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November Internet Safety 2018

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Let your children show you what they like to do online

To be able to guide your child with regard to Internet use, it is important to understand how children use the Internet and know what they like to do online. Let your child show you which websites they like visiting and what they do there. Acquiring technical knowledge could also make it easier to make the right decisions regarding your child’s Internet use.

Social Skills November 2018

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Today’s Social Skills Lesson

Today, your child was presented a social skills class coordinated by our counseling team.

We began with a review of our school wide theme of “GRRR”: Granite Grizzlies are Responsible, Respectful and Ready to learn! The social skills classes each month will provide the skills to “GRRR”!

  • We participated in a mindfulness breathing and relaxing exercise.
  • We also reviewed “If you don’t show it, they won’t know it!”
  • Today’s topics:
    • Not Interrupting: Understanding that sometimes we have to wait and that sometimes a person might be busy thinking something and we may need to ask if they “have a moment”.
    • Accepting “No” for an answer: Understanding that we need to take a deep breath, not whine or beg and accept the answer given. Accepting “No” in a respectful way will help the person consider “yes” in the future!
    • Calming Down: 1. Stop, breathe, count. 2.THINK what you are mad about. 3. Use a sentence that starts with “I feel”.
    • Thanking a person: Understanding that 1. Looking someone in the eye, 2. Using their name and 3. Thanking them for something very specific is important when expressing gratitude.
    • Handshake: Understanding that a confident, strong and respectful handshake says a lot to a person and a lot about oneself.

Please discuss with your child what he/she has learned from this lesson. It can provide a wonderful form of reinforcement of essential interpersonal skills.



August 2018 Newsletter

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Principal’s New – August 2018

Welcome back!!! Our hallways will now be filled with little feet and backpacks. I hope your summer vacation was filled with long nights, sleeping in, smores, swimming, laughter and plenty of family time.

We have a few staffing changes at Granite Elementary. Ms. Young is our new 4th grade teacher, replacing Mrs. Zarbock who retired. Ms. Patterson is our new 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Perry left education to pursue a different career opportunity. Mrs. Durrant is our new social worker. Ms. Leonard is our achievement coach. Mrs. Palmer is our speech and language pathologist, supporting our extended core students. Please help by giving them a big welcome!

Granite Groove: Muscle is our best friend, especially as we age (and there isn't one of us who isn't doing that).  Unfortunately, we can lose up to 8% of muscle mass each decade...which may lead to weakness, fatigue, mobility issues and an increase in falls and bone injuries. Fortunately, there IS something we can do about it...

  1. Research resistance exercises.
  2. Perform resistance exercises in 15-20 minutes sessions, 2-3 times a week.
  3. Eat a well-balanced, protein-rich diet.

Go easy at first, with just a few exercises and light weight. You can increase both over time.

Here are a few calendar items to be aware of for August and September:

August 22nd    First Day of School for 1st-5th

August 27th    First Day of School for Kindergarten

August 27th    First SCC meeting; 4:15pm

August 28th    Back to School Night; 6:30pm-8:00pm

August 31st     Fun Run Assembly for students

September 3rd No School

September 7th Picture Day

September 11th Birthday table for July, August, and September birthdays

September 12th Dibels testing for 3rd-5th grade

September 14th Dibles testing for K-2nd

                           PTA annual FUN RUN

September 21st NO SCHOOL

September 26th & 27th Parent Teacher Conferences

September 28th NO SCHOOL

Granite GRIT: Listening is the best way to connect with children. When we put down our phones, our to do lists, and give our children eye contact we show them we are listening. Try to increase your eye to eye contact with intentional listening with your children by 5-7 minutes a day. Starting this ritual early on will benefit future connection and conversations.

Master Bell Schedule

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Bell Schedule:

Monday thru Thursday                                               Friday Early Release

            8:55 Welcome Bell                                              8:55 Welcome Bell

            9:00 School Begins                                             9:00 School Begins

            3:35 School Dismissed                                       1:55 School Dismissed