This past Friday, we submitted our application for the A+ School of Excellence Award. The process began back in September and took our team A LOT of time and effort to complete. If our application is accepted, the A+ committee will schedule a visit of our school and determine whether or not we receive the award. Either way, I am very thankful for our students, teachers, staff and parents and I know that we truly are a school of excellence. Please send lots of well wishes and good vibes our way as we anxiously await the notification. :)
It's cold out now and the season of misplaced jackets is here! Please, please write your child's name on the inside of their jackets/sweaters. At the end of the week, we have student leaders that go through the lost and found jackets and return them to their owners if their name is inside.
As a school, we are working on the Power of Free Will and the Skill of Choices this month. The Power of Free Will is the belief that each and every person has the inner power to choose helpful or hurtful actions. Each of us is responsible for the way we behave. We cannot MAKE others behave in certain ways; they must choose for themselves. The Skill of Choices helps children to choose between two positive options so they can exert their free will while operating within the safe limits we set. By offering choices, we help children learn decision-making skills, establish and maintain self-control and feel empowered. This goes right along with our RISE up theme this year by Intentionally using our Skills and Powers that are helpful to our school community!
*Skill of Choices Formula (what to say):
"You have a choice. You may __________ or you may _________." (*allow processing time) "What is your choice?" (*acknowledge their choice in an encouraging voice) "You chose___________. Good job/That is helpful/Etc!"
ex: "Brittany, you have a choice. You can play on the swing after Joey or you can play on the slide right now." (pause) "What is your choice?" "You chose to play on the slide. That will be fun!"
1/23 - 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!
1/24 - Bingo Night (4:00-6:00 pm)
1/29 - McDonald's Fundraiser (5:00-7:00 pm), Litchfield/McDowell
2/1 - EARLY RELEASE, Students dismissed at 1:00
2/6 - Volunteer Training (7:45 am & 5:30 pm), Library
2/6 - Conscious Discipline Training (6:00 pm), Library
2/8 - Dance (4:00-7:00 pm)
2/15 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Inservice
2/18 - NO SCHOOL, President's Day
2/22 - EARLY RELEASE, Students dismissed at 1:00
2/26 - Macayo's Fundraiser (5:00-9:00 pm), Litchfield/McDowell
2/27 - Board Game Night (4:00-6:00 pm)