The Navigator Way

“Lighting the Way to Student Success”

School Starts Tomorrow at 8:30 am!

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Please dress appropriately for the cold weather this week.

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Winter Daughter Semi-Formal Dance This Friday December 6th @ 6 pm. Tickets are $12 each

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Join us for Partners in Parenting tomorrow @ 6 pm at the district office

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Navigators celebrated achievement and kindness before we spent time with our loved ones!

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Meanwhile... Navigators were testing engineering design process learn deeply.

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Parents and students celebrated student achievement at the end of the trimester awards assemblies

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Students reflect and share why they are Thankful.

A HUGE thank you to our wonderful Staff , Parents and Volunteers! They make Towngate the place to learn and work!

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Towngate Challenges students and parents to join us with HEARTS United in Kindess! Help students learn to be Kind and Thankful this holiday season!

Here are some pretty amazing resources to help you spread a little kindness in your world with your family!

15 of the Best Free Random Acts of Kindness Printables
Everything from printable notes and cards to games and crafts.

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for Kids
Super quick and easy ways for kids to show kindness to others.

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for Parents
While the kids are busy learning all about being kind and putting that into practice, you can be a leading example by showering your family with kindness every day! I've got lots of great ideas for you!

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for Siblings
The sibling relationship can sometimes be a little strained. Build up and strengthen that relationship with these ideas!

21 Amazing Books About Kindness for Kids
I've made every effort to choose books that teach more than just "be nice" and instead focus on the stories that change our hearts towards others.

Family Movies that Encourage Kindness
Movies and videos to share with your family and keep the kindness flowing! Complete with reviews!

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Try to add phrases like these to your conversations this holiday season.

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Health Benefits of Gratitude

Besides last week, when was the last time you stopped to really acknowledge the things you’re thankful for? There’s a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice — research has shown that being thankful confers a whole host of health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness, even higher team morale.


1. Good for the heart. A 1995 study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that appreciation and positive emotions are linked with changes in heart rate variability.


2. Good for the immune system. Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which in turn is linked with better immune health WebMD reported.


3. Reduces stress. WebMD reported that negative events can boost gratitude and that gratitude can help to boost feelings of belonging and decrease feelings of stress. For example, a survey showed that feelings of gratitude were at high levels after 9/11, according to WebMD.


4. Strengthens relationships. Being thankful for the little things that people in your life do could make your relationships stronger, according to a study in the journal Personal Relationships. The Telegraph reported on the study, which showed that journaling about the thoughtful things your partner did was linked with a beneficial outcome on the relationship.


5. Improves sleep. Writing down what you’re thankful for as you drift off to sleep can help you get better ZZs, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.


6. Higher Grades. Grateful middle-schoolers have higher GPA's— as well as better social integration and satisfaction with life — than their not-grateful counterparts, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

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Identify the Signs of Bullying- Stand Up and Speak Out

Bullying Definition

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.



Types of Bullying

Verbal: Saying or writing mean things. This is the most common form of bullying, often starting in elementary school and peaking in middle school.
Examples Include:
-Teasing
-Name Calling

Social: Making someone feel excluded or humiliated. This behavior is often carried out by a group and can be especially hard to recognize.
Examples Include:
-Telling someone whom they can and cannot be friends with
-Spreading rumors


Physical: Hitting, kicking or threatening to hurt someone,. This is the easiest form of bullying to identity.
Examples Include:
-Hitting


Cyber: Writing mean or inappropriate things online.
Examples include:
-Ridiculing someone publicly
-Sending unwelcome emails or text messages

Student Website Resources

Kids Against Bullying
Kids Health
McGruff the Crime Dog
Prevent Bullying
Stop Bullying Now
The Bully Project

Anti-Bullying Websites for Parents


American Psychological Association
Anti-bullying Institute
Kids Health
National Bullying Prevention Center
National Crime Prevention Council
Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
Peace Builders
Prevent Bullying
The Bully Project
We Tip Hotline: 1-855-86– BULLY

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What Kids Need to Know (Part Five)
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AVID Focus Skill is Focused Note Taking

Watch this video to see how you can enhance your Writing skills!
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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Parents We Need You!

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See the front office for details!

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Parents please remember...TownGate is a closed campus

TownGate is a closed campus for your child's s safety.


Please report to the front office for assistance.


To lessen class interruptions, please make a plan with your child for after school dismissal (i.e transportation, walking home, etc) each and every school day.


If you have snacks or lunches, make sure students have them before school starts.


We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe this school year!

Navigator Character Pledge


Navigator Character Pledge

We are RESPECTFUL, SAFE, and RESPONSIBLE, INCLUDE OTHERS, and LEARN every day! I promise to RESPECT myself, others, and my school. I promise to be SAFE by following all rules and directions. I am RESPONSIBLE for my best in reading, math and the rest. I promise to INCLUDE OTHERS and not leave anyone out. I pledge to LEARN all I can and do my best to be all I am!

Towngate Navigators:

  • Show Respect
  • Act Safely & Responsibly
  • Include others
  • Learn Every Day

Navigators Respect the Playground and Include others!

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  • Walk to playground

  • Keep hands to yourself

  • Follow the playground rules.

  • If a fight begins, go get an adult

  • Don’t fight back ignore and walk away

  • Don’t play dodge ball or football

  • Eat your own personal snacks

  • Freeze when the bell rings

  • Use the playground equipment appropriately

  • Don’t kick the balls on the blacktop

  • Use appropriate language

Talk With Your Child About Appropriate Behavior and Language at School

Keeping Your Hands to Yourself

Keep Your Hands to Yourself S3 E20

Using Polite Language

Use Polite Words - Animated Lesson with Sign Language
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Navigators Dress for Success

  • Wear clothes that cover appropriately
  • Tank tops have to have 2 fingers strap
  • Skirts and Shorts need to be as long as your arm
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • No flip-flops - sandals must have heel strap

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Friendly Reminders....

  • Breakfast starts at 7:30 and ends @ 8:05 am
  • School Starts at 8:30 am sharp!
  • Please be on time.
  • Keep hands, and feet to self.
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Dismissal Procedures for Students. Remember School Ends @ 3:02

  • At 3:02 pm teachers will walk students to the front gate

  • Please stay in front of the school until your ride arrives

  • If you walk, use the crosswalk and go straight home

  • Never talk to strangers

  • Please do not play in the park or on the school playground after school

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Towngate Elementary School

TownGate Navigators... Sailing to Success!


Principal- Veronica Zarate Vzarate@mvusd.net

Assistant Principal- Khaleelah Lewis-Wilkins klewis@mvusd.net

3rd grade Students learn to persevere making Slime as a class project!