Our “Intention Room” is becoming a reality through the work of Heidi Hopkins, our parent lead for the Kindness Matters initiative. Heidi had custom signs made for the different calming stations in the room that students can access when they are having a rough day. Each station provides research proven strategies that assist students in self-awareness and self-regulation. We also have some soft and comfortable seating in the space now too. It feels good to walk into this space and feel more relaxed and aware, even as an adult. I can’t wait to see how this transforms our disciplinary responses to students in crisis. Stop by and take a look at the new room design. If you have time, chill out and relax a bit in this calm and lovely space.
Heidi Hopkins is also leading our new UPSTANDER REVOLUTION initiative that starts this month. The goal is to transform our school into a community of UPSTANDERS, not bystanders. An UPSTANDER stands up for someone being treated poorly in our school environment. After two years of observation and listening to students and parents, we are ready to actively shift our school culture around bullying and unkind behavior. Our kick-off assembly is scheduled for February 17th. We are partnering with George Fox University and Peace Village on this outreach campaign. As part of the UPSTANDER REVOLUTION, students, staff and parents can recognize a student or staff member who stood up and made a difference through posting on firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping a note in our counseling office.
Valograms are coming to CVMS. Emily Chlumak is coordinating this project and parent volunteers will be at all three lunches, February 9, 10 and 13. Students and staff can purchase a valogram and they will be delivered on Valentine's Day. Office Aides will deliver the valograms. In addition, we will also have helium balloons for purchase and delivery at the end of the day on February 14th. Please help us get the word out to students to support this project.
Have a great week and don't do the snow dance. Really!