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    Dear Families,

     

    I can hardly believe it’s already February!  Where does the time go?  I want to start with a few thank-you’s… First, thank you to all the families who came for our African drumming/dance sharing.  Thank you to PTA for supporting this music/dance residency every year.  Second, a huge thank you to Leesa Stevens for helping to coordinate our information sessions and tours.  Thank you to Anne Ewing and AJ Cari for speaking. Thank you to all the parents and kids who gave tours. We had over 100 people at our morning session and 80 at our evening session. 

     

    I’m going to break up this newsletter into a few sections, because I don’t want you to miss any important information.

     

    Black Lives Matter Week – February 5-9

    As a part of Seattle Public Schools, John Stanford is participating in Black Lives Matter week.  SPS provided the following context for Black Lives Matter at School week:

    • SEA initiated locally and nationally a focus on Black Lives Matter at School

    • Supported by a Caucus of Working Educators from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

    • Districts across the nation are participating (New York, Chicago, Philadelphia)

    • BLM in Schools lessons developed by a working group of SEA, NAACP, and Ethnic Studies Working Group

    • For SPS this is an occasion to remind our entire school community that Eliminating the Opportunity Gap/Ensuring Opportunities for Greatness is a Board/Superintendent SMART goal, a social justice issue and a central part of our Formula for success

    • Supports targeted universalism:  Achievement of African American male students

      SPS also articulated the goals for this week:

    • Reflect the lived experiences of students, families, and friends

    • Help students understands inequities based on race

    • Affirm that the lives of people of color matter

    • Promote the belief that we all have a responsibility to work for equity as a core ideal

    • Mandates for change (put forward by SEE, SEA and NAACP):

      • End zero tolerance

      • Hire more Black teachers

      • Institute African American studies and ethnic studies

        At John Stanford, students will see many staff wearing t-shirts, buttons and stickers.  In order to provide context for students, we will begin with an assembly at 9:45am on Monday.  Families are welcome to attend.  At this assembly, we will recognize our January character trait of perseverance and then move into our February character trait of leadership – tying that to Black History Month and then Black Lives Matter.  We recognize the sensitivity that is necessary to begin this conversation in a whole-school setting, and we are working to ensure that our message is developmentally appropriate.  Throughout the week, teachers will be presenting lessons around Black Lives Matter, race, equity, social justice, diversity, and empathy, among other topics.  I recognize that this is a difficult topic for everyone, but it is the topic of our time, and we will proceed with thoughtfulness. 

         

        Office Personnel Change

        We are pleased to welcome Julie Pellegrino as our new Elementary Assistant Secretary.  Her first day is Monday, February 5, and I hope that you will welcome her.  She will still take care of the volunteer coordination duties, and you can continue to email the attendance line with attendance information about your child.

         

        Girls on the run with Ms. Mac

        “Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.”

        Girls on the Run is taking place at John Stanford International School, March 6th – May 22nd from 2:30 to 4:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays

        You can register your girl here: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Girls-on-the-Run-Spring-2018-Program-Registration?sid=32054725b3ce4cca82a3b3000a716fa3

        Please contact Taylor McAninch with any questions at tlmcaninch@seattleschools.org 

         

        RULER from Mr. Michael, Counselor

        MOOD METER - INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

        The Mood Meter is one of the four anchors of the RULER curriculum currently taught at JSIS.

        Please visit http://ei.yale.edu/ruler for more information on this acclaimed curriculum, or contact your child’s teacher or myself.

        The Mood Meter is incredibly useful as a tool that allows us to “plot” our emotions in a tangible way.

        Going horizontally right to left measures PLEASANTNESS.

        Going vertically down to up measures ENERGY.

        Therefore, the four color quadrants are essentially:

        Yellow: HIGH pleasantness, HIGH energy (Excited, Joyous, Ecstatic)

        Green: LOW pleasantness, LOW energy (Calm, Relaxed, Pleasant)

        Blue: LOW pleasantness, LOW energy (Sad, Exhausted, Bored)

        Red: LOW pleasantness, HIGH energy (Angry, Annoyed, Stressed)

         

        Take a moment to see where you land on the mood meter.

        It’s not as easy as you think!! Really think for a moment about

        your level of energy as well as pleasantness. Try to be “in the moment!”

         

        Being mindful of our emotions is the first step toward acknowledging them and allowing us to reframe ourselves to be as productive as possible. Remember, there are NO bad places to be on the Mood Meter; just ones better suited to the occasion! YELLOW is great for recess and P.E. GREEN is a great color to be in for quiet reading and listening in class. BLUE is natural and necessary when showing empathy to others as well as dealing with pain. RED can help spur passion when debating or fighting for a cause one believes in.

        Just as every area has the potential to help us succeed, they can all be detrimental when in the wrong situations! Imagine trying to study or focus when in the YELLOW or RED!

        In addition to recognizing and naming our emotions, we also learn how to regulate them. Techniques such as deep breathing, positive self-talk, and more are ways you can shift into different, more beneficial areas of the Mood Meter to meet the situation.

        Our students are encouraged to “check in” on a Mood Meter regularly and we encourage parents to utilize it at home as well.

        Happy Plotting!!

         

         

        Thoughtfully,

         

        Sarah

     

     

    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    sajones1@seattleschools.org

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081