Helpful information

We have been spreading kindness at TES and we haven’t even gotten to The Great Kindness Challenge yet!  If you didn’t see the flier about our challenges and themes for next week, please check it out here.

Fifth grade parents… please check out the middle school page for helpful information regarding registering for courses in powerschool and other information from TMS.  There have been some changes this year so if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ozmore.

Everyone be on the lookout for your child’s class signup.  Signup genius links will be sent out next week if you would like to donate any items to the class Birthday Box project.  Each class has a theme for their box so take note of the particular theme when you select items.  The students and staff have been excited preparing for this project.  We can feel the kindness already!

February conferences are coming up in a few weeks.  Not all families will need to conference with their teacher, but if you would like one of us to sit in or you want to just check in with us, we’re happy to help.

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Ringing in 2020 with kindness!

Happy New Year everyone!

Our theme word for January is kindness.  All of our classroom lessons will focus on what it means to be kind and how we can spread kindness every day.  At the end of January, TES will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge along with all other HCPS schools.  Be on the lookout for information about birthday boxes which is a project each classroom will get to be a part of.  A Birthday Box is a box of items to celebrate a child’s birthday.  We plan to add these to our food pantry to have available for families as needed.  In the meantime, here’s what your children will be doing with us when we see them in January:

Kindergarten students will learn about bucket filling and what it means to fill someone’s bucket, have a full bucket, or dip from someone’s bucket.  Our “buckets” are imaginary vessels of our emotions and they are filled up by the positive interactions we have with others.  The more you fill buckets, the more you fill your own so help us think about small ways we can do this every day!

In first grade, we’ll be reading one of our favorite books, “Do Unto Otters” by Laurie Keller.  The rabbit and otters in this fun and silly story learn the importance of the Golden Rule.  Students love this book and we love reading it!

Second graders will also hear a wonderful story about how spreading kindness often means getting some on ourselves.  We will read the book “The Jelly Donut Difference” by Maria Dismondy and students will then get to make their own jelly donuts (don’t worry, they are made out of paper!) to describe what kindness means to them.

We don’t want to give away any secrets about what third graders will be doing but it’s call a Kindness Write Around.  Students will find ways to think about their classmates in positive ways and discover how simple it is to show kindness.

In fourth grade, we will read “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” by Emily Pearson and learn how one kind act leads to another.  Students will then play a game to demonstrate this concept.

Fifth graders will be watching a boomerang video about kindness.  What’s a boomerang video, you ask?  The video starts with one person and then follows different people in a community as they impact one another until the chain of events ends up back at the first person in the video.  Like a boomerang, when we send kindness out into the world, it always comes back around to us, even if it’s not through the same person or people we first showed kindness to.

Take some time this month to think about ways your family already shows kindness to one another and to those in the community.  What other things can your family do to add to the kindness you are spreading?  Have fun!

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December plans

Hi everyone and Happy early Holidays!

The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break are always filled with excitement around here.  And that’s not just the teachers – the kids, too!  In terms of our character education and school counseling classroom lessons, we are focusing on COOPERATION.

In Kindergarten, we worked on a Mrs. Shala and Mrs. Ozmore favorite – personal space!  No handouts were sent home, but we read Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook and put into practice some of the strategies in the  story to help us remember to respect others’ personal space and to stay in our own.

First graders got to hear about RJ in the story Teamwork Isn’t My Thing and I Don’t Like to Share! by Julia Cook.  The kids really appreciate all RJ goes through to work with his classmates and little sister.  But let me tell you the fun part.  We had a handout for the students to complete in pairs or groups as practice for cooperation.  There is a box at the top for the students’ names.  We had them work in groups and put everyone’s name in the box.  This took longer than expected so they didn’t complete the rest of the handout.  But this goof in the lesson turned out perfect because you should have seen them working together to include everyone’s names on each student’s paper and to spell them correctly!  If that wasn’t teamwork, then I’m not sure we could have found something much better!

In second grade, we read another Mrs. Shala and Mrs. Ozmore favorite, Problems With Pete the Pencil and Eddie the Eraser by third grade students of Kingsland Elementary in Spring Valley, Minnesota.  I bet you didn’t know that pencils and erasers talk to each other when we’re not listening, did you?  It’s a silly story that perfectly illustrates the importance of cooperation and how multiple people can be impacted when we don’t.  To further illustrate this, the students built a web with yarn to show how they are all connected to each other and impact each other.

Our third graders completed another favorite activity.  They worked in groups to figure out the Cooperation Baseball riddle.  Again, no handout went home, but ask your third grader about figuring out the riddle with only a few clues.

Fourth graders worked in groups on Cooperation Squares.  Once again, this is a favorite of counselors, teachers and students alike.  No handout again, but it was a valuable experience in how to work together as a team when you can’t talk and have other rules impacting our natural ways of problem solving.

Finally, fifth graders spent time working together to reflect on ways they have to cooperate in their lives.  They answered questions on a handout that they should have brought home.  Families can then further reference the questions for family discussions on cooperation.

With so many favorites, you can see this topic is one of our favorites and we usually go a long way in helping students understand the impact their cooperation with others, or lack thereof, has each day.  We hope it carries over to your home and family.  Have a wonderful winter break with family and friends!

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Is it bullying?

Last month, our focus was on respect in alignment with National Bullying Prevention Month.  Part of our lessons in all grade levels was to explain the difference between unkind, or even mean, behavior and bullying behavior.  Bullying is a very serious issue that has lasting impacts on both the bullies and the bullied.  Most school divisions and organizations across the country have anti-bullying policies in place to appropriately address bullying type behavior.

However, the majority of students are not bullies.  A majority of children have also been rude or mean or unkind to someone at some point in time.  Mean behavior isn’t right but it also isn’t always bullying.  Our lessons in October focused on a prevention effort to help students learn problem solving skills as well as peer support skills when they notice others being unkind.

Take a few minutes to look at the article below by clicking on the “Mean vs. Bullying” link and the webinar put out by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) with similar information.  If you ever have questions about a social situation with your child, especially if you feel they are involved with a bullying situation, please reach out to us for support.  And be on the lookout for information about “committment” – our November word of the month!

Mean vs. Bullying

ASCA Webinar

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UVA enrichment program

For over 40 years, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education has sponsored a Saturday Enrichment Program for students who show the potential to be gifted or high-ability, high-interest students in Kindergarten through grade five.  If you are interested in having your child apply for this program or want more information, please go to http://curry.virginia.edu/sep.  The application deadline is December 1, 2019.

 

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