Dear Sunnybrae Families,
This first half of the school year, we have been spending much time as a staff talking about ways to support a caring, safe and welcoming school culture for our students. Research states that when students feel safe and included, their learning increases. I would like to share with you some of the actions that we have put in place to support this for our students: First, we have created lunch clubs that students can attend during their lunch recess. Some of these include the art club, gardening club, lego robotics club, and quiet activities with our school counselor. Many students are enjoying participating in these clubs. Second, our teaches have also started implementing the Morning Meeting. This is time that all our students come together in a community circle to talk about their emotions, feeling or review academic reading. This allows our students to have a voice and feel included in the classroom. In addition, our school counselor, Mrs. Moberg, has been teaching social-emotional lessons to our students. Soul Shoppe has als been presenting assemblies to our students on conflict resolution strategies.
As educators we recognize that one of the most important factors for supporting our students is having good communication with our parents. Recently we sent a parent communication survey and 167 parents responded. Most parents are happy with the current amount of communication that is being sent out but would like to see more electronic communication versus paper. We will continue to work as a school to have consistent ways to communicate with parents. Our school website has also been updated to show our current school information. You can find our most up to date calendar there including PTA information. http://sunnybrae.smfcsd.net/
When there are concerns:
We would like to invite you to reach out to our teachers as a first step when you have any concerns about your child. Our teachers work with your children everyday and know them the best in the school and they need to be the first ones to be informed of your concerns. If an issue has not been resolved after talking with the teachers, then the principal can be involved to support. If you need support in reaching the teacher, please let our office staff know and they can help in reaching the teacher.
Professional Development for our Teachers:
Every Tuesday afternoon, our teachers participate in professional development. This professional development includes how to support students to show empathy, compassion and respect, how to support students to have high academic achievement in reading and how to support parent engagement in our school. Beginning in January, our teachers will also be learning more about Balanced Literacy and best practices for supporting students who are learning English as a second language.
Wells Fargo Grant for Sunnybrae
Thanks to our teacher, Mrs. Deardorff, Wells Fargo recently donated a $1,000 grant to help buy playground equipment for our school. Mrs. Dreadorff, two of her students and myself had the opportunity to meet Brandon Crawford from the San Francisco Giants and receive the grant.
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Winter Break. We will see you back on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019! Below please find important upcoming events for January.
January Upcoming events:
December 21-January 7th- Winter Break (No School)
January 8th (6:30-7:30pm)- PTA General meeting in the library
January 16th (9:00-10:00am)-School Information meeting in the Sunnybrae office
January 17th (6:00-7:00pm)- ELAC meeting at Sunnybrae library
January 21st- Marting Luther King Holiday (NO School)
January 24ht (6:00-7:00pm) 5th Grade Outdoor Education meeting for Parent Chaperones
January 26th - Sunnybrae begins its participation in the San Mateo Ed Foundation Read-a-Thon