Rt66 Announcements

Science Spirit Week – Feb 9th – 13th 

We are having an exciting week next week – lots of activities and learning opportunities. All students are putting the final touches on their Science Fair Projects. Students may dress up for each day – please see theme days below:

Monday – “Research Day”

Wear Mismatch Clothes – Two different shoes/socks, backwards shirt etc.

Tuesday – “Question/Hypothesis Day”

Wear warm pajamas – please insure they are full length and appropriate – sturdy slippers too

Wednesday – “Materials” Day – “Procedures” Day

Crazy Hair Day

Thursday – “Lab” Day

Wear career outfits – dress like a scientist, doctor, reporter, engineer, conductor, etc.

Friday -  “Analysis” Day

Wear your Thinking Caps

4th Annual Radioactive Roadrunner Rave

posted Jan 15, 2017, 6:36 PM by Laraun Harrison

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, we will have our 4th Annual Roadrunner Rave.  This refers to the Science Fair.  All students K-5 participated in the scientific method process and will be presenting their work.


Wednesday – All students set up projects

Thursday – Students present projects and are interviewed by judges.

Thursday Night – Stop by anytime between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to see winners of the Roadrunner Rave/Science Fair. 10 Spirit Stickers!!!

Papa John’s will be here.  Stop by and have some dinner and look at the projects.

All students will participate in a scavenger hunt as they look at all the projects. All projects will go home Friday.

January 17-20 Science Spirit Week

posted Dec 17, 2016, 6:22 PM by Laraun Harrison

We are having an exciting week the third week of January – lots of activities and learning opportunities. All students are putting the final touches on their Science Fair Projects. Students may dress up for each day – please see theme days below:

Tuesday – “Question/Hypothesis Day”

Wear warm pajamas – please insure they are full length and appropriate – sturdy slippers too

Wednesday – “Materials” Day – “Procedures” Day

Crazy Hair Day

Thursday – “Lab” Day

Wear career outfits – dress like a scientist, doctor, reporter, engineer, conductor, etc.

Friday -  “Analysis” Day

Wear your Thinking Caps

School Spelling Bee

posted Dec 15, 2016, 5:16 PM by Laraun Harrison   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 5:17 PM ]

December 16, 2016 - The Bee will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the 1st-3rd graders. Winners were selected from each class.  When they are finished, 4th and 5th will compete.  The top six in the upper division (4th and 5th) will go to District Spelling Bee on January 13, 2017 right here at Route 66.

Winter Musical

posted Dec 15, 2016, 5:14 PM by Laraun Harrison

December 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Students will be acting and performing in the Holiday Play - How Reindeer Fly. Come join us for a great message about Kindness.

Route 66 Hosts 3rd Annual Hour of Code

posted Dec 15, 2016, 5:12 PM by Laraun Harrison

December 8, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:30.  Bring your child and have them show what they have learned in programming the last few weeks. Lots of learning and prizes. Seven Spirit Stickers!!

November 11. 2016 - Honoring our Veterans

posted Nov 5, 2016, 12:38 PM by Laraun Harrison

Rt. 66 students and staff invite all the veterans that they know to a special program created by students of Rt 66.  Please join us a 9:00 a.m. in the Diner. Don;t forget to sign in and fill out recognition card.

November 8, 2016 - No School

posted Nov 5, 2016, 12:36 PM by Laraun Harrison

Do not forget to vote!

Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude

posted Nov 5, 2016, 12:30 PM by Laraun Harrison   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 12:31 PM ]

At Route 66 Elementary we will keep kindness going.  In an addition we will focus on cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Cicero, in ancient Roman times, believed that gratitude was the, “parent of all other virtues.” Gratitude is the feeling and attitude of appreciation for the benefits we have received or expect to receive. The feeling of genuine gratitude opens the channels for more goodness to enter into our lives. Gratitude has one of the strongest links with mental health of any character trait.


A field of research on gratitude in kids is emerging, and early findings indicate parents' instincts to elevate the topic are spot-on. Concrete benefits come to kids who literally count their blessings. Gratitude works like a muscle. When we take time to recognize good fortune and feelings of appreciation can increase.


When 122 elementary school kids were taught a weeklong curriculum on concepts around giving, gratitude grew. According to a study due to be published in 2014 in School Psychology Review, this heightened thankfulness translated into action: 44% of the kids in the curriculum opted to write thank-you notes when given the choice following a PTA presentation compared to 10% who did not have the curriculum.


A 2008 study of 221 kids published in the Journal of School Psychology analyzed students assigned to list five things they were grateful for every day for two weeks. It found they had a better outlook on school and greater life satisfaction three weeks later, compared with kids assigned to list five hassles.


Another study examined 1,035 students found that those who showed high levels of gratitude (such as thankfulness for the beauty of nature and strong appreciation of other people) reported having stronger GPAs, less depression and envy and a more positive outlook than less grateful teens.

Thinking about all you have to appreciate can boost your happiness and your overall sense of well-being, according to psychologists.


The Effects of Gratitude Last Longer Than You Think

Feeling and expressing gratitude can make you happy in the moment—just think back to the joy you felt the last time a friend helped you out or your partner cooked a gourmet dinner—and a growing mound of evidence shows that giving thanks can also have a lasting effect on your mood. One study from the University of Pennsylvania found that people who wrote and delivered a heartfelt thank-you letter actually felt happier for a full month after, and the same researchers discovered that writing down three positive events each day for a week kept happiness levels high for up to six months.


Tools for Thankfulness

So how can you cultivate a growing sense of gratitude—and its positive side-benefits—on your own? It turns out that the tools used by psychologists in research studies—namely a gratitude journal and some thank-you notes—are some of the best ones for boosting gratitude both in and out of the lab. By writing down positive things that happen to you and actively acknowledging those who have helped you, you become better at recognizing the good in your life, which naturally helps you feel more grateful and thankful more often. 


What Grateful People Have in Common

Of course, the actual goal isn't to have a notebook full of your declarations of gratitude, but rather to make gratitude a default feeling. According to researchers at Eastern Washington University, there are four primary characteristics of grateful people, and these are the ones that thank-you notes and a gratitude journal can help tap, strengthen, and invigorate. People who experience the most gratitude (and therefore the positive effects) tend to:


·         Feel a sense of abundance in their lives

  • Appreciate the contributions of others to their well-being
  • Recognize and enjoy life's small pleasures
  • Acknowledge the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude


Train Your Brain for Gratitude

Whether or not these attitudes come to you naturally, paying attention to life's positives can train you to see more and more of them, which will help you learn to be more grateful. You might feel blessed that good weather allowed you to get out for an afternoon run or that a stranger lent a helping hand, that you made it to the bus on time, or that your kids offered to do the dishes. Acknowledging these things—on paper, with words, or even in your thoughts—will help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude—and with it, a boost in happiness that will last year-round.


May we all take the time to show our gratitude or at least think about it each day!



Keep Kindness Going

posted Nov 5, 2016, 12:25 PM by Laraun Harrison   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 12:33 PM ]

October was Kindness month. We will continue to focus on building synapses of kindness. Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.


Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education. She reports:


Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Children need to be givers of kindness.


Kindness Is the Key to Less Bullying

Shanetia Clark and Barbara Marinak are Penn State Harrisburg faculty researchers who conducted the Kindness Counts Study. They say, "Unlike previous generations, today's adolescents are victimizing each other at alarming rates." They strongly believe that adolescent bullying and violence can be confronted with in-school programs that integrate "kindness -- the antithesis of victimization."


Many traditional anti-bullying programs focus on the negative actions that cause anxiety in children. When students are instead taught how to change their thoughts and actions by learning about kindness and compassion, it fosters the positive behavior that's expected and naturally rewarded with friendship. Promoting its psychological opposite is

key in reducing bullying to create warm and inclusive school environments.


Maurice Elias, Professor at Rutgers University Psychology Department, is also an advocate for kindness in schools. He says:

Teaching Kids about Kindness

Applying the Kindness Counts study in your home, classroom, or after-school program is easy. The goal is to help kids become more aware of doing acts of kindness and of their feelings of gratitude when they experience pleasant activities.


Follow these four steps to help enable children to be givers of kindness. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded!


1. Understand the Importance of Kindness

Learn about the benefits of giving for children and adults. Check the web for resources for home and classroom, like The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

2. Create a Kindness Project

Devise an activity where your family or classroom records ONE act of kindness or ONE pleasant activity per day. You might call it your “Kindness Project” or “Happiness Diary.” These activities could include helping with dishes, letting someone else go first, taking care of an animal, going out of way the for a friend, hugging someone to make them feel better, etc. Or they might include visits to places and experiences that make us feel good, like visiting a favorite park or a grandparent’s house.


3. Take Time to Share

On a regular weekly basis, take time to share as a family or classroom.  Rather than sharing everything in your diary, share the highlights of your week. Share enough so that everyone learns from each other’s acts of kindness and begins to understand the types of experiences that bring gratitude to life. Sharing encourages self-reflection and helps bring meaning to our actions.


4. Practice, Practice, Practice

It may not be practical to keep up a routine where you are sharing from a diary on a regular basis. Reinforcement of the kindness habit comes with practice. But once children get into the habit, it’s easy to share from time to time.


Whether it’s planting a peace garden, making a get-well card for a sick friend, or simply inviting someone new to sit at your school lunch table, there are many free and easy ways kids can help create a more peaceful world.


Route 66 Elementary Action Plan

The student leadership council will be partnering with Sandy Orne, our counselor to ensure action is taken every day to create a more kind and peaceful environment here at Route 66 Elementary.  We will be implementing a systematic approach to build in supports and explicitly teach each other how to be more kind and then practice, practice practice.  Watch the Monday Folders for Lessons on what to do when confronted with teasing, unkind words and actions and bullying. Talk with your children about them.


October Be Brave and Be Kind

·         Sandy Orne (counselor) will visit classrooms for Introductory Session – Helping Students to use their Power to be kind and stand up for what is right.

·         Poster Blitz – Students will be involved in creating Posters to persuade others to make good decisions and being kind

·         Student Leadership Council will propose and follow through with Kindness Project in November


November – An Attitude of Gratitude

·         Kindness Project

·         Guest Speaker from Community or Law Enforcement on Resect and Kindness


October 28, 2016

posted Nov 5, 2016, 12:22 PM by Laraun Harrison

PTO partners with the community to sponsor Annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Come for the fun, trunk or treat, Pumpkin Carving Contest (pumpkins available in front hallway donated again this year by the Forest Service), costume contest, games, cake walk etc. 

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