February 7, 2016
Fast February is well underway. Again, thanks to all who have donated time and/or money to support our community. Parent and staff involvement is what makes a difference for our school. It was easy to see how much fun children, families and staff had at the event creating a great day and fond memories.
February is very busy. We have two Monday holidays in a row this month. We will have no school on Monday, Feb. 8 and Monday, Feb. 15.
African American History Month: Ninety years ago, Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). Woodson's intention was for African American's accomplishments to be heralded. For the nation's bicentennial in 1976, President Ford expanded the week to a month. Happy Black History Month! If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, you might want to check out this web site: http://www.axs.com/events-celebrating-black-history-month-in-la-a-different-way-39590
Monday, Feb. 8 is Chinese New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! This is the year of the monkey. According to “The Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship.” http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/
Valentine Grams will be on sale until Wed. Feb. 10th for $1.00 each. Enjoy!
Mulitcultural Day and Family Night: We are fortunate to have a wide variety of cultures represented at Seaside and welcome everyone to celebrate and share their culture with one another on Friday, Feb.19.
Character Counts! This month students are learning about Caring. A person of character is caring, compassionate, kind, considerate and charitable. Together with parents we strive to help children develop moral character, demonstrate honesty, integrity, promise keeping and loyalty, show respect for authority figures and others without regard to gender, race, religion or other differences, improve decision making, be accountable for their actions and demonstrate social responsibility. The following might be helpful in your journey to support your child’s healthy growth.
Ten Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Good Character (There are 20 in all!)
The following 10 suggestions are excerpted from Dr. Helen LeGette’s book,Parents, Kids & Character: Twenty-One Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Good Character. Her book offers ideas that can be implemented at home. See web site at http://charactered.net/parent/parenttwenty.asp
- Model good character in the home.
- Be clear about your values. Tell your children where you stand on important issues.
- Show respect for your spouse, your children, and other family members. Parents who honor each other, who share family responsibilities, and who resolve their differences in peaceful ways communicate a powerful message about respect.
- Model and teach your children good manners. Insist that all family members use good manners in the home. Good manners are really the Golden
- Have family meals together without television as often as possible. Mealtime is an excellent time for parents to talk with and listen to their children and to strengthen family ties.
- Plan as many family activities as possible. Involve your children in the planning. Family activities that seem quite ordinary at the moment are often viewed in retrospect as very special and memorable bits of family history.
- Don’t provide your children access to alcohol or drugs. Model appropriate behavior regarding alcohol and drugs.
- Plan family service projects or civic activities. At the heart of good character is a sense of caring and concern for others. Numerous opportunities for family service projects exist in every community, or even young children can participate.
- Read to our children and keep good literature in the home. Children’s questions and comments about the stories of insights into their thoughts, beliefs, and concerns.
- Limit your children’s spending money. Help them develop an appreciation for non-material rewards.
Absence: Attendance counts! Good attendance means coming to school all day, every day. Late arrivals and early dismissals can have a negative effect on learning, just as missing days can. Of course, if your child is ill, they need to stay home. A fever requires 24 hours away from school fever free before returning. Please send a note or an email explaining the reason for absence.
The Seaside School Science Fair projects are due on Monday, March 21. The 4th and 5th grades students have been provided with an instruction packet and expected to complete a project. Younger students are invited to complete a project and can ask their teacher for an instruction packet. Winners of the Seaside Science Fair will go on and participate in the District Science Fair on March 31 from 6-8 p.m.
Have a wonderful week!