Falcon News Flash
February 19, 2021
It's great to be a Falcon!
Hello Frontier Falcons!
Wow, I thought last week was a crazy weather week. I want to celebrate parents and caregivers that were called, once again, to be the teachers in your home while we, yet again, face a new challenge to our school year. You have gone above and beyond, as usual, to ensure your children were accessing and completing assignments. I hope you were able to find some time to just enjoy the snow and play with your children. We look forward to having your children back in class this week.
We have several things coming up this week. Parent/Teacher Conferences, originally scheduled for 2/18/21, have been postponed until 2/25/21, and Valentine's Parties for A group will be on 2/22/21. Wacky Cake, to celebrate February birthdays, is this week and our February IXL challenge comes to an end. Don’t forget to order your popcorn through March 2!
I cannot believe we are in the last week of February and knocking on the door of March. It feels like it took 3 months to get through the month of February. A few more weeks and we will be enjoying a week of NO at-home learning during a much-needed and well-deserved spring break.
I am very thankful for each of you, and appreciate the many ways you support Frontier!
The Heart of a Falcon Lives in You! Falcons Fly!
I Wish You Well,
Beth Kanaly, Principal
IXL Tournament of Champions:
Hello, Falcons! It’s time to spread some kindness! Students who would like to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge will have the entire month of February to complete their kind acts. Then you can turn your checklist into Mrs. Berry for a chance to win a goodie bag!
On another note, we have started our Frontier Food Pantry. If your family could use some help with non-perishable food items, please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know. We can discreetly send food home with your child or arrange a time for you to pick up the items.
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items from our Amazon list. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Calm Waters Support Groups:
Parents - new in-person support groups are forming now at Frontier! We are looking for more children to register so we can begin. Register your child(ren) today by clicking here.
Online and in-person support groups are specifically for Pre-K to 12th grade students who have experienced loss due to Death, Divorce, Death, Deportation, Incarceration, Military Deployment and Foster and Adoptive Care. The continued goal of our student support groups is to teach children coping skills that they will utilize at home, in the classroom and for the rest of their lives.
Calm Waters’ 6-week in-person student support groups take place for 30 to 40 minutes during the school day. Once at least 6 children are registered at Frontier, Calm Waters will coordinate with us to begin a group. Please reach out and let me know if I can help get your children registered!
Vanessa Berry, School Counselor
Don't forget! You can support Frontier's PTO by shopping through Amazon Smile!
Black History Month:
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
This week we will highlight:
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights, activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
We are blessed with some amazing volunteers who give up their time to help us at Frontier. They are so essential to our school and could not do what we do without them!
This week we’d like to shine the spotlight on the following volunteer:
Tristan Pitts volunteers as our yearbook coordinator and has done an outstanding job this year! She’s been super focused on highlighting what this school year has looked like at Frontier, regardless of where learning is taking place. She is so creative and thinks of everything!
If you would like to volunteer at Frontier, please click here to review the guidelines and sign up.
Although volunteering may look a little different, we are so thankful for our volunteers during this school year to support our school!
At-Home Learning Focus:
I encourage you to practice providing your child with a model of resilience.
I often catch myself in a state of being flustered or anxious and my daughter (20) will ask me what’s wrong. I often do not know she is picking up on my anxieties or frustrations until she asks. I thought I was pretty good a hiding it. Our little children will pick up on it as well, but they won’t always know to ask what’s wrong. How I answer my daughter is important. First, her ability to check on my well-being is huge. Empathy, it's a good thing. But if I unload on her the struggles I am going through in a way that feels unstable and unsafe, I assure you she, often at 20, will take on my anxiousness. It is important that I allow her to know that yes, I am frustrated, etc. but more important is how I show her my calming and self-regulation strategies. I have them and I use them, and I have taught her how to use self-regulation. It is ongoing as we face new challenges, etc. but so important to model for our children.
What is your self-regulation strategy? What state are you modeling for your children when your angry, upset, anxious or stressed? It is ok to feel these things and it is ok for your children to know you have these feelings. But it is crucial that they also know there are ways to self-regulate that are healthy and productive.
Weekly Nursery Rhyme:
Conscious Discipline Focus:
My State Dictates your State:
Resiliency: Resilience refers to the process of positive adaptation in the context of stressful and adverse conditions.
I have often heard in the past few months, “children are resilient, they will be fine.” Whether they will be fine or not greatly depends on how they are taught to handle adverse or stressful situations. While children are still developing at the stages of significant stresses and adversity, they can be resilient to the effects of these adversities. However, what is critical in the stability of children during these times of adversity, is the brain state of the adults that are significant in the children’s lives. Often, if children are not taught how to handle adversity because the adult is not resilient, then we often see social and emotional deficits in children, and in some cases, we won’t see the negative effects until well into their adulthood.
How Conscious Discipline promotes resilience: Since young children have not yet fully developed the capacity to process intense emotions such as anger or fear, caregivers play an important role in shaping children’s self-regulation abilities (Denham, 2007). Through a process called “co-regulation,” adults help children manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and promote their self-efficacy, all of which contribute to children’s ability to adapt to adverse experiences (Rosanbalm & Murray, 2017).
For co-regulation to be effective, adults must routinely manage their own emotions and model healthy self-regulation abilities. They must also be willing to connect with children and be a source of trust and comfort during times of distress. We often talk about the importance of the brain states we go through for self-regulation. In order to help children, the adult must be in the Executive Brain State to help children problem solve and self-regulate, become resilient.
What is your state of mind when adversity strikes you? Do your children see your anxiety, do you tend to release frustration on them when you are anxious or stressed. The way the adult reacts significantly affects the way the children watching will react. What is your state? What are you modeling for your children during these times of adversity?
Be mindful, children can be resilient, but only if they are taught and modeled how to self-regulate and be resilient, by the adults that are influencing them on a daily basis.
For the complete research on this topic of please click here.
Great Expectations Focus:
Word of the Week:
Humility: Being humble, not proud or haughty, not arrogant or assertive.
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less." - Unknown
Our attitude towards others…
…determines their attitudes towards us!
We will not laugh at or make fun of a person's mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.
Frontier Elementary opened in 2013 with 450 students. This is the 7th year Frontier has been a school! Frontier is the first school in America to be named a Great Expectations Model School in its first year of operation.
Frontier Physical Education:
Virtual Jump Rope Club
To sign up and receive the challenge send an email to Mrs. Ashford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be given grade level challenges. When they are ready to complete the challenge, they will submit a video to Mrs. Ashford. She will review it and let them know what their next level/challenge will be.
The goal of this page is to inform parents about our program and to also encourage families to be active!
Frontier Media Center:
Edmond Public Schools Foundation DonorsChoose:
Spread the word! Thank you for supporting Frontier Teachers!!
Please let your child’s teacher and our Assistant Principal, Amanda Lonberg, know if your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to a positive person.
Did you know? There’s a difference between an isolation and a quarantine. An isolation is for people experiencing symptoms and/or have tested positive for Covid-19. A quarantine is for people who have been exposed to Covid-19.
The CDC has released alternative options to a 14-day quarantine. If your child needs to be quarantined due to an exposure, Mrs. Lonberg will create three different timelines based on these new guidelines, and you will be able to choose which timeline is the best choice for your family.
IMPORTANT: Isolation guidelines have not changed. Anyone with symptoms and/or a positive test result must complete a 10-day isolation or present a confirmed negative COVID-19 test result. Students and staff members presenting the symptoms listed below will not be allowed at school unless a negative Covid-19 test has been presented.
Fever/Chills (100.0 for students, 100.4 for staff)
Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches
Nausea or vomiting
New loss of taste or smell
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you have questions regarding the EPS or CDC guidelines, please email Mrs. Lonberg at email@example.com.
Call Sam Hotline:
Edmond Public Schools partners with Mercy Hospital to offer a 24-hour-a-day hotline CallSAM (1-855-225-2726) to assist staff, students, and their families with behavioral health issues such as suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and numerous other issues. Licensed mental health providers staff the hotline and all calls are confidential.
Frontier's PTO Events & Fundraising:
This link will take you the EPS Child Nutrition Website where you will find all sorts of information including menus, nutrition, free and reduced meal applications, online payments, pricing, wellness, and much more.
Sign up to have your student's menu(s) emailed to you each month along with a monthly SuperKids Nutrition Newsletter
This link will allow to prepay your student's meal account balance.
Pre-K: resting mats $10
2nd-5th grades: headphones $2
3rd grade: agendas $5
4th-5th grades: music recorder $5
Pay student activity fees, make donations and pay fines or fees online. In addition, you can view your student’s open fees and fines online in real time and view your student’s payment (receipts) ledger as well.
Canvas is our learning management system that provides online and blended learning opportunities, and is web-based, meaning it can be accessed anywhere with Internet access at any time on any Internet enabled device.
We offer many school activities. Please open link above for more information. We post and update items here periodically so check back often. You can print a hard copy.
This is where you will find updated school information about upcoming events and activities.
Our PTO has a great Facebook page with upcoming school events, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Included in this handbook are District policies and procedures that relate to elementary-age students.
Frontier Elementary School
Assistant Principal: Amanda Lonberg
Counselor: Vanessa Berry
P/T Counselor: Callie Maloney
School Psychologist: Mandy Nespeca
Media Specialist: Jenna Garrett
Attendance Secretary: Holly Knapp
Registrar: Ginny Trotter
Financial Secretary: Allison Savedra