Stoney Creek News

Growing Kind Hearts & Minds While Inspiring Personal Success

From the Principal

Dear Families,


At our last Talks with Tiffany we discussed Mental Health and Wellness for our students and staff. We know there is a great need for all of us to be trauma informed and be ready to address the various needs of each student. One way we are addressing the variety of needs is through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) framework. We have Ms. Brainna Cantlon, our PBIS Coordinator, who meets daily with students after an incident or helps them be proactive with their needs. We set up support based on the needs of each individual student. Ms. Cantlon meets with our School Psychologist and Social Worker to create and implement the best research based programs with the teachers input to help each child be successful throughout their day. Some of our students have check in times and she meets with students often to share information about the day and get their feelings in regards to specific tasks in their school day. Building relationships has been a key focus. She will follow up with parents as needed and she is part of our Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV support system. Our staff implements the teaching of expectations in Tier I for every student. We celebrate those students making amazing choices each day at our monthly PBIS celebrations. The best part of those celebrations is when students leave they want to help others get to the next months party!


Some ways we support our staff health and wellness is starting a staff yoga after school, thanks to a parent volunteer. We are loving our time together at the end of a day and the chance to reflect.


Soon you will be asked to fill out a survey from our superintendent and we hope that you can help us focus our needs in the community and with the support of this amazing community, we can make a difference!


For more information regarding student health and wellness, please visit the link. https://www.actionforhealthykids.org/afhk-survey-childrens-health-and-well-being-fact-sheet-sept-2019/


Thank you for sending us your very best!

Tiffany Jackson, Principal

tjackson@cppschools.com

Mid-Winter Break - No School February 17 & 18, 2020

Kindergarten 2020-2021

Kindergarten Screening and Round Up will be held together this year on March 25 and 26, 2020. Please go to this link for all information and how to sign up. Please spread the word and let your friends and family that are planning on sending their students to Stoney Creek for Kindergarten know that it is time to enroll.
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100 Day Celebrations

Building Healthy Communities Update: Healthy Hearts

Make this your healthiest Valentine’s Day yet! A focus of Building Healthy Communities is to have healthy foods and drinks available at our classroom celebrations. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day and we would love to have some healthy options for students to enjoy. We can teach students that parties can include treats that taste great AND are healthy.

Themes for this holiday are hearts and the colors red and pink. Some ideas for what to bring or send into school are; red apples, red seedless grapes, or strawberry yogurt. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut cheese slices. Make a healthy fruit roll-up: spread strawberry cream cheese on a whole grain tortilla, and top with red fruits or vegetables. How about a pink smoothie? Add some strawberry milk with yogurt and blend.

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Phonological Awareness - Part 2

In the last newsletter, we discussed the importance of phonological awareness to your child’s reading development. Some children are very comfortable playing with sounds in words, while others struggle with the process. Students who have lower levels of phonological awareness and phonemic awareness (individual sounds in words) than their classmates are often at risk for reading difficulty. The good news is that phonological awareness can be developed through a number of activities. Below are some more activities that you can try with your child.


  • Identify sounds in a word.

    • Help your child think of a number of words that start with the /m/ or /ch/ sound, or other beginning sounds.

    • Make up silly sentences with words that begin with the same sound, such as "Nobody was nice to Nancy's neighbor".

    • Play simple rhyming or blending games with your child, such as taking turns coming up with words that rhyme (gono) or blending simple words (/d/, /o/, /g/ = dog).

    • You say a short, one-syllable word, then have your child break the word into individual sounds.

      • e.g. You say “tape,” your child says /t/ /ay/ /p/. You say “stop,” your child says /s/ /t/ /o/ /p/.

  • Delete a syllable - or a sound

    • You say a two (or more, if your child is really good at this) syllable word. Have your child repeat the word, then you have them take away a syllable. Your child tells you what is left.

      • e.g. You say “table.” Your child repeats “table.” Ask your child to take away “ta.” Your child should say “ble.” Harder: You say “potato.” Your child repeats “potato.” Ask your child to take away “po.” Your child should say “tato.”

    • Same as above - but you don’t remove a whole syllable. You just remove one sound.

      • e.g. You say “table.” Your child repeats “table.” Ask your child to take away “t.” Your child should say “able.” Harder: You say “potato.” Your child repeats “potato.” Ask your child to take away “p.” Your child should say “otato.”

Change a sound in a word

  • You say a word and have your child repeat the word. Then have your child change one sound in the word to say a new word.

    • e.g. You: Say “dog.” Change the /d/ in "dog" to /l/. Your child should tell you the new word is “log.” You can also try this with middle or end sounds. You: Say "dog." Change the /g/ in "dog" to /t/. Your child should tell you the new word is "dot." Or...You: Say “dog.” Change the /o/ in "dog" to /i/. Your child should tell you the new word is “dig.”

School Closings

If for some reason school closes due to weather conditions please remember that we are Comstock Park Public Schools. There is another district in the Kalamazoo area called Comstock Public Schools. We are Comstock PARK Public Schools. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

February

14 Valentine's Day Parties

17 & 18 No School

25 PTO Meeting @ Pine Island


March

5 Spring Pictures

13 1/2 Day of School Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

17 Parent Teacher Conferences

19 Parent Teacher Conferences

23-26 Hearing & Vision Screening

25 Kindergarten Screening & Round Up

26 Kindergarten Screening & Round Up

31 Talks with Tiffany


April

3-10 No School Spring Break


May 25 – No School
June 3 – ½ Day of School
June 4 – ½ Day of School, Last Day of School