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February 2021 School Newsletter

Important Dates This Month:


· No School - February 15

 ( President's Day)



Principal's Corner

Let’s be Positive!


In February, our school is going to focus on the character trait of “Being Positive”.  After almost a year of gloominess with COVID, being positive can be difficult but probably even more important.

 Our school is doing a book study with interested staff using the book, “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon.  This book will go over 10 rules, as the book says, to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy.  If you have not had a chance to read this book, I recommend it.  It is an easy read with some good advice that is simple to follow.  We purchased the book through Amazon, but it is also available through the Mid-Columbia library as a book and an audio book.

 Being positive does not mean having a good day or even being cheerful every day.  It’s almost a habit, just like if you are full of negative thoughts or feelings every day, it’s really hard to break that habit and not go down that black hole and get stuck.

 I looked at several websites to find advice on becoming more positive because sometimes it’s just a hard thing to do.

 Showing and/or practicing gratitude was listed on almost every site.  For example, I can be unhappy with the cold winter weather, however, I’m grateful that we don’t have 9 snow days.  I need to focus on what is going right or better.   It is not what is happening, it’s how you react to it said one website.

 Stopping the negative talk is important as well.  My first job was working at Albertson’s and there was one person there that always had something negative to say.  They were unenjoyable to be around.  As I think back to that person, I wonder if they realized how often they said negative things.  Ask someone you trust to make tally marks every time you say something positive and negative on a few different occasions.  Look at the results.  Do you tend to be more positive or negative?  Are you more negative in certain situations?  Recognizing and being aware will help turn around negativity.

 Help your kids be more positive.  We, the school, really push the word “YET”.  If a student says, “I can’t do this!”.  We follow up with “Yet”.  Help your child with more positive self-talk.  Not only will this help improve their over all mood and outlook on life, but it will help them become more self-confident.   

 “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper and “When Pigs Fly” by Valerie Coulman are two children’s books that promote positive thinking you could read with your kids.

 I want to thank you for all the support you have given the school during these times and I’m positive this will all end sooner than later.


Library Corner 2021


The One and Only Ivan Library Art Show

 Last month, we shared The One and Only Ivan as our One School, One Book reading. I hope you enjoyed this book with your family. I would love to display some art related to the story in the library throughout February and March. These homemade pieces of art can be drawings, paintings, sculptures, or collages. Contact Mrs. Pelly if you want to submit a different format. Artwork should be labeled with the student’s first and last name and their homeroom teacher’s name. Art pieces will be returned the week before spring break.

Featured Book Recommendation

 Fourth grade math teacher Mrs. Ward recommends
he Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.


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 4: Struggle

· Help your child become curious about errors or lack of success.  Remind your child that failure is important on the way to success.  Model this!

· Show your child the Michael Jordan Failure commercial (available at and only 30 seconds long).  Talk to your child about what the last line of the video means.

· Provide some puzzles and games that may create a little struggle for your child.  Work together and discuss why struggle shows that you are learning and that you can build resiliency. 

· Model and encourage resiliency – the ability to bounce back from errors and failures.

 Consejos sobre la mentalidad de crecimiento de la Sra. 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 4: Lucha

 * Ayude a su hijo a sentir curiosidad por los errores o la falta de éxito.  Recuerde a su hijo que el fracaso es importante en el camino hacia el éxito.  ¡Modela esto!

* Muestre a su hijo el comercial Michael Jordan Failure (disponible en: y sólo 30 segundos).  Hable con su hijo sobre lo que significa la Última línea del vídeo.

* Proporcione algunos rompe cabezas y juegos que puedan crear una pequeña lucha para su hijo.  Trabajen juntos y discutan por qué la lucha demuestra que están aprendiendo y que pueden construir la resiliencia. 

* Modela y fomente la resiliencia-la capacidad de recuperarse de errores y fallas.



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.

cover your cough infographic