Carlisle Connection

Make Good Things Happen ~ February 22, 2018

Your SEL Segment for the Week

Top Ten Books for Parents

If you're like every parent out there, you need a little support now and again; a little reassurance and perhaps a few suggestions. Here are a few books that address parenting and child development issues with the elements of social emotional learning that we are teaching and learning here at school.

Positive Discipline

Jane Nelsen, Ed.D
In this easy-to-read guide, Jane Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be firm and kind so that any child from toddler to teenager can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity.

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For their Early Years – Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful
Jane Nelsen, Cheryl Erwin, and Roslyn Duffy
Written as a quick reference guide, this book will teach you methods for raising a preschool-age child who is responsible, respectful, and resourceful by finding practical solutions to parenting challenges such as bedtime hassles, school problems, whining, and much more.

Making Grateful Kids: A Scientific Approach to Help Youth Thrive
Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono
The authors introduce their most compelling research, announce groundbreaking findings, and share real-life stories to show parents, teachers, mentors, and kids how to achieve greater life satisfaction through gratitude. They offer many simple strategies for building habits of gratitude into day-to-day life and provide compelling evidence for its importance.

Managing Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
William Bridges
The author spent his life working to understand changes. Whether you are going through the birth of a new baby, a move, a job change, or the death of a loved one, this book explains in simple terms how any person can understand the emotions they are undergoing, help ease the transition, and launch a new life.

Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14
Chip Wood
This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps those who work with and love children use the knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed by giving charts on development traits; physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns; and suggestions for curricular areas. Though the text is geared for educators, this is a good resource for parents who want to understand each age and stage of development.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain: An Inside-Out Guide to the Emerging Adolescent Mind, Ages 12-24
Daniel J. Siegel
Written by a leading expert in brain science, this book sheds light on the often misunderstood yet critical time in children’s lives when they straddle childhood and adulthood but don’t fit squarely in either phase. Siegel characterizes the teen years as the most powerful life phase for activating courage, purpose, and creativity. He creates empathy for the teenage experience and helps parents understand how to work with and support their teenagers.

Parenting without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected
Susan Stiffelman
The author shows you how to awake your child’s natural instincts to cooperate by being the confident parent your child needs, teaching you how to parent from a place of strong, durable connection, and helping your child navigate the challenging moments of growing up. This is an excellent resource for any parent but particularly for those who find themselves in power struggles with their children.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
Daniel J. Siegel
This book simplifies brain science to assist parents in teaching children about how their mind works and how they can practice emotional awareness and self-management.

Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning
Bonnie Lathram, Carri Schneider, and Tom Vander Ark
Packed with helpful guidance from more than 60 parents who are also experts in learning and/or education, this book prepares parents for powerful and significant contributions to children’s learning with practical tips.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
This book provides specific language and numerous examples of parent interactions to enhance parents’ communication and listening skills in a variety of challenging situations. It has the potential to create deeper connections and trust as parents use the skills with their children.

(taken from Jennifer Miller through CASEL ~ the collaborative for academic, social and emotional learning)

Friendly Reminders

Tips from the Office:

Early Dismissal

  • Please make every effort to make appointments for your child outside of school hours. We understand that this is sometimes unavoidable, but our hope is minimize missed instructional time as much as possible.
  • Please send a note to the teacher or to the office or call in advance to indicate what time the student needs to be picked up, but know that we cannot send your child to the office until you have arrived on campus to sign your child out for the appointment.
  • Frequent early dismissals will have a negative impact on your child’s education and will be considered with other absences and tardies.
  • Students will not be called from the classroom after 2:30 pm.

Upcoming Dates and Events

March 1, 2018

  • Lil Pups in the Library 8-8:45

March 2, 2018

  • Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

March 6, 2018

  • Kick off for Coyote Fun Run in the Gym 2-2:30

March 8, 2018

  • PTA Meeting in the library 5:30-6
  • Open House 6-7

March 9, 2018

  • End of third 9 Week grading period

March 12-16, 2018

  • Spring Break ~ NO SCHOOL

March 19, 2018

  • Beginning of fourth 9 Week grading period

March 23, 2018

  • Coyote Fun Run!
  • Report Cards go home

March 30, 2018

  • Bad Weather Make Up Day/No School for Staff or Students

ReAd AcRoSs AmErIcA DaY! FrIdAy, MaRcH 2nD

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Plano Senior High School Youth Soccer Night

Plano Senior High Girls’ Soccer will be hosting Youth Soccer Night this upcoming Tuesday, February 27th at Clark East Stadium at 7:00pm. The Wildcats will be playing the Wylie Pirates that evening.

All 8th grade players and younger wearing a team jersey will have FREE admission.

Youth players will be able to walk the varsity players on the field, get an autographed poster and best of all, collect a goodie bag!

Counselor's Corner

There are still a few more days to complete the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! Bring your completed Kindness Challenge form to Mrs. Jones by Wednesday 2/28.

Dear Parents,

This year our campus will participate in the “Random Acts of Kindness” Challenge. The Random Acts of Kindness Challenge is one month dedicated to creating a culture of kindness campus wide.

The Random Acts of Kindness Challenge starts Thursday, Feb. 1st through Wednesday, Feb. 28th. Throughout the month, we will be celebrating kindness here at Carlisle. All students will receive a “Random Acts of Kindness” form with various things they can do to show kindness towards others.

Please encourage your child to try to complete as many items on the checklist as they can and show that KINDNESS MATTERS! Students who complete 50% or more of the challenge will receive a small reward.

All forms must be return to Mrs. Jones by Friday, March 2nd. Parents and students are responsible for checking off the acts completed. Make sure that your child writes their name, teacher’s name and grade level on the back of the form. If you have any questions regarding the kindness challenge, please contact me @ 469-752-0615.

Melody Jones

School Counselor

Carlisle Elementary

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Notes from the Nurse

Take a Taste Tuesday

We have come to the end of our Take a Taste Tuesday activities. The students have learned about appropriate, healthy snacks from the five food groups on the My Plate diagram. Students have been encouraged to try snacks that are primarily made from vegetables, fruits, proteins, grains and dairy. The children have been encouraged to take a role in preparing their own snacks for school by preparing items on the weekend that will be an easy “grab and go” school snack for the rest of the week. They tried new things and learned about the nutrition benefit of each item.

For our final week, Mrs. Schramek’s and Mrs. Yule’s classes got a special treat. To reward their patience and in honor of being the last classes to be drawn, their dairy snack was ICE CREAM! OK, it is true that ice cream is not a good school snack. It has to be kept frozen and it can be messy. But, ice cream can be a healthy snack for kids if it is eaten in a proper serving size (1/2 cup) and the chosen flavor has limited sugar. 100% of the students gave this snack two thumbs up!

I would love to know if your family tried any of the snack suggestions or recipes that were offered in this program. Also, if your family engaged the children in preparing their snacks for the week ahead, let me know in a quick e-mail to or send in some pictures of your kids preparing their healthy snacks. Maybe you'll see them featured in a future edition of the Carlisle Connection!

A Message from Your PTA

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Thank You WATCH D.O.G.S.!