We practiced a shelter-in-place drill today as a school community. Your child’s teacher should have included an explanation of how the class discussed the shelter-in-place drill. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
The bulk of my letter includes communication on tomorrow’s National School Walk-out. Please read carefully.
Tonight’s newsletter also contains two announcements from our Student Council, and a weekly column from our School Counselor, Lisa Oakley.
Finally, here is information on an upcoming community dinner: Millie’s Taco Box Week for Janney Elementary: Sunday, March 18th through Thursday, March 22nd. Get dinner for the entire family (feeds 4-6 people) from Millie’s! Taco Boxes include steak and chicken, tortillas, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and rice for $69.95, 10% of which will be donated back to Janney! Please scan or take a picture of your receipt and email it to: email@example.com in order for your order to be counted toward Janney’s donation. Call 202-733-5789 to order and pick up from Millie’s Take-out Window. The flyer can be viewed here.
National School Walk-out on March 14th
We are aware there is an event that calls for students to walk out of school on March 14 to participate in a national call for Congress to pass legislation on gun violence prevention. The walkout is scheduled to be 17 minutes long to commemorate the 17 Stoneman Douglas High School victims who lost their lives.
In the classroom, DC Public Schools (DCPS) empowers students to be inquisitive, informed, and engaged citizens who use critical thinking, inquiry, and literacy to prepare for college, careers, and civic life. Like many other big cities, DCPS encourages and supports students exercising their First Amendment rights, and DCPS is providing the following guidance for students and families who want to participate in this national youth-focused event, which is allowed under the DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR). Participating in a walkout is an individual family’s decision and we encourage you to discuss your child’s plans.
Janney students who wish to participate in the walkout need to be signed out and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For all students who require assistance from a paraprofessional or nurse, parents or the paraprofessional/nurse must be willing to assist students who wish to participate in the walkout. If a parent or paraprofessional/nurse is not willing to accompany the student, the student must remain inside the school.
Conversations about current events will continue to play out both nationally and locally, and it is important that our youth know that school is a safe place to feel whatever they need to feel. Please encourage your child to speak to teachers and administrators about these topics because we are committed to our students being engaged in constructive ways.
Announcements from our Student Council
Student council has been raising money by selling snacks at Janney basketball games. We have now raised $750 dollars and have decided to donate it to a cancer charity. We did some research and chose to donate to the American Cancer Society.
Thanks to everyone who purchased the snacks!
We also want to announce that Friday, March 23 (the day before spring break), will be our next spirit day. It is Backwards Day – students can wear clothes backwards, sideways, or upside down!
Student Support Services Corner
Greetings Janney families… Following up here from last week where we talked about the work we are doing in our guidance classes on how to tame our temper. The students in 3rd – 5thgrade have learned about different parts of our brain that factor into our emotional regulation, specifically the amygdala and the pre-frontal cortex. We also examined how our perspective of a situation can influence our emotions. For example if someone bumps into you in the hall, if your perception is that it was an accident, you’ll likely shrug it off and be fine; but if you perceive it as an intentional act, then your temper might be triggered and you’ll react. We looked at optical illusions to demonstrate how our brains can often perceive things very differently from how others might perceive them, and also to show that there is often more than one way to interpret a picture or a situation.
In 1st and 2nd grade the students worked on recognizing and labeling their feelings. They looked at different scenarios and situations, such as being left out or being faced with particularly challenging work, and determined how it would make them feel. They also learned that people might have very different feelings and reactions in the same situation. Leading up to spring break, students will make their own “little monster” and identify how the monster is feeling and what caused the monster to feel this way.
All of the 1st – 5th graders are continuing their work on mindfulness and we incorporate this into every lesson, reinforcing the concept of being aware of ourselves and our surroundings.
Next week we’ll share about the specific strategies that we are learning – and sharing with each other – to help calm down when and if tempers might be triggered.
Lisa Oakley, School Counselor
Cydney Lewis, K – 2nd Grade Friendship Teacher