The Triton Tribune Parent Edition

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 11 ~ October 12, 2020

Amazing Triton Students and Parents and Guardians,


“Self-control is strength. Calmness is mastery. You have to get to appoint where your mood doesn’t shift based on the insignificant actions of someone else. Don’t allow others to control the direction of your life. Don’t allow your emotions to empower your intelligence.”


Welcome back! I hope you took time to rest and refresh this last week. As we embark on our Quarter 2 journey, I look forward to all of us having a much-improved experience in distance learning. On October 2, ELM teachers participated in professional development where they took the top three challenges that our surveys revealed and developed an instructional plan to address them so that your children’s experiences are improved. Additionally, we begin October with learning about the Triton Trait of Self-Control. This is a trait that all of us need to work on. Self-control is the battle between our impulses and doing what is right; it is the ability to control our emotions. This trait is so important that Dr. Walter Mishel conducted the Marshmallow Test at the Stanford University Bing Nursery School in the 1960s. In following up with the children who participated in that experiment 30 years later, the outcome of that experiment is fully displayed in the their adult lives. Here is the article [link] of the follow up. In times of COVID-19, discuss with your family, how self-control has played out in your lives, community and county.


ELM Teacher Distance Learning Dashboard:

In analyzing the qualitative data from the surveys, I created a graphic organizer called the ELM Teachers Distance Learning Dashboard. This dashboard contains information about how your children can be successful in each of their teachers’ classrooms. Please click on this link to access the dashboard. This dashboard should be completed by the end of this week.


October 11 is International Day of the Girl:

I would like to take this time to honor all our female students in celebrating International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme is “My Voice, our equal future.” As a woman and parent who has a daughter, it is important to recognize the significant role women have in our society. Empowering our female students means making a conscious effort to give them a platform to speak and be heard. When girls of a nation are educated, that nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), an indicator of economic prosperity, automatically increases. This celebration also coincides with four women who were awarded the Nobel Prize last week. Let’s celebrate our girls and encourage them to pursue their dreams. They are our future!


Virtual Math Tutoring Now Available:

Thanks to our military grant, we are now able to provide math tutoring for both grade levels. From Monday through Thursdays, teachers will be available to help students with their math assignments. This tutoring is available every day from 3:30pm until 4:30pm and will end on December 18. Please see the picture slide below for details.


ASB Spirit Day on Thursday, October 15 – Blast from the Past

On Thursday, we are asking all of you to participate in Blast from the Past. Wear your favorite from your favorite decade. On Thursday, please submit your Blast from the Past look to the URL bit.ly/ELMspiritsubmision to be featured in my newsletter! See picture slide below.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Activity: South Bay Loops of Love

Like me, many of you know someone who has been afflicted with breast cancer; in fact, some of you may be one of those blessed to survive. One of our teachers from East Hills Academy, Ms. Valerie Ruiz, is a breast cancer survivor and is spearheading the efforts of South Bay Loops of Love to collect donated items such as feminine hygiene and gently-used or new bras. On Saturday, October 24th, South Bay Loops of Love will be collecting donations between 9:00am and 12:00pm in our driveway loop in front of the school. It would be great if, as a school, we can make this their biggest collection ever! Please spread the word!


Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:


1. Video: Celebrating Our Quarter 1 Principal Honor Roll Students

2. Important Schedule Changes in Quarter 2

3. Virtual Math Tutor Now Available

4. ASB Spirit Day - Blast From the Past on Thursday, October 14, 2020

5. October Triton Trait: Self-Control

~Video: Teaching Students About their Greatest Strength: Self-Control

~Self-Control Quotes

6. Yearbook Submission Request - Calling All Military Families

7. October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Supporting South Bay Loops of Love

8. Lunch Distribution Announcement

9. Attendance Clearance Form

10. ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form

11. Genus Bar Teachers Support Form

12. ELM Technology Support Line


Finally, please refer to the website for updates. We update it on a daily basis.


Let's have an amazing week!


Mrs. Finley

Celebrating our Quarter 1 Principal Honor Roll Students

We celebrate you and we plan to celebrate more in six weeks!

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Important Schedule Changes in Quarter 2

Below are the schedule changes for Quarter 2 in accordance to two major holidays: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Break. Please mark on your calendar.

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Virtual Math Tutoring Now Available

If your child needs help in Math, please have them attend math tutoring after school, which is available daily.

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ASB Spirit Day - Blast from the Past on Thurs. 10/15/20

Let's see participation from everyone!

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October Triton Trait of the Month: Self-Control

Self-control is one of the most important traits we can master. Self-control gives us the power to master our emotions, especially anger. When you demonstrate self-control, it means you have trained your mind to be tougher than your emotions.

Self Control: Teaching Students About Their Greatest Inner Strength with Nathan DeWall
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Yearbook Submission Request: Military Families!

As one of the schools who have a significant number of military families, we would like to dedicate a page or two for honoring those who serve to protect our country. We can't wait to see your pictures.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ELM is partnering up with South Bay Loops of Love to collect needed materials for breast cancer survivors. Like me, many of you know victims to this type of cancer and there are many in our community. Let's support them by participating.

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Attendance Clearance Form

Have an absence to clear? Click on this tile bar to access the ELM Attendance Clearance Form.

ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form

Parents, if your student exhibiting high stress levels, has not adapted well to the start of the school year or need additional support, please click on the title bar to complete the Parent Referral Form.

Genius Bar Teachers Support Form

Triton Students, are you in need of TECH support? If so click on the title ELM Genius Bar Support Form, fill it out and an ELM Techy Teacher will reach out to you. Also check out the video below, to learn more about the Genius Bar

ELM Technology Support Desk

If you need help with any technology issue, please contact Mr. Doyle, our site IT support. He will get back to you faster.

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