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March and April 2018

A Message from Mr. Means

Last week we had the privilege of joining thousands of schools across the country in celebrating Read Across America. It is Southwood’s most spirited week of the year, as we highlight one of our core values: the love of reading. Our hope is that students can build on the momentum of the week to continue to fall in love with books of all types.

As a dad, I often beat myself up for not carving out more time to read with my kids. Life is so hectic, and it is hard to fit everything in to our days. I’m sure you face the same struggles. With that said, I know that each time we sit down with them and open a book together is better than not doing it all, and helping them take one more step down a positive learning path.

Sometimes we all need a little reminder and fresh ideas for how to keep the love of reading alive in our home. If that’s what you need, here are a couple articles that may support you with just that:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/reading/whats-the-best-way-to-develop-a-love-of-reading

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-raise-a-reader

The role of parent can be one of the most thankless jobs out there, so please know that we at Southwood are thankful for you, for all the little and big things you do every day to love your children and support their learning journey. You are your children’s first teacher, and they are your most valuable treasure. It is our privilege to partner with you in setting them up for success both now and for years to come. Partnering with you,

Andy Means

 

Change4Change

In April our school will be participating in a fundraiser to raise money for school supplies and books for a few schools in villages in Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Every student will get a plastic water bottle to collect change for one month. The bottles will be returned to the school for the money to be counted. Students will then find out how much money we have raised. Books and supplies will be purchased in Burkina Faso this summer by volunteers from our area. We will be able to share with our students photos and a video of the kids in West Africa with their new school supplies!

Start collecting change now to help with this important and fun fundraiser!

 

Southwood Kindergarten Round Up

Thursday, March 22
6:30 pm

Children must be 5 by August 31, 2018. Please bring immunizations, birth certificate and proof of residence. Registration packets are also available at our office. Questions? 360-802-7370

 

Book Fair Success!!

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success thanks to our volunteers and families who participated. Our sales totaled over $6,000.00. Our profit was $1337.00. With that we will get new books for our library. We also received new books from Scholastic. Our students will have many of the newest and best books to read in the very near future!

Thank you for supporting the Book Fair and helping to create students who love to read.

 

National Art Honor Society Presents Enumclaw District ART SHOW

Opening Reception is in the EHS Commons on March 16 from 5-8pm. Awards are at 6:00pm. Art will be on display from March 14 - April 12.

 

4th - 5 th Grade Music Concert

March 29 at 6:30 pm

 

Counselor Corner

Hello Southwood Families!

In the heart of the long stretch of school days where the weather is dreary and the sun goes down early, we have been hard at work learning important skills in our Panther Lessons that will help us take good care of our own emotions and tackle challenges we face in social interactions.

Younger grades have spent time learning about Emotions Management strategies:

Stop
Name your Feelings
Calm Down

  • Breathe
  • Count
  • Use and positive self-talk.

Third graders have spent time exploring problem solving method: STEP before launching into the Bullying Prevention lessons.

S- Say the problem without using blaming words
T-Think of solutions that are safe and respectful
E- Explore consequence, what would happen if…
P- Pick the best solution and make a plan

Fourth and Fifth graders have launched into some good discussions on social problem solving taking a close look at how to be a supportive bystander in bullying situation.

  • RECOGNIZE unsafe and bullying behaviors
  • REFUSE by assertively saying words that mean “NO”, and
  • REPORT to an adult when somebody is being unsafe or bullying is happening.

Bullying is defined in our curriculum as mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening and is unfair and one sided. Our emphasis will be on supporting students to access adult support and empowering students to be Supportive Bystanders that speak up to refuse bullying behaviors and demonstrate empathy for students who might be targeted.

The whole school had a special treat from the PTA who brought us a wonderful production from the Taproot Theatre of Alexandra and the Dragon that reinforced what the students are learning about the Three R’s.

We appreciate your support in reinforcing these concepts at home and creating time when your student has something to report and partnering with us to create a safe and respectful environment for all students at Southwood. Please login to the Second Step website for more information using the activation key: BPU3 FMPY A6T.

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

 

Volunteers and Visitors

As a visitor or volunteer to Southwood Elementary we ask that you first check into the office. You will then sign in and obtain a visitor (bright green) or approved volunteer (bright pink) badge.

Visitors are welcome to eat lunch with their students however to be on the playground at recess you will need to be an approved volunteer. This is for the safety of all students. We always welcome new applications for volunteers!

 

PTA Pizza Fundraiser

What: Little Caesars frozen pizza
Kick Off : 3/5
Order Forms/Money Due: 3/15
Order Pick up: Week of 3/26 Hoping for 3/29
Order pick up location: Gym

This fundraiser helps raise money for many activities including but not limited to: Assemblies, Back to school night, Books, Field Trips, Ice Cream Social, Teacher Grants and SO much more!

 

Enumclaw All District Choir

Monday, March 5th at the EHS GYM from 7-8pm.
Meet for a run-through at 5:45pm.
6:30 release for groups to go prep and elementary choirs to run songs.
There is a $4 charge for the concert for all people entering.

 

Yearbooks

Yearbook forms will go out to students on Mar. 9th. Orders will be due by Mar. 22nd.

 

Class Pictures

April 4
Forms will be coming home in the near future!

 

Spring Break

April 16-20
No School



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

 

 

March

 

 

 

 

1

Family Literacy Night
6:30

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3

4

5

All District Choir EHS Gym
7-8

6

7

Vision Screening

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

District Art Show

17

18

19

20

21

Book It Play
2:25

22

Yearbook orders due

 

Kindergarten Round-Up
6:30

23

Snow Make Up Day

(Potential No School Day)

24

25

26

27

28

Native American Assembly
1:15-2:00

29

4/5 Music Concert
6:30pm

30

31

 

April

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Class Pictures

5

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15

16

Spring Break
No School

17

Spring Break
No School

18

Spring Break
No School

19

Spring Break
No School

20

Spring Break
No School

21

22

23

24

25

NW Trek field trip 1 st Grade

26

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29

30