THURSDAY MESSAGE OCTOBER 6, 2022

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ROAR CARD 

Congratulations to the following Roar Card Winners who were recognized at last week’s Friday Flag: Julian Hernandez, Roberto, Santamaria, Cataleya Solis, Kimberly Urrutia, Kamdyn Hernandez, Makayla Ibarra, Brody Morgan, Lesly Hernandez, Melannie Deniss, Alejandro Rosales. 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 

 

SAVE THE DATE: NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 17th, will be used as a day for Teacher Professional Learning for all the Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers. That Monday will be a non-student day. Plan ahead!

 

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY OCTOBER 14

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 all walkers, bikers and scooterers, 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, biked or scootered to school” and we will hang this proudly for all to see!

**This year there will be no formal leaders from neighborhoods, but feel free to find a neighbor and ride or walk in together!

 

DISABILITY HISTORY WEEK

Next week we will recognize Disability History Week.  The purpose of drawing attention to the changes in our community is to challenge myths and stereotypes about people with disabilities and to promote awareness of various forms of disability.  Throughout the years, students with disabilities have had to fight to receive an education.  Social and political challenges and changes have created a system of education for all, but we still have a lot to understand. Please join us in having conversations with your students about what is needed for all students to have access to an equitable education. Included are some resources.  How to teach children about disabilities and inclusion  Book List

 

Axxess Fundraiser Going on Now

 Purchase one for yourself ($40 each), sell a few to friends, family & co-workers.

·   Sell 1, Earn a Prize!

·   Our school earns $13 per membership.

·   Memberships will be delivered to the school before Thanksgiving break.

·   Memberships can be used starting January 1, 2023

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

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

 

CALM CORNER

Practicing Gratitude.

All of us, adults and children, experience times in which we are overwhelmed with the struggles of life and find it difficult to recognize the positives. This can lead to stress, unhappiness, and loss of sleep. Research has shown that practicing gratitude improves people's sleep, lowers stress, and improves interpersonal relationships. It has been proven to additionally breed social benefits including decreasing materialism and increasing generosity among adolescents (link to article). This can even produce positive physical health outcomes such as lowering the risk of heart disease and decreasing symptoms of depression. Having a kiddo utilize the attached worksheet to identify and write down what they are grateful for each day is an easy way to bring these lifelong skills and benefits to your family. Surely a worksheet will not work for everyone. To avoid the practice of embracing and expressing gratitude feeling like another chore or homework assignment, you can allow your kiddo to pick out a journal they like or decorate a notebook with markers or stickers to make their own gratitude journal. We hope you take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for today and ask the same of your little ones!

GratitudeJournal_English.pdf GratitudeJournal_Spanish.pdf

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

See this article  For parents concerned about how their students are handling the new school year, here are five suggestions mental health experts say can help them monitor their child's mental health.

 

BTSN

Thank you to all that came to BTSN last week. It was great to feel the positive energy and get to know the old and new families we have yet haven’t been able to meet since the pandemic. We had 290 students represented. If you were not able to attend, I hope you checked the Thursday Folder for flyers and details about the school year from your teacher. Thank you!

 

REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS THURSDAY MESSAGES:

 

LATINX HERITAGE MONTH

Latinx Heritage Month runs from September 15th - October 15th.

Over the next few weeks, students will be 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.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEER READERS NEEDED

Adams is looking for parent volunteers to read with students during the school day. If you have time to volunteer for 30 minutes or an hour one time a week, please email Mrs. Fresch at kfresch@sbunified.org and we will pair you up with a student in need. We have some students who are not reading at home, and/or could simply benefit from reading to or with an adult one-on-one. It will make you feel good, and help a student in need, as well! 

 

CALENDAR

October 

7 - School Pictures 

14 - Walk or Bike to School Day

17 - No School 

26 - Fall Family Festival 

28 - Fresch Coffee on Zoom