Cardinal Family Newsletter

It's A Great Day to Be a Cardinal!

March 1-4

Dear Cardinal Families,


Hello March!! This week is the last week of third quarter which is hard to believe. This Thursday is the make up virtual conference date for grades 5-7. The link is below if you are interested in scheduling one with your child's teachers.


The middle school students have an opportunity to try out for the Virtual Talent Show. Students have until Tuesday, March 9th to submit a video under two minutes showcasing their special talent. The flyer is below.


Have a great week and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Mrs. Hiler



March 4- Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

March 5- End of third nine weeks

March 8-12- Pro-Core (C)

March 22-26- Spring Break

April 2- Good Friday- No School

April 5-23 Ohio’s State Tests – District English Language Arts Window* Grades 3 - High School

April 9 Alternate Assessment Window Closes* Grades 3-12

April 19 -- May 7 Ohio’s State Tests – District Math, Science, Social Studies Window*

Parent Teacher Sign Ups

Grade Level Newsletters

YMCA March Newsletter

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Virtual Talent Show

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Character Trait- Perspective

This week we will be talking to students about Perspective



PERSPECTIVE TAKING

Perspective taking is the ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something.

To do this successfully, you must have some understanding of others’ thoughts, feelings, motivations, and intentions. You must also have some background information about the other person or be able to make some smart guesses about their background and or how they experience the world.

For example; If you are a child speaking to another child, you may easily talk about lots of details in the latest video game…

but… if you are a child talking to an adult, it is helpful to realize that most adults don’t play a lot of video games and they may not be interested in this topic or be able to follow along with what you are saying.

The 4 Parts To Successful Perspective Taking

  1. Set aside your thoughts, feelings, motivations & intentions, momentarily
  2. Consider others’ thoughts, feelings, motivations & intentions
  3. Determine whether or not your behavior should change based on that information
  4. Make any necessary changes

Good perspective takers continually monitor these 4 steps and reassess their interpretation of others. Most of us develop perspective taking skills as children through natural development, without giving it much conscious thought. But for some children, these skills need to be explicitly taught.

What might happen if children are unable to take the perspectives of others? Do you have any acquaintances that you would describe as “inconsiderate”? How about “self-centered”? Most likely you think of those people that way because they are not good at perspective-taking.


To be thought of as a considerate person, we must consider other peoples’ perspectives before we act or speak. When we don’t consider how our actions will make others feel, we end up seeming rude, inconsiderate, and self-centered.

Children that lack good perspective taking skills are often considered inconsiderate and rude by their peers. These children tend to do what is in their own best interest and disregard what is best for the group or anyone else they are with.

When children have trouble with perspective taking, they usually have difficulty making or maintaining friendships, being on teams, or being a member of a school group.

Positive Results of Improving Students Perspective Taking Skills

Students who improve their perspective taking are better able to:

  • interpret the needs and wants(motivation) of others
  • demonstrate consideration and empathy toward others
  • safely navigate around people who may have ill intentions
  • adjust their behavior so that others’ feel comfortable
  • interpret assignments at school (especially reading and writing assignments) by understanding the perspective of the characters studied or the person who will be reading their writing
  • share in the happiness of others even without sharing the same level of interest in the topic, purely because they like the other person
  • think critically about social situations and relationships and engage in personal problem solving

Perspective taking is an essential skill children need to interpret “why” and “how” situations happen and then respond appropriately to that information.

Strategies To Teach Perspective Taking

Helpful strategies for taking another’s perspective include:

  • imagining yourself having the same experience as another person
  • using your own similar past experience to understand another’s situation
  • applying general knowledge (e.g., stereotypes) about how people are likely to react in particular situations

So how do we teach children to take others’ perspectives and improve their perspective taking abilities?

  1. Model The Skill/Behavior

Practicing what you preach can be harder than it seems, but demonstrating perspective taking skills, in real time with your students, is good for you and them.

It is easier to be fair and just, if we take the time to see how a situation looks from someone else’s point of view.

Young children learn much by watching you, so when you show them the value of perspective taking, they will be more likely to engage in it too.

  1. Talk about challenging feelings

Talk about all feelings with your students, not just the positive emotions, and teach your students that all feelings are valid.

Acknowledge and respect your students feelings. Children will be better able to understand others’ perspectives when they feel their thoughts, feelings, and experiences are understood and respected.

  1. Demonstrate Understanding

Show your student’s that you understand their perspective by repeating back to them what you hear them saying or describing to them what you think they may be thinking or feeling, wanting or intending.

  1. Respecting Different Opinions vs. Agreeing

Remember that understanding someone else’s perspective does not necessarily mean that you agree with them, it is however, an acknowledgement of how they are thinking, feeling, what they want or need.

  1. Show Them The Other Side

For example, when you see someone help someone else, talk to your students about what each person might be feeling or thinking. Help them build connections between people’s actions and their motivations.

It’s also important to help children understand how their behaviors affect other people.

If your student throws a toy and it hits another child, help your student build that cause-and-effect connection by talking about how their actions impact other people or their environment.

  1. Be A Detective

Just like real-life detectives search for clues to solve a crime, people who are skilled at perspective taking look for clues to understand other people. Help your students develop these skills by encouraging them to observe and evaluate other people’s actions or behaviors.

  1. Encourage Community

Children learn to value and respect others through the building of community, developing relationships and a sense of belonging.

Encourage your students not only to engage with others but to work together, collaborate, problem solve and truly value their relationships with others.

This mutual respect and sense of community will encourage your students to think about others’ points of view.

Perspective taking is an extremely important social skill. I hope you found some helpful ideas for how and why to teach your students to improve their perspective taking skills.

REMOTE LEARNING PLAN

FFMS Expectations for Remote Learning

EXPECTATIONS FOR REMOTE LEARNING -- STUDENTS

When you were learning remotely in the spring, many of you did your best to be successful, no matter the circumstances. This year, we have had more time to think ahead and to plan for the possibility of remote learning. We have NOT decided to learn remotely at this time. However, in case we do, you need to know the expectations.


REMOTE LEARNING IN THE FELICITY-FRANKLIN LOCAL SCHOOLS


  • WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

    • You will participate “live” in all your scheduled classes via Google Meet.

    • Teachers will teach lessons from their classrooms using the technology tool identified for your grade level. You will be expected to log into:

      • Grades K-1 SeeSaw

      • Grades 2-4 Google Classroom

      • Grades 5-12 Schoology

    • Teachers will teach on screen and/or use an interactive whiteboard.

    • You will be given opportunities to practice and get teacher feedback.

    • Digital resources will be organized in ways that allow you to get to them easily.

    • Of course, teachers will check in and make sure you’re doing well emotionally. Remember, our main focus is your academic achievement.

    • Teachers will be introducing and assessing new content. It won’t simply be a review of what has already been taught. We have to keep moving forward.





  • DAILY SCHEDULE

    • You will follow the daily schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

    • You and your peers will be learning together in real-time, following your daily schedule (see pages 3-6).

      • Teachers in grades 2-12 will use Google Meet as their video conferencing tool.

      • You are expected to be seen on screen during instructional time.

      • You may use different, school-appropriate backgrounds if you desire so that your family privacy is protected.

      • Homework and practice are to be completed outside of your Google Meet time.

    • PLEASE NOTE: Students who are already participating in distance learning through Accelerate Education (K-5) or APEX (6-12) will remain on those programs until the end of the academic quarter. At the end of the quarter, they may switch to the district’s remote learning plan if they choose to do so.


  • WHAT ABOUT WEDNESDAYS?

  • Wednesdays will be used as Teacher Communication Days. Teachers will communicate with your parents/guardians if you have poor attendance, are struggling with content, and/or are not actively engaging or participating during class.

  • Wednesdays will also be used for teachers to provide remediation (scheduled in advance).

    • You may be assigned and expected to log-in to virtual support meetings on Wednesdays or at other times, as scheduled and agreed upon by your teacher.

  • You are expected to use Wednesdays to complete assignments, seek assistance, and/or monitor your own progress.


  • GRADES

  • Your grades will NOT be based on only your participation or simply doing your work. The quality of your work will be the basis for your grades.

  • As always, grades will be entered into ProgressBook, and your parents/guardians will have access to your progress.





  • ATTENDANCE

  • You will be expected to attend all classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

  • Your parents/guardians are still required to contact the building secretary if you are absent, just as they would do if you were attending school in person.

  • Excused and unexcused absences will continue to be defined by the school district.

  • Make-up work for absent students is up to the teacher. They may record their classes and post them on the digital platform for you to review, or they may ask one of your peers to partner with you to get class notes, etc.

  • Teachers will make sure you feel supported in catching up if you are absent.

  • Please remember, students may be assigned and expected to log-in to online support meetings on Wednesdays or at other times, as scheduled and agreed upon by the teacher.


  • STUDENT TECHNOLOGY

    • You will be provided with the technology necessary to actively participate in remote learning activities.

      • Grades K-1 iPads Grades 2-12 Chromebooks


  • WI-FI ACCESSIBILITY

    • Hot spots are being distributed to families who are in need of them.

      • Your parents are asked to contact building principals if you are in need of hot spots to connect to the Internet.

    • All parking lots on the Felicity-Franklin Local Schools campus are now wi-fi equipped if your family chooses to access the Internet that way.


  • MEALS

    • Cafeteria staff will be preparing non-heated meals for district families during the time you are learning remotely.

    • Because the weather is getting colder and because you need to be online learning, delivery vans will bring meals for the entire week to families on Mondays. No pick-up is necessary.

If you would like to participate in this meal program, please have your parent/guardian call Michelle Hazelbaker, Cafeteria Supervisor, at (513) 362-5355 or E-mail her at hazelbakerm@felicityohioschools.org.


Parent Survey

Parent Survey

Please take a moment to fill out this parent survey. This year has been a different than what we are used to but I would still appreciate and value your feedback. Thank you.

March Character Trait-

The way parents talk about ability and learning can have powerful effects on their kids’ beliefs. Below are three ways parents can instill a growth mindset. And remember, developing a growth mindset in yourself and in your kids is a process that takes time. Have a growth mindset about developing a growth mindset!

  • Recognize your own mindset: Be mindful of your own thinking and of the messages you send with your words and actions.
  • Praise the process: Praising kids for being smart suggests that innate talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps them see how their effort leads to success.
  • Model learning from failure: When parents talk positively about making mistakes, kids start to think of mistakes as a natural part of the learning process.

Parent Referral Form for the YMCA Program

Parent Tips

FINAL FORMS

Please keep Final Forms Updated

2020-2021 School Calendar

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Charge the Chromebooks!

Please make sure your child gets in the habit of charging their chrome books each evening. It is important that they come to school prepared and the chrome books are as important to class as bringing paper and pencils. They will need their computers to fully participate in instruction in most classes.

OPT-OUT OF NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

If you do not wish to receive voice calls or texts from the Felicity-Franklin Local School District, please select the link below and complete the information requested. Thank you.


https://goo.gl/forms/IcU8cZRn4O6w46BU2

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Attendance

School starts at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm. Every hour of the school day counts, so please try and have your child to school on time. If your child is absent please call 513-362-5307 by 10:00 am.

Stay Connected - Three Easy Ways

Felicity Schools Website and Live Feed App

felicityschools.org


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To Contact Me

email- hilert@felicityohioschools.org


Phone- 513-362-5382