McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

November 12, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

After months of pandemic restrictions, many kids are used to relaxed screen time rules at home. With a more normal school year underway and in-person activities picking up again, you may be wondering if it’s time to impose stricter limits on your child's use of electronics. (The short answer is, yes!) And if it is, how can you help your children cut back — without starting an epic battle?

This week on childmind.org they have expert advice on making screen time rules work for your family in an ever changing situation. It’s normal for kids to push back on new rules, but there are strategies you can use to get them on board and make the changes less stressful for everyone.

Upcoming Events

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Purposeful Partnering

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Counselor's Corner

Purposeful People

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This month we’re talking about Gratitude! The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” The definition we are using in class is:

Gratitude: choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world.

We want to make sure we share with students that Gratitude is 1) a choice that we get to make over and over again on where we put our focus and 2) doesn’t always have to be about something positive. We can feel grateful even for tough or challenging things in our life! There is plenty of research that shows a strong connection between Gratitude and reduced anxiety, increased happiness, and better relationships. Over the course of the month, we will talk about amazing people who demonstrate Gratitude in various ways. We will talk about what we are grateful for in ourselves and in others. And we will even find Gratitude in some things we wouldn’t expect to be thankful for!

Please Help Us Keep Our School Open

We are seeing an increase in students being sent to school with coughs and runny noses. Although we recognize that this is a normal occurance this time of year, PLEASE keep your child home when they show these symptoms. It may seem mild, but coughs and colds make it very difficult for your child (and many of their classmates) to focus on the job of learning. A few days rest and plenty of fluids will ensure they are back to 100% and ready to learn.


Thank you for helping us keep everyone in our school in good health!

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