Ready or Not, Here We Go!
What a crazy time to start a new school year! The last time we were all in the building together was March 12. I think it's fair to say that no one thought we wouldn't be back together or that we would be starting the year remotely. Yet, here we are. As the mother to 3 children, I understand the challenges and frustrations this brings. I have also, however, had some new realizations. Sticking close to home, I realized that my oldest daughter is very resourceful and quick on her feet. My youngest daughter has the best laugh and is a planner. My son has a fantastic sense of humor and has learned to cook some new foods. I'm thankful for the time that I had to see these things in my children. I hope that, in the time you have had as a family, you have seen the wonderful potential in each other.
One of the most consistent and positive things I heard from both teachers and parents during Meet the Teacher last week was how much everyone appreciated the opportunity to meet each other one on one. Questions were answered, connections were made, and an excitement for the new year was evident. I would like to thank the staff of St. Helens for working so hard to make sure that everything was ready for our students. I would like to thank families for coming to the school and getting everything you need to be ready for the beginning of the school year.
We will be back together soon. I, for one, can not wait for that day. Until then, thank you for partnering with us to make sure that we have the best team possible for our Superstar students! Together, we will have the best year yet!
Believing you can achieve,
Stephanie Teel, Principal
Hello and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Although we are starting with remote learning, please know that there is nothing that we would rather have than your student in the building with us! As a staff we are working hard to make online learning, engaging, accessible and user friendly. We are hoping that we can quickly move towards coming back together as soon as possible.
These times can be very trying for all, parents, students, and teachers. With that said, please know that we are all in this together. There are going to be many questions, so please do not hesitate to reach out to staff. If we do not know the answer, we will do our best to find someone who does. We are all here for you and your student(s). We are positive and believe that we will get through this and come out even stronger than we started.
As we start to log on and jump into our new way of learning, thank you for sharing your student(s) with us! We look forward to seeing them, talking to them and teaching them, whether that is on-line or in person. At St. Helens, we are ready to embrace this year with flexibility and grace and we look forward to going on this journey with you!
Hello Superstar families! We are so excited to start working with students again and help them continue in their learning. Certainly this school year is off to an adventurous start and our staff will be working hard to help families transition into our current school model. As we start on this new journey we will continue to provide resources to help students grow in the social & emotional areas of their lives.
This month we will be focusing on the skill of Composure which is timely for students and adults. Composure is the ability to become calm and controlled when upset. Or in other words, composure is “self-control in action.” We are specifically strengthening this by remembering to breath. Taking three deep breaths (in through the nose & out through the mouth) helps us calm and access the problem solving parts of our brain.
Students will learn how to breathe through different techniques such as the S.T.A.R., Pretzel, Drain, and Balloon. Composure helps us press the ‘pause’ button during moments of crisis and access the strengths that are in all of us. Join us this month in practicing these techniques with them and reminding them of how powerful it can be to pause.
Wishing you well,
School Counselor, St. Helens Elementary