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October 23, 2019

GROWTH MINDSET - RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

As we continue to emphasize this month's Cougar Pride Trait, Growth Mindset, we have an excellent resource to share from The Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), a research center in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. MindSet Kit is a series of ten lessons developed especially for parents. It includes videos, research, and multiple activities to help support growth mindset at home.

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CLASS DOJO'S GROWTH MINDSET SERIES

Class Dojo's Growth Mindset Series - Episode 1
Class Dojo offers a fun series of Growth Mindset videos that even our youngest cougars would enjoy. Above, you'll find the first in the five part series. If you want to continue the learning, click on the links below:

DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL

We are seeing increased traffic congestion in the mornings and afternoons, including double parking, students running across the street, and a NEAR MISS THIS MORNING. Street parking is especially limited right now, so please consider the following options:
  • Use the driveway drop off zone by pulling into the parking lot in front of the cafeteria, office, and intermediate playground. This provides a safe option for drivers and students.
  • There is usually parking available on Dover Street, bordering the field. Students and adults can enter campus through gates that are unlocked at the beginning and end of the day. Please be respectful of the traffic laws and the neighbors if you choose to park on Dover.
  • Consider walking from home or parking a couple of blocks away and starting your day with a few minutes of family exercise. There are crossing guards at both Westchester and Blossom Wood to help with navigating the intersections.

We have reached out to Los Gatos Police Department and hope to see increased traffic/parking support in the coming weeks.


Thank you for working with us to keep our students and community safe.

LOST & FOUND

Our Lost & Found is overflowing with jackets, sweaters and more. It is currently located next to room 21 on the intermediate playground. Please check for any missing items tomorrow. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity on Friday morning.

MONSTER DASH RESULTS

Thanks for participating in this year's Monster Dash Walk-a-thon! The weather was perfect and everyone had a wonderful time - whether they walked one lap or 50 laps.


Here are the winners of this year's Monster Dash (including their total number of laps):


  • Fifth: Claire T. (70) and Daris K. (92)
  • Fourth: Laila M. (71) and Liam D. (66)
  • Third: Lila K. (69) and Sydney Y. (71)
  • Second: Mio K. (55) and Jude T. (55)
  • First: Katherine K., Brooke L., Hannah V. (43) and Jonathan S. (66)
  • Kindergarten: Meghna R. (51) and Jonathan K. (65)


Congratulations to everyone!

MONSTER DASH TOP FINISHERS - LAILA AND DARIS

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HALLOWEEN @ ALTA VISTA

As you begin planning or purchasing costumes for Halloween, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Costumes must be appropriate for school -- free from offensive images and language.
  • Students should be able to fully participate in the rest of the school day, this includes having shoes that are safe for outdoor play. Bulky costumes may need to be removed if it interferes with classroom learning.
  • No weapons or excessive gore are allowed.
  • Masks may only be worn during the parade and cannot interfere with a student's vision.
  • Adults on campus should refrain from wearing masks.
  • Please contact your child's teacher or the office with any questions.


Our Halloween Parade will be held on the primary playground at 8:30 AM on October 31st.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin on Monday, November 4th and continue through Thursday, November 14th. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 each day.


Parent-Teacher Conferences provide an important time for you to talk one-on-one about your child's progress. Here are some suggestions to make the most of your Parent-Teacher Conference:


Before the conference

  • Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
  • 1. What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
    2. Does my child participate in class?
    3. What can I do at home to help?

During the conference

  • Be on time for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.

After the conference

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.


Source - http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/tips-parents-parent-teacher-conferences


Don't Forget

Students are dismissed at 1:15 every day between
November 4-14 for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

MONSTER DASH MOMENTS (PICTURES BY LIAM K)

COMING EVENTS @ ALTA VISTA

10/31 - HALLOWEEN PARADE @ 8:30

10/31 - USD FAMILY NIGHT (NO HOMEWORK)

11/4 -11/14 PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

11/6 - COUGAR PRIDE ASSEMBLY @ 12:50

11/11 - NO SCHOOL (VETERANS DAY)

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