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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org
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CULTIVATING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Campus Opens at 7:45 a.m. -Please do not drop off children before that time. Beginning December 1st, the front gate to campus will remain locked until 7:45 am. Morning child care still begins at 7:00am with entry through the code-operated pedestrian gate (ask your child care provider for the code).
We’re Still Looking for Donations of Board Games and DVDs –We’d appreciate any donations of some gently used board games or G-rated children’s movies games and movies appropriate for the 5-11-year-old crowd! Last call for Kinder Sibs –If you have a younger child who will be five years old before September 1, 2015, we need to hear from you no later than November 25 to award you a sibling preference. Site Council Ballots didn’t make it in last week’s packet but are in this Wednesday’s packet. Please return completed ballots to the office by November 25. If you’re e-mailing, please send to email@example.com.
Updates from Facilities Improvement Projects (FIP) – Work on Phase II is finally underway! A schedule showing abatement and demolition activities on the old campus, and work on the preschool parking lot is posted in the main office. We’ll post some other copies around the Parent Information Center. FIP will be posting updates on http://fipcontractors.smmusd.org/edisonnew-construction.aspx. There’s some information up now and more will be posted shortly. The schedule shows abatement and demolition of buildings starting this week and being completed by winter break if they can keep to schedule – with the noisiest work of breaking up concrete foundations being done while the school is closed for winter break.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a good time to think about the importance of fostering gratitude in our children. Being grateful for what we have doesn’t mean that we ignore the difficult things in our lives nor that gloss over things that can be improved. But it helps us start from a place of appreciating the things we do have. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley tells us that “practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction and it also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.” Gratitude is good for kids, reducing anxiety and depression, helping them sleep better, strengthening relationships, and making them more resilient when times are hard. So how do we help children cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”? Researchers suggest developing a daily habit of naming something every day that we can be thankful for (a beautiful day, a hug from a family member, a smile from a friend) is a good place to start. Gratitude journals can also be an effective tool. A simple spiral notebook where children reflect on one thing at the end of each day that they were grateful for can be easy to incorporate into bedtime rituals. Younger children might need to draw a picture and have parents scribe a sentence for them. If you want to try an on-line tool, check out http://www.thnx4.org which will lead you through a three-week experience of daily journaling on gratitude. And consciously modeling gratitude for children is one of the most powerful things we can do for our kids. Start by vocalizing the small things you are grateful for each day and invite children to reflect with you. In the spirit of gratitude, I want to share some of the things about our school that I am so grateful for: Edison students – wonderful young people who share their smiles, hugs, and enthusiasm with us each day and for the privilege of being part of their growth. Edison families –who support language learning, make sure children come to school prepared to learn and do their homework each night, and do everything they can to help provide an enriched education for students. Edison staff– a truly talented, hard-working, and committed team, constantly seeking to improve their practice, and committed to the social/emotional and academic development of children. SMMUSD and its Board of Education - who have supported our dual language program for 28 years. New resources from the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) through Vision for Student Success that: doubled the number of Edison instructional aides so that each classroom and our intervention programs receive their support; provided Edison with a full-time literacy coach (Aileen Salmaggi) who works with teachers on common core reading and writing, helps assess students and supports our RTI programs, and; provide professional development for teachers, theater and visual arts, choral music and poetry, and songwriting programs for students, and much more. November 27-28 Thanksgiving Holidays No School
December 3 6:00-8:00 p.m. PTA Executive Board Mtg.
December 10 6:00 p.m. Young Storytellers The Big Show!
SSC Ballot, December Special Events, D&B Fundraiser, The Counter Fundraiser