Please join the PTA: Our PTA has done SO much for us over the past two years! Already this year they are providing funding for the Science Center to bring programs to our school, helping with our lunchtime clubs and so much more! Even if you are not able to be involved regularly - joining our PTA is such an important way to help. Please use this link to join our PTA: www.memberplanet.com/s/south whidbey elementary pta/membership202223 Please reach out to our wonderful PTA president Meagan Alder with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutor Time Program at Community Center: We are excited to share that the tutor time program at the Community Center is returning! Tutor time will be resuming next Tuesday Sept. 19th, from 3:15-4:30. Students will meet in room 117, snacks will be available provided by WIN. There will be several tutors coming back this year to help in all subjects! Below is the registration form link for the program. If you have any other questions, please reach out to Jenny Holbrook at 425-356-1960. Tutor time registration
"Think Time" Our teachers and students have been actively working on our school-wide expectations of being safe, respectful, responsible, and kind through our Orca Code expectations. Students have the opportunity to earn Whale Tails, Bus Golden Tickets and Orca Student of the Week recognition for displaying positive behavior. We are also launching a once-a-month student store in October, that provides students with the opportunity to spend the whale tales they have earned on fun items at the store. We started the year with classroom "tours" by Miss Marty and Mrs. Wallace, outlining expectations for the playground, recess, bathroom, hallway, bus, and parent pick-up. We are encouraged by the positive behaviors we are seeing from our students! We are also implementing a behavior intervention called Think Time. Think Time is a researched-based strategy intended to catch disruptive behaviors early, teach children to manage themselves, and teach self-control skills. It is a non-punitive approach that helps students get back in control. During the Think Time experience, the student goes to a designated space in the classroom or office and completes a self-reflection sheet related to the behavioral issue. The student then reviews the completed Think Sheet with Mrs. Richards, the teacher or one of our student support staff. In addition to our Think Time sheets, we are also continuing to use restorative processes to help students resolve conflicts and engage in reflection related to those conflicts. We are excited to work with our students to gain self-management skills!