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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Problem Solving Strategies, Busy Kids, and More-May 28, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                       

I popped into the back of the Counseling classroom today as first graders were dramatizing the actions associated with Kelso’s Problem Solving Wheel.    Did you know there are nine different things students can try when they are having a small problem with a peer?  Students were able to show hand movements for each of the following:
§  Make a deal.  Think win-win.
§  Go to another activity
§  Ask yourself, “Who owns the problem?”
§  Walk away and let it go.
§  Share and take turns
§  Tell them to “stop”
§  Apologize
§  Talk it out using “I” messages.  I feel ________when ________.
§  Cool down then solve the problem

Kids were excited about showing the actions that went with each strategy. We hope that our students will grow up to be great readers, writers and math problem solvers.  We also hope they develop a range of strategies for dealing with frustration, disappointment or conflict.  During my observation today, it seemed that children recalled the back of strategies so hopefully, they will be able to apply these skills later if they need to.

We know that most of our students are creative, solution-oriented problem solvers.  Can you guess what problem children were attempting to solve by looking at the picture below?  Would any of the strategies listed above help with this problem?  Sometimes we do need to ask for help or different tools and I’m sure the kids trying to get the first ball stuck in the next learned from what didn’t work in this situation. 

In the upcoming weeks our students will be VERY busy as they wrap up end of year projects and continue learning.  Assemblies, field trips, Field Day, performances, Camp Learned A Lot and more will provide opportunities for student to practice the life skill of flexibility as it seems that there will be many changes to the schedule and routine.  We are going to finish strong! 

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.

Thank you!
o   Thank you very much to Margaret Zwetschke and Sally Ebanks for planning and implementing such a great Volunteer Appreciation.  Thanks to all the volunteers who attended as well.
o   Thank you to Kate Kristensen for the generous donation of postcards.
o   Thank you Generations Church for getting our piano tuned for us.

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send items in or let Mrs. CB know if you are willing to do a project.
§  A volunteer is needed to serve as a mascot Thursday, June 13 at 8:25am.  Costume provided.  Contact Mrs. CB if you are willing to delight hundreds of children just by showing up.
§  We would love to have a donation of a toaster for the staffroom.

Upcoming Events
May 28-Pizzicatto Night-Dining for Dollars
May 30-Cultural Celebration Assembly- Grupo Condor- (Thank you PTC!)
o   8:30-9:20-Olson, 4th and 5th Grade
o   9:35-10:35-Baldwin, Pfaff, K, 1st, 2nd Grade
May 30-3rd Grade Portland Performance-2:00pm
May 31-1st Gr. Field Trip
May 31-Kindergarten Field Trip
June 4-3rd Gr. Field Trip
June 7-Community Engagement Committee meeting -- 9:00 am
June 7-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
June 7-Field Day-PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Email if you can help.
June 7-4th Grade Human Growth and Development Lesson-Materials available for preview in office.
June 12-Mt. Guide picnic
June 13- Assembly at 8:35am-Students will go to class to drop off stuff then go to the assembly.
June 13-5th grade party at Conestoga Rec Center
June 13-Last day of school

District Goal for 2010-2015:  All students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.
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