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January/February 2018

Happy New Year Panther Families!

I hope your holiday provided you with a chance to connect and make memories as a family. Many students eagerly shared about their adventures as we all worked to re-establish the routines of a regular school day.

The New Year is a great opportunity to establish (or re-establish) the routines we value in life, both at school/work and at home. I’ve talked with various Southwood Staff members in the past few days about these routines. It’s been interesting to hear the trends surface. Here are a few highlights of the student routines that we have discovered that help set each child up for success:

  • SLEEP: The National Institute of Health recommends that school-aged children sleep at least 10 hours every night. To accomplish this, most elementary students need to be in bed by 8 PM. That’s easier said than done--all the more reason to take advantage of the New Year reset to work on this important health habit.
  • ATTENDANCE: This often goes hand in hand with sleep. By far the most common reason to miss school is illness. The typical target for a given school year is to limit absences to a single digit (averaging at most one absence per month). Healthy routines of sleeping, eating and hand washing can make this target attainable.
  • READING: The greatest impact on elementary student academic success is total amount of time reading. This is a top priority at Southwood, as students engage in reading activities in a variety of modes and content areas throughout the day. The nightly routine of reading 20 minutes per night can complement the work during the school day. They can read to themselves, read to a family member, or listen to someone read.

What are other routines that your family values? Let's take the time to talk with our family, and start the New Year off with these routines in mind.

Andy Means

 

Counselor Corner

Hello Southwood Families:

Panther Lesson Update: In December we focused on showing empathy and compassion. Empathy is trying to understand how someone else is feeling by attending to their facial expressions, body language and considering their situation. Compassion is empathy in action. That is, doing and saying kind things that show someone we care. You can support your child’s growing social skills by pointing out when you see them showing empathy in their actions as well as discussing examples in books and movies.

Currently, our Second Step Emotions Management Unit is focusing on being attentive to our own body’s clues about emotions and learning strategies to help us calm down when we experience strong, uncomfortable feelings such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety.

How to Calm Down:

  • Stop: Use your signal
  • Name your feeling
  • Calm Down: Breath, Count, Use Positive Self-Talk

We hope you spend time talking about these tools with your child in a calm time in order to support them using the skills next time they are upset. Please feel free to contact me if you believe your child needs extra support at school developing these skills.

Rebecca Bowen
School Counselor, Southwood Elementary
360-802-7379
rebecca_bowen@enumclaw.wednet.edu

 

Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting

Enumclaw School District Counselors will be facilitating A New Video Program from the Gottman Institute.

Emotion Coaching is a 5-step method that gives parents tools to deal with a child's strong emotions and increases children's understanding of emotions and how to handle them. Participants have noted positive outcomes for their families that last.

The ability to navigate strong emotions allows adults and kids to be successful in many different areas of life. Drs. John and Julie Gottman will show you how to be there for your child when it really counts.

Classes will be held at Southwood Elementary Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, February 13, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Cost: $12 for materials to be collected January 30 To register, please contact: Monica Munger by January 23rd at (360) 802-7434 or Online at: https://goo.gl/forms/mE2YItk7rgmhBpke2

 

Scholastic Book Fair

Southwood’s annual Book Fair is coming soon! Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. We hope you can make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates/location: Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, in the library.
Shopping hours: M, W, Th 9-4:30, T 9-7:30, F 9-3.
Special activities: On Tues. Jan. 30 the Book Fair is open until 7:30 for Family Night.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/swelementary. Our Online Fair is available from Jan.15 to Feb. 3rd.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair please contact Janie Ingroum, Southwood Teacher-Librarian, at 360-802-7417.

Important Dates - January and February

January 15                                      Feb. 15                                        February 19 - 23
No School                                       Magic Strings Concert                No School
Martin Luther King Day                   Thursday, 6:30 pm                      Mid-Winter Break
                                                        High School Auditorium

What is inside your book??

 

Enumclaw School District State of Education Address

When: January 18th
Where: High School Auditorium
Time: 6:30-7:30
With Mike Nelson and guests!!

 

Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

On the February 2018 ballot, Enumclaw School District will ask the community to vote on the Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations. This levy will replace the four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy that expires at the end of 2018. This is not a new tax; in fact it is a lower tax than past local levies.

*In February 2014 local voters approved the Maintenance & Operations Levy at a rate up to $3.89 per $1000 assessed value for collection in years 2015-2018. The Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations is proposed at a rate of $1.50 per $1000 assessed value for collection in years 2019-2022.

Levies provide the District with means to extend learning and growth opportunities for our nearly 4000 students beyond the state’s basic education funding. Levy funds ensure our District’s quality education programs continue in safe, well maintained and clean schools. The levy will support the following: SAFETY & SECURITY, SPECIAL EDUCATION, EARLY LEARNING, SPECIAL PROGRAMS, ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES, TRANSPORTATION and STAFF TRAINING.

Ballots are due Feb 13, 2018.

More information is available on our website:http://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/departments/business/bonds_levies/levies/proposed_ed_programs_operations_levy/default.aspx

 

Change of Plans Notes

Please include addresses on any notes that you send for your child if they are going somewhere besides home. The transportation department is requesting addresses so that they for sure know where to drop your child off. Just saying "grandmas" or "daycare" doesn’t tell them where to go! We want to make sure your children are safe!!

Thanks for your help in this matter.

 

Read Across America Spirit Week

Feb. 26 - Mar. 2 (More information will be coming home later!)

 

The Interactive STEM Expo

The Enumclaw School Foundation (EST) and Enumclaw School District (ESD) are excited to announce the 6th annual Interactive STEM Expo (iSTEM Expo) will be held on Thursday, February 8th, with the theme of:
“Mathematics - The Universal Language”

This FREE event will be held at the Enumclaw Expo Center Exhibition Hall from 4:00-7:30 pm and is open to students in K-12 grades, as well as their families and members of the community.

The purpose of the iSTEM is to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM and their connected career possibilities by engaging in hands-on activities.

We are thrilled to have over 70 exhibitors at this year’s iSTEM Expo, featuring some great hands-on activities to get kids excited about STEM.

We will have six food trucks on site to provide dinner, dessert, snacks and drink options. Join us for the evening.

 

Running Club News

*Running Club will begin for 2018 in February
*Runners who complete 4 cards will qualify for the Fun Run in June.
*Wouldn’t it be great if the entire school qualified?
*Who will be the runner with the MOST cards?
*How many kids will join the 10 card club?

 

Coming Events in March

Mar. 1 - Family Literacy Night
Mar. 22 - Kindergarten Round Up
Mar. 23 - Snow Make Up Day (No School if we don’t miss a day before because of weather)
Mar. 29 - 4/5 Music Concert

 

*Our health room is in need of pants if you have any to donate. Smaller sizes are especially needed. Sweatpants work great because they can fit more than one size.



Nondiscrimination Verbiage

Enumclaw School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination.

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Director of Student Support Services
2929 McDougall Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022
360.802.7104

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Director of Human Relations
2929 McDougall Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022
360.802.7113

 

 

January

 

1

No School
Winter Break

2

3

4

5

 

 

8

9

PTA Mtg.
4:30

10

11

12

Martin Luther King Assembly
1:25

13

14

15

No School
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

16

17

18
ESD State of Education Address
6:30
H.S. Auditorium

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29
Book Fair

30
Book Fair
(open until 7:30 for family night)

31

Book Fair

 

 

 

 

February

 

 

 

 

1
Book Fair

2
Book Fair

3

4

5

6

7

8
STEM Expo
4 pm

9

10

11

12 13
Ballots Due
Levy Vote
14
Valentine’s Day

15
Magic Strings Concert
6:30

16

17

18

19
President’s Day
No School

20
Mid-Winter Break
No School

21
Mid-Winter Break
No School

22
Mid-Winter Break
No School

23
Mid-Winter Break
No School

24

25

26
Read Across America Week

27
Read Across America Week

28
Read Across America Week

 

5 th Grade to JA Biztown

March 1
Read Across America Week

March 2
Read Across America Week