Growing Greatness Family Update

February 8 - 12, 2021

This Week Habit 5 SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD,

THIS WEEK!

Overview - Listen before you talk.

WORDS: Understanding, Confidence, Experience


Monday, 2/8/21

Aimsweb and NWEA testing continues.

It is important that we test ALL students.

Please make sure that your child attends school.


Tuesday, 2/9/21

SIT Meeting 2:30 - We would love parent participation.

Let Mrs. Mask know if you are interested in attending


Wednesday, 2/10/21 A-Day

Students have activities on their page.

This is a good day to practice iRead, RAZ kids and Xtra Math


Thursday, 2/11/21


Friday, 2/12/21

Half Day - Dismissal at 11:20

No school Monday, 2/15 - Presidents Day Holiday

Habit 5 Overview

This is the habit of listening to understand. Using I messages to insure that you are understanding. Considering the other point of view before responding. Here is a short video to help you understand this habit.


When we Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, we have a mindset of win-win. We act with consideration as we seek to understand the other person’s point of view. We act with courage as we express our own views with clarity and respect. To Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: 1. Practice Empathic Listening. 2. Respectfully seek to be understood.


Practice Empathic Listening Empathic Listening is not just listening with our ears. It ls listening with our eyes and heart too.

Empathic Listening Tips:

• Say, “Take your time… I’m listening,” and really mean it.

• Focus on the other person’s point of view.

• Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

• Ask clarifying questions to help the speaker explore his or her thoughts and feelings.

• Don’t be in a hurry. Give the other person time and space to think.

• Don’t worry about perfect. Focus on being genuine and empathic in body language and in the words you use.

Respectfully Seek to Be Understood. Seeking to be understood is the second half of effective communication. Once others feel understood, they are open to hearing your point of view. Tips for Seeking to Be Understood:

• Make sure you take the time to understand the point of view of the other person or people before you seek to be understood. Are you clear about theirs needs, interests, concerns, and priorities?

• Get really clear on what you want to say.

• Share your point of view with both the courage of your convictions and consideration of others’ viewpoints.

• Use proactive language and “I” messages.

• Avoid “You” messages and language that blames or accuses.

Click on the title above to go to the Parent University Website

Parent University is a great resource for families, with sessions on topics of interest. Sessions are recorded so you can listen anytime. There are also live sessions in the upcoming weeks, including:


2/10 5:30 - 6:30 Why is My Child so Anxious

2/24 5:30 - 6:30 Suicide Prevention and Intervention

3/10 5:30 - 6:30 If We Go to Counseling, What Will My Friends Think?


Sign up for these and other sessions on the Parent University website!

SIT Meeting

This the time of year to begin thinking of next year. To facilitate this we will determine teams at the meeting and begin to set times for staff to work together on these teams. Also, topics to be discussed this week are:


1. Using Data to drive instruction

2. Integrating LIM into daily instruction

3. Reviewing SIT Plan

4. Other

Honoring Your Greatness - Growing Greatness Together

We thank each of you that are making the sacrifices to get your child online each and every day. We know this can be challenging. We are your partners in making this year successful for our children. Tips to help your child be successful.

* Be online on time each day 8:30 - 11:30 M,T,T,F.

* Make sure that your child is sitting up and wide awake.

* Check in often to see what is going on.

* Let us know by email or during your teacher's office hours if you have questions or concerns.

* Help your child but DO NOT complete the work yourself. This will hinder us from fully knowing how to help your child


Together, we will make this year successful.