeting this Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00pm to finalize the school name.


Finally, please note that the school playgrounds(including play structures and swings) and field are closed. The general public should not be on the school campus.


Please visit our school website , Adelante Selby Facebook Page and our PTO/Unidos webpage and social media accounts: unidospto.org, Facebook and Instagram for more information.


Regards,

Director Warren

Students At Home Learning!

Maestra Yesenia's 4th grade students sharing about themselves with Flipgrid

Around School: TK-2nd grade Packet Pick up , empty school grounds

April Events


  • 4/20 Subdirectora Leslie Read aloud on Adelante Selby Facebook Page. at 5:00pm
  • 4/22 Earth Day : Check out Earth Day activities from NEA here
  • 4/22 Virtual School Board Meeting at 7:00pm
  • 4/23 Food Distribution at Adelante Selby 3:30-5:30 drive through only
  • 4/27 Subdirectora Leslie Read aloud on Adelante Selby Facebook Page. at 5:00pm
  • 4/29 Virtual School Site Council Meeting, 2:00pm