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3GStrong - Classroom Meeting Update

We want to share with you what your children are learning in class meetings. Together, we can teach them the tools they need to become self managed individuals who are 3GStrong; encompassing GRIT, a GROWTH MINDSET and GRACE. This week in our 3GStrong Class Meetings, we reviewed some of the parts of the brain that is responsible in good decision making and why we need strategies to help us calm down when we feel upset.


The hippocampus is the part of the brain that stores memories and helps regulate emotions. When you feel chronic stress, your hippocampus may reduce in size so you cannot hold on to as much information. That affects learning!


The prefrontal cortex is responsible for executive function. Think of it like the CEO of your body. It is responsible for focus, attention, planning, organization, impulse control and self monitoring. When our bodies perceive threat, it roadblocks the connectivity to the prefrontal cortex. That means it impacts the way we critically think and focus our attention. Again, learning certainly be impacted by this!


You may hear your child talk about the amygdala. The amygdala is the almond sized part of your brain responsible for the flight or fight response when a threat is present. It actually makes it hard for the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex to work when it takes over so you can react quickly. That’s great if you’re being chased by a bear, but not when you are upset because you get embarrassed or don’t get your way. The amygdala can’t distinguish between real threat and perceived threat.


We can use breathing and calming strategies to calm down the fight or flight reaction. Teach your child to breathe slowly and think about their breath to change their reaction and calm their amygdala. When you breathe in, your stomach should puff out with air. When you breathe out, it should go flat again. Breathe slowly. They can also count to ten. They may need to count a few times. Exercise is also an important coping mechanism in helping with stress and emotions too. It pumps oxygen to the brain and creates endorphins. Endorphins make us happy!


We hope that together we can teach kids coping tools so Bledsoe kids can be 3GStrong!

PTA

Happy New Year!

Just a reminder that Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. is our PTA Meeting and 5th grade performance.

2017-2018 Yearbook Sale

Please visit the link below to place yearbook orders for your child/ren. The yearbook price is now increased to $20.


http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1482641/Bledsoe-Elementary-School/2018-Yearbook/2017092004330074059/CATALOG_SHOP/

Frisco ISD - Student and Parent Empowerment Program - January 20th

Please join us for our 3RD Student and Parent Empowerment Program, "Harmony after the holidays!" Our guest speaker will be Mr. William Solari, FISD Student Assistance Coordinator. Mr. Solari will discuss with families the importance of looking into the new year filled with positive energy and discuss any new areas of improvement. The goal is to tie values together and pave the way for a 2018 filled with harmony and joy.

For more information, please have your families call and/or email to register!! FISD staff can register via Eduphoria to earn (3) non-contract hours. Give me a call if you have additional questions. Stay warm!!!

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Important Dates

January 9th - PTA Meeting & 5th Grade Performance

January 10th - 4th Grade High Touch High Tech

January 12th - 5th grade performs at GMB

January 15th - MLK Day (Student and Staff Holiday)

January 16th - Palio's Spirit Night

January 18th - Report Card Day

January 19th - Celebration of Learning & Sip N Snips

January 26th - PTA Reflections Recognized during GMB