North Side News

Week of October 21st-25th, 2019

Reality Check - How It REALLY Happens.........

As we all know, our own life experiences shape our perceptions and meaning to everything that we experience. This meaning and perception is what becomes our "Reality." Our reality is very likely not the same reality as our neighbor, friend, colleague or students. As we continue to experience life, our emotional and behavioral reactions become automatic. We learn what to expect from all of these situations and then are able to respond appropriately as we learn and grow.


Well, when we have a rather typical life growing up, we learn to respond with positive coping skills and self-regulation. If we grow up experiencing high levels of stress, trauma, live with adults who model fear and anxiety, have sensory, language or processing disorders or experience other downfalls, we will not learn how to cope or respond in positive ways, we will react negatively which then decreases our own self-regulation. This looks like temper tantrums, yelling, throwing things, hiding, taking off, and so on..............


So, now what????


We need to get into our students reality so we can help them! This means we need to stop and work to understand their perception of the events that happened and have disrupted their emotional state and behavior. Asking questions and listening is most important! Don't focus on - That is not what happened or what was said. Instead, ask - What did you hear me (her/him) say? What did you think happened? What did you see happen? Then, just listen! Once you hear their perception, you will be able to guide and support them to cope and self-regulate.


Cory Headley and I attended an outstanding conference on Self-Regulation Interventions for Children. This insight above is just the tip of the iceberg from our conference. A Monday morning collaboration is coming soon!


Next time you have a student who gets upset, stop for a second, take a few deep breaths yourself, and try to get into their reality and understand their perception of what happened. This will go a long way!

Week of October 21st - 25th: *RED RIBBON WEEK*

Monday, October 21st: WEAR RED DAY

PD - Grades 3-5 - Teaching skills groups (library); Grades K-2 - follow-up on small group PD and learn about ILEARN Writing (Keeley's room); Sped Collab (conference room)

10 a.m. - Stephanie @ Meeting for JA Lemonade Advisory Committee

*Stephanie out in the PM*

3 p.m. - Star Club Meeting


Tuesday, October 22nd: NERD DAY

*Lab work @ NS if you signed up*

8:30 a.m. - Admin Meeting (Stephanie and Jamie)

3 p.m. - PBIS Team Meeting (Jordyn's room)

6 p.m. - NEHS Induction Ceremony


Wednesday, October 23rd: PAJAMA DAY

1 p.m. - Staffing @ AV (Stephanie and Melissa)

6 p.m. - Board Meeting


Thursday, October 24th: DRESS LIKE AN ADULT ROLE MODEL

*5th grade at Camp Potawatomi*

7:30 a.m. - Parent Meeting (Anita, Stephanie, Kelly K., Carol, Tami)

3 p.m. - Robotics Practice


Friday, October 25th: MIXED-UP CLOTHES and WACKY SOCKS

*5th grade at Camp Potawatomi*

***Box Top Contest Ends Today**

8:30 a.m. - CC - P.J. (Stephanie, Melissa, Jessica)

9:30 a.m. - Meeting for Stephanie

"Sometimes reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours." -Vera Azarian-

October 28th - November 1st:

Monday, October 28th:

PD - TBD

***ORIENTAL TRADING ORDERS DUE TO PTO***


Tuesday, October 29th:

12:30 p.m. - BIP Meeting - B.M. (Stephanie, Melissa, Kim, Kris, Amanda W.)

3 p.m. - Staff Meeting (Erin's room)


Wednesday, October 30th:

*Stephanie out all day*

3 p.m. - Robotics Practice


Thursday, October 31st:

PBIS Reward - schedule coming soon


Friday, November 1st:

Student E-Learning Day

Staff PD Day @ ENMS

Junior Achievement - JA JEANS DAYS!!!!!!

Junior Achievement of Noble County supports our students each year with free programs to assist with our social studies standards. These programs would not be offered without donations and grants as JA is a non-profit organization.


Please help support our students by donating to JA through their JEANS FOR JA EVENT! You may wear jeans to work on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th if you can donate money to the Junior Achievement organization. Please give your donations to Jane and specify that it is for the JA for Jeans Day. Thank you for your support!