Principal Weekly Update
February 28-March 4
Dear Welchester Community,
It was great to see so many of you at 1:1 conferences. We were able to share a lot of celebrations and discuss the strategies and resources we are using to ensure your child is making growth and find ways to partner at home.
Hard to believe it, but we are entering into the time of year where we look ahead to next year. Times goes pretty quickly starting in March and there will be many important events and information. Stay tuned!
Science Fair submission forms went home today in Friday folders. Please consider encouraging your child to participate.
CONGRATULATIONS to Luke Parham and Astryd Burgesser for their participation in the Golden Area Spelling Bee. Luke placed 2nd and will be moving on to the State Spelling Bee!
3/2 PTA Meeting
3/4 Report cards go home
3/7 Science Fair forms due
March 21-25- SPRING BREAK
March 28- No School (non contact day)
March 29- Science Fair
April 22- No School (non contact day)
May 6- Flex testing day
- Animal crackers
- Carrot, celery sticks
- Nut/seed butters or hummus
Consult with the classroom teacher with questions for classroom bulk snacks
World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser
Chocolate sales have started!
Orders are due 3/7. Delivery will be 4/5.
The 2022 Spring Fundraiser is coming up and we need your help to make it a success! How better to kick the winter/on-going pandemic blues than yummy chocolate-y goodness?? Email us at WelchesterPTA@gmail.com for more information. Thanks for all you do for our school community!"
Zones of Regulation
Self-regulation is an essential skill in life, and in all learning environments. Children who can regulate their own emotion and attention are better ready to learn and thrive.
Zones of Regulation groups all the ways that children feel and act into four “Zones”.
Blue Zone—when your body is running slowly, such as when you are tired, sick, sad or bored. Green Zone—when you are ready “good to go.” You feel happy, calm and focused.
Yellow Zone—when you feel your engine running high, such as when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, silly, wiggly, excited, worried, anxious, or surprised.
Red Zone—is when you have “flipped your lid.” You have extreme feelings such as terror, uncontrolled anger, aggression, or elation.
Your child is learning about how their emotions and attention are connected, and then how to recognize emotions and attention in themselves and classmates. They are also learning that they move through their Zones throughout the day, and that they can improve their control over their Zones through practice.
In addition, your child is learning how to change from one Zone to another, building a “toolbox” of tools. The goal of the curriculum is for children to gradually become more able to call upon their toolbox, rather than needing adults to regulate them. It is very important to know that none of the Zones is “bad” or “naughty.” All of the Zones are expected at one time or another.
If you use the Zones of Regulation vocabulary at home, please use neutral language. For example, “I notice you are in the Blue Zone. What is your plan for moving to the Green Zone?” Or “The Yellow Zone is great for the playground, but right now we are getting ready for dinner. Can you tell me what Zone would be a better match for getting ready for dinner?” “You are in the Red Zone. It is hard to solve problems when you are in the Red Zone. Do you need help getting calmer, so you can be in the Yellow or the Green Zone?” I have included a glossary HERE of terms and definitions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dylan Duran, the Social Emotional Learning Specialist if you would like more information or have any questions.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run will begin the week of March 7th! Practices will be Tue/Thu 3-4:30pm. Registration is open for 3rd-5th grade girls and is $40. Scholarships are available. Please firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more details.
Register here: https://girlsontherunrockies.org/registration/
This month’s digital citizenship topic is Relationships & Communications.
Students reflect on how to build positive relationships, avoid risky online talk, and understand why some topics and conversations can best lend themselves to certain mediums.
Motto: We know the power of words and actions.
Welchester is a high-achieving, professional learning community with about 300 students, located in Golden, Colorado. We have a strong commitment to students, staff development, collaboration and learning. Teachers at Welchester use progress monitoring methods to regularly assess student achievement, set goals and change instruction to best meet the needs of individual students.