GRE Staff Newsletter
For the Week of September 23, 2018
What a week! From an amazing Waiver Day to the kick off for Eagle's Nests! We accomplished a lot this week. Hopefully you enjoyed these events as much as I did. It was great to see all the pictures coming in from your Eagle's Nests over the last couple of days. A HUGE thank you to Ginna for her hard work in planning the event and to Christine and Jody for their work on creating our Nests. Don't forget to pass out your 6 brag tags over the next week or so to students you see demonstrating Respectful Listening.
This week is homecoming in Big Walnut! I hope you'll consider dressing up and joining in the fun of Spirit Week. If you participate by dressing up you are welcome to wear your jeans. Otherwise, this week will be normal professional dress. Please consider walking in the parade with us on Friday as well. We'll line up on Burrer Drive at 5:00. If you have questions, don't hesitate to touch base with me or Christine.
Here's to another great week at GRE!
News to Share
1. If you have not filled out the feedback survey regarding Waiver Day. Click here to access the survey. We would love to have your feedback so that we can plan our November Waiver Day.
2. As a reminder, K-2 teachers, please email Ginna and Kate what time you teach Fundations. I still have quite a few teachers who have not done this yet.
3. This Thursday is our first round of Parent Teacher Conferences. We will have Dinner available at 5:20 in the Art Room. The theme for our dinner is "We APPreciate our GRE Staff" and the dinner will be heavy appetizers and desserts. If you need me to attend any of your conferences, please don't hesitate to ask.
4. Here are the notes from this past week's PAC Meeting. Please see your PAC leader if you have questions.
5. Don't forget that your SLO and SGM Calculation sheet are due this Friday. You can stick them in my mailbox or share digitally.
If you have a student who you suspect needs Syntero support, please let Chelsea or Kate know. We are just beginning our work on referrals for individual prevention services and group services. Below are the bios for our Syntero support system. Laura and Megan will be here on a weekly basis.
Laura:I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents, and staff at Big Walnut Intermediate and General Rosecrans elementary schools! I love the ability to be creative and playful in teaching positive coping skills and processing feelings. I, use a strengths based approach to reinforce a positive self image in children, strong relationships in families, as well as to ensure a positive school experience. I've had previous experience working with children and families with various issues, including emotional dysregulation, academic difficulties, social and communication skills, and processing feelings regarding various difficulties - including trauma. I look forward to meeting many of you and trust that together we can make a positive impact on the lives of children so that they can benefit for years to come and reach their full potential.
Hello GRE! My name is Megan Kochheiser. I am currently completing my masters of social work degree at Ohio State, and have the wonderful opportunity of interning with Syntero to provide services to GRE and other local schools. As a licensed social worker, my background and passion lies in supporting children with mental health and trauma-related concerns. When I'm not working in the schools, I love being anywhere outdoors, especially in the mountains. I look forward to working with you this year!
My name is Erica Wood, and I will be supporting Laura and Megan at General Rosecrans as the Delaware County Prevention Coordinator for Syntero. I'm a teacher and a Clinical Counselor and have been working in schools for seventeen years helping students build the skills they need to be successful. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the families and staff in Big Walnut and am looking forward to a great year!
Supporting our Students
Be #FutureDriven in Your Classroom
I think it's safe to say the honeymoon period is officially over. As students test boundaries and push buttons, it's up to us to respond with discipline. I don't mean discipline like consequences, I mean that our responses should be intentional, on purpose, and skillful. Before we even need a response, here are nine things from the book Future Driven that will help our students "show up well". These also promote a disciplined response to challenging student behaviors.
1. Greet students...all students, whether in the hall, the office, or in your classroom.
2. Get to know your students as people. Ask about their hobbies, their weekend or just about anything. (#personalization at work)
3. Always protect each student's dignity. Show great care and concern. Give respect even when it's not returned.
4. Notice how your students are feeling. Make it safe for them to express their feelings. Check on them.
6. Meet a need. If you can't meet the need, find someone who can.
7. Encourage and praise. Use your words to inspire and lift up.
8. Have high expectations
9. Listen with empathy and try to understand. Approach that hurtful comment, behavior, or action with curiosity to understand the child better.
These may seem like silly statements because I see us doing them on a daily basis. Where it gets challenging is with a student who is showing disrespect, making fun of others or just not being nice. This is where we need to dig deep and remember these ideas.