I hope you and your families are staying safe and well.
Connectivity/Learning Hub: This week has been full of preparations for the safe return to school for students in the first round of the Connectivity/Learning Hub. Please remember we will be adding kids to the hub and on campus in rounds. You will be contacted when your child’s round is coming up. If you answered “yes” to any of the in person options on the parent survey your child’s name was added to the list of students. As previously mentioned, we are taking into consideration many items when deciding who will come in which round. Please continue to do your part in following public health guidelines so that we may start bringing back more students.
Guess My Career Assemblies: If you have been in the room for any of the past assemblies, you know how much fun the kids have asking questions and figuring out our guest speakers careers. So far we have hosted Dr. Reitman; Colonel Fearon, NASA; and A. Payton, AZ Firewoman. As I continue to chat with students I find that the careers they are thinking about are exciting! I am also hearing that they may not think they are attainable. One of the comments I heard several times was that women could not be firefighters, hence our last guest speaker. Our guest for next week should be exciting for quite a few kids as this is a career many talk to me about. Due to our guest living in Hawaii our time for this assembly will be at 11:30am for grades 3-5 and 12:10 for K-2.
Hyper? Inattentive? Help! I have been hearing from parents pretty regularly about how to help keep their children engaged and from bouncing all over the place. This is totally normal! Even if we were in person kids need to move around! If you have been on a call with me via zoom you will see I need to move around, I can’t imagine a 5 or 9 year old. Some kids may find a stress ball (many options even one’s that smell like cake at the Dollar Tree) useful, tapping their feet on the ground, or even doing 5 jumping jacks in between lessons. For those of you that are looking for new ways to help your child get the wiggles out I am linking wiggle break cards to help.
Social Groups/ Reading Book Clubs/ Zoom check in’s: There are many groups going on throughout the school day. I hold 2 social groups (K and 5) and a book club; our school psychologist is starting a social group; our CARE specialist Daniella is starting a self esteem group; and our front office staff are holding regular zoom check in’s for students who need a bit of a connection. If your child is struggling, please check in with your child’s teacher. We are working together as a school wide team to open groups where we see the greatest need. If you are wanting to jump in and join a book club or start some after school activities with other families via zoom let us know we would be happy to help connect folks.
Middle Schools: You should have received a message from me earlier this week with a flyer for Middle School parent nights via zoom. I have asked the two traditional middle school principals to chat with PVEA families about what is offered at the two schools and what to expect. We will meet on zoom on 1/29 from 1-2pm. Britton will go first at 1 and Martin Murphy at 1:30. Feel free to bring your questions! This is the time of the year to make requests for transfers so if you plan to not have your child go to the school they are assigned to for the 21/22 school year, please call the front office.