June 1, 2018
Dear Northwood Families,
Welcome to June! The end of the school year and the start of summer vacation are just around the corner, and I want to thank the Northwood families for your continued support of students, staff, and our Northwood community. We still have lots of learning and fun planned for these final few weeks at Northwood, and we hope you and your family will be able to join us.
The email contains the following content:
- End-of-Year Events
- Class parties
- Student Medications
- Last day of School
- Mindfulness Challenges
- King County Library System (KCLS Access)
Please refer to your teachers' communications for specific information about your child's classroom calendar. We recognize that several evening events fall in close proximity to one another and may require families to make choices to best suit their needs -- this is a challenge with having so many exciting events in our community!
- Northwood Spring Hootenanny Our Northwood PTA is organizing our second annual Northwood Spring Hootenanny. Judging by last year's very successful event, we can expect another fun-filled community event this year. We hope to see you on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:00-8:00pm for music, food, fun, and community connection. Please continue to watch the PTA's Parliament Press for more information about this event. We hope to see you there!
- Northwood Family Folk Dance Night This year, our wonderful music teacher, Erin Brown, received a grant from the Mercer Island Schools Foundation to augment her music program with enrichment instruction about folk music and folk dance, including the support of a folk dance "caller". Students and families are invited to join in a celebration of this learning at our Northwood Family Folk Dance on Thursday, June 7 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Northwood gym.
During our last weeks of school, most of our classrooms will be celebrating with a classroom party. Please connect with your child's teacher for information about their classroom party.
As a reminder, our 5th graders will be celebrating their final year in elementary school with a grade level party on Monday, June 11. Parents are invited to join their students for the slideshow starting at about 1:45pm in the Northwood Commons and reflect on and enjoy how they have grown!
As a reminder, student medications must be picked up by parents and taken home for the summer. Students cannot transport their own medication. Please plan to collect any student medications on the last day of school or by 4:00pm on Thursday, June 14th. Any medications not picked up by 4:00pm on Thursday, June 14th will be destroyed. Thank you.
Last Day of School
- June 1 - Last Day of Early Childhood Special Education Program
- June 14 @ 11:00am - Last Day of School, Early Dismissal
To celebrate our successful school year, staff and students will engage in a brief assembly on Thursday morning to acknowledge all that we have accomplished and learned this year. We will conclude this assembly with a special good-bye for our 5th graders. Teachers and students will then have time in their classrooms to bring closure to their year together.
June and Summer Mindfulness Challenges for Students:
- Week of June 4: This week, students consider how to use mindfulness and heartfulness to show kindness and caring on the playground. They may send kind and grateful thoughts to the kids they are playing with when things are going well. If they find themselves in conflict, they are asked to notice how they are feeling, take some mindful breaths, and think about how or whether they want to act on those feelings. This then allows them to access some of the conflict resolution tools they have learned through Second Step or Kelso's Choices. Being mindful of how we feel on the playground allows us to make choices about how we act.
- June 11: Mindful Breathing: This week is an exciting week -- the last week of the school year. Students feel excited for summer, sad to leave their friends, nervous about next year, impatient for the week to be over, or many other emotions. Returning to mindful breathing can help us become more aware of our feelings. It can help us slow down our reactions and give us the time to choose how we want to act. Support your child to take some time each day to engage in mindful breathing and to notice and be present with their feelings.
- Summer Challenge: Over the summer, challenge your child to continue a regular mindfulness practice, helping them to be present with whatever activity they are engaged in at the time. Bringing awareness to the present moment helps children develop skills in emotional and self regulation as well as the ability to choose to act, rather than to just react, in situations. At Northwood, we do a Mindful Minute each morning as we start our day; consider how this practice might translate into your summer schedule.
King County Library System (KCLS) Access
Yesterday, our Northwood students engaged in grade-level assemblies to learn about the KCLS Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! The King County Library Program provide an excellent venue to continue summer reading and learning. Each child was given a pamphlet with details of the program. As a reminder, our 3rd-5th grade students have library accounts that allow them to access KCLS's online resources from school, home, or from any other computer, ipad, tablet, smart phone, or device. In partnership with the Mercer Island School District, KCLS has created special library accounts in its system for our students so they may seamlessly log in from any computer or device. The account numbers are formatted as the student's school ID number preceded by the Mercer Island School District's three digit number (400).
We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to welcoming you back to school in September.
Principal | Northwood Elementary School
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