Campfield Family Newsletter

December 2021

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Principal's Corner

Dear Campfield Families,


Winter Break is around the corner. As we approach the end of the year, it is with pride that we look back at what our students and staff have accomplished in a mere 3 months. Student learning through innovative instruction and play based learning continues to be our priority.


This is a wonderful time of year, but also very busy and at times can be stressful. As the adults scurry around preparing for the excitement of the holidays, children can also feel the stress and exhaustion brought on by this busyness. Please continue to support your child in his/her school success by ensuring a bedtime is maintained at a reasonable hour. Adequate sleep supports learning, brain development, concentration, and mood and so directly affects children’s success at school!



As winter break draws near, please remember that school is in session until Wednesday, December 23rd. This day is a 1/2 day so there will be no afternoon Pre-Kindergarten or Preschool.


I wish you a safe, restful holiday season and a very happy new year!


Sincerely,

Ms. Workmeister

SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY

-Covid continues to impact our community. Families please be sure send your child to school with a mask. This will help to prevent the spread of the infection.

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SEL Corner



Hi Campy Families:


Let's talk about empathy it's our virtue of the month! Empathy can help kids become self-aware and better able to speak up for what they need. Empathy is also a powerful tool to help you understand what’s behind behavior. It can help you and your child work together as a team to handle challenges as they come up, and it can even help you connect during difficult moments. Check out the article below to find out more.


https://www.goodstart.org.au/news-and-advice/february-2018/why-teaching-children-empathy-is-important

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Hello Campfield Parents From Your School Counselor!

Hello Campfield Families!



I am EXCITED to be the SCHOOL COUNSELOR here at Campfield! I am so proud to be a part of this community. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the wonderful children in-person this school year! It makes me so happy seeing them come to school and to feel safe and loved! Campfield is a special place! I will be teaching some social skill classroom guidance lessons in kindergarten, pre-k, and preschool classrooms throughout the year. Please call me at 410-887-1227 or email me at aevans2@bcps.org, if you have any questions, concerns, or you need any kind of support. I am here to help in any way I can!

Kindergarten Parents: In January, I will be teaching Personal Safety lessons in the kindergarten classrooms. Children will be talking about safe/unsafe touches and about keeping their body parts private, protected, and safe. If you have any questions about these lessons, feel free to reach out. Parents will be getting the information sent home before I start.

BACKPACKS: If your child needs a backpack for school, please let us know--I can send one home.

*HOLIDAY HELP*If your family has a need, especially with the holidays approaching, PLEASE reach out to me directly at Campfield. We would love to support in any way we can

Check out these Family Holiday Survival Tips: https://www.verywellfamily.com/holiday-stress-and-anxiety-in-children-620516 https://imperfectfamilies.com/the-ultimate-holiday-stress-survival-guide-for-parents/

Have a safe, wonderful holiday season!

School to Community Coordinator & Family Advisory President

Hello!


My name is Jessica Miranda and I am Campfield's School to Community Coordinator! I am wishing you all a safe and Happy Holiday season!



Please join us for a great presentation on feeding your toddler to tween, covering healthy eating habits and meals/snacks with Melanie Berdyck, Giant nutritionist.


Family Advisory Meeting- Children's Nutrition

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 · 6:00 – 7:15pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ysg-djhz-nos


Community Lending Library

I have a wonderful lending library in my office with books, games, art supplies, puzzles, etc. that families can borrow to use at home to support their child’s learning. Please contact me if you would like to borrow something. Jmiranda@bcps.org

Thank you to all the students and families who participated in our November Thankful Turkey's project!

Thank you to all the students and families who participated in our November Thankful Turkey's project!

Gingerbread House Engineering Project!

December Family Project- Gingerbread House

Get creative! Design, engineer, and decorate your own non-perishable gingerbread house! You can use items such as popsicle sticks, toothpicks, cardboard, foam, construction paper, and many other materials.


Please send in your NON-PERISHABLE (NO FOOD ITEMS) gingerbread inspired house by December 15th!


Please write student and teacher names on your project before bringing it in. I am excited to see what you create!

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Meet the Social Worker

My name is Kristan Scott and I am the social worker at Campfield. I am on site Mondays and Thursdays. This is my 3rd year at Campfield(and with the county). I am available to support the students and teachers in ensuring a safe learning environment and to help students when they are experiencing “big feelings”. I am also available to help connect families to various community resources. You can contact me via email at kscott4@bcps.org

As the Holidays can be a stressful time for many families please consider accessing the county wide virtual calming space to help you(and your family) engage in various forms of self-care. My favorite section is the Mindfulness and Movement section. Here is where to access the virtual calming room:

https://scs.bcps.org/departments/social_emotional_support/office_of_school_climate/school_social_work_responsive_student_programming/mental_health_services/virtual_calming_room

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Welcome to Ms. Nestor's Reading Corner!

Topic: Open-Ended Questions encourage students to look for evidence and engage in rich conversations about the text!


1. What time of day do you think it is in this story?

2. Why do you think it is that time of day?

3. Where does this story take place?

4. What connections can you make to this setting?

5. What would you do if you went to this place?

6. Do you think you would enjoy being here?

7. Why do you think the author wrote this story?

8. How do you think the character is feeling? What evidence supports your thinking?

9. What could happen to make this character feel a different way?

10. Which details were the most interesting to you?

11. What questions do you have now?

12. What was your favorite part of the story?

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