Weekly Message: 1/19/2018

Greetings Marvista Families! This is Andrew Ritsema, your school counselor, and this week I would like to share some ideas on how to respond to your child if he/she lies to you. Our responses in situations like these have a powerful influence on their self-perception and so we need to be mindful of the things …

Weekly Message: 01/12/2018

Hello Marvista Families, We had an exciting week! On Thursday evening we had our 2nd Annual International Night! At this event, students and families celebrated our diversity by gathering together to share our many cultures through food, art and music. Students had the opportunity to visit booths hosted by families to learn about different cultures …

Weekly Message: 12/15/2017

Greetings Marvista Families! As we move into winter break here, your children will likely be spending a lot more time at home, and so naturally I thought I would share some thoughts with you around chores. Besides making parents’ lives easier, more importantly chores set up right can help lay the foundation upon which responsibility …

Weekly Message: 12/8/2017

Hello Families! As part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Marvista, we have some special ways to recognize and celebrate students who demonstrate positive behaviors. With our expectations that students be respectful and responsible we often see students going above and beyond in their efforts to be kind, caring or inclusive toward …

Weekly Message: 12/1/2017

Hello Marvista Families, Last week over 100 people joined us for our RULER Family Night. We had a great time learning together about ways to support the social and emotional development of our children and of ourselves as adults! We are sharing many of the resources we provided that night on our website. We encourage …

Weekly Message: 11/22/2017

Happy Thanksgiving Marvista families! As everyone heads into student-lead conferences this Thanksgiving week, one common feedback teachers give to families is that the student needs to be doing more homework to practice the skills being taught at school. I thought I would write this week’s reflection to provide some tips on how to help support …

Weekly Message: 11/4/2017

Hello Marvista families! Today I’d like to discuss a topic that affects all of us: mindsets. Different from what many of us have been taught, it’s not just our gifting’s and abilities that bring us success in life–but also whether we approach challenges with a fixed or growth mindset. I’d like to outline the difference …

Weekly Message: 10/16/2017

Hello Marvista Families! We had such a fun day today building community, getting exercise and raising funds for the school! A big thank you to Vivian Kerr-Swaab, Karen Craggan, Jen Ng and their parent volunteer team for all their hard work with the Fun Run! Thank you to everyone who donated funds to support our …

Weekly Message: 9/27/2017

Weekly Message: Greetings Marvista Families! This is Andrew Ritsema, your school counselor, and this being my first newsletter of the school year I’d like to write about the importance of students feeling safe and accepted at school in order for their brains to physically be able to learn while here, as well as what we …

Family Fun Arcade Night

Thursday, June 8th 5-8pm Waterland Arcade in Des Moines $10 fee to get in, then all games free! We will be selling pop and chips. There’s even a fun area for the adults to hang out 🙂