Territorial - Bobcat Newsletter

September 16, 2022

Message from Principal Sisler

There is so much news to share, I am sending out our monthly newsletter early! It has been wonderful to see so many of our families and to meet our new Territorial families! Walking through the hallways and classrooms, there is a positive energy that has been somewhat buried over the last two years. This morning I had the opportunity to walk through the first-grade classroom and see students enjoying "Buddy Reading". This is where a younger student bodies up with an older student, in this situation a fourth grader, to read a book together. This is a tradition we did every Friday before Covid, and it's traditions like these we are excited to welcome back.

Territorial is often referred to as "The Small School with a Big Heart!" This year we want to take that one step further and ask you to help us create a school we love! We want to do this in part by increasing our family and community engagement. We want to see you and provide you will opportunities to be involved. We are grateful to be partnering with TPA in this endeavor. TPA has organized a dinner and a bounce house to kick off the Open House on September 29th. Come at 5 pm for a bite to eat, and let your kids enjoy the bounce house. TPA is providing supervision as well so you can participate in the grade-level sessions without needing to worry about supervising your child. We will run sessions from 5:30-5:55, 6:00-6:25, and 6:30-6:55. Each session is held in your child's classroom and is the same, but if you have three children you will be able to visit all three classrooms.

We hope to see you there!

Annette Sisler

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  • Remind your kiddo to check lost and found. We already have several unclaimed items, and just a reminder to label jackets and coats.
  • Please send students with appropriate shoes. We have PE on M, W, F, and recess every day.
  • If you haven't sent back your envelope with signed student forms, please do so as soon as possible.

Counselors Corner

Hello families,

I am happy to begin a new year with your student(s)! There are new and exciting additions this year. Kindness Club is coming to TES! A letter was sent home with your student(s) and we will begin the first group by focusing on kindness to self - this is a great opportunity to teach students that kindness starts from the heart that is their own. Also, Aurora will be coming weekly to TES to continue her dog therapy training and work of showering students with joy and empathy. There will be new small groups related to social awareness, friendship, self-empowerment and more. If you are interested in your student being in a specific group, please reach out to me. I look forward to a new year working alongside your students!

Counseling Tip: The most important 9 minutes of each day include the first three when they wake up ("I love starting my day with you"), the first three when they get home from school ("Let's have a snack and share our highs and lows of the day") and the last three before they go to sleep ("What was the best part of your day?"). These short minutes will make all the difference for your child's mindset, brain development and mental health. - Big Life Journal

Up Coming Events

  • Sept 26-30th Book Fair
  • Sept 29th - Open House
  • Oct 6th - Picture Day
  • Oct 7th Jog-a-thon - *We need your help- please volunteer
  • Oct 11th TPA Meeting
  • Oct 28th Harvest Party - *We need your help - please volunteer

* Families if you can volunteer with TPA events we need your help, specifically on 10/7th and 10/28th. Please give me a call and we will put you to work. 541-998-8371

Character Strong

Here at Territorial Elementary School, we want to do everything we can to help students be successful in school and life, and we are excited to tell you that we will be using a program called Character Strong this year. This program teaches skills that will help students be successful in school and beyond.

We believe that students should have safe, predictable places to learn where they feel included. Students should have healthy and helpful connections with teachers and classmates. They should also experience learning that will help them tackle challenges inside and outside of school. Character Strong is more than a set of lessons - it is a partnership between schools and families to create a place where students feel like they belong and learn skills that will help them be the best they can be!

Character Strong has three main goals for students: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Be Well.

● Be Kind: Social skills like listening, friendship, solving conflicts, and leadership.

○ These skills are taught alongside Empathy, Respect, & Cooperation

● Be Strong: Skills that help students focus, stay organized, and set goals.

○ These skills are taught alongside Responsibility, Courage, & Perseverance

● Be Well: Skills that help students handle their emotions and deal with stress.

○ These skills are taught alongside Gratitude, Honesty, & Creativity

The path forward is full of growth! We cannot wait to partner with you in this work…

● To teach students how to build strong friendships

● To work together to solve problems, big and small

● To grow skills for life in school and beyond

Please Consider Applying for Free Lunch

Meals - Free Breakfast, Pay for Lunch

We were able to offer breakfast and lunch for free last year, we are not this year.

The cost of student breakfast is $1.75 and lunch is $3.35. Students may also bring a lunch from home to be eaten during this time.

You can send a check in with your child, or you can manage cafeteria account balances and view purchases using Mealtime-online.

We know that many of our families may qualify for free or reduced lunch with the simple application, linked below.

Free and Reduced - English

Free and Reduced - Spanish

Interested in the Good News Club


We have informational flyers in the office or you may contact Carol at carolbythebay60@hotmail.com or 541-517-3941