Tiger Tribune--Family Edition

November 2, 2020

Covid Information

Covid will continue to impact our school throughout this school year. The following information will hopefully answer a few of the questions we have been getting.

When we have a positive case, all families and staff will get a letter, via email, at the end of the school day. Any students or staff impacted and identified by contact tracing, will receive an additional letter from the school. If you DO NOT receive this second letter, your child was not impacted directly by the positive case. If your child needs to quarantine, you may receive additional information from the County Health Department for timelines and testing information.

The faculty and staff at Sunset Elementary are diligently working to follow the Big 5 set out by the district and to do all we can to keep your children as safe as possible.

The school is happy to answer your questions but due to privacy laws, there is not much we will be able to tell you. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Rees if you have specific questions or concerns.

Sunset Elementary Covid Aide

Shauna Simmons is working at Sunset Elementary as our Covid Aide. Her main role is to be a point of contact with the County Health Department and Davis School District for all things Covid. She will most likely be the person from the school that will reach out to you for Covid related things. If you need to reach her, you can do so by calling the school office at 801-402-2550.

Social Emotional Learning...

During the months of November and December, students will be learning about Empathy and Critical Thinking as part of their SEL curriculum. The following skills will be addressed:

  • Develop empathy
  • Focus on positive changes in oneself and others
  • Reduce stereotyped thinking
  • Become aware of how thoughts influence feelings and behaviors
  • Develop the tools to change one's own thoughts
  • Interact with one another in more positive ways

Empathy promotes the development and maintenance of positive relationships. To have empathy for others, people must be able to recognize another person's feelings and perspectives, and be able to respond in understanding ways.Positive peer relationships also require that students are aware of how their thoughts influence their feelings and behaviors. For instance, people's views about change are associated with how they approach social and academic challenges.

People who are entity thinkers tend to believe that personal characteristics are fixed and cannot be changed, whereas those who are incremental thinkers believe that people can make positive changes through effort, the development of new strategies, and persistence. Compared to entity thinkers, people who are incremental thinkers are more likely to use problem-solving strategies, volunteer to help others, and persist when faced with obstacles.

Thoughts about stereotypes also have important implications for how people approach personal decisions and interact with others. Stereotypes lead people to make incorrect guesses about others, avoid specific occupational and activity choices, discount possible friendships, distort counter-stereotypic information, and perform poorly on stereotyped tasks. Becoming aware of stereotypes in the environment promotes critical thinking skills and allows people to avoid the negative consequences of stereotyped thinking.

Upcoming Events

Watch for report cards to come home on November 5.

November 5--PTA Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

November 17--Community Council at 5:00 p.m. (everyone welcome)

November 25-27--Thanksgiving break