August 10, 2020


 

Upcomming Events

February 14th & 17th: No School

February 20th: Jump Day

February 21st: 3-5 Popcorn & Pickle

February 25th: STEM Night @5:30

March 6th: Dr. Seuss Read In @8:00


 



 


Reagan STEM Night! 

Please Join us on February 25th for STEM Night at Reagan! STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific areas — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a learning, based on real-world applications.

STEM night will give you the opportunity to experience STEM activities with you studentstudents, through various activities on our campus.

Hope to see you there!



 

 


Counselor's Corner

 During the month of February, we will be participating with many other schools in the “KINDNESS CHALLENGE.”

During guidance classes we will discuss how to turn our negative thoughts into positive thoughts and how we can show kindness using our words, and actions. 

Parents, I encourage you to ask your children what we discuss at school and how you can challenge each other at home to show kindness using positive words and actions. 

Research shows that KINDNESS  goes a long way in ensuring how successful a child is at school, at home, and in the community.

 Let’s work together and  “ BE   The I   In KINDNESS” !

 

 


 Parent Connection

Goal Setting with Your Child

If you are an employed adult, you know that most organizations have written goals and objectives. That’s because goal-setting is a common practice in the workplace—and for good reason. Written goals provide a road map by which employees can measure their efforts and see how they contribute to the success of work teams and ultimately, to their companies. In the same way, goal-setting helps motivate athletes, entrepreneurs, and individuals to achieve at higher levels of difficulty. But goal-setting isn’t just for adults. In fact, being goal-oriented is a critical part of how children learn to become resourceful, which is defined as one’s ability to find and use available resources to solve problems and shape the future.“Goal setters see future possibilities and the big picture,” says Rick McDaniel in a Huffington Post article.  He discusses the important difference between being a goal setter and problem solver, the latter often getting bogged down in roadblocks. “Goal setters,” he says, “are comfortable with risk, prefer innovation, and are energized by change.”

 Research has uncovered many key aspects of goal setting theory and its link to success (Kleingeld, et al, 2011). Setting goals is linked with self-confidence, motivation, and autonomy (Locke & Lathan, 2006). A 2015 study by psychologist Gail Matthews showed when people wrote down their goals, they were 33 percent more successful in achieving them than those who formulated outcomes in their heads.Children learn to be resourceful through the practice of being goal-directed. In an article at Edutopia, teachers learn that fostering resourcefulness involves encouraging students to plan, strategize, prioritize, set goals, seek resources, and monitor their progress. 

 

Five Ways to Help Children Set and Achieve Goals

Children and teens become effective goal-setters when they understand and develop five action-oriented behaviors and incorporate these actions with each goal set.

  1. Put goals in writing. Goals that are written are concrete and motivational. Making progress toward written goals increases feelings of success and well-being. 

  2. Self-commit. For a goal to be motivating to a child, it must give meaning to a mental or physical action to which a child feels committed. This self-commitment becomes a key element in self-regulation, a child’s ability to monitor, control, and alter his own behaviors. This doesn’t mean that parents or teachers should not be involved in goal-setting. In fact, adults can serve as goal facilitators—helping kids see options, asking core questions, and providing supportive feedback.

  3. Be specific. Goals must be much more specific than raising a grade or improving performance on the soccer field. Here’s a simple formula. 

  4. Stretch for difficulty. Goals should always be challenging enough to be attainable, but not so challenging that they become sources of major setbacks. When working with a child on goal-setting, listen to what they think they can achieve rather than what you want them to achieve.

  5. Seek feedback and support. Part of the fun and motivation of setting goals is working on them in a supportive group environment. When goals are achieved, it’s time to celebrate with others

Teachers are currently setting goals with our students here at Reagan to encourage, support, and help them grow academically. Ask your child about what goals they are setting and tracking at school.