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November/December 2017

Greetings Southwood Families!

The holiday season is upon us! In the next couple months, you’ll have many opportunities to connect with your loved ones, enjoy good food and make memories together. At Southwood, we understand the importance of connection, not only with our immediate family but also with our school family. There are a variety of opportunities ahead of us to build these connections. I’d love to invite you to consider which of the following fit within your schedule:

  • This year’s Family Math Night is next Tuesday, 11/7 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the gym. Come enjoy learning a variety of age-appropriate dice math games, and get game instructions and dice to take home! We’ll also enjoy cookies, math games on the computers, a math book nook, and the ever-popular estimation stations!
  • Come to parent conferences (11/16-11/21) to connect with your child’s teacher, facilitating meaningful collaboration on how to build on your child’s strengths and needs.
  • Turn in your Volunteer Packet as soon as possible, and watch for sign-up sheets from classroom teachers. Our goals this year is to get as many parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends in Southwood who would like to sit down with some students to support the important work of developing our little ones into readers, writers, mathematicians and scientists. Lastly, as the days get shorter and colder, I’d love to encourage you to find your family reading time. You can read to your child, or have them read to you. Have an older sibling read to the rest of the family. Maybe each have your own book as you cuddle on the couch together. Add a cup of hot cocoa to the mix for a sweet time of family connection. 15 minutes a night can make a world of difference.

Enjoy the holiday season,

Andy Means

Parent Conferences

Nov. 16, 17, 20, 21
An important event in our school year is the occurrence of parent conferences. This is a time for the teacher to share your student's progress, set goals, and hear from you about your insights, compliments, and concerns. Teachers are in the process of establishing conference dates and times with each family. We hope that every parent or guardian will be able to take the time for this important communication in person. Please let us know of anything that might prevent your attendance, and any ways that we might help. Conferences can be rescheduled in the event of unforeseen circumstances. You are your child's first teacher, and an important partner in his or her success. We look forward to seeing you during conference week!

 

November Early Release Days
Early Release 12:15

Conferences
Nov. 16, 17 20, 21
Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 22

No School
Nov. 9 - Teacher Planning (non paid)
Nov. 10 - Veteran’s Day
Nov. 23, 24 - Thanksgiving Break

 

Picture Retakes

Monday, Nov. 13
9:00 - 11:00

 

Veteran’s Day Assembly

Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be held on Tues. November 14th at 2:25. We will be honoring our Veterans and current members of the service. If you know someone that would like to be included in our assembly please contact Alexandra Steves, our music teacher, and let her know the name of the service member. We would like to include as many as possible! alexandra_steves@enumclaw.wednet.edu


WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS!


Southwood PTA Box Top Collection

1. Buy your favorite Box Top Products (cereal, food storage, frozen goods, paper products. dairy products, snacks and juices, boxed goods).
2. Cut out the pink Box Top from each package.
3. Send your Box Tops to School. (Collection bins are available in the pod hallways of the classrooms & at the main office.) Classrooms have monthly competitions!!

 

Counselor’s Corner

Dear Southwood Families,

It is wonderful to see the students growing in their understanding of how to show Safe, Respectful, and Responsible behaviors as teaching these expectations has been a school wide focus this fall. Biweekly Panther Lessons have given us a chance to delve deeper into skills that help students to be successful in their learning behaviors and social interactions. You can help your child practice at home.

  • Be Assertive. Practice sitting or standing straight and tall, look at the speaker, and using strong and respectful voice say what you want or need. Assertive communication is more effect than being passive or aggressive and is useful in asking an adult for help, saying, “no,” to unsafe actions, and for solving problems with friends.
  • Show Empathy. Empathy is trying to understand how someone else is feeling. Empathy starts by recognizing what feelings look like in another person’s face and body and thinking about the situation which give clues. Empathy is an essential element to building friendships, solving conflicts, and preventing bullying.

By learning to communicate assertively and show empathy, we are growing skills that will be useful our whole lives! Way to go Panthers!
Rebecca Bowen
School Counselor, Southwood Elementary
360.802.7379
rebecca_bowen@enumclaw.wednet.edu

 

News from our Southwood PTA

PTA meeting will be held on Nov.14th @4:30.

Fundraising Events:
*Wreath orders due Nov.8th.
*Northwest Fundraising orders will be delivered on Nov.21st Pick up after 11am.

Spirit Wear orders due Nov.28th, forms can be found in the office.

 

Jingle Bell Run

Our annual Jingle Bell Run will be held on Friday, December 8th at 11:30.

Anyone wanting to donate $ for pizza in the Jingle Bell Cafe OR wanting to come help serve pizza, let Mrs. Carlson know!!!

jill_carlson@enumclaw.wednet.edu
40 kids already qualified!
Expecting 90+!

 

Winter Break No School December 21 – January 2

School resumes on January 3rd.

Magic Strings Concert

Thursday, December 7th, 6:30 PM
High School Auditorium

Clothing Needed for Health Room

Our health room is in need of extra clothing. Sweat pants always work great. Smaller sizes are especially needed.


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

 

 

November

 

 

 

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Family Math Night
6:30-7:30

8

PTA Fundraiser
Wreath Orders due

9

No School

Teacher Planning
(non paid)

10

No School
Veteran’s Day
Observance

11

12

13

Picture Retakes

14

15

16
Conferences
Early Release
12:15

17
Conferences Early Release

12:15

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Conferences Early Release 12:15

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Conferences Early Release 12:15

 

PTA
Fundraiser Pick Up After 11:00

22
Early Release 12:15
Thanksgiving Break

23
No School Thanksgiving Break

 

Happy Turkey Day!

24
No School Thanksgiving Break

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27

28

Pinocchio
All School to
EHS
Auditorium
2:00

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December

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic String Concert
6:30
H.S. Auditorium

8

Jingle Bell Run
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Winter Break

No School

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Winter Break
No School

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Winter Break

No School

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Winter Break

No School

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Winter Break

No School

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Winter Break

No School

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Winter Break

No School

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