Superstar Snapshots

December 2021

Winter Wishes

Two of my favorite seasons are back to back: Fall and Winter. I love Winter and the possibility of snow! I love the holidays in December and the family traditions that come with those holidays. I am looking forward to our Winter break, but can NOT believe that it's almost 2022!

I wanted to share some important information with you for the month of December.

  • The students have a Ned Assembly on December 8. From December 9 - 15, yo-yos will be for sale. Yo-yo prices are $10, $12, and $16. Yo-yos will be sold in the same location we have Goodie Friday.
  • The nurse's office is running low in extra clothing. Accidents of all kinds happen in elementary school. If you could pack an extra outfit in your child's backpack (shirt, pants, socks, and underwear), that would be helpful.
  • Our Superstar Student of the Month Assembly is Wednesday, December 15 at 1:15. More information will be shared in Class Dojo next week.
  • We will have a Hoiday Sweater Spirit Day on Friday, December 17.
  • Students are dismissed early on December 17. Dismissal will be at 1:00.

On behalf of the Superstar staff, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Believing this year is a rainbow of possibilities,

Stephanie Teel, Principal

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Conscious Discipline

As we begin the month of December, our focus is going to be on Choices. We all have choices, from what we eat to what we wear. We can choose to treat each other with respect and kindness. Here at St. Helens, we encourage our students to remember that we cannot control the actions of others, but we can choose to control our reactions to them. We can choose the tone of our voice. We can choose to use kind words when talking to others and we can choose being helpful over being hurtful. Although we cannot control what another person does, how we choose to handle the situation does make a difference. Making positive choices is not always easy, but it is necessary for a positive school environment. This is our goal here at St. Helens. We want all our students to feel safe, welcome and that they are a part of a positive school environment.

Thank you for sharing your students with us each day.

Wishing you well,

Kelley Smith, Behavior Facilitator


Counselor's Corner

Hello to Superstar Families and Students. It’s amazing to think that December is here and this year seems to be moving fast! We hope that holiday season has gotten off to a positive start for you and your family.

This month we are focusing the Skill of Choices. Specifically by focusing on developing the ‘Power of Free Will’. Conscious Discipline teaches that “The Power of Free Will means that I am in charge of me and I’m the only person who can make myself change.” This is important to recognize because often if we want things to be different we must start by changing ourselves first.

One way parents can help develop this at home is through how we give choices to students. This looks like:

  1. Focus on what you want the child to do.
  2. Tell them in a positive tone that they have choices.
  3. Clearly state two positive choices that will achieve the goal.
  4. Ask the child for a commitment.
  5. Notice their choice.

Having choices gives power and helps students develop an “I can attitude” when things get tough. Join us in helping our students develop this powerful skill.

We wish you well.

Joel Thomas, Counselor

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PTO is looking for volunteers! If you're interested in supporting our Superstars, see Mrs. Hanson to hear what the requirements are.

Goodie Friday is back. The first and third Friday of each month will be Goodie Friday. PTO will be under the covered walkway past the garden. If your Superstar is making a purchase, please park your car rather than wait in the traffic line.

Our next PTO meeting will occur on Thursday, January 20 at 3:30. The Zoom information is below.

Topic: Superstar PTO Meeting

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 925 9748 6016

Passcode: 498642

If you are in need of anything, please see Mrs. Hanson.

Cynthia Hanson, Family Liaison