Shirley Hills School News

January 2023

Developing Writing and Spelling at Home

Writing is a terrific way for children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is also a fundamental way in which children learn to organize ideas. And learning to write well helps children to be better readers.

When engaging in writing, young children often mirror what they see around them – adults and older children writing lists, notes, text messaging. They are observing the way writing is used in our everyday lives.

Here are some suggestions that engage your child in the writing process:

  • Keep markers, pencils, and crayons available at home. Children develop skills that prepare them for writing through their normal play – like drawing, painting, and tracing objects. This kind of play helps prepare the brain and the muscles for holding a pencil and forming written words.

  • Help them learn to write their name. This is an empowering experience, and allows them to begin to identify themselves as writers.

  • Involve them in your writing activities. Make a shopping list together and point out the words that start with the same letter as the child’s name.

And most of all...

  • Read books with kids. Early and frequent exposure to letters, sounds, words, and stories helps kids learn to read and write.

Once children start learning letters, you can practice writing them on paper, in the air, or in sand or snow. These tactile experiences help them feel the shape and motion of the letter.

As your child begins to write letters, caption what they’ve written. Ask your child, “What does this say?” Write their words under their writing. This helps them learn more about letters and words.

As you read to your children, point out things the book author did to make the book so fun to read. “Wow! Listen to how the author describes the ocean. Don’t those words make you feel like you’re back jumping over waves?”

Show your children that you write too. Let your children see you writing thank you notes, composing an e-mail, or communicating with your child’s school.

For more information about kids and writing, visit:

Adiciones educativas: Escritura en Preescolar

Escribir es una manera excelente para que los niños expresen sus pensamientos, creatividad y singularidad. También es una manera esencial en que los niños aprenden a organizar sus ideas. Y aprender a escribir bien ayuda a los niños a convertirse en mejores lectores.

Cuando se ponen a escribir, los niños pequeños a menudo reflejan lo que ven a su alrededor: adultos y niños más grandes que escriben listas, notas y mensajes de texto. Observan cómo se usa la escritura en nuestra vida cotidiana.

A continuación describimos algunas cosas sencillas que pueden hacer las familias para apoyar a los niños con la escritura:

  • Tenga marcadores, lápices y ceras a mano en la casa. Los niños desarrollan destrezas que los pre paran para la escritura a través de sus juegos habituales, como dibujar, pintar y trazar objetos. Este tipo de juego ayuda a preparar el cerebro y los músculos para sostener un lápiz y formar palabras escritas.
  • Ayúdelos para que aprendan a escribir su nombre. Ésta es una experiencia enriquecedora y les per mite empezar a identificarse como escritores.
  • Hágalos participar de sus actividades de escritura. Preparen juntos la lista para las compras y señale las palabras que empiezan con la misma letra que el nombre de su hijo.

    Y por sobre todas las cosas...
    • Lea libros con sus hijos. Estar expuestos de manera temprana y frecuente con las letras, los sonidos, las palabras y los cuentos ayuda a los niños a aprender a leer y escribir.

      Cuando los niños empiezan a aprender las letras, pueden practicar escribiendo en un papel, en el aire, la arena o la nieve. Estas experiencias táctiles los ayudan a sentir la forma y el movimiento de las letras.

      Cuando su hijo empieza a escribir letras, póngale subtítulos a lo que han escrito. Pregúntele: “¿Qué dice acá?” Escriba las palabras de su hijo debajo de lo que ellos han escrito. Esto los ayudará a aprender más sobre las letras y las palabras.

      Cuando les lea a sus hijos, señale cosas que hizo el autor para que la lectura del libro resulte tan divertida. “¡Guau!” Escucha cómo el autor describe el mar. “¿Estas palabras no te hacen sentir cómo si estuvieras saltando entre las olas?”

      Muéstreles a sus hijos que usted también escribe. Que sus hijos lo vean escribir notas de agradecimiento, un correo electrónico o comunicarse por escrito con la escuela.

      Para obtener más información sobre los niños y la escritura, visite:

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      Shirley Hills Elementary PBIS Mission Statement:

      Our mission is to provide a positive and fair environment where teachers can teach, and students can learn by encouraging behaviors that are responsible, respectful, and safe by all students.

      Shirley Hills School-Wide Expectations for students are:

      BE SAFE




      *** BE MINDFUL

      These expectations, along with the appropriate positive behaviors, are displayed in different areas of the school as reminders for students. Students will receive on-going instruction from staff on our school-wide expectations in all areas of our school. The classroom, restroom, cafeteria, hallways, bus, computer lab, media center, playground and assemblies are all settings where students will be expected to act in a respectful, responsible and safe manner.

      Students can earn DOJO points daily for having positive behaviors. Students who earn 200 points or more the third nine weeks, will attend the good behavior celebration. If you have any questions concerning DOJO points, please reach out to your child's teacher.

      Below is the SHES Behavior Matrix Chart. This chart is located all throughout the school as a reminder to students and faculty of positive behaviors.

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      PBIS Events by Grade Level

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      Upcoming Events

      January 16- Martin Luther King Holiday

      January 19- Help A Child Smile Dental Program

      January 19- Skate Night at Olympia Skate Center-5pm-7pm-Cost $5 for Admission

      January 20- School Council Meeting- 10am in the Cafeteria or 5pm via Zoom- Link will be posted on Class Dojo.

      January 23-27- Book Fair

      January 31- Parent Action Team Meeting @ 5:00pm in the Media Center

      February 10- Valentines Dance for 3rd-5th graders; 6pm-8pm; $5 in advance or at the door; concessions will be sold.

      February 20- President's Day Holiday

      February 21- Virtual Learning Day for Students/Workday for Teachers

      ***Upcoming events and times are always posted on Class Dojo and our School Website.