June 26, 2020
On behalf of everyone here at Gayhead we want to thank you all so much for the support you have and partners in teaching and learning you have been this year.
We know how much rested on your shoulders this year and feel grateful to have worked alongside you and your children.
We want to wish everyone a fantastic summer. We know everyone is anxious for information about the fall. For now we are all waiting for news that we can share.
For those of you waiting on yearbooks or spirit gear we are still waiting for things to arrive. Once they do get here, we will share a distribution plan.
If you did not have time to pick up your child's belongings please call the school any morning and we can arrange a time for you to come in.
Please take a few minutes to watch our end of year video - thank you to everyone who help put it together.
May 10, 2020
Thank you everyone for your continued support. Thank you for all the effort you are putting in to help make learning at home a possibility for all the Grizzlies.
This is the last calendar week of the Positivity Project. This would normally be a time to reflect on all that we have learned about how the different character strengths help us to live an Other People Matter mindset. It is still that, but in the world we are now living through we see and feel daily how important the relationships we have are and how precious being able to be together is for everyone. The author Simon Sinek wrote recently "when we get through this, every handshake and hug will mean so much more."
I'd like to share with all the parents of our early childhood students some advice from our partners at Teachers College on how to support student writing at home.
Instead of pointing out what is wrong, focus on the positives.
Set a timer and walk away, let your child write independently.
Supporting spelling is hard one thing to say is "you heard so many sounds in that word"
Support can sound like "this is a good and specific reason because..."
You can say "when you use spaces or punctuation you make your writing easier to read"
We know it is hard to support students as they work at home, we are always here if anyone has any question.
Please check our website or facebook page for videos celebrating the Gayhead Citizens of the Month from February and March/April.
April 26, 2020
I hope everyone is well and healthy and that you are all managing as well as possible learning from home.
If you find that your family needs another device to more effectively engage with school you can use this form to request one from our tech department.
This week students will have the chance to learn about purpose and connection. This strength gives individuals the sense that they are connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.
One of the most insightful and impactful researchers of this strength was Viktor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl analyzed and wrote about his experiences in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Frankl’s experiences taught him that purpose provides strength and that “Those who have a ‘why’ to life, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
This week’s example is Malala Yousafzai — the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. A native of Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she bravely stood up against the Taliban — and survived their vicious attack — for girls’ right to education. Her fight for children’s education worldwide exemplifies her sense of purpose. As she told the audience in her Nobel Lecture, “It is not time to tell the world leaders to realize how important education is – they already know it – their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action for the rest of the world’s children.”
“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”
We want to make sure that everyone has all they need to support their students both academcially and emotionally during this time.
Please take some time to review the district COVID-19 web page which you can find here: WCSD COVID-19 Information. You can also find information and various links to other websites on our Home Learning Information page.
If there is anything anyone ever needs please reach out to me, Mrs. Moyles, or your child's classroom teacher. We will do whatever we can to support you now, and anytime.
Please check back here for regular updates.