January Newsletter

Northside Elementary School

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R.O.A.R. Models of the Month: Kayana Howard and Cheyenne Nye-Gricks

These amazing fourth grade students donated money over a weekend in December to give back to Northside. They are perfect models of "O - Openly Caring" for the month of December. We are so proud of you, Kayana and Cheyenne!

Happy 2020, Northside Families!

The month of December came and went as students and staff anticipated Christmas celebrations and Winter Break! We are earning a well-deserved vacation to rest and recharge. Students and staff participated in themed dress-up days, and our band, orchestra, and chorus directors put on an amazing show for NS families, students, and staff. Northside teachers and staff continue to work diligently to engage students in learning and model positive character and integrity. Please thank them for what they do!

On the final day of school in December, we celebrated our December Monthly Reward! This was an opportunity to reward positive behavior in our school and recognize the efforts of staff and students. Staff and students traveled around the school to various activities during our WINTER EXTRAVAGANZA!

Please let us know how we are doing. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.

-Mr. Applequist

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Dates to Remember in January:

January 1 - New Year's Day - NO SCHOOL

January 10 - 4th Grade Field Trip - Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 20 - NO SCHOOL

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Winter Holiday Concert

Mrs. Lambert, Miss Davis, and Mr. Brandt worked diligently to prepare our students for the Northside Winter Holiday Concert and put on a wonderful show! I appreciate these staff members and the love of music and the arts they use to engage students on a daily basis. Thank you students, Mrs. Lambert, Miss Davis, and Mr. Brandt for a wonderful show!
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Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Pascale

Northside has started using a new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program called MindUP! Through teaching SEL, children learn to manage emotions and understand how to maintain positive relationships with their peers. Each month teachers and staff members teach a lesson out of the MindUP curriculum, which is a research-based curriculum that uses the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students.

Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. Every lesson begins with information about the brain and the importance of deep belly breathing and active listening. Children who understand the MindUP program will learn to self-monitor his/her own feelings and learn to respond to situations appropriately.

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Reading Nook - Mrs. Walters & Mrs. Brier

One School, One Book - 2020!

Our Northside family book club is coming up next month! Mark your calendars for February! We can’t give away the title just yet, but here’s a clue: The main character is a 5th grader who does everything he can to make school and little more cool for his classmates.