LaCoste Elementary Newsletter
2022-2023 School Year / Week of Dec. 5th - 9th
From the Front Office:
We hope that you are able to join us for our Family STEAM night next week! Please see the flyer for more information. We look forward to a great last week of school before our winter break. Our teachers have been working hard to create fun, engaging, and memorable lesson plans for your students this upcoming week. We want to thank you for your ongoing support and communication!
I have finished up with lessons on personal space and safety. I have begun lessons on conflict resolution with students.
PK - We will work on effective communication skills and discuss the concept of belonging using “The Little Spot of Belonging” book. Students will practice asking and answering questions by playing with each other in tossing a ball with a partner.
K/1st - Students will learn and use conflict resolution skills by choosing different solutions to problems in a game with the class.
2nd - Students will continue to learn conflict resolution skills and communication skills. A discussion will be held about filtering our thoughts. The book “Being Frank” will be read and aid in conversation. Students will practice and decide if different thoughts can be filtered (changed) to facilitate better understanding and communication with others.
3rd - Students will watch a State Farm clip twice. The first time they are just listening to the tone of voices and a discussion will be held about the feelings they hear in the voices. The second time they will watch and listen. A discussion will be held about what they are seeing and hearing and how the tone of voice used helps others to understand how we feel. Students will practice changing their tone of voice in different situations and then try to use the “N” (neutral) voice in different situations.
4th - Students will learn about I-Messages and practice using them in different situations to help in conflict resolution.
5th - Students will review I-Messages and then play a game using their knowledge to help with conflict resolution.
*ALE - Students will hear a social story about personal space and then practice with hula-hoops.
We continue to be available to all students upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at the emails listed below, or use the attached form.
Talking Time Counseling Request Form
Thank you to Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers that came on campus this week! We are so thankful to have them interact with our students positively and be another male presence on our campus. Thank you to Mr. Kyle Iacano and Mr. Joe Moreno.
If you would like to volunteer your time as a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer, please contact Mrs. Rakowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to get you scheduled!
Leader In Me
Want something to do that is fun and will help your child reflect on what they are grateful for? Check out this Gratitude Wreath project! The leaves have writing prompts, but you can easily flip them over and do something different. Have your child color the leaves to make it more fun!
November Leaders of the Month!
Caught Being a Leader!
Students cannot only be caught being a leader at school by staff, but also at home by you! If you see your child exhibiting any of the habits on their own without prompting, fill out this form! Examples: Habit 3: Put First Things First - Your child went to a quiet area in your home and began doing their homework without being told. Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood - Your child listened to their sibling’s point of view during an argument, understood why their sibling was upset, and did not push their own opinion of what happened or interrupt.
Students that are caught being a leader will have their name announced on the morning announcements and will be able to choose a charm for their Leader In Me Chain. Students proudly wear their chains to our Campus Awards.
CLICK HERE to tell us about how you caught your leader using their habits at home!
Right At School
With Thanksgiving behind us - we are moving right along into prepping for our Winter Break camp. As usual we will be hosting camp out of Potranco Elementary, from 6:30am-6pm. We will be offering camp from Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 27-30th.
Camp will be closed on December 26th and January 2nd for the Holidays.
Click HERE if you have any questions.
The Kindness Crew is assisting others in writing what made their hearts grow 3 times as big
Mrs. Robertson's Class Identified Objects That Sink And Float
3rd Grade Worked On Paired Passages And Finding Text Evidence
Thank you for participating in our countdown to winter break dress up days this week!
We are continuously working on their overall conditioning, endurance and flexibility. We used the projector and had 2 video activities for the students to follow on a section of the wall. This was done to help get the students warmed up for the day. The students were introduced to another running activity we will do in the gym called "Wagon Wheel." This was done with 2nd Greade. It involves an outer circle and an inner circle that teaches the students to run in a formation pattern and not to pass a student while running. Also, played some tag games with the noodles and used the hula hoops in an activity to help with coordination, balance and movement.
We are continuously working on their overall conditioning, endurance and flexibility. We used the projector and had 2 video activities for the students to follow on a section of the wall. This was done to help get the students warmed up for the day. The students were introduced to another running activity we will do in the gym called "Wagon Wheel." It involves an outer circle and an inner circle that teaches the students to run in a formation pattern and not to pass a student while running. Also, played some tag games with the noodles and used the hula hoops in an activity to help with coordination, balance and movement. We also did a running activity called, "Coast to Coast."
We will always work with you regarding if your child or children need to sit out in PE due to a medical reason. A note must be provided for documentation. There will be activities we do in PE that may be difficult. We are just wanting the students to try their best and with practice they will get better. If they do not try they will not get better.
LaCoste Elementary students often go above and beyond! With that in mind, we love to acknowledge when they do. Reading is an important everyday activity. It shows great examples of the Leadership Habits we know are the foundation of our success. We like to “Catch Students Reading”. Examples of that would be; students independently choosing to read as a leisure activity or students achieving a reading goal they had set for themselves, like finishing their first chapter book or reading their first book independently. Parents can also "Catch Students Reading" at home! Please click the button below to submit your child's name for the drawing.
Each week a name is randomly drawn from those submissions. Their name is displayed on a bulletin board in the library, given a prize for their accomplishment, mentioned in our morning campus announcements and posted in our Parent Newsletter.
This week's winner is Melanie Vasquez !
Melanie was caught by Mrs. Galvan! Melanie is always reading very quietly in the hallway while waiting for class to start.
Parents can also submit their child for the drawing if they catch them reading at home!
Dec. 14th - Family STEAM Night
Dec. 19th - Jan. 2nd - Winter Break
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