Do you know the 4 Oxford Rules? PTA, PAC, SGC?

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img_8308Last week we had a school assembly to introduce all the staff to the students. The purpose of that is to help the students to recognize the adults on campus and to know whom they can go to for help. We also reviewed/introduced the school rules and in order to emphasize the way to “be,” I did a little dress up. If you want to help emphasize the school rules, they are:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe
  • Be an Ally

I also introduced two of our “tools” from the Toolbox program at this first assembly. The Toolbox program is a social emotional curriculum taught in every classroom and in community meetings about using our “tools” to help us throughout life. We discussed our Listening Tool, using our eyes, ears, brains and hearts when we listen. Ask your child if they remember what the signal is for that tool. We also discussed our Breathing Tool, using the tool to “calm ourselves and check in.” The gesture for that is a measuring tape, pulling out as we exhale and as the “tape” rolls in, we exhale. When asking students when we could use our breathing tool, one wise child said, “When we are stuck in traffic!” Great advice.

We have our first school community meeting on Friday, September 9 at 8:00 am. Everyone is welcome to join us as we meet, review the expectations, learn more about our “tools,” and watch a video about being an ally made by Oxford students last year.

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Noches de Educación para Padres del Proyecto de Herramientas: 9/24, 10/15, 11/19

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toolboxBerkeley Unified va a tener tres noches de educación del proyecto de herramientas para los padres en 9/24, 10/15 y 11/19. Este evento es para recibir mas información del currículo de aprendizaje de herramientas sociales y emocionales que se esta enseñando en la escuela, cuales son las “herramientas” y como trabajan e ideas como se pueden utilizar estas herramientas en el ser padre. Las herramientas son simples, pero no son fáciles. Requieren practica, practica y mas practica. Los invitamos a apoyar su hijo/a en su aprendizaje, en practicar estas herramientas en casa y en hablar con sus hijos/as de lo que están aprendiendo en la escuela. También los invitamos a pensar como usted puede utilizar estas herramientas para hacer ser padre mas fácil.

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Toolbox Parent Education Nights: 9/24, 10/15, 11/19

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toolboxBerkeley Unified will be holding three “Toolbox Parent Education Nights” on 9/24, 10/15 and 11/19. At this event, you will receive more information about the Social-Emotional Learning curriculum being taught at school, the “Tools” and how they work, and tips on how to use them in parenting. The Tools are simple, but they are not easy. They require practice, practice, and more practice. We invite you to support your child in learning and practicing these Tools at home and talking with them about what they are learning about the Tools in school. You might also think about how you could use the Tools to make parenting easier.

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Toolbox Intro Video–Parent Trainings Coming

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From BUSD: Opening the Toolbox in Our Schools

Years of research in the field of childhood resiliency and social-emotional learning have taught us that emotional and behavioral regulation skills can be explicitly taught in schools, and that the benefits are huge. That’s why we’ve adopted the Toolbox curriculum for all of our K-6 students!

Training is already underway for teachers and staff, and the following dates are planned for parent trainings: September 24th (6-7pm), October 15th (6:30-7:30) & November 19th (6-7pm). Check the district Google calendar as the event becomes closer for exact location and more details. Find out more on our website and by watching this video.

Teaching and Learning: The Toolbox

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toolboxAll BUSD schools are implementing a new program this year called “The Toolbox.” It’s a program that gives students (and adults) “tools” to help us become effective learners, friends, community members, and citizens. For example, the first “tool” we will be learning about and using is our breathing tool. The idea is to teach students to use their tools when faced with challenging situations or to help them through life. I will share the “tools” with you all as we learn them, and I will see if we can have a Toolbox presentation at a future PTA meeting. The curriculum is also being used at the middle schools with 6th grade. ~Beth Rhine