Saturday, February 10, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Come to Fayston School for
and Bears, Oh My !
Be your student’s guest reader and remember to bring your favorite children’s book!
Come on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018 at 7:40 A.M for our Whole School Meeting.
7:40-8:10 Whole School Meeting in the gym
8:10-8:15ish Go to classrooms and get ready to read
8:20-8:35 Guest Readers read with children in the hall
8:35-8:45 Snacks and Goodbyes in classrooms
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can and Should Be Teaching Our Children
When children and teens are in the grips of worry and anxiety, adults often feel stuck as well. Parents, educators, and many therapists feel overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of anxiety in the children they care about. They don’t know what to do and things that feel most loving and intuitive often make the problems worse. Untreated anxiety in children is one of the top predictors of depression in adolescence and young adulthood but research proves that teaching children cognitive and social skills can make a difference in preventing the development of these struggles.
Lynn Lyons, LICSW will be at the Fayston Elementary School on Thursday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 to address strategies that work and ones that don’t, offering her perspective on managing and preventing anxiety from taking over children and their families. Such as:
- What adults can do to both prevent anxiety from becoming so powerful and help children manage it when it does show up?
- What is the connection between anxiety and depression?
- Why are breathing, relaxation, and distraction strategies sometimes ineffective?
- What do we do when an anxious child is falling apart?
- How can parents, schools, and outside providers work together more effectively?
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
We have a guest speaker joining us next. Sam Drazin is a former teacher and creator of the disability awareness curriculum, Changing Perspectives. Sam was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face. This is the same condition Auggie has in the book and movie, Wonder. Through his workshop style presentation, Sam will share his early experiences with facial differences, making connections with his own life and that of Auggie.
Students will be organized by grade. The assembly for grades 3-6 grades will be an hour,. Grades K-2 will have a shorter, 40 minute assembly at .
Prior to his visit, students in grades K-2 will learn about Auggie through the book We're All Wonders. Students in grades 3-6 have some experience with Wonder through book groups, read alouds and the movie.
Links to more information
Changing Perspectives curriculum
We're All Wonders (Palacio)
Interested in learning more about Treacher Collins? I encourage you to check out a recent episode of the ABC news magazine, 20/20. It can be found online here: link. (Thank you, Beth Abbott-Koch for bringing this to my attention!)
Please feel free to contact either me, or Jean Berthiaume (email@example.com), with any questions or concerns.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
FES Students Learning from Local Wildlife Biologist
On Wednesday, we have a special opportunity to connect with wildlife biologist Ky and Lisa Koitzsch who are Fayston residence. We will have a whole school presentation with Ky and Lisa who will share their work with us. This presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 8th from 1:40-2:10/2:15.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Next Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening (2:30 - 7 p.m.) have been set aside for family conferences. Thank you for adjusting your schedules to make these conferences work; with your assistance, we are able to schedule most of our conferences without interrupting the regular school schedule. Conferences are allotted 20 minutes of time; this year, we are also building in 5 minute transitions, recognizing that many of you attend back-to back conferences.
The purpose of these conferences is to discuss the overall growth and goals for your child. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to, together with your child and your child's teacher, talk about the overarching focus for your child's work in the months ahead. Students are very much part of these conferences and are asked to attend. As in the past, childcare is available, allowing a place for siblings and/or for your child so that you may also have a few minutes alone with the classroom teacher.
Given the overarching goal focus of the conference, and that the staff present will be your child's main classroom teacher, if you have questions about other content areas, these are best addressed by emailing or calling the teacher of those content areas. Each evening some some of our integrated arts teachers will be assisting with our childcare and with advance planning they could be able to meet with you before or after your scheduled conferences. Please email them to schedule a time to meet. You can also obtain general updates through blogs and newsletters maintained by our integrated arts teachers. If you have not heard from these other areas, than your children are on track and making progress. Again, please feel to reach out if you have any questions. We very much value your interest and engagement in your child's learning.