Liestman Chipmunk News

March 2021 Volume 3 Issue 1

A Message from Mr. Galindo

Dear Liestman Families-

It’s hard to believe that we are now in March! We continue to focus on kindness as it is at the core of developing empathy and compassion for others. And, as we continue to recover from the recent winter storm it is so important to talk about the power of being kind to others in time of need. Our growth mindset focus for this month is on normalizing mistakes. Mistakes are opportunities for learning. We will focus on coaching students through mistakes using mistake-friendly teaching strategies.

There are only 18 instructional days this month. Please continue to send your child to school for in-person learning each day and to ensure that students learning remotely are engaged in their daily lessons. There are two important sources of academic feedback coming out these next two weeks- progress report #6 and report card #3. These reports may be accessed using the Home Access Center. Remember that the deadline for changing your child’s learning mode is this Friday. Check your email for the link to the google form.

Finally, it is critical to everyone’s health and safety that we continue to practice all of the CDC safety protocols. Upon showing any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, the student or staff member is required to stay home and consult with a physician before returning to school/work; by doing so, we are able to prevent spread and stay open for learning.

Stay strong!

Mr. Galindo, Principal

The Counselor's Corner

Hello Chipmunks!

It's "March Madness" time, which means this month we will find our balance through mindfulness practice. Here are some some great tips on basic mindfulness practice.

The Basics of Mindfulness Practice:

Mindfulness helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses. Here's how to tune into mindfulness throughout the day:

  1. Set aside some time. You don’t need any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills—but you do need to set aside some time and space.

  2. Observe the present moment as it is. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind. The goal is simple: we’re aiming to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment. Easier said than done, we know.

  3. Let your judgments roll by. When we notice judgments arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.

  4. Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.

Mindfulness Activity:

Watch the sunrise/sunset. Notice the colors, the wind, the temperature, close your eyes and take a deep breath in and then slowly release the breath.

Or participate in the following video exercise

In the month of March we will continue with our character trait of Kindness and our Social Emotional Learning trait is Social Awareness. Please read the information below.

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