• Oct. 27, 2019


    Dear Solana Vista Families,


    Red Ribbon Week!  I want to thank Stephanie Singer and her PTA team for planning and supporting our wonderful Red Ribbon Week Celebration!  Students and staff focused on different ways to be healthy all week long.  The fun will continue through our PE program and end with Fitness Friday for all students on November 15.  Students will enjoy a variety of games and activities on the field in the afternoon as a reminder of our commitment to “keep moving”.  Be sure to thank Coach B when you see him on campus for all he does for the physical education and health of our students!

    Dad’s Pancake Breakfast A Big Hit!  As usual, our Dad’s Pancake Breakfast was well attended!  It is always a favorite event for our students and such a fun way to bring our school community together.  Thanks to Tom Carter, president of our Dad’s Club, and his team for flippin’ the cakes, doling out the whipped cream and making sure sugar intake was record high!

    Yearbooks Pre-Order Link is Ready!  You may pre-order a yearbook for your child by going to:  https://svyearbook.picaboo.com.  This year’s theme is “Making a Difference…One Hello at a Time”.

    Box Top Competition!  Don’t forget to clip/collect Box Tops and send with your child to school.  A friendly competition among the classes goes on all year long.  Each month, the class that has collected the most box tops is the recipient of the coveted Box Top trophy!  All box tops provide funding for our school!

    Mark Your Calendars:

    Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day (No School)

    Nov. 12: ELAC Meeting @ Skyline 6:15pm

    Nov. 14: PTA Meeting @ SV 9:00am

    Nov. 18-22:  Parent Teacher Conference Week (Dismissal @12:00 daily)

    Nov. 18-22:  Fall Book Fair (Proceeds support SV Media Center)

    Nov 25-29:  Thanksgiving Break (No School)

    A little something to think about:

    All Learning is Social and Emotional (Chapter 2)

    In earlier newsletters, I wrote about the book that all SBSD staff is reading this year, All Learning is Social and Emotional. In Chapter 2, the authors examine the personality traits of Identity and Agency. The book defines Identity as “an understanding of who we are - our attributes, the way we see ourselves in relation to others, our perceived talents, and the awareness of our shortcomings.” Agency “describes our capacity to act in empowered and autonomous ways. Beliefs about our agency influence confidence and contribute to our resiliency when faced with a negative event.”

    As a staff, we agree that students need to build their identity in order to access their agency. We believe that having an understanding of ourselves is directly connected to one’s self-image and self-confidence. For example, our shortcomings will stifle or limit us if we lack the perspective to feel confident despite knowing we are flawed. Furthermore, believing in and practicing a growth mindset (the belief of not YET) makes it possible to overcome challenges which will lead to greater Identity/Agency.

    One important way teachers, staff, parents and families can support self-confidence is in feedback. The most effective feedback children can receive is about process. Complimenting effort, focus, and perseverance is far more effective in building confidence and work habits than complimenting results and finished products. Recognizing children for hard work and attention to task teaches them to believe in their own abilities and empowers them to control their outcomes

    Katie Zimmer

    Principal, Solana Vista School