In the online world, social networking sites have become a predominant forum for kids to present themselves, seek approval, and describe their interests. One of the defining features of most social networking pages is the visual and audio clutter; these sites often look like over-decorated high school yearbooks or scrapbooks. Teens use these pages as a place to feature everything in their heads and hearts that they want people to know about. The central feature of these sites is the ability to connect with people and share information.
The link below has a collection of Parent’s Guides to different social media apps and sites yours children may be using.
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:
- Perseverance/Grit: Not quitting, being “ok” with working hard.
- Trying something new: How does that feel? How do we ask for help?
- When things are easy, how do we respond to others struggling with the same task?
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
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...
- Research resistance exercises.
- Perform resistance exercises in 15-20 minutes sessions, 2-3 times a week.
- 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.
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