Happy November Lynnwood Families,
I must begin this letter by thanking all of you for your unending support in the month of October. I am so grateful to our PTA for their support and to all of you for your participation in supporting me during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was overwhelming and much appreciated. I also think our students learned a great deal about being empathetic and caring citizens. My last set of scans showed the cancer is continuing to shrink so I will continue on with my current chemotherapy treatments. On days when I can not be here my administrative colleagues Marcia Ranieri and Kellee DeOlde are here covering and staying in contact with me. My treatment is two weeks on one week off and I usually have treatment in the morning and come to work when I am done unless it is a long one (that one takes like 6 hours). Therefore, I am here most of the time and there is a person in charge when I can’t be. I hope this information helps to alleviate your concerns that your children are well cared for at all times.
On another note, we recently spent a great deal of time dealing with student cell phone use and social media issues. I am going to include a copy of our Personal Electronic Device Policy in this newsletter. You can also find it on our website in the parent handbook. Please remember students of Elementary Age are still learning how to navigate social relationships and learning how to make friends and keep friends appropriately. That means students of this age require close supervision of phones, Ipads, tablets, etc. We understand making mistakes is part of the learning process, but in this digital world everything should be considered public and permanent. Personal text messages and cell phones may be out of the school’s jurisdiction unless they cause a material disruption to the school setting or are harassing and bullying in nature. Perceived threats to the school will be handled in a serious nature. Please remind your child that their intent in what is sent in a text message does not matter if the person who receives it finds it to be threatening. The matter will be handled by school officials however, if there is a potential safety threat law enforcement may be called to be present if needed. I spoke to our fifth graders last week very seriously about these issues and they know how seriously I take it.
I want you to know my number one priority is the safety and well being of all of our students and these matters will be taken very seriously. I highly suggest you read and review our Personal Electronic Device policy that was adopted by our Building Cabinet. We have reviewed it with the students as well.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and enjoy time with your families over the Thanksgiving break. Take time to reflect on what you have to be thankful for with your children and remind them how thankful I am for them.
Problem Solving Skills
Problem-solving social issues are a skill that takes years to learn and master. When elementary age children brush up against social problem solving we sometimes assume they understand more than they actually do. It’s rare for us to assume competencies in academics like math or writing but more common regarding social problem-solving skills.
Today we live in a world where teaching children critical thinking skills are necessary for their success. Being mindful of teaching our children social problem-solving skills helps children with the critical thinking skills that we want them to master. Social problem-solving helps our children stop, think, and plan before acting.
One way to help your child with these skills is to offer them an alternative when you are correcting a social behavior. It’s a great time to provide a child not just with what not to do but with a replacement behavior. An example would be to let your child know “You can’t say no but you ask if you can do that in five minutes”. “We don’t hit in our family but you can ask to take a break or tell me when you are upset”. You can also offer the idea of problem solving with your child to get them into the good habit of thinking about solutions and not focusing on what they are upset by or frustrated with. I use a basic problem-solving structure of stop, think, plan, then act to help children learn the steps of problem-solving.
Children do learn problem solving skills by observing them. Other times we allow children to figure it out and work it out on their own. Both of these techniques are reasonable ways of helping children learn how to solve problems. Children will excel at independent problem solving like observing and figuring it out on their own when we provide them with some basic social problem solving skills.
-Catherine Ricchetti, LCSW-R; School Social Worker
For Staff, Students and Parents
It’s not too late to get the Flu vaccine if you haven’t already! Don’t get the Flu, get the shot!! Also, please remind your student of the importance of tissue use for runny noses, hand washing after tissue use and cough etiquette especially now that we are all inside and together!
Have a Happy and Healthy November! – Nurse Rutkowski
Cold Weather Gear
The weather is getting cooler, winter is not far away. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately each day. Please be mindful our teachers try to take their students outside for recess on dry days. Hats, gloves and warm jackets are appreciated
Picture Re-take Day
Pictures re-takes are scheduled for Wednesday, December 11. If your child was absent or you are pleased with the way your child’s picture came out, return the unwanted packet to school on Wednesday, December 11.
November Dates to Remember
11/5 – Superintendent’s Day – NO SCHOOL K – 5 Parent Conferences
11/8 – Veteran’s Day Share & Celebrate 1:15 pm
11/11 – Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
11/26 – Bus Evacuation Drill
11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL
Please note: The LES Winter Concert is changed from 12/2/19 to 12/9/19 at 7 p.m.