The WAVA Wave
January 1, 2016
A Message from our Principal...
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” (Abraham Lincoln)
To open January’s newsletter referencing a “resolution,” perhaps a new year’s resolution seems appropriate, and possibly overdone. However, as I pause and think about the word resolution, I think of a similar word, resolve. This word means to decide firmly on a course of action. Isn’t this what each of our days is met with, a firm decision to act. This is necessary when working with children on their learning and is accomplished by active participation on their part as well as ours as the adults. We must make each day meaningful for them and with them. I will set aside a new year’s resolution to work with resolve; how about you? Remember, what you do and what you say matters every single day at WAVA! My Best…
Have a fantastic new year!!
The Counselor Connect
Social Media and Cyberbullying
Online interactions through social media websites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) are an important part of the social experience for many students at WAVA. The desire to connect with peers is a normal and healthy part of adolescence, and appropriate use of social media can have numerous positive effects such as increased communication with peers, improved access to information, and the development of a sense of self. However, there is also potential for some very serious issues to arise when students are left unsupervised on social media.
Here is a link to an article with some very helpful suggestions to help parents raise internet-savvy children:
13 Tips for Monitoring Kids’ Social Media
The article is formatted as a slideshow, so click the “next” button on each slide to go through all the different tips.
As always, please feel free to contact me directly to discuss specific concerns or for additional resources.
Hands On Children's Museum
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 1-3pm
414 Jefferson Street Northeast
Cowlitz County Historical Museum Wednesday Workshop titled 'Southwest Tribes'
Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 3:30-5pm
405 Allen Street
Students will learn about one specific Native American tribe from the Southwest while focusing on specific survival skills using natural resources, family tradition and working together.
Space limited to 20 students and must be accompanied by adult. Pre-registration is required. Call Museum's front desk at 360.577.3119 to reserve your spot. Also, let Mrs. McMahon know that you are planning on attending. email@example.com
Roller Skating at Skagit Skate
Friday, Jan. 29th, 10am-12pm
390 Cedar Street
SAVE THE DATE! Great Wolf Lodge or Triple Play
Monday, Feb. 29th, 10am
20500 Old Highway 99 Southwest
The annual Great Wolf Lodge event will be held in February this year!
We've also added an Eastern Washington event at Triple Play Family Fun Park in Idaho!
More details to come!
This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.
January 7th at 1pm: Success Stories
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January 14th at 1pm: Concerns and Priorities with the school
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January 21st at 1pm: Creating an Interest to Learn
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January 28th at 1pm: Consistency
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This is Albert.
Albert’s goal is to visit all 50 states and he’s off with a bang! Mrs. Sol’s class is following his adventure this year and your class is invited too! Since September 9, Albert has traveled to Washington, Oregon, Southern California, Missouri, New Jersey… and now he’s enjoying life in Hawaii.
Albert is documenting his journey on Instagram. He is posting photos and interesting facts about each state. You can join in on the fun here: https://www.instagram.com/albertsamerica/.
If you know of a family or classroom that would like to have a small visitor in the next few months, they can sign up here: http://classroomsol.weebly.com/alberts-adventure.html. Albert is a polite house guest, he’ll eat just about anything, and he’s always up for an adventure!
Join us as we watch Albert’s amazing race across America!
Mrs. Sol’s Class
Brand new to WAVA?
You will receive an email from WAVA detailing the onboarding process. There will be multiple live sessions offered each day, every week, to help guide you through setting everything up.
Week of Welcome, WOW!
Your student's first week will be very busy! It is important to be sure to follow the daily and weekly schedule that week as all sessions are required. Details will also come in an email from WAVA.
Required Class Connects
If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know you are going to miss a class please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.
To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the “Go to Class Connect” link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged).
Make sure your OLS is set to PST (Pacific Standard Time) so your Class Connect times are correct. Click on -> My Account -> Time Zone Settings.
Tips from Cheryl
Teaching Tips for Struggling Readers
By Cheryl Holbrook
Crossing the Midline
Sometimes kids with reading struggles suffer from a lack of neural connections between both hemispheres of the brain. When they read or draw as they move their eyes across the page they run into this invisible brick wall that is the divide between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Sometimes, as infants, not enough connections are formed between the two sides. This affects their ability to process words and read fluently.
Here are some tips and exercises to help kids make those neural connections and be able to learn the reading process.
Signing helps make the connections with letters
Multisensory learning is very important for struggling readers. Sign language is a helpful tool to make the connection between the right and left side of the brain.
Sign Language Alphabet cards
Text + Audio = Success
Using a text to speech software or printed book in conjunction with an audio book that they can follow along with will often take the pressure off of the struggling reader so that they can read and begin to recognize common words as they read along.
Free online text to speech download
Research has shown that certain fonts are easier for struggling readers to decipher. The one used in this document (Comic Sans MS) is one of the easiest for people with reading issues to read.
Often kids with reading struggles have a hard time seeing patterns in words. By color coding different phonics sounds they can begin to see those connections. Teach words by word families with like sounds so that students can begin to see words as a collection of parts and how some words have like parts.
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