January 2020 Newsletter
December Social Skills Focus:
On December 20th we had our monthly Freaky Friday. Students viewed clips from the movie, “The Grinch” and discussed what Zone of Regulation the characters were in and how they knew.
December PBIS Raffle Winners:
At the Monday Morning Meeting on December 16th, 2 K-2 students and 2 3-5 students were chosen to participate in the Mitten Mystery Gift Raffle. They were given fun holiday attire to wear. They also had to wear gloves to add to the challenge of unwrapping the present they were given. They also had a pizza party during lunch time with Mr. Ruhl.
Social Skills Tip of the Month:
Your child is learning about Communication in the Sanford Harmony social-emotional learning program. The ideas below will reinforce what we are learning in school there are activities to play, topics to discuss, and behaviors to role-model. These are all designed to fit into your daily routine and provide opportunities to further connect with your child.
Listening To Others:
Ask your child to demonstrate how he or she uses his or her entire body to be a careful listener.
Brainstorm and create a special signal to remind or reinforce family members regarding good listening.
Tell your child when you notice him or her demonstrating good listening skills.
Responding To Others:
Ask your child to share some examples of “conversation makers” and “conversation breakers.”
Conversation Makers: Taking turns speaking, listening, thinking, responding.
Conversation Breakers: Talking for a long time, not responding, not listening.
Choose a topic that it interesting to both of you, note the time, and see how long you can continue the conversation with each other.
Ask your child what tone of voice is used when you or your child speak up.
Ask your child what kinds of words are used when you or your child speaks up.
Tell your child when you notice him or her using a strong, respectful voice and kind words to speak up.
An important part of this program is for students to continue discussing and practicing concepts outside the classroom. Thank you for your involvement in reinforcing at home what is being taught in class!
The entire school will celebrate by having a comfy/ pajama day on January 17th, and they will get to watch a movie in their classrooms as a reward for finishing the first semester strong!