THE CURRENT

Michael Pellegrino, Principal

The Pellegrino Post

Dear Parents,


One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his or her academic success.


Waxpool Elementary will maintain strict attendance expectations during the 22-23 school year. We ask that you have your child attend school each day that they are healthy. It is disruptive to your child’s educational program when you remove them from school for trips or family outings. Parents should make every effort to plan these outings so as not to conflict with the school’s instructional calendar.


Students must be fever free (unmedicated) for 24 hours before returning to school.


As a parent, I am completely aware that some appointments need to occur during the school day. When this happens, please have your child attend school before or after the appointment. This will not count as a day absent.


With Piranha Pride,


Michael Pellegrino

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TEXTING DURING THE DAY

Many students bring their own personal devices/telephones/watches to school. These devices should be used for instructional purposes throughout the school day. Please refrain from texting your students throughout the day as it becomes a distraction to our learning environment. Our office is ALWAYS available to deliver emergency information and messages to students.

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Second Step Elementary

We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.


Second Step Elementary is a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:


Growth Mindset and Goal-Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.


Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion-management strategies to calm strong feelings.


Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.


Problem Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:


S: Say the problem

T: Think of solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution


Resources:

Elementary Family Communication

Navigating School Feelings

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Computational Thinking Corner

Computational Thinking (CT) is a logical approach to problem solving. It can be applied to any problem, task or system. CT can be applied with or without a computer.

Computational thinking is made up of seven parts:


Decomposition - Taking a larger problem and breaking it down into smaller pieces.


Abstraction - Making connections and eliminating - getting rid of - the characteristics that we don't need in order to concentrate on those that we do.


Collect Data - Determine sources from which you will collect data and decide which qualitative and quantitative data to collect.


Analyze Data - Produce and evaluate charts and use appropriate statistical methods to test a hypothesis.


Find Patterns - Identify patterns to make predictions, create rules, and solve other problems.


Build Models - Test, tweak, and refine an object before building it in real life using design software to predict outcomes.


Develop Algorithms - Create solutions using step-by-step instructions that operate like a road map for performing a task.

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