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September & October 2018

Greetings Southwood Families!

I am so proud of the students, families and staff members of Southwood Elementary School. The whole Panther family is committed to developing a learning community where all students:

  • Feel physically and emotionally safe;
  • Develop a sense of belonging in a caring learning community; and,
  • Experience academic success, maximizing their learning potential.

This school year, we are eager to join the entire Enumclaw School District in exploring what it looks like to engage students in irresistible, deep, exciting and authentic learning experiences. At Southwood, we understand that at the elementary level, this starts with helping students fall in love with books. With that in mind, we are organizing a variety of activities at our school and beyond that will promote reading engagement for our students, staff and families. We encourage families to regularly create opportunities to dive into books together, uncovering the joy of reading.

For the past 18 months, our school community has been exploring our Panther Qualities of safe, respectful and responsible. This year we are adding a fourth quality, as we roll out our kindness initiative. We look forward to unpacking what it means to be kind in class and around campus. We are exploring how to demonstrate kindness by including others, helping others, and showing care for others with words and actions. I encourage families to open up conversations about what kindness mean to you. As we develop this common language and value set, we support each student in feeling safe and cared for, setting them up for academic and personal growth. Thank you for your part in this learning community. We have a wonderful year ahead of us!

Andy Means

 

Southwood PTA Fundraiser

Southwood Elementary PTA is sponsoring a fundraiser through Northwest Fundraising and we are asking for your help!

We will be raising money for assemblies, art supplies, library and classroom books, and other PTA sponsored programs.

Friday Sept. 28th students will be bringing home sales packets. All orders and money will be due Oct. 15. Students will be eligible for great prizes!!

 

Open House

Thursday, September 27
6:30 pm

To accommodate families with more than one student we will have two sessions with teachers. Below is a schedule of our open house format.

6:00 - 6:25 - LAP family meeting in Michelle's Room - Rm 604
6:30 - 7:05 - Dinner in the gym
6:55 - 7:05 - Presentation in the gym while people finish eating
7:10 - 7:30 - Classroom presentations/learning experiences (Round 1)
7:35 - 7:55 - Classroom presentations/learning experiences (Round 2)

Where do kids go? During the presentations, School-aged students will remain in the gym with Mr. Means (and some other adults) to watch a movie and-or play card/board games. Pre-school aged children can stay in gym if parents feel that they can function with support from older siblings and light adult supervision. Parents are asked to keep toddlers and infants with them during presentations.

 

Earbud Donations

As Southwood works to infuse productive technology use into our regular teaching and learning experiences, we would like to ensure that each student has their own set of earbuds. Not all families have the means to acquire all the school supplies needed to start the year, and earbuds are often overlooked. We are soliciting earbud donations to help these families. Donations can be dropped off in the main office at any time.

Thanks so much for your support!

 

New Staff at Southwood

We have several new staff members at Southwood this year. Please help us welcome:

Lyris Graddon - Assistant Secretary
Marianna Manzano-Moudy - Speech Therapist
Stephanie Sanders - ELL
Katri Hoban - Kitchen

Welcome new Panthers!

 

Helpful Information

Change of Plans:
We have many students with multiple ways home this year! It helps all of us if you can decide which way your student usually goes home, i.e. bus or pick up. Then if that plan changes we ask that you send a note for the change. This will help us all make sure your child gets home the way they need to! When you send a note for a change please make sure you include information of where your child is going including the address. This helps the transportation department to deliver your student to the right place! **In an emergency situation and you need to call the day of to make the change please be sure to call by 2:30 so that we can make sure the information gets to your student.

School Hours: Our school day is from 9:00-3:30, except every Friday when we release at 2:15. Students should not be at school before 8:45 as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please be prompt to pick your children up after school as no supervision is available after school. (M-Th.-3:30, Friday-2:15)

School Notes: (i.e. bus, lunch money) Please be sure to put your student’s first and last name and teacher or room number on all correspondence to the office. We have many duplicate first names and this makes it easier to get the right child!

Attendance: If your child is going to be absent, please call the office at 360-802-7371. The office recorder is on at all times and you may call before or after hours. If your child is tardy for the day, please make sure he or she checks in at the office for a tardy slip. If you do not accompany them into the school, be sure they have a note from you with them.

Lunch Money: Lunch prices this year are: Regular lunch - $3:00 – Regular Breakfast - $1.50 Milk $.50 -Reduced lunch - $.40 All students have their own accounts and may put in money for a day or multiple days. **We have free/reduced lunch forms here at the office at all times. Please feel free to fill out the application to see if you qualify

 

Student Checkout Procedures

In order to keep student safe, we have a student checkout system that all staff are expected to follow. If you need to take your child (or if you are sending someone else to do so), please plan for the following.

  1. Anyone who takes a child from school must be listed on the student’s emergency form.
  2. All students must be checked out through the office. Teachers are instructed not to release students at the classroom door. This ensures that (1 the office knows that the student is leaving, and leaving with an approved person, and (2 the person in charge of the classroom (who may be a guest teacher or specialist) is not put in the position of having to make a decision about release.

Please remember to send a note if your child has an appointment and will be leaving early. Students are then given a reminder note to put on their desk so that they can leave quietly at the appointed time and meet you in the office.

 

Medication Policy

Prescribed or over-the counter oral medication may be dispensed to students on a scheduled basis upon written authorization from a parent and written authorization by a licensed health care professional. This includes cough drops or sore throat lozenges. Parents need to be the one to bring in the medications. If you have any questions, please contact our nurse Sherry Cole at 802-7383 .

 

Attendance Awareness

With attendance being a crucial factor in keeping kids on the right path to graduation Attendance Works, has substantial information on attendance and the impact on student achievement. Please see below:

Start Strong - Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two day of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.

Chronic Absences - An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school a year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation.

Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades - Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergartners and first graders are considered to be "chronically absent."

Chronic Absence = Missing two or more day per month - Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.

Third Grade Reading Level - Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating in time.

Dropout Indicator - By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.

Excused Absences Hurt Too - Excused absence are just as negative as unexcused ones.

At Risk Students are at Risk of Absence - Students from low-income families are four times more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this are often out of the student's control, such as unreliable transportation, unstable housing, and a lack of access to quality health care.

Every Minute Matters - If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.

Adapted with permission from materials proved by Attendance Works (www.attendanceworks.org)

 

Safe Student Drop Off

If you are dropping your student off for school and you do not use the car drop off/pick up line, we would like to ask you to please park in the gravel area next to the soccer field.

It is unsafe for you and your child to cross McDougall Ave. and walk through the parking lot unless you use the crosswalk. The main road is used by school busses and people travelling to and from other schools. By using the gravel area your child can use the sidewalk all the way to the school grounds.

 

Picture Day

Wednesday, October 3
Forms will come home soon.

 


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.

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

Stephanie Berryhill
Title IX/Chapter 28A.640 RCW Officer
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Director of Human Relations
2929 McDougall Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022
360.802.7113

 

PTA Spirit Wear

Orders Due - Friday, Sept. 28
(PTA will be sending forms home soon)

 

Kindergarten Field Trip

Thomasson Family Farm
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

 

Newsletter Delivery

Southwood will be continuing our online and email only newsletter this year (except for our 1st edition). We have always posted our newsletter on our web page, which can be accessed by going to enumclaw.wednet.edu, then go to the "Schools" tab, and click on "Southwood." We will also be emailing the newsletter via our School Messenger system. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email please make sure we have your correct email! Our newsletter is usually published every two months. I

f your family does not have internet access, and you would like to continue to receive the newsletter in the paper version, please fill out the tear-off below and return it to school. We will be sure a paper copy comes to you when the newsletter is published. If you have more than one child at Southwood, please indicate which child you would like to bring home the newsletter. Thank you for helping us conserve our resources!

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Newsletter Needs ** Please return to the school office.

**Please send a paper copy home with my child______________________________________________,

Room ____________ (Please choose one child if you have more than one child).

Parent_______________________________________________

**Please email the newsletter to me:

My email is: _______________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Schedule Note

Early Release every Friday at 2:15 pm

No School

October 12
Teacher Planning Day

Parent Pickup Alert

We would like to clarify the protocols for parent pickup at Southwood. If you are picking up a child in the parent pickup area on the curb, you must not leave your car. Students are assisted into vehicles as parents pull up to the curb, and it is important to keep the line moving to avoid congestion and to enforce safety. If you need more time or have special loading circumstances, please park in the lot, and come across to get your child.

The curb is actually zoned for emergency vehicles by the Fire Department, and is only to be used as a temporary place to load students. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Classroom Management Framework

To complement our work on defining the Panther Qualities of safe, respectful, responsible and kind, and to promote clarity and consistency across our school, this year we are implementing a basic framework for classroom management. As teachers work with students to meet these behavioral expectations, they will follow the following general progression:

  1. Verbal Reminder
  2. Talk with teacher to come up with a plan
  3. Fill out a problem solver
  4. Parent contact
  5. Visit Solution Room

This framework is for chronic low level behavior concerns. At any point, steps can be skipped as appropriate for a given situation or student. Teachers will adapt the process according to the age and needs of their students.

It's important to know that we believe that relationships are the foundation for success in character growth. The five steps are not meant to be viewed primarily as punishments, but rather as opportunities to connect with a caring adult, to make things right, and to think through steps to be successful next time. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or Mr. Means.

 

Welcome Back, Panther Families!

My role as the school counselor is to support the social and emotional growth of students and foster a strong connection between family and school. Throughout the year we will have Panther Lessons every other week for all K-5 th grade students where we will be learning skills to help us be Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and KIND (our focus for the year.) Instruction using the Second Step and Kelso's Choices Curricula will provide opportunities to practice skills for learning, solving problems, and how to manage emotions.

In addition to whole school support, I will be offering small group lessons for students to teach healthy emotion management and friendship skills as well as check on individuals experiencing emotionally challenging situations. I am available to consult and discuss resources with parents regarding family issues that may impact their child's ability to fully participate in school such as job changes, moving, money worries, medical concerns, peer or sibling issues, parental stress, separation/divorce, illness, or the death of a loved one. Please contact me if I can be of assistance. At Southwood we work hard to make school a safe and happy place for every child and parent.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Bowen, Counselor
360-802-7379
rebecca_bowen@enumclaw.wednet.edu

Give Me Five:

 

Eyes Watching We are Safe,
Ears Listening We are Respectful
Voices Quiet We are Responsible,
Bodies Still We are Kind
Minds Thinking We are Panthers!

Learn more at SecondStep.org
Activation Codes:
Kindergarten: SSPK FAM ILY70
1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71
2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73
4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74
5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southwood Phone List

Position / Grade Name Phone Number Room Number
    360-802-7370 Main Office
Principal Andy Means 360-802-7369 Main Office
Office Manager Christy Capps 360-802-7373 Main Office
Asst. Secretary Lyris Graddon 360-802-7371 Main Office
Counselor Becca Bowen 360-802-7379 Main Office
Nurse Sherry Cole 360-802-7383 Main Office
       
Kindergarten Mrs. Beals 360-7386 605
Mrs. Markquart 360-802-7385 606
Mrs. Carnino 360-802-7385 606
Mrs. Miller 360-802-7389 602
 
1st Grade Mrs. Damery 360-802-7390 601
Mrs. Luke 360-802-7406 402
 
Grade 2 Mrs. Hughes 360-802-7394 505
Mrs. Cole 360-802-7405 403
 
Grade 3 Ms. Thomson 360-802-7399 405
Mrs. Haney 360-802-7398 501
 
Grade 4 Ms. Johnson 360-802-7402 406
Mrs. Emerson 360-802-7396 503
 
Grade 5 Mrs. Stuenkel 360-802-7397 502
Mrs. Stockwell 360-802-7403 405
 
Highly Capable Mrs. Drake 360-802-7408 104
 
Music Ms. Steves 360-802-7407 101
 
P.E. Mrs. Carlson 360-802-7412 Gym
 

 

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