A Note from our Principal, Mrs. Walk
Hello Trebein Families,
With many of our students learning in a virtual setting last year, we spent some extra time on classroom expectations, routines, and gathering student information. It is incredible how much the kids have grown already!
As we continue through our study of the book Thrivers by Michele Borba, Ed.D. we will focus on the topic of "Empathy."
Most people describe empathy as the heartfelt moment when you "feel another's pain," but this essential Character Strength has three distinct types:
A - Affective Empathy - when we share another's feelings and feel their emotions.
B - Behavioral Empathy - when empathic concern rallies us to act with compassion.
C - Cognitive Empathy - when we understand another's thoughts or step into their shoes.
The book gives a clear explanation of why empathy is important to a person's own happiness and well-being, and it also provides concrete examples of ways to develop this as a family with your children.
The Top Five Takeaways from the chapter on Empathy are:
- Kids are likely to be more empathetic if they understand why empathy is important.
- To teach kids empathy, you must show kids empathy. Model what you want copied.
- Children must be able to identify different emotional states before they can become sensitive to others' feelings. Ask often: "How do you feel?" until you can ask, "How does she/he/they feel?"
- Kids exposed to different perspectives are more likely to empathize with those whose needs and views differ from theirs. Expand your child's caring circles.
- If you want your child to feel for others - expect and demand for your child to feel for others.
Empathy moves kids to better their lives with hope, kindness, and joy, and it can make our children's world more humane.
Thank you for trusting us to care for and educate your children. It is our honor and privilege!
Notes from the Main Office
If your child will be absent, arrive late, or needs to be dismissed early, please notify our Secretary and Office Assistant (in addition to your child's teacher) as early as possible each morning:
- Secretary - April Vanderpool, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Assistant - Kathy Salley, email@example.com
If your child will be absent or arriving late to school, you can also call the absence line (937-458-2300) and choose Option 1. This is a 24-hour line.
A Peek Inside The School
The Beavercreek City School’s vision is to Inspire, Lead, and Empower our students. One of the ways in which we do this is through our Character Education Program. Our Character Education Program is a key component to helping our students understand what it means to lead and to be good citizens. Each year, Beavercreek selects a character education theme and a corresponding service-learning opportunity. This year’s character education theme is Better Together.
Connectedness to school, family, and/or community is a protective factor for youth and adults. Being connected to the school and community allows students to learn from one another, support one another, share knowledge of available resources, and introduce them to various ideas and careers. We are so excited to have all of our students back in the classroom where we are better together. Better Together encourages students and staff to build relationships and work together to support each other and the community.
To implement the Better Together theme throughout the district, students and staff will be working collaboratively to promote school, district, and community connections. The goal is to promote unity across Beavercreek. At the end of the year, the hope is that we are able to bring the community together at Family Fun Day on May 1st, 2022 from 12pm-4pm at Beavercreek High School. The purpose of Family Fun Day is to provide an opportunity for family connections, school connections, and community building.
To kick off this year's Better Together theme, there is the yearly t-shirt sale. Back by popular demand, this year we are using a virtual ordering platform. There are short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, performance tees, short sleeve hoodies, and long sleeve hoodies in a variety of color options. So please check out our online apparel store, place your order, and have your order delivered to Trebein.
Thank you for your continued support of Character Education in our district!
Character Education - Wearing Yellow for Respect
October Staff Spotlight
October is Dental Hygiene Month!
Hello, Trebein Elementary! Welcome to October and the celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s great to be back to a daily routine and to the start of a wonderful school year in beautiful Beavercreek, Ohio.
Daily oral hygiene routines are important for little ones all year, and these schedules are more easily ignored during the lazy days of summer. Dental decay is the number one chronic childhood disease in the United States and for the last decade it has been the top reason children miss school. Contributing even more to oral hygiene neglect these days is the ability to hide our pearly whites behind masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these uncertain times, it’s even more important to maintain all aspects of our personal health, oral health included.
Brushing our teeth is, of course, step one. School-aged children should always be encouraged to brush for two minutes at least twice a day using a soft-bristled-brush and a fluoridated toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. This seems like an eternity for many, but a sand-timer or an electric toothbrush with timed “beeps” work well to help with this goal. It's also important that gums, the insides of cheeks, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth are gently brushed as well. Flossing is just as important for tooth and gum health, and should be utilized once a day, preferably right before bedtime. A long thread of floss is best, but floss sticks work well for younger ones who are still developing dexterity skills. Some flossers come in special flavors or colorful animal shapes to make the activity more desirable. A supplemental fluoridated mouthwash is recommended for some children but should never take the place of brushing and flossing.
Children should be encouraged to be independent with their oral hygiene, but most need some assistance throughout their elementary school years. It’s helpful when children follow their own hygiene regimen and parents check their progress and address any areas missed. A professional cleaning and exam every six months at a dental office is crucial in maintaining a child’s oral health and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child see a dentist by age one. This establishes a dental home for the child in case of emergencies and allows the dentist to evaluate growth, help prevent dental disease, educate caregivers, and build a positive, trusting relationship with the child at a young age.
Finally, National Dental Hygiene Month is a great time to show appreciation to our dental hygienists who help to maintain our oral health and keep our families smiling. Thank you for all you do, this month and always.
Happy Fall, Trebein Elementary!
Dr. Amber N. Wright Baker
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Field Trip to Wartinger Park
Mrs. Curd's third grade class took a field trip to Wartinger Park and participated in their Living History program to learn about pioneers.
Gluten-Free Menu Options are now available at Trebein Elementary. To view our gluten-free menu, click here.
*Please notify the Trebein kitchen of your student's needs in advance at 937-458-2300 (Option 5).
Thank You for Giving Back!
Fun Run Fundraising Update
As you know, the PTO Fun Run fundraiser is well on its way. Trebein families hit the ground running, and at the time of writing this, have raised $30,627! Donations will continue to be accepted until October 7th, which is also the cutoff for individual prizes. We are floored at the generosity of our families!!
Our Fun Run Chair, Tory Cope, has been hard at work planning our celebration Fun Run. Students will come out to dance, skip, and run on Friday, October 8th. In the meantime, students are enjoying lunchtime spin-the-wheel. Other individual prizes will come home with kids at the end of the fundraiser.
For students who earn $150+ in donations, Beavercreek Pizza Dive will be serving up slices at Trebein Elementary on Wednesday, October 13th and Thursday, October 14th. Students will also enjoy cupcakes and two bounce houses! More information to come on which days students will attend following the end of the fundraiser.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Fundraising Chair
Our first Stock the Breakroom of the year was a HUGE success! Thank you all so much for your generosity!
Below are upcoming volunteer opportunities if you are able to donate some time. As always, thank you for your continued support!
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (10/20):
To volunteer, sign up here: http://bit.ly/3u8x9gB
- Junior Achievement:
To volunteer, sign up here: http://bit.ly/3EM6JGe
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Help us replenish Indoor Recess Supplies in Trebein Elementary classrooms! Often teachers and staff purchase these items themselves, but over time pieces break or get misplaced. Help us refresh these supplies by purchasing from the wish list, or donating gently used items (with all pieces included)! Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jenna Stites at TrebeinVicePresident@gmail.com.
View the Wish List at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2Z84Q7MPF7SO4...
Did you know as a parent or guardian of a student at Trebein, you are an automatic member of the PTO? The Trebein PTO, consisting of parents and teachers, works to support and enrich all students' school experiences.
PTO Executive Board Members
President: Meghan Morgan - TrebeinPresident@Gmail.com
Vice President: Jenna Stites - TrebeinVicePresident@Gmail.com
Treasurer: Lanie Chuang - TrebeinTreasurer@Gmail.com
Secretary: Kylie Sobota - TrebeinSecretary@Gmail.com
Historian: Jen Baxter - TrebeinHistorian@Gmail.com
Fundraising Coordinator: Jenna Cody - Fundraising4Trebein@Gmail.com
Volunteer Coordinator: Handan Kilbourn - Volunteer4Trebein@Gmail.com
Want to stay up to date with PTO happenings at Trebein Elementary? Follow @TrebeinPTO on Facebook and share our page with your Trebein friends!
Fall Harvest Festival
Friday, Oct. 1st, 5:30-7:30pm
1728 Dayton Xenia Road
The leaves are falling, autumn is calling! Our Fall Harvest Festival will take place on Friday, October 1st.
October PTO Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 7pm
1728 Dayton Xenia Road
*Free childcare available
We plan to host our annual kids' Holiday Shoppe for Trebein students! At the Holiday Shoppe, students will have the chance to purchase small holiday gifts for family members, friends, pets, etc. from their customized shopping list. The event will be different this year though--we will be holding the Holiday Shoppe during the school week this winter, sort of like the book fair. Be on the lookout for more information about this fun opportunity for students!
Because we are moving the Holiday Shoppe to the school week for this year, we will not be hosting our annual Holiday Bazaar, which features local artisan and craft vendors. We truly love this event for our school and community, so we sincerely hope for it to return in 2022.