January Highlights

  • K-5 Hybrid Program teachers at TLC La Mesa are collaborating with the American Red Cross to offer virtual Youth Preparedness Education Programs via Zoom! These dynamic and interactive presentations teach students personal and family safety skills in case of emergency.
  • Ms. Jacobus' K-12 students at TLC Scripps Ranch have officially completed 20,000 math questions!
  • Students took a virtual walking tour of the San Diego Zoo, which included up-close wildlife presentations and an interactive Q&A with zoo guides.
  • TLC teens had the opportunity to explore the Museum of Tolerance's interactive exhibits, examining themes such as the dynamics of discrimination, personal responsibility and democracy, and diversity.
  • 90 students, parents, and staff participated in a fun K-5 Virtual Family Math Night. Participants received a materials packet including supplies and game pieces, explored 5 fun math stations, and shared projects and comments LIVE!

Social Emotional Competency of the Month

Social Emotional Competency of the Month

Relationship Skills:

The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed.

(source: CASEL)

What do positive Relationship Skills look like?

  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Demonstrating cultural competency
  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving
  • Resolving conflicts constructively
  • Resisting negative social pressure
  • Showing leadership in groups
  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed
  • Standing up for the rights of others
Students from TLC La Mesa

Learn more about Relationship Skills by watching this video

Relationship Skills Activities

Community Circles/Check-In Meetings or Family Meetings (adapted from The Caring School Community)

These are perfect to do around the kitchen table. Check-in meetings bring the students together at the end of the day to talk about how things are going—socially and academically—in their classroom community, to discuss their hopes and plans for the coming days, and to reflect on their problem-solving efforts inside and outside the classroom. Check-in meetings are meant to be brief. Here are some possible topics for check-in meetings:

  • How are you doing with taking responsibility for yourself?
  • What is one thing you learned today?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • What is a book you read recently that you liked?
  • Are we treating each other the way we want to be treated? How can we improve?
  • What is your favorite thing to do in our family?
  • What do you hope to do in school tomorrow?

Problems in Stories About Friendship, a Literacy practice (by Second Step)

Select a beginning-reader book about friendship, such as Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel, Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, or George and Martha by James Marshall. Have students read the book twice. First have students read through the book on their own or have them take turns reading it out loud to the entire class or in small groups. Have the first reading happen without interruption. Before students read it the second time, ask: What do the characters in the book do when they have a problem with their friendship? Then have students start reading the book again. Have students raise their hands when they find the solution to the friendship problem in the story. When most students have found the solution, ask: Is the solution safe and respectful? Is it a solution you think would work if you had a problem with a friend? At the end of the story, ask: What did the characters do to keep their friendship going?

Student Work Spotlight

This month's student work spotlight is from Camden Haraden, 10th grade student at TLC Scripps Ranch. Camden composed a poetic interpretation of the book, The Hate U Give. The poem uses several different forms of figurative language and poetic styles. Each stanza roughly reflects a chapter of the book.

If you are a student and you would like to submit work to be featured, email tlcstudentnews@learningchoice.org. Submissions can be videos, written pieces, photographs, or anything that highlights what you have learned at TLC.

I Am From: a collection of poems

Eleventh grade students at TLC Chula Vista recently completed a poetry project for their English class in which they were encouraged to reflect upon who they are, and what has shaped them. A collection of these highly reflective, moving, and impressive poems can be found here.

TLC Orchestra Project Winter Concert

TLC's Orchestra Project is open to all TLC students who love music and want to play a string instrument. Their winter concert was a wonderful showcase of their talent and growth. Enjoy the beautiful sounds by watching the video below!

Create a Learning Environment

  • Establish a consistent and convenient place for your child to engage in schooling.
  • Ideally, each child should have their own space (not their bed).
  • Keep the supplies needed for learning in that space.
  • Develop plans for taking breaks, movement, and getting food or water.
  • Establish ground rules for using the space, including how others in the home should act in that space.

A Closer Look: TLC's English Learner Advisory Committee

At this point in the year, you have probably heard of TLC’s ELAC committee, but you may not be familiar with what this important group is, or does.

ELAC stands for English Learner Advisory Committee. The ELAC is a committee for parents or other community members who want to advocate for English Learners.

English Learner Advisory Committees are required by the California Department of Education for any public school that has at least 51 English Language Learners.

The purpose of the ELAC committee is to:

  • Advise staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submit the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assist in the development of the school-wide needs assessment.
  • Make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

In addition to being a vital part of our school, the ELAC committee is a great opportunity for parents to network with other parents who have students learning English. It is also a place for parents to learn how to best support their children in learning English and being successful in school.

This committee has virtual meetings once every Learning Period to communicate important information and offer training/support for parents of English Learners.

If you are interested in participating or learning more, you are invited to attend our next meeting on January 29 at 12:30pm. We will share information on assessments, strategies to support students at home with English classes, and restorative practices for parents.

Please RSVP to Laura Moreno (laura.moreno@learningchoice.org / (619) 656-4220 ext 173) and check the Weekly Bulletin and ParentSquare posts for additional information.

Healthy Habits for the New Year

As part of TLC's commitment to the School Health Index (SHI) and prioritizing the health of our community, we want to continue to share helpful information and reminders about nutrition and health. The start of the year is a great time to introduce (or re-introduce) healthy habits. Below is a reminder of the four pillars of health. Perhaps your family can pick one, two, three, or all four(!) to focus on together this month.

(Source: Aetna)

Test your knowledge about the four pillars of health with this fun trivia game for the whole family!

Answers: A, D, False, D

STAR Student Recognitions

December & January Character Trait: Fairness

TLC is excited to recognize STAR students each month based on a determined character trait. December and January's character trait was Fairness. Students were nominated by their Educational Partners and School Site Administrators. Congratulations to this month's STAR students!

CeCe Acosta

Mariyah Alvarez

Ellie Alvarez

Brian Bridenburg

Isaac Burciaga

Paloma Burns

Kiefer Burns

Kaylee Cardona

Alfonso Carrasco

Amaris Covarrubias

Mia Cruz

Noah Davis

Emrys Edkins

Olivia Fimbres

Elias Fortanel

Vienna Hancock-Wilkie

Isaac Harlow

Imani Holland-Niebisch

Corey Kibby

Lennox Lake

Teresa Magallon

Angel Prado Martinez

Eadric Rodriguez

Christopher Stewart

Felipe Stuart

Natalie Tong

Kahala Unufe

Brandon Villarreal

Aurora Weinberg

Samuel Worcester

Student Council Corner

Please take a moment to read some great words of wisdom from your TLC Student Council


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