Our theme basket, "Wrap It Up," came out AWESOME! It is FULL of wonderful gift wrapping necessities! Inside a large, vertical wrapping paper storage box you will see: gift bags galore, bows, ribbons, at least 15 rolls of wrapping paper, scissors, tape, tissue paper, and special occasion cards. Tickets are on sale all week at school and next Saturday, up until the lip sync begins at 6:00pm. At which point all of the baskets will be raffled off between the acts of the show. HOORAY! Thank you very much for your support!
Can you believe that we are at the half-way point of the school year? Second quarter grades close this week! Report cards will come home on Friday, February 2nd. That means your child is now closer to third grade than they are to first! Holy cow! Please be in touch if you would like a progress update conference.
Have you heard your child talking about being in different 'zones?' We have been learning about the 'Zones of Regulation.' Mrs. Kane, our school's occupational therapist, has been a guest teacher in our classroom. She is helping us become more aware of when our bodies are in an optimal place for learning to happen. There are four zones, each with it's own color reference. Here they are:
Many of the kids have caught on quite quickly and are starting to use 'zone language' in the classroom. It is helping the children to realize when they are on or off task and what they can do about it. If someone finds himself in the blue zone, he can ask to walk or exercise to perk up a bit. Someone who is in the yellow zone can ask to work in a quieter area away from distractions or speak with an adult about a worry. Children rarely enter the red zone in the classroom, but it a helpful reference to have. Sometimes kids jump to the worst extreme, when the problem is really a small one.
Ms. Brown, our school's guidance counselor, continues to visit us each week. Her 'Second Step' lessons are helping us learn how to solve problems with our peers. We have learned to look for body language cues that can tell us how a peer is feeling. Eyebrows, eyes, mouths, and arms are all very expressive and telling - if you know how to read them! These body cues also tie right in to the zones we are learning about! Sleepy eyes vs. happy eyes vs. angry eyes.....good information to know!