Letter from the Principal

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Dear Janney Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and found Friday’s conferences productive.  This Friday marks the end of the second advisory.  Report cards for K-5 students will be sent home via THT on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 will be a no school day for students as teachers engage in professional development and record keeping for the end of the second advisory.

This week’s newsletter contains reminder information on our upcoming Community Night in February which will focus on security at Janney with an included link to JAC sign-up; information from our Student Council about their fundraising drive; and our second “Ask the Worry Doctor” column from Sara Solomon, school Social Worker, who will be writing the Student Support Services columns for the month of January.

The remainder of the newsletter includes new content from the PTA co-presidents with information about the SSF, auction and an opportunity to volunteer at Iona Senior Services.  Other updated articles include: the Musical; the Panorama Family Survey; the Used Book Sale; and Janney basketball.  Repeated articles include the Janney+ survey and the Janney Listserv.

Reminder: Community Night: February 5th @ 6pm
Our February Community Night will focus on the broader theme of security and how we work together to ensure that all adults and children feel safe at Janney while also ensuring that everyone feels welcome.  We will begin the evening with a presentation from Denise Lisi DeRosa on Parenting Advice in the Digital Age.  Please see the blurb below for more information.  If you have specific questions or issues that you’d like Denise to address, splease complete this short form. The second portion of the evening will be facilitated by Janney administrators and will dive deeper into how we work to create a safe physical space for all adults and children while also ensuring that everyone feels welcome.  We will discuss arrival/dismissal procedures, monthly safety drills, opportunities for adult training, communication with families, and instances of racial profiling that have occurred at Janney.  I will share all presented materials with families following the event, but we strongly encourage adults to attend this evening.  JAC will provide childcare; please ensure that you have signed-up for JAC prior to the event by completing this form.

Practical Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age
Date and Time:  February 5th at 6:00pm 
Guide your kids to develop safe, savvy and ethical digital skills.
This workshop begins with understanding what your kids are doing online so you are empowered to set reasonable limits and expectations for tech use in your home. Parents will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers, games and search engines. You will learn strategies for encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology and social media safely, responsibly and productively. In this workshop emphasis will be on modeling good digital habits, mentoring your family to make good choices, listening to your kids and how my practical solutions will help you lose the guilt over not being perfect.

Bio:
Denise Lisi DeRosa is an expert in online safety, digital citizenship and a frequent speaker on parenting in the digital age. Denise founded Cyber Sensible in 2015 to provide Online Safety Workshops to families, parents, youth and schools. She is an experienced media professional with a Master’s Degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. Denise brings her background in traditional, new and social media, her education, and her personal experience raising tech savvy kids to her work as she encourages parents, teens, educators, athletes and young professionals to manage their online lives toward success and well-being. Follow Cyber Sensible on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for our latest advice and tech trends.

Student Council News
The Student Council is hosting a fundraiser for JUST TRYAN IT which is a triathlon company that is fighting for children’s cancer. Donating to JUST TRYAN IT would mean that you are helping families who can’t pay for their child’s cancer treatments all around the US.  Visit justtryanit.com for more information. Thanks to all of the families who have donated so far and we are looking for more donations. Your child should have come home with an envelope stapled to a flyer and to donate, you can put in some money (cash or checks made out to JUST TRYAN IT). Just send it with your child to school the next day to give to their teacher and he/she will get a Jolly Rancher. Thanks for your support!

Luke Voss – Student Council Secretary

Student Support Services Column
Hello Janney Jaguars!

Question:
How do I get my seven year old to brush her teeth without cajoling?

Answer:
Getting kids to do things they have to do but don’t want to (really, you can sub in any chore or non-preferred activity for teeth brushing) is one of the most relatable parenting challenges. With so much involving kids (and adults, too, actually), the trick is to make it fun and make the reward for doing it more valuable than not doing it.
There are many ways to do this:
Turn it into a game. The child can advance a step each time they brush without reminders (an old Candyland or similar game board is great for this), and when they get to the end, they get a treat. Grab a cape from a Halloween costume and turn your child into a superhero who needs to get rid of the mouth germs before they grow big and take over the teeth – only your child can save the day!
Do it together. Have family teeth brushing time and model those good habits.
Tie it to a routine that’s done easily. Teeth have to be brushed before TV, bedtime stories, or cuddle time.
Make the act itself fun. Sing a teeth brushing song or use a video. South Dakota even has a helpful list of song lyrics to tunes of popular kids songs. You can find it here: https://doh.sd.gov/prevention/assets/ToothbrushingSongs.pdf Thanks, SD! Google or youtube are both great resources for song ideas, lyrics, and videos.
Use an app. There’s an app called Habitica that creates fun and exciting in-app incentives to encourage habit formation, with a community to help reinforce consistency. You can connect the family and encourage each other online!

If anyone wants to share other creative ideas they’ve found to help their kids build healthy habits and routines, please share!

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If you’d like to submit a question, here’s the link: Ask the Worry Doctor
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Sara Solomon, LICSW
Janney Elementary
School Social Worker

Reminder: Indoor Jamboree: January and February
We will move Jamboree indoors beginning in January.  Each grade level will be assigned a day to host a grade-wide Morning Meeting in the gym beginning at 8:35am.  Please note that drop-off procedures will not change for students in grades PK-K.  If you have a student in grades 1-5, please drop-off your child off directly at the gym on their assigned grade-level day.  If it is not your child’s assigned grade-level day, students may transition to their classrooms beginning at 8:35am.  The turf field doors will be open for arrival between 8:30-8:45am.  Students may also continue to use the Albemarle doors for arrival.  We ask that parents in grades 1-5 drop their students off on the first floor and that they do not travel to the classroom with students.

Schedule for indoor Jamboree:
Mondays – all students report to homerooms
Tuesdays – PK and K
Wednesdays – 1st and 2nd grades
Thursdays – 3rd and 4th grades
Fridays – 5th grade

Warm Regards,
Alysia Lutz, Principal

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