NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2022
Congratulations to the following Roar Card Winners who were recognized at last week’s Friday Flag: Lily Diaz, Jacob Guilen, Mateas Hernandez, Sarah Van Lant, Mya Bishop, Alexa, Vanessa Luis, Callum Knight, Elijah Garrett, Khloe De Jesus. Thank you for making Responsible, Organized, Academic, and Respectful choices! Each week we will celebrate students and staff at Friday Flag and announce them here to parents.
NEW INFORMATION THIS WEEK
TOMORROW WALK TO SCHOOL DAY OCTOBER 14th
Who’s ready to walk, bike or scooter to school? Did you know that walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime? PLUS, it’s super fun! Enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood, see friends and neighbors and feel connected with your community! Please join us on Friday, October 14th, for Walk or Bike or Scooter to School Day! Prizes will be provided for walkers, bikers and scooters, as well as those who ride the bus since they are participating in sustainable transportation! We will also be having everyone sign a poster exclaiming that they “walked, bike or scooter to school” and we will hang this proudly for all to see!
*** Check the PTA Parent Square Message for Bicycle Train locations.
NON STUDENT DAY ON OCTOBER 17
Monday, October 17th is a non student day. All staff will participate in Professional Development and all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District will not attend school.
NEW: PARENT WORKSHOP NIGHT Oct 19 at 6:00
Please join us Wednesday for a very special parent meeting. We will have community and school leaders presenting on how you can support your student from within. Many workshops will be held twice, once in English and again in Spanish. Childcare is available if you RSVP on Parent Square. We will raffle off a $50 gift card to Macys at the end of the night.
You will get your choice of workshops:
- Listening to your child and responding with Angela Montanez and Ken Rivas, Adams Youth Outreach Workers
- Mindfulness Exercises with Lindsay Lookingbill from CALM
- What does the Family Engagement Liaison do and what physical and community services resources are there for children
- Fostering Self-Esteem in Children with Vicky Medina
- Healthy Eating Habits lead by Promotores, Josefa Rios in English and Spanish.
5:45 PM Coffee and pan dulce, sponsored by the PTA
6:00 Welcome and Raffle entries
6:15 Workshop One
6:30 Workshop Two
6:45 Closing and Raffle
HALLOWEEN, OCTOBER 31st
Plan ahead: on Monday, October 31st, students at Adams will be able to wear Halloween costumes to school. Students should look for costumes that are safe and appropriate for school. Students may not depict characters that are violent and can not carry props that are considered weapons. Students can not wear masks that cover their entire face. All students will be required to participate in a regular day of learning and exercise, so plan accordingly when selecting what to wear to school, including appropriate shoes. TK and Kinder students will have an opportunity to take a walk/parade around the students in grades 1-6 right at 8:30 am. If parents want to join us for this parade, you may meet us on the upper grade playground at 8:30 am.
AXXESS ORDERS DUE TOMORROW (FRIDAY)
Don't forget to turn in Axxess fundraiser envelopes to your classroom teacher tomorrow. You only have to sell one membership to earn an Axxess prize card with prizes like free ice cream, zoo admission, and more! Sell a few more and earn a cash card for $20, $50, or $100!
THE CALIFORNIA GREAT SHAKEOUT DRILL
On next Thursday, October 20th, staff and students will participate in a mock Disaster/Earthquake Drill. Each month students practice various types of drills to ensure awareness and safety in the event of a true disaster/emergency. For this specific drill, staff will meet with their assigned teams to develop plans for implementation. Students will wait in the emergency supervision area while staff are trained. If you have time to volunteer this morning, please arrive on campus between 10:35 am and 10:50 am, no earlier, no later, and we will practice releasing your child to you. We will have a student release team present near the front of the school that will check your ID and help locate your child for pretend release. It is strongly encouraged that parents communicate with their child who would be responsible for picking them up from school in a true emergency. Parents should continuously update contact information in the Aeries Parent Portal and make sure that individuals listed as eligible for student pick-up are aware of school procedures, such as requiring a photo ID. Families are also encouraged to have a plan for evacuation in the home in the event of a disaster. Communication surrounding emergency procedures is vital to student safety. Click the link for a great resource for creating and reviewing plans at home: https://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/
(TK-3rd grade families do not need to purchase insurance because their student devices will be kept at school.) Optional iPad Insurance availability has been extended to October 31st! iPad insurance covers the iPad for a calendar year. Insurance costs $30 and covers unlimited instances of damage with no deductible. iPad insurance does not cover lost devices or device accessories. iPad insurance is available until October 31st, 2022. This vendor is not associated with SBUnified and insurance is made available as a courtesy to families. You can enroll using a credit/debit card at the following link: http://www.worthavegroup.com/gpo/sbunified To pay with cash or check please come to the district office at 720 Santa Barbara St. from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday. Cash payments must be made with exact change. As a reminder, without insurance, the cost to replace a broken iPad screen starts at $100. Full device replacement is upwards of $300.
Anger management for children usually begins with basic psychoeducation. Kids who haven't had a lot of experience talking about emotions can have a hard time labeling their feelings, recognizing triggers, and connecting the consequences they've experienced back to their anger. For these reasons, plenty of time should be spent discussing each of these topics before jumping into anger management skills. The anger management activity worksheet included uses kid-friendly language to describe the anger and normalize the emotion. The activities are designed to help children think about how they behave differently when they are angry, learn about their triggers, and then come up with some alternate ways of behaving when they're mad.
Also listed below are easy-to-implement strategies to help children deal with anger and moments of embarrassment, emotions that will be experienced throughout life. Embarrassment can be a powerful emotion for kids. Something that sounds small to you, like giving the wrong answer in class— may feel huge to the child. When kids are embarrassed, it’s important not to dismiss their feelings, even if the situation that caused them sounds like no big deal.
“It’s understandable that you would feel embarrassed about xyz..."
Avoid obsessing over what happened, if an apology is owed, give it and move on.
Praise positive, create perspective.
We have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable as this will be a life skill.
Be empathetic and non-judgmental.
Respect personal space.
Keep your tone and body language neutral.
Focus on the thoughts behind the feelings.
Ignore challenging questions.
Give the student time to regain their calm: Say, “I notice you’re really upset. Let’s work together on breathing slowly for one minute in order to manage your impulses.”
REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS THURSDAY MESSAGES:
LATINX HERITAGE MONTH
Latinx Heritage Month runs from September 15th - October 15th.
Students have been learning about and celebrating Latinx Heritage Month. This practice in schools aims to highlight the positive contributions of people from different races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Recognizing this year’s theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The theme invites us to celebrate Latinx Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It is important for students to learn about the rich cultures and diverse people that make up our nation. When students see themselves and learn about other cultures, they experience both a sense of belonging and a connection to their school. This improves our students’ motivation to learn and to discover relevance to their school experiences.
Each year when you register your child, parents are required to acknowledge that they read and are aware of our student’s rights and responsibilities. The Student Handbook is uploaded as an attachment to the enrollment pages in the parent portal. Now that we have settled into the school year, I like to send an electronic copy as a reminder so you can help to reinforce the important district and school rules as well as safety procedures. Student Handbook 22-23 English ADAMS - Student Handbook 22-23- Spanish
14 - Walk or Bike to School Day
17 - No School - non student day
19 - NEW:Parent Workshop Night
26 - Fall Family Festival
28 - Fresch Coffee on Zoom: https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/99185754457