The Greendell Gosling Flyer-25th Ed
March 10, 2021
Dear Greendell Families,
Spring is almost here and we are starting to see glimpses of it blooming. The children had fun splashing in the puddles from the spring showers this week and enjoyed the sunshine when it peeked through the clouds. This weekend we will spring forward and set our clocks ahead one hour. We also have Monday off school so we (meaning us grownups) will have a chance to adjust to losing an hour of sleep.
I hope you have a wonderful three day weekend!
Social Emotional Survey Results
Positives Reported by Families
The majority of families that took the survey reported that their children usually:
Join peers in play and/or conversation
Use appropriate greetings based on social context
Understand feelings based on facial expression/body language/tone of voice
Express pride in themselves and others
Do not usually use negative behavior when upset
Are not regularly exhibiting feelings of worry or anxiety
Talk with parents about their feelings
Areas Where Additional Practice and Support May Be Needed - All Age Levels
Many families indicated their children may require more practice:
Using a calm tone of voice and facial expression in emotional situations
Using a calming strategy when experiencing upset emotions
Sticking with challenges when frustrated or upset
Using strategies to settle themselves and refocus when overly excited
Differences Noted Based On Age
Families of younger students were more likely to report that their children needed additional practice with their social communication skills, which is developmentally appropriate and expected in younger children.
More families of older students reported that their children were mastering social communication skills. Families of younger students felt their children needed more practice on these skills:
Using increasingly descriptive vocabulary to describe their emotions
Checking in with others and taking responsibility for actions (i.e."redo" a hurtful moment)
Trying to work out problems with positive communication
Our teachers will continue to provide students with instruction and opportunities to practice strategies for regulating their emotions, problem solving in social interactions, and building social communication skills.
We will repeat the survey at the end of the year to measure our students' social emotional development over the spring.
Thank you for your participation in the survey! And a huge thank you to our Greendell/FYDL School Site Council for helping us to measure the social emotional learning of our students.
Thanks so much,
Shannon and Nikole
7-Day Equity Challenge: Elementary Edition
In case you missed this amazing opportunity. The PAUSD librarians put together a wonderful classroom set of activities. I am sharing it with the families to continue the discussions at home.
"Snowy Day" by Young Fives' Artists
Slides from our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting
We held our Greendell English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting last week. EL Specialists Rebecca Shen-Lorenson and Rachel Kim led an informational presentation for families on the upcoming Summative ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) assessment. For more information, the slides from the presentation are available by clicking the link below.