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    Sun Dragons' Dayette March 31
    Posted on 03/31/2020
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    I hope this Dayette finds you well in these extraordinary times. It is encouraging to hear some positive news that our social distancing efforts in Seattle seem to be making a difference. Today’s Dayette will hopefully shed some light on the new requirements set forth by OSPI and our school district. Our B.F. Day staff members have been connecting using Teams, and we now have grade level meetings set up each week of the closure.

    The main purposes for my grade level teams meetings are to calibrate the remote learning activities that are being sent out by grade and to find out which students have additional needs or with whom there has been no contact by phone or email. John, Jenn, Carrie and I will then work on any additional needs in conjunction with the PTSA.

    Please keep in touch!

    Principal Stan Jaskot
    scjaskot@seattleschools.org


    Counselor News

    Hey B.F. Day Community,

    We hope you are staying safe and doing your best to get through this adversity. While this is hard for ourselves to wrap our minds around such a scenario, this may only be more complicated and hard for our kids to understand and process.

    Each week I will be passing along helpful information about things you can do at home support to your kids through this.

    Simple reassurance. Remind children that researchers and doctors are learning as much as they can, as quickly as they can, about the virus and are taking steps to keep everyone safe.

    Give them control. It's also a great time to remind your children of what they can do to help – washing
    their hands often, coughing into a tissue or their sleeves, and getting enough sleep.

    Watch for signs of anxiety. Children may not have the words to express their worry, but you may see signs of it. They may get cranky, be more clingy, have trouble sleeping, or seem distracted. Keep the reassurance going and try to stick to your normal routines.  

    Monitor their media. Keep young children away from frightening images they may see on TV, social media, computers, etc. For older children, talk together about what they are hearing on the news and correct any misinformation or rumors you may hear.

    Be a good role model. COVID-19 doesn't discriminate and neither should we. While COVID- 19 started in Wuhan, China, it doesn't mean that having Asian ancestry – or any other ancestry – makes someone more susceptible to the virus or more contagious. Stigma and discrimination hurt everyone by creating fear or anger towards others. When you show empathy and support to those who are ill, your children will too.

    Also view this link to a graphic put together by National Public Radio (NPR) that is a visual “comic” that helps explain the pandemic in a way that may be suitable for kids.


    Hiring Teams

    We expect to be interviewing for new positions at the end of April. These will be done remotely using Teams or Zoom. We are hiring an Assistant Principal, a primary teacher (likely 1st) and an intermediate grade teacher. As planning evolves, I will send out a draft 20-21 staff sheet, so that families can appreciate what our school will look like come September. There is still time to complete the Parent and Family Survey for the Assistant Principal position. We have 28 responses so far. 

    Library News

    Empathy Themed Poems

    Our March theme in preparation for National Poetry month was for students to create poems about empathy. Originally, these were going to be shared at our assembly programs, but you can still submit them to Mr. Hammer, and he will work on ways to share them with our school community. Mr. Hammer can be emailed at kahammer@seattleschools.org

    Calling all B.F. Day Student Writers to Share poems April Poetry Celebration update: Since we’re learning from home this month, students are invited to send their poems about empathy to our librarian, Mr. Hammer.

    Capitalizing on all the wonderful work our WITS partners have done with BF Day teachers and students, we would like to invite our talented student writers to share poems with our school community during the month of April. Students will have the opportunity to read their poems aloud either at one of our assemblies or during morning announcements. The theme of this year’s poetry celebration is empathy. All students are invited to participate. The deadline for submissions: April 30

    Rocket and Moon  Global Reading Challenge update: Sadly, the SPS Global Reading Challenge has been cut short this year. However, our winning team, The 7th Wheel, will have one more chance to prove themselves at the unofficial BF Day, just-for-fun, remote semi-final round challenge! They will be answering the same set of questions that they would have been asked at the official GRC semi-final competition. Our BF Day semi-final round will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 online. Go 7th Wheelers!