Jan. 25, 2021

Sage News: Week of January 25, 2021

Week of January 25, 2021

Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Day of Commemoration takes place on Wednesday, January 27th to remember the victims of the Holocaust. It is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 and U.N. Holocaust Memorial Day.

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to host Holocaust survivor and author Rose Schindler. To view the recording of her guest speaker event and hear her story, click the link below.
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Mental Health Matters: Sharpen the Saw 
Taking care of one’s mental health means having balance in your life. It’s important to take time to preserve and enhance the greatest asset you have--you. In the past, I have shared a bit about one of my favorite books 7 Habits of Healthy Kids.

The author talks about the idea of sharpening your saw. The idea comes from the story of a man who was sawing down a tree and not making a lot of progress. When a passerby asked him why he didn’t stop sawing to sharpen his saw, he remarked that he was too busy sawing. Do you ever feel like that? Do your kids? Are you too busy to actually accomplish anything well? We are more productive when we are in balance—body, brain, heart, and soul. Just like the four tires on a car, if one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the results. Positive mental health requires that we take time to sharpen our saw. Lesson Idea: Start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal, used to help us focus on the positive things in our life,  is a diary of things for which one is grateful. What is something you are grateful for? Who is someone you’re grateful for?

Keeping It Kind
When it comes to instilling values, beliefs, and morals in your children, the most powerful tool you have is yourself. Set the example in your home by treating everyone around you with respect and kindness. When your children mimic your actions--and they will-- reinforce their compassion with praise and acknowledgment.This will not only encourage more kind behaviors but also create a more loving home. -Boystown Parenting

This week, schools nationwide are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. The GKC is intended to promote a culture of kindness and compassion while strengthening students’ social and emotional well-being.

The Great Kindness Challenge offers families a checklist of activities and mini lessons to teach kindness in your home. Additionally, in this month’s Counseling Connection newsletter, we share lessons and resources that highlight the value of kindness, for others and ourselves. 

Our current circumstances have been challenging and it’s ok to feel many and mixed emotions. Many of us are suffering from uncertainty, anxiety, and isolation from circumstances that we can’t control. Although we can’t change our situation, we do have control over our own words, actions, and behavior including acts of joy, gratitude, and kindness. I hope you join us next week as we focus on “keeping it kind.”

Certified Kind Classroom: 6th Grade Novel Study

To kickstart Sage Oak into the Great Kindness Challenge, Mrs. Piña’s 6th Grade Novel Study class read the book Wonder and began tracking their acts of kindness. Mrs. Pina’s class was awarded as a "Certified Kind Classroom" for completing over 130 acts of kindness.

Check out their classroom Padlet to see their acts of kindness!

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Submissions for the Science & Engineering Fair are due by Friday, January 29th! You can find the entry form as well as rules for entry and information on STEAM Day teacher sessions by clicking the link below.

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Student Learning Outcomes
Sage Oak Charter Schools has recently adopted new Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). These are outcomes that we feel students should achieve before leaving Sage Oak after high school. The SLOs are used in conjunction with our mission, vision, and core values to help drive the support or services we offer our students and families.

We have created a brief video sharing our new SLOs and the next steps of implementation. Click the link below:
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Sage Oak Spelling Bee
Due to the overwhelming interest in the Sage Oak Spelling Bee, we have reopened the interest form! If your student is interested, please fill out the form below by February 12th.

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Directing Change Program and Film Contest
The Directing Change Program and Film Contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. To find out more information about this contest, please visit their website or watch our video which provides a contest overview. This contest is open to all middle and high school students. If you have any questions, please contact our School Counselor, Allie Whalen, at awhalen@sageoak.education.
Time to Shine! Virtual Talent Show
We are looking forward to our first ever Virtual Talent Shine  “A Time to Shine!” We hope to see many different talents including snowboarding, skateboarding, singing, playing an instrument, hula hooping, dancing, and magic tricks. Any talent or hobby is encouraged! 

Submissions are due Friday, January 29th!
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