Monthly School Newsletter

Each month, Finley Elementary publishes a school newsletter that is printed and sent home with student, as well as emailed out to families. If you are not receiving these newsletters, either via email or in printed format, please contact our school office so that we can make sure we have the correct contact information for you.

Copies of the newsletter for print purposes are available at the school office. These copies are for print purposes only. If, because of a disability, you have difficulty accessing the newsletter content on the website, please contact Human Resources Director Bryan Long at the district office at 509-586-3217.

January 2021 School Newsletter

Important Dates This Month:

Happy New Year Everyone!!


·No School - Jan 18

        ( Martin Luther King Day)


·2nd Semester Begins
Jan 25


· Report Cards Go Home 
 February 1


Principal's Corner

Kindness is the Word!


Each month we, as a school, focus on a character trait; this month it is kindness.  Each day, there is a mini lesson during morning announcements and teachers continue the conversation throughout the day. 


Specifically, for our month of kindness, we are beginning our “One School One Book” with “The One and Only Ivan” which is a story about a gorilla that grows up in a shopping mall and meets a friend.  The kindness thread is woven throughout the book.

The last week of January is Kindness week.  Students will be given kindness challenges and activities to put kindness into practice.


Of course, teaching kindness is good.  I think it would be hard to find someone that would argue differently, but why is being kind a good thing?  I’m going to paraphrase an article from the website Chrysalis high, Why it is Important to Teach Kindness to Children.

       1. Being kind promotes happiness.  If something makes you happy, you tend to repeat it.  This happiness releases endorphins which stimulates the brain regulating pleasure and trust.

       2. Being kind stimulates the hormone serotonin which will help improve sleep, mood, memory and digestion.  When serotonin is produced in your body, you are calmer.

       3. Oxytocin is another hormone released when someone shows kindness or does kind acts.  This helps regulate blood pressure and overall improves health.

        4. Teaching kindness reduces bullying.  Bullying is a worldwide problem among children and adults.  Teaching kindness will help children learn to support each other versus tease or bully.

What can you do at home to support this? 

       ·Ask your child when they get home what was talked about during the morning announcements.  If they don’t remember, give me a call and I can let you know to help promote that conversation. 

       ·Read a book together.  Some great books to read are: “The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown, “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen or “The Magic Purse” by Yoshiko Uchida to name a few.

      ·Model kindness.  Kids learn a lot by observation.  At the end of the day, ask them what kind acts they did or observe being done.  Talk about how something could be done differently to show kindness.


I hope this new year is much kinder to us all!  Thank you for all your support you’ve shown this school year.



Library Corner 2020


One School, One Book is back! 


Copies of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate will go home on Thursday the 7th or Friday the 8th (TODAY!) with the eldest student of the household. You’ll also get a reading schedule and some suggestions for making this shared reading amazing. The first official day of reading is Monday, January the 11th. Read-along videos will be available in English and Spanish at along with nightly trivia.

Mrs. Bradshaw’s Growth Mindset Tips


Growth mindset is a way of thinking that encourages hard work, effort, and perseverance to improve on something we can’t do well yet.  Here are a few tips you can try at home to encourage your student to have a Growth Mindset:

Part 3: Redirecting Fixed Mindset Thinking

Redirect your child’s fixed mindset statements.  If you hear your child say, “I am no good in math” or, “I just can’t understand Shakespeare” point out the fixed mindset thinking and direct them to a growth mindset place.  Remind them that they may not understand yet, but will by asking questions, finding new strategies, setting small goals, and working hard.  Two examples of how to redirect such statements are included below.


If your child says:

Then you might say:

“I am no good in math.”

“You may not understand this yet, so let’s practice some more.”

“I don’t need to study; I always do well on math assessments.

“Studying can help prime the brain for further growth. Maybe you should let your teacher know that these assessments don’t require much practice for you and that you are willing to take on more challenge.


Consejos sobre la mentalidad de crecimiento de la Sra. Bradshaw

. Bradshaw

La mentalidad de crecimiento es una forma de pensar que fomenta el trabajo duro, el esfuerzo y la perseverancia para mejorar algo que todavía no podemos hacer bien. Aquí hay algunos consejos que puede probar en casa para alentar a su estudiante a tener una mentalidad de crecimiento:

Parte 3: Redirigir el pensamiento de mentalidad fija

·Redirigir las declaraciones de mentalidad fija de su hijo. Si escucha a su hijo decir: "No soy bueno en matemáticas" o "No puedo entender a Shakespeare", señale la mentalidad fija y diríjala a una mentalidad de crecimiento. Recuérdeles que es posible que aún no comprendan, pero lo harán haciendo preguntas, encontrando nuevas estrategias, estableciendo metas pequeñas y trabajando duro. A continuación se incluyen dos ejemplos de cómo redirigir tales declaraciones.


Si su hijo dice:

Entonces podría decir:

"No soy bueno en matemáticas.”

"Es posible que todavía no entiendas esto, así que practiquemos un poco más.”

“No necesito estudiar; Siempre me va bien en las evaluaciones de matemáticas.”

“Estudiar puede ayudar a preparar el cerebro para un mayor crecimiento. Tal vez deberías hacerle saber a tu profesor que estas evaluaciones no requieren mucha práctica y que estás dispuesto a asumir más desafíos.”





SAVE THE DATE - The Great Kindness Challenge

January 25-29, 2021

Dear families,

Finley Elementary School will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge for our 5th year in a row January 25-29, 2021!  Your child will bring home a letter explaining more about The Great Kindness Challenge the week of January 18-22.  They will hopefully also bring home their Kindness Checklist Monday the 25th or Tuesday the 26th to work on kind acts at home as part of their at home learning since they won’t have time at school on the days they are doing distance learning.  All Kindness Checklists need to be returned to their teacher January 21st or 22nd when they return to school to be counted in their class total.  The classes that have the highest class average of kindness checks will earn a special treat!  Kindergarten and 1st grade classes are competing against each other as are 2nd and 3rd grade classes and 4th and 5th grade classes.  Let’s show our school and community just how KIND we can be the week of January 25-29th and EVERY DAY!!!


RESERVE LA FECHA - El gran desafío de la bondad

25-29 de enero de 2021


Queridas familias,

¡La Escuela Primaria Finley participará en The Great Kindness Challenge por quinto año consecutivo del 25 al 29 de enero de 2021! Su hijo traerá a casa una carta que explica más sobre el gran desafío de la bondad la semana del 18 al 22 de enero. Es de esperar que también traigan a casa su Lista de verificación de bondad el lunes 25 o el martes 26 para trabajar en actos de bondad en casa como parte de su aprendizaje en casa, ya que no tendrán tiempo en la escuela los días en que están aprendiendo a distancia. Todas las listas de verificación de bondad deben devolverse a su maestro el 21 o 22 de enero cuando regresen a la escuela para que se cuenten en el total de su clase. ¡Las clases que tengan el promedio más alto de cheques de bondad recibirán un regalo especial! Las clases de jardín de infantes y primer grado compiten entre sí al igual que las clases de segundo y tercer grado y las clases de cuarto y quinto grado. ¡¡¡Mostrémosle a nuestra escuela y comunidad lo AMABLE que podemos ser la semana del 25 al 29 de enero y CADA DÍA !!!



Stop the Spread!

You - yes, you! - can help keep people from getting sick this flu season. How? It’s not too hard. Just take these steps:

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Keep your sneezes and coughs to yourself (use a tissue or your elbow instead of your hand).
  • Keep your hands out of your eyes, mouth, and nose.

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