Friday March 5th 2021
Dear Marysville Families
Please join me in honoring and thanking these valued members of the Marysville School staff.
Diana Christensen - Principal Secretary
Amy Delp - Kindergarten Educational Assistant
Melinda Leong- School Secretary
Sarah Vuylsteke - Kindergarten Educational Assistant
Mai Quan - Bilingual Educational Assistant
Cathy Huck - Para Educator
Julian Kane- Para Educator
Terie Keller - Para Educator
Beka Meresman - Para Educator
Joshua O'Connor - Para Educator
Leah Perkins - Para Educator
Jessica Preston - Para Educator
Bobbi Westendorf - Para Educator
Candie Sparks - Nutrition Services
Nena Quall - Nutrition Services
Kelly Cen - Nutrition Services
DeeDee Ned -Nutrition Services
Jada Maes - Head Custodian
Masaki Parks - Custodian
Ricardo Nakapaahu- Custodian
Hybrid Instruction Update
The district is still finalizing negotiations with teachers to ensure we are able to offer the safest and most beneficial plan for students, staff and families.
New hybrid models are being discussed that include options such as:
- Up to two full day in person instruction days, with three asynchronous instructional days
- Possible staffing changes depending on the numbers of students requesting in person instruction or continued distance learning at different grade levels.
The challenge for Hybrid is to provide ways to maintain the strong, coherent distance learning options that are currently in place and add the option for in person instruction that provides social emotional and core academics instruction.
Below I have include pictures of the building set up for small group in person instruction. In order to maintain health and safety, there will be new protocols for everything that is done in the building to maintain student 6 ft distances and limit any viral exposure.
Each room also has an air purifier and window ventilation.
Please contact me with any questions or thoughts.
I will continue to keep you updated as the plans progress.
Daily Symptom Screening
Staff will provide visual checks at each entry.
Clear markings in building for physical distancing reminders and movement safety
Classroom example for Physically distancing
Individual student desks and materials. Most classroom capacity 9 - 12 students.
It’s as easy as ABC. Mindful action, breathing, and centering helps shift our response to stress: we move with full attention on the present experience while using the breath to calm our nervous system.
Chronic stress places us in a persistent state of fight, flight, or freeze. Our ability to make decisions, pay attention, regulate emotions, adaptively cope, and experience empathy is disrupted. And, over time, our bodies and our mental health begin to feel the toll.
With trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness, or DMind, we are able to shift our response from fight, flight, or freeze to rest and restore. (Or, in more scientific terms, we can downshift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system.)
The result? Increased focus, stronger stress resilience, and an improved sense of wellbeing.
Check out more at Niroga Dymanic Mindfulness. Another way at Marysville we are learning how to clear tension, stress, develop attentiveness and awareness.
March Meal Service
District Family Support Resources
A new department, the PPS Substance Use Supports Team is starting drop-in hours for families that will be offered bilingually in Spanish and English. This is a space for parents, families and caregivers K-12 to drop-in and ask questions, get support, find out about resources and brainstorm with staff and other parents ideas for helping their students who struggle with substance use. The space will always be staffed with a minimum of one Spanish speaking clinician. English Flyer Spanish Flyer
Six Week Family Support Group - Student Success & Health is working with Vital Space Counseling to co-facilitate a group for parents and families who are concerned about their teen's (6th-12th grade) substance use. Starting THIS THURSDAY 3/4!! Families can gain support, understanding, and tools to help them interact with their child in a way that increases connection and encourages change. The Invitation To Change Group is a 6-week mini course using evidence-based approaches, including CRAFT, that teaches parents and guardians how to understand and invite the process of change and communicate better with their child. Currently, this group is only being offered in English, but we are completing training and updating the curriculum so we can offer the same group in Spanish to families after Spring Break. We are continuing to work on being able to offer these services in other languages and if you have a specific need for your school community, please reach out.