Dear University Elementary Families,
It is my hope that you and yours were not deeply effected by the Kincade Fire. Our custodial and maintenance crews worked hard to ensure our schools were clean, safe and ready to be reoccupied. We are thrilled to have school back in session!
This week we say good-bye to Miss Dana, our office manager and welcome Abby Rutherford, Miss R as our new office manager. Miss Dana has accepted a job promotion within the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District and we celebrate this change for her. I am certain that Miss R will have great success as our new office manager. Although this position is new for her, she has worked in our school district for three years. She is coming to us with a great personality and skill set!
Our lifeskill this month is perseverance. This looks like not giving up or hanging in there until you complete the task you started, acquired the skill you were working on, and/or achieved any personal goal. I always say dream big and then do what it takes to make that dream come true!
4 Tips for Empowering Children to Persevere
- Encourage positive self-talk and mindfulness. “I'm just no good at this.” / "I am not good at this yet."
- Praise effort and process, not intelligence.
- Put failures and mistakes into a growth perspective.
- Give your students the chance to struggle.
With Thanksgiving only weeks away, this is a great month to share our feelings of gratitude for one another. I am very grateful to be the principal of University Elementary School and to interact with such an amazing group of teachers, committees, volunteers, students and families. While earning my Administrative Credential, I never imagined I would have the great fortune to work with such an inspirational group of human beings.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Charlotte Straub - Principal
Dana was a key asset in getting our school up and running smoothly. She will be missed by staff, students and our community as a whole.
Please help me in welcoming Miss R to our University Elementary community.
This particular lifeskill is an important stepping stone to success. Please join the teachers and myself in developing this lifeskill within your child.
The Reflections Event will be here before we know it. Please SAVE THE DATE and come view the student work on display as we celebrate our artists on Thursday, Nov. 12th from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm in the MU. Cake and a beverage will be served.
Setting up for the inside event!
Parent volunteers came in and transformed the MU and entryway. It was amazing how in two hours the entire space was looking spooktacular!
This group photo was taken towards the end of the event!
It was great to see some of our former students return as volunteers for this event!
Setting up for the inside event!
PARKING LOT - IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
The parking lot appears to running more smoothly with the addition of the crosswalk. Now our goal is to remember to use it, myself included. It is important to teach our students to use crosswalks in order to be safe not only in our parking lot but out in the larger community as well. I truly see this is as a perfect teaching and learning opportunity.
I want to remind parents that the yellow loading and unloading curb for the busses can be used once the cones are removed. In the mornings we only need half of the yellow curb for busses. There is plenty of room for parents to drop off where the cones have been removed. Parents who must get out of their car to help their youngsters out need to pull up to the yellow curb for morning drop off. The red curb is for students to hop out independently on the passengers side of the car in order to keep the traffic flowing into the parking lot otherwise the entrance to our school becomes blocked. At the end of the day the yellow cones are removed fairly quickly and parents are able to pull up to the yellow curb. If we do this the flow into the parking lot will be smoother and safer. Last but not least, I would like to gently remind families during drop off and pick up, not to stop their cars blocking the crosswalk. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all students safe.
Forty Sonoma State University students are coming to work in our gardens on Friday, Nov. 15th!
We need extra wheelbarrows! We have two and could use at least three more. We also could use additional loppers. If you can loan these items for the afternoon please let Mrs. Straub know asap.
Student Council meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during lunch
2nd/3rd Grade Upstander's Club meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays during lunch
4th/5th Grade Upstander's Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays during lunch
Thursday, Nov. 7th: Make-up Picture Day
Friday, Nov. 8th: 2nd Cup of Coffee
Friday, Nov. 8th: End of Trimester 1
Monday, Nov.11th: Veteran's Day - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR THIS HOLIDAY
Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Reflections Showcase/Awards 6:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 19th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Rebounderz Night 5:30-8:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 21st PTA Meeting @ 6:30
Friday, Nov. 22nd: School Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite Super Hero/Pajama Day
Report Cards go home.
Mon., Nov. 25th thru Fri., Nov. 29th: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING WEEK
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd: Weekly Assembly
Friday, Dec. 6th: 2nd Cup of Coffee
Tuesday, Dec. 10th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Panera Dine and Donate All Day
Thursday, Dec. 12th: MAKER WORLD 2019 5:30PM
Tuesday, Dec. 17th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am
Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Family Fun Movie Night
Friday, Dec. 20 thru Friday Jan. 3rd:: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK