Weekly Message: 5/25/2018

Hello Families! As we approach the end of the school year it is prompting me to reflect on all the celebrations, successes, and challenges we have experienced together this year, and to thank you for welcoming me into this special Marvista community. I would also like to reach out to you all to ask for …

Weekly Message: 5/18/2018

Hello Marvista Families! There are so many exciting events coming up! One of the events is new for our community, Literacy Night on 6/12. This event is an opportunity for each student to showcase some of their literacy work/progress in their classrooms and for students and families to explore resources for maintaining literacy progress over the …

Weekly Message: 5/11/2018

Greetings Marvista! This week, I’d like to talk with you about a topic I often discuss with students: the power of forgiveness. Often times I have conversations with students who have feelings of anger, hurt, betrayal, because of things others have said or done. It could be a parent, brother, sister, a teacher, a friend …

Weekly Message: 5/4/2018

Hello Families! When springtime arrives we sometimes also see an increase in unexpected behavior, which reminds me to share with you some of the procedures and problem-solving strategies we use at Marvista to help students be safe, respectful and responsible. Our first goal is prevention, so teaching students our school-wide expectations for positive behaviors helps …

Weekly Message: 4/27/2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Each spring we begin the process of building class lists for the following school year. At Marvista Elementary, we believe that this important process needs to be done using a specific protocol that allows us to balance classes according to a set of criteria that creates the optimal teaching and learning environment for …

Weekly Message: 4/20/2018

Dear Marvista Families, This week I am writing to share some ideas to help your student(s) lower their stress around taking the many tests this time of year.  Test anxiety is a very common challenge, but there are many strategies that students can use to calm themselves down in order to have fuller access to …

Weekly Message: 4/6/2018

Hello Marvista Families, During the coming weeks, students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). The SBA is our state-required annual check-up on learning. It measures how well students and schools are performing on our state’s learning standards. Washington’s learning standards define what students should know and be able to do by …

Weekly Message: 3/30/2018

Hello Marvista Families, As we shared in February one of our highest priorities is keeping everyone in our school safe every day. In February we shared the many steps we take to keep students safe and to be prepared for emergencies. This week, we took additional actions to be prepared for the worst of emergencies, …

Weekly Message: 3/23/2018

Happy Spring Marvista! Today I’d like to share about a Meta-moment strategy we are using around our school to help students (and adults!) feel more calm and focused throughout the day. The strategy is called “hand breathing”, and it is one I encourage you to ask your student about! I’ll describe it below but it’s …