Tri-Town Council News

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Solve the Worry Puzzle

Tuesday-November 18th 7-9pm Masconomet Auditorium

In this workshop, Lynn Lyons provides families and educators with a jargon-free, step-by-step plan to solve the puzzle of worried kids. Action, not avoidance, is the key to success, but most adults unknowingly strengthen anxiety by trying to accommodate its demands. Learn the difference between healthy worrying and debilitating anxiety and how to interrupt the link between anxiety and depression.The seven concrete skills apply to kids (and adults) of all ages because they target the process of worry and anxiety, a process that looks and feels overwhelming, but is predictable and manageable when you have the right information.
Lynn Lyons has been a psychotherapist for 24 years and specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and the companion bookPlaying with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Lynn alos created a self-help DVD program for parents entitled Decreasing Anxiety: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child. In addition to her private practice in Concord NH, she presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents. She is known for her focus on providing concrete, usable skills and her integration of humor, homework, and clinical hypnosis.

Halloween

The end of this week brings, Halloween for the children. Children may have the option of wearing a costume on Halloween, they may also opt to wear black and orange clothing that day or they may choose to not dress up at all. If children do dress up or wear orange and black, we ask that children donate $1.00 that the Student Council will donate to The Stepping Strong Foundation: http://give.brighamandwomens.org/stories/entry/stepping-strong

Throughout the year, the student council and I will work together to have a few school spirit days and much like on Halloween this year, I will invite students who participate to donate $1.00 that our school will donate to a charity.  This is an easy and fun way for children to get involved in school events with the spirit of giving to others. We hope that these opportunities bring us together as school community and together as part of the larger community around us.

Online Math League Information

Online Math League Information

The Online Math Leagues for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their first practice session during the week of October 28-31. I (Mrs. Iyer) am the new Math Coach and will be facilitating the program. We will meet from 8:05 to 8:35 in the Art Room. If any parents are interested in volunteering to help out please email me at aiyer@boxfordschools.org. It would be especially nice to have someone to help with the correction of papers after contest sessions. This could be done in school or from home. The Online Math League schedule for the year is as follows:

Grade 3

Day: Wednesday Mornings

Time: 8:05 – 8:35

Wednesday, October 29rd Practice

Wednesday, November 5th Test

Wednesday, January 14th Practice

Wednesday, January 21st Test

Wednesday, February 25th Practice

Wednesday, March 4h Test

 

Grade 4

Day: Tuesday Mornings

Time: 8:05 – 8:35

Tuesday, October 28th Practice

Tuesday, November 4th Test

Tuesday, January 13th Practice

Tuesday, January 20th Test

Tuesday, February 24th Practice

Tuesday, March 3rd Test

 

Grade 5

Day: Thursday Mornings

Time: 8:05-8:35

Thursday, October 30th Practice

Thursday, November 6th Test

Thursday, January 15thth Practice

Thursday January 22nd Test

Thursday, February 26th Practice

Thursday, March 5th Test

 

Grade 6

Day: Friday Mornings

Time: 8:05-8:35

Friday, October 31st Practice

Friday, November 7th Test

Friday, January 16th Practice

Friday, January 23rd Test

Friday, February 27th Practice

Friday, March 6th Test

Week of October 27th

Days:

Monday          Day 2

Tuesday         Day 3

Wednesday   Day 4

Thursday        Day 5
Friday             Day 6

There will be a Principal Coffee on Wednesday, 10/29 at 9:30 am. The topic will be on WIN.

Just a reminder–Friday is a 1:15 pm early release day for teacher professional development.  Children may wear costumes or dress in orange and black with a $1.00 donation to the Student Council’s charity for this month. More information to follow.  Have a great week!

Tri-Town Council News

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Strategies to Solve the Worry Puzzle
Tuesday November 18 7-9pm Masconomet Auditorium

In this workshop, Lynn Lyons provides families and educators with a jargon-free, step-by-step plan to solve the puzzle of worried kids. Action, not avoidance, is the key to success, but most adults unknowingly strengthen anxiety by trying to accommodate its demands. Learn the difference between healthy worrying and debilitating anxiety and how to interrupt the link between anxiety and depression.The seven concrete skills apply to kids (and adults) of all ages because they target the process of worry and anxiety, a process that looks and feels overwhelming, but is predictable and manageable when you have the right information.

Lynn Lyons has been a psychotherapist for 24 years and specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and the companion bookPlaying with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Lynn alos created a self-help DVD program for parents entitled Decreasing Anxiety: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child. In addition to her private practice in Concord NH, she presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents. She is known for her focus on providing concrete, usable skills and her integration of humor, homework, and clinical hypnosis.

Community Giving Tree News

Donate and Shop for Toys in November

Save the Date! Community Giving Tree’s Twice-Loved Toy Sale is Saturday, November 8, 9am – noon at the Topsfield Fairgrounds.

Donate top quality used toys directly to the Fairgrounds Coolidge Hall:
Saturday & Sunday Nov. 1 and 2, 10am-1pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Nov. 4 and 5, 9am-12pm

We accept bikes, wagons, ride-ons, Legos, play kitchens/workshops, American girl, Thomas, outdoor play, kids’ furniture, and children’s books in clean and saleable condition. See our website for a complete list.

Volunteer: weekend, weekday and afterschool opportunities are available for teens, adults and groups. Sign up at http://www.communitygivingtree.org.

Like us on Facebook, search for Community Giving Tree, to see updates and reminders as the sales get closer.

Reminder for Food, Parties and Special Occasions from the Health Office

In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, please review the important information below:

Party menus are planned in advance by the room parent with direct input by teachers. No food substitutions or additions will be permitted. Food sent in to share with other students should be completely nut/peanut free please read labels carefully. e.g. not have labels “may have been manufactured in a plant which also processes peanut/tree nuts”.

Please check with your room parent or school nurse prior to the party if you have concerns regarding the safety of your contribution.

No incidental candy should be sent into school and your child will not be allowed to eat this during snack.

Thank you for all that you do to keep our students healthy

Digital Citizenship Week October 19-25

This week is Digital Citizenship Week!  Students will be talking about this with Mrs. Boulay during their Media Classes through early next week.  Please check out this article below to read about it.  You may access the full article through this link:

Learn How Not to Overshare During Digital Citizenship Week

Students and teachers are working together to define how to be a good Internet citizen.

As the Internet of Things continues to spread throughout schools, students’ conduct online is nearly as important as in the classroom. What can be done to ensure that their experience browsing the Internet is as safe and engaging as learning under the guidance of a teacher?

To that end, Common Sense Education is hosting Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 19-25, culminating with a series of events that encourage students, teachers and family members to engage in responsible behavior online. There are a number of resources to dig into on the organization’s website. New promotional materials, including classroom posters, as well as educational sessions and advice, are available on the organization’s website.

Educator and librarian Shannon Miller recently provided the definition of “digital citizenship” to Flocabulary, an online repository of educational hip-hop songs and videos for students in grades K-12.

“To be a digital citizen means that you are aware, responsible, and part of the world that we know, which is filled with technology, collaboration, and connecting to one another in a variety of ways,” she told Flocabulary’s blog.

Miller added that because “everyone is digital” and is using technology in so many areas of life, it’s quickly becoming redundant to continue including the word “digital” in the term digital citizenship. “It is just part of who we all are as citizens,” she said.

More personal information is being stored online now than ever before, making it difficult for students to navigate the pitfalls of social media sites without “oversharing,” a term used to describe giving away too much personal information online. The word rose to prominence in 2010 and is now at the height of its usage, according to Google Trends.

Over the summer, Flocabulary teamed up with Common Sense Education to produce an animated music video highlighting ways students can curb bad online habits such as oversharing the details of their personal lives.

Craig Badura, a K–12 integration specialist from Aurora, Nebr., said he tries to instill a sense of the ripples students can make when they interact online, noting that the Flocabulary video helps in that regard.

“It’s a given that our students are using various forms of social media and with that they are leaving behind a trail of information about themselves,” Badura said. “I always like to remind my students that first impressions used to start with handshakes, but now they begin with a Google search.

Excitement for the event has been building online. Students and faculty at West Career & Technical Academy in Las Vegas have kept their custom hashtag #WestTechDCW alive with a flurry of Digital Citizenship Week content.

Education technology blogger Shannon Long promoted the event by creating a series of images using the acronym THINK, to remind students of questions to ask themselves before posting online: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Along with this weeklong program, Common Sense Education is hosting a variety of other events throughout the month, including a webinar on Wednesday titled “Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills.”

Other events include a session on Oct. 25 at the Fall CUE conference in Napa Valley Calif., titled “Can I Use That? Fair Use for the Remix Generation,” and the session “Making a Better World: Digital Literacy and Citizenship for K-12,” being held Oct. 27 at the Greater CNY School Library System’s annual conference in Liverpool, N.Y.

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Appleseed Literary Magazine for Grades 3-5 Students

Mrs. Morton, our English-Language Arts Instructional Specialist has visited our grades 3-5 classrooms recently to explain to the students about ways they can get published in The Appleseed Literary Magazine.  If your child would like to participate in the literary magazine this year, please see the notifications about this in the virtual backpack our school website at  http://www.tritownschoolunion.com/spofford-pond/pages/virtual-backpack

In the virtual backpack, you will find two documents there about the Appleseed Literary Magazine and how your child can participate.

Grade six students will also have an opportunity to participate in a similar literary magazine for older students.  More information will be published on that at the end of the month.