Happy December! I hope many of you enjoyed the Winter Market last weekend. A huge thanks to all who worked on making our annual event such a success.
Tonight’s newsletter contains many new announcements, so please read carefully. Please note that DCPS is open and operating on a normal schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5.
Tonight’s newsletter contains information about the FY20 Budget Info session that will be hosted at Janney next week; a reminder announcement about Janney ES Day at AU Basketball; and, the student support services column which will be written by Ms. Toni Wills for the month of December.
This week’s e-THT contains the flyer for our annual Tree Sale.
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Engagement Public Community Forums
DCPS Leadership will be hosting two community forums to allow DCPS friends, families, and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on DCPS’ Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.
Wednesday, December 12 at 8:45am at Moten Elementary School- 1565 Morris Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
Wednesday, December 12 at6pm at Janney Elementary School – 4130 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC 20016
Join us at one of the Budget Engagement Forums! RSVP here.
REMINDER: Janney Elementary Day at AU Basketball – Sat, Dec 22nd at 12pm
A reminder to all Janney Elementary families that the 12th Annual Janney Elementary Day at AU Basketball will be held Saturday, December 22nd at 12pm in AU’s Bender Arena. If you haven’t already turned in your form with payment, please do so by Tuesday, December 18th at the latest. Be sure to write your child’s home room teacher’s name on the slip. Tickets will go home with your child on Thursday, afternoon Dec. 20th. We’re looking forward to this event and tradition for Janney families. GO EAGLES!
Student Support Services Column Season’s Greetings, Janney Community! Are you looking for fun, exciting ways to strengthen your child’s language skills over the winter break? Look no further; I have a couple of great ways to develop family sharing and holiday bonding, while encouraging increased language skills. As we step into another holiday season, which typically means travel and time spent with extended family, let’s think about how to keep the learning ongoing in a fun and meaningful way. Here’s what you will need: family pictures (iPhone pictures count-?) and a great imagination (for storytelling). Using Family Pictures to Encourage Strong Language Skills…
Pictures in general are a fantastic way to develop oral language skills. Children love looking at new and old pictures and with the age of Smartphones, you can certainly gain that immediate gratification of taking a picture and viewing it instantly. I recently looked back at some of my old college pictures with friends, and not only did we laugh at the memories that were evoked, but we told stories of the past; it was pretty magical! Which is why I might suggest creating a “flip-book” or having your child organize a photo album (digital works well too). From there, come up with themes or categories such as holidays, birthdays, or vacations. Help them create by writing or orally telling stories by using labels and writing who, what, when, where, and why sentences about each photo. Encourage your children to use past tense when describing the pictures. Give them sentence starters or examples such as, “When we were in Mexico, you loved to sit by the ocean and listen to the waves crashing”. Encourage your children to describe their memories and take turns describing special people, places, objects, colors, smells, and more. Allow them to describe their memories of these events and help them expand upon them. Reading and Telling Stories…
Another great way to spend quality time with your children, and strengthen language at the same time, is by reading and telling stories together. In most families, there is that one person, who tells the stories of the family aka the family griot. Telling family stories is a great way to pass on traditions and historical moments. When telling stories, whether they are original or from a storybook, let your children predict the characters’ actions, and describe the pictures using nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Encourage your children to retell the story while adding your own ideas and giving clues to the sequence of events.
Tell stories to your children to allow them to strengthen their imagination skills. Children love to hear stories about their parents and other close family members. Tell them funny stories about what you did when they were little, such as their first birthday or first word. Allow your children to add to these stories with real memories or make-believe. This is not only a great activity for the holiday season, but also an activity to establish at bedtime.
The holidays are for building new traditions, as well as, expanding old ones. Let’s grow in both family traditions and language skills!
Next up, how to encourage Picky Eaters Here’s to a great holiday season!
Ms. Toni aka The Speech Lady
Toni Carroll-Wills, MS CCC-SLP