• September 22, 2019


    Dear Solana Vista Families,

    Start with Hello Week is This Week!!

    I am so excited that we are celebrating Start with Hello Week for the second year in a row at SV!  Last year, we all learned that a simple “hello” or “what’s up” can make a difference for others.  Here is a rundown of our week:

    • Monday: Say “Hey” Day—Practice greeting others with a Hello!
    • Tuesday:  Reach Out and Help—Think of ways we can reach out and help others
    • Wednesday: Mix and Mingle—Wear two different pair of socks; Sit with someone new at lunch
    • Thursday:  Share a Smile Day—Great others with a Hello and a Smile!
    • Friday:  No one Eats Alone Day—Invite others to join your picnic blanket for the SV Lunch BBQ

    If you would like more details, go to… https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EHgPKT6MMcBLe71wZ11nY2tHD7pEGQ6d/view?usp=sharing

    Student Mobile Devices:  This is a reminder that SBSD has a mobile device policy, as stated in the parent/student handbook.  Please note that “All mobile devices should be turned off when students come on campus in the morning and remain in their zipped backpack during the school day. These devices may only be used once students have left the campus.”  This includes any type of smart watch such as a gizmo, iWatch, etc.  To access this portion of the parent/student handbook, go to https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=328#Cell. Thank you for understanding and cooperation.

    SV Lunch BBQ Picnic:  Next Friday (9/27), Child Nutrition Services will be hosting a Family Lunch BBQ Picnic.  Families are invited to join their child(ren) for lunch on campus.  Anyone attending who is not a SBSD students MUST purchase tickets in advance.  Tickets will be on sale Monday afternoon from 2:30-3:00 pm and Tuesday morning from 8:20-8:50 am.  More information is available in the flyers that you may have received via Peach Jar on Wednesday.

    As a final activity for Start with Hello Week, we are asking families to consider inviting another child (or two) to your picnic blanket whose family will not able to attend the picnic. Please note on the sign-up form that you are willing to host other students on your blanket.

    BBQ Picnic Schedule:

    12:25:  2nd/3rd grade

    12:50:  Kindergarten

    1:00:  1st grade

    SEL Screener: Solana Beach School District is committed to educating the whole child and supporting our students to thrive in school and in life. We believe that students' experiences in grades K-6 provide an important foundation for future success.

    When we think of educating the whole child, social and emotional development must be considered as an integral part of overall instruction. Social and emotional learning is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life.

    Our social-emotional support services will be delivered in a variety of ways this year, including the integration of social-emotional skills throughout the school day, both in the classroom and throughout the school campus for all students in kindergarten through 6th grade, and with small group or individualized services for students who require more intense support needs.

    To help support our focus on social-emotional learning this year, we will be administering a social-emotional universal screening to all K-6 students twice a year in both the Fall and Spring.   Our screener is a brief eight-question survey aligned to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL) competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.  The results from the screener will help us understand the overall well-being of our students from their point of view and to identify those students who may potentially need additional support.  

    The social-emotional screening data will be used in conjunction with other data collected this year (e.g., MAP assessment) as part of our regular school practices to examine the overall academic and social-emotional growth of our students and to provide effective prevention and early intervention services. The results from the screening will be kept confidential, just as we do with all our student educational data.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    • 9/23-9/27: Start with Hello Week
    • 9/25:  Picture Day
    • 9/27:  SV Lunch BBQ (Parents invited—must purchase tickets in advance (for more information, see above)

    A little something to think about:

    Why does SV participate in Start with Hello Week?

    From September 23-27th, 2019, thousands of schools and youth organizations across the United States will participate in Start With Hello Week. By participating, we hope to bring attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and continue to build empathy in the classroom.  Start With Hello teaches students, grades K – 12, the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their classroom, school or youth organization. Last year, over 12,000 schools from across the United States participated in Start With Hello Call To Action week to highlight and spread the message of the power of Start With Hello’s three simple steps:

    1. See someone alone.
    2. Reach out and help.
    3. Start with Hello.

    To learn more about this Sandy Hook initiative, visit: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek.


    Katie Zimmer

    Principal, Solana Vista School