Lone Mountain Families,
This is the time of year that we always pause to give thanks. I am thankful that my kids get to go to school each day (many places around the country and world are still in distance learning). I am thankful for the dedicated teachers at Lone Mountain. I am thankful that we live in an area where most people head for vacation. I am thankful for all of our veterans who have served to promote peace in our world and in our country.
Without ignoring the fact that 2020 has been tough on us all, I think we can still model for our students how to be thankful for the simplest things. I challenge you all to play the "Thankful ABCs" at the next time you are eating as a family, or in the car as a family. The first person says one thing for which they are thankful beginning with the letter A. The next person chooses something with the letter B, and so on until you get all the way to Z. It is a fun way to stretch your typical "I'm thankful for my family and friends," and I can almost guarantee you that you'll all feel just a bit happier and more fulfilled than when you began the game. (Read our Counselor's Corner for more ideas).
This past week was filled with fun and community at Lone Mountain. Thanks to all of you for being so amazing and keeping everyone safe at last week's Trunk or Treat. Your raffle basket donations, ticket payments, and raffle ticket purchases helped our PTO raise over $5500 for our school. We have already purchased water bottle spigots for all of our classroom sinks and microphones for teachers to use in the classrooms so students can hear better through teachers' masks. Thank you!
Patty Jensen, Ph.D
The Quarantine Cookbook for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) Fundraiser is now available for sale. CCUEF would like to thank you for submitting your recipes – the cookbook came out great. Here's a snapshot of the 70 page book! You can order your cookbook here: https://ccuef.org/quarantine-cookbook/
It’s the month of November and a time for thinking about all the things we are grateful for. When we focus on gratitude, our mind focuses on the things that we have rather than the things we lack. Here are some great ways to focus on gratitude with your children this month.
Create a gratitude pumpkin - Keep a pumpkin and a sharpie on the dining table. Each time you sit to have a meal together, have each person write something on the pumpkin that they are thankful for.
Make it part of the bedtime routine. When tucking your child in at night, tell them something that you are grateful for and ask them to share at least one thing that they are grateful for.
Wake up to gratitude - Talk about gratitude over breakfast or on the way to school in the car.
Journal your gratitude. Keep a journal and write down at least three things you are thankful for each day.
Go on a gratefulness walk. As you walk take turns sharing the things that you see that nare thankful for.
Remember, the things that you share don’t have to be big, but all of the small things add up. Your child’s gratitude may be that they didn’t have to eat the broccoli at dinner or that there was chocolate pudding on the lunch menu for the day. You may be surprised at what you hear. They may tell you about a funny story from recess or a new friend they are making. Be sure to model these behaviors to your children too! Even if it was that you had ice in your water and it stayed cold throughout the day in your water bottle. Watch their faces beam when you tell them something that you are grateful for that they did!
Parents, I am grateful that you took time to read this brief Counselor Corner and are contemplating how you can incorporate this into your month!
Kate Werner, Grades K-2 email@example.com
Kim Gerhardt, Grades 3-6 firstname.lastname@example.org
Though the Covid 19 pandemic is forcing us to stay home, it is still important to stay up to date with your child's state mandated immunizations. If you are unsure of your child’s immunization status, please email the health office at your school (email@example.com). Many pediatricians are only doing sick child visits, so it may not be possible to get in to your child's regular provider at this time for routine immunizations. The good news is that the Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health immunization clinics are still open. The vaccines are free to most families, and they will bill insurance with no copay. Please visit https://www.maricopa.gov/1809/Locations for location information.
FInancial Situation Changes? We can Help.
Our school receives additional federal funding for any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunches. If you think you MAY qualify click here to learn more. Families with foster children, temporarily displaced/homeless, and some military families may qualify.
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