Staying Connected

Mrs. D. Williams - School Social Worker

Winter Greetings

I want to take this time to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

This is the time of year where people around the globe are trying to decide their goals for the new year and how they will accomplish these goals. Now is a great time to think about setting SMART goals with your students, children and family members. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. When we take the time to reflect on how we’d like our families and students to grow, we invest in our success. It's highly likely that if we don’t take the time to develop goals we won’t take the steps necessary to move closer to them. When we all come together to work toward a common goal, we are more likely to succeed.

David Paterson Mission Statement

The David Paterson IB PYP Candidate Elementary School is committed to building partnerships with students, staff, parents and the community to develop life-long learners. Through rigorous inquiry and empowerment, our learners will be equipped to become college and career ready and exemplify attributes and skills of a 21st century global citizen.

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Balanced: I can be balanced by using my time wisely, working hard, being organized, being safe and healthy. I can also make healthy choices, exercising, learning about different things and having many interests and hobbies.

IB Trait: Balanced

Themes of Winter

Things that Happen During the Winter Season

Winter is the darkest, coldest time of year. The trees are bare, reminding us of the stark, bare beauty of things. There is a special stillness in winter. Everything seems dead & frozen, but life is quietly unfolding deep in the darkness. During the late winter you can begin to see the very first signs of spring. The baron trees begin to bud, Grape Hyacinths begin poking up their heads. The ground may still be covered in snow but there’s a freshness in the air and a soft buzzing in the earth.

Beating the Winter Blues

Food Distribution

How To Talk To Kids About The Capitol Siege | NBC Nightly News

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

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Social Emotional Learning "SEL"

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters
SEL Video Lesson of the Week - How Are You Feeling?
Social Emotional Learning Lessons - Name That Emotion Gameshow!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Be a Leader, Risk Taker and put an END to Bullying and Cyberbullying

Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to STOP bullying AND cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism. David Paterson School is a place where everyone feels safe and accepted and has a sense of belonging. Bullying will NEVER be tolerated at David Paterson. Our teachers, faculty members, students and parents will work in collaboration to prevent ALL forms of bullying. All month long we will be sharing how you can Be a Leader, Risk Taker and put an END to Bullying and Cyberbullying.
Coronavirus and school
Back to School | How to Prepare for the 2020 School Year | BrainPOP
We Wear Masks - A Social Story about the coronavirus
Cómo hablarle a los niños sobre el racismo y la discriminación racial | Noticias Telemundo

Emergency Childcare

Positive Morning Affirmations

An affirmation is a positive work or sentence that you repeat to yourself to help you feel better, feel confident and happy.

The Reflection in Me HD
Positive Affirmations For Kids: Power Of Positive Thinking, Affirmations For Children

Are you a good Friend?

What is a friend?

True friends don’t expect anything in return for your friendship. They like you for who you are and they expect the same in return. Friends also offer an excellent way to get rid of stress and sadness.
Small Talk | Friendship | CBC Kids

Relaxed Breathing & Managing Stress

10 Hours of Relaxing Music - Positive Background Music for Kids (Sway)
Relaxed Breathing Training, Version B
Breathing Butterfly in Spanish from The Elfenworks Foundation - follow along and feel better! (v2)
¿Cómo aliviar el estrés en los niños?
Sesame Street: Learn to Belly Breathe with Rosita | #CaringForEachOther
B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Boyd|Books Read Aloud|StoryTimeWithMsMelange

Don't Forget to Eat

Back-To-School Lunch Prep Hacks
9 Easy & Delicious Breakfasts
The Day the Crayons Came Home - Kids Books Read Aloud
DIY Calming Glitter Jars & Glitter Slime - HGTV Handmade
5 Minute Crafts To Do When You Are Bored
Meditation for Pandemic Anxiety - PLEASE SHARE

Soothing Sanctuary

Life can be overwhelming, anxiety producing, and stressful. Every once in a while we need to take time out to escape. Please check out these virtual calming videos that will allow you to experience a moment of renewed calm.
8 Hours Nature Sounds Relaxation-Sound of Waterfall-Relaxing Meditation W/O Birdsong-Calming
HEAVY RAIN And THUNDERSTORMS- 11 Hours of Real Rain Forest Sounds and Thunder (DEEP SLEEP)
🔴 Peaceful Relaxing Music LIVE 24/7: Music for Deep Sleep. Music for Relaxation, Massage, Meditation
❀ Morning Birds + Soft Rain ©
RELAXING PIANO Disney Piano Collection 3 HOUR LONG (Piano Covered by kno)
May Bossa JAZZ - Spring Coffee JAZZ Music For Work, Relax, Spring Mood

Visual Relaxation

🎧 Stunning Aquarium & The Best Relaxing Music - SLEEP MUSIC - HD 1080P
The Splendor of Color Kaleidoscope Video v1.3 1080p (the best of 1.2 at half speed)

We Are in This Together

I hope you enjoyed my virtual newsletter. Please remember that you are not alone, we are here for you and just breath.

Peace & Love