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
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.
Do not forget to vote!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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:
Applying the 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 of kindness. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Route 66 Elementary 4th and 5th grader students have been preparing for student led conferences on October 21 and October 22. Instead of the traditional parent teacher conferences - students will show parents their learning their growth and their next steps to continue to riase their achievement levels.
October 21, 2016 and October 22, 2016 - Don't forget to come meet with your child's teacher for parent teacher conference. Look for letters and sign ups in Monday folders.
Join us for Parent Power Night. This night is for parents only. This is informative and fun night where you will attend four sessions: classroom visits, literacy at home, Roadrunner Rave, and Reading Race-Partnership with Public Library (office and volunteers). Students whose parents attend will receive Spirit Stickers, Class with 100 percent participation will receive a prize, and for those parents who attend all four session - there will be a drawing for a Parent's Night Out (Movie, Dinner and Babysitter Money)!!
If you are unable to find child care - supervision will be available in the DINER.
Rt. 66 is now accepting Declarations for Candidacy for the 2016-2017 school year (under provisions of state and MESD Policy #102). You may obtain a Declaration for Candidacy by clicking on Our School and clicking on 2016-2017 Site Advisory Council. Application is attached to that page.
The completed Declaration of Candidacy form(to include reason for desiring to serve on Council) shall be returned to the principal of Route 66 Elementary no later than third Friday in September (Sept 16, 2016). The Declaration of Candidacy provides that a candidate shall select only one category of membership.
Come early (starting at 7:55 am) and find out which teacher your child has. All students should be in classroom by 8:15. Take your child to the class and then at 8:15 please come to the Diner for some Tea and Tissue. DO not plan on going back to classroom after the Tea and Tissue as students will be settled and in their routine!