Oct. 19, 2020

Sage News: Week of October 19, 2020

Week of October 19, 2020

October Math Matters
Join us in reading our October Math Newsletter as we cover two more mathematical practice standards. This month, we will support our students with the resources and tools they need to attend to precision in mathematics as well as cultivate a growth mindset to help our students persevere in math.

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Counseling Corner 
Mental Health Matters
Social/emotional learning is critical to our students and will lead to better mental health. One aspect of social/emotional learning is learning how to set goals. Goal setting helps give students focus, motivation, a reason to celebrate! It pushes them to take on challenges and manage their time.

As a result, students can build self-esteem and confidence as their effort is rewarded. While it’s great to set individual goals, there’s also a lot of power in setting family goals. Lesson Idea: Create a family mission statement. A family mission statement is like a constitution your family lives by that helps you all make decisions for your life. It represents the purpose and values of your family and will allow you to shape your future according to the principles you as a family holds most dear. Mission statements take many forms: long, short, a saying or phrase, a picture, a poem, or even a song. Make it personal to your family. What does our family want to be known for? How do we treat each other? What unique contributions can we make? What big goals do we want to achieve? Some examples: We want to be the kind of family our dog already thinks we are. Another example, the mission of our family is to create a nurturing place of order, love, happiness, and relaxation, and to provide opportunities for each person to become responsibly independent and effectively interdependent, in order to achieve worthwhile purposes. Post the statement prominently in your home and encourage the entire family to consider it when making goals, decisions, or having disputes.

Student Counseling Groups: Stress & Anxiety

The Counseling Department will be offering a six-week student group sessions on how to manage Stress & Anxiety starting Thursdays, 10/29 (Grades 6-8 & 9-12). Please utilize this interest form if your student is interested in participating.  (Our Grade 3-5 group is now full, but please feel free to add your name to the interest list in case there are cancelations.) As always, please feel free to reach out to Miss Allie at awhalen@sageoak.education if you have any questions. 

Red Ribbon Week
You’re probably aware that each year, schools across the county come together in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week, celebrated October 23rd-31st, is to inspire our kids to be happy, brave, and drug-free. While the mission of the Red Ribbon campaign has remained the same for decades, the risks to our kids continue to change and evolve.

However, as always, it’s important to teach our children how to make good choices when faced with temptations. Here are some tips from the Drug-Free America Foundation on how your student can do just that. Additionally, the Red Ribbon Campaign will be hosting a webinar titled Peer Pressure and Living Drug-Free: A Talk for Teens on October 29 at 12:30 PST. You can click here to register.  To find out more information about Red Ribbon Week, talking to your child when you suspect drug use, and keeping your kids drug free, please visit the Red Ribbon.org and Get Smart About Drugs.gov.

The College Essay Webinar
Writing about yourself can be difficult, but it’s important to share your own unique story in your college essay. This session features guided activities and writing strategies to help applicants shine in preparing a personal statement. Join us on October 29th, 2020 from 4 pm – 5 pm.

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FAFSA Workshop
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the live FAFSA workshop on October 15th, you may view the recording here or click the button below to download the presentation.

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