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Upcoming Events

Picture Day 2020

We have scheduled pictures in the Bistro on two days for families to drive thru on November 12th and 13th by last name of the alphabet in 15 minutes intervals. Here is the schedule;

Day one 11/12:  A @ 1:15 PM, Ba-Be @ 1:30 PM, Bi-By @ 1:45 PM, C @ 2 PM, D @ 2:15 PM, E and F @ 2:30 PM, G @ 2:45 PM, H @ 3 PM, I and J @ 3:15 PM, K @ 3:20 PM and L @ 3:45 PM.

Day two 11/13: M @ 1:15 PM, N and O @ 1:30 PM, P and Q @ 1:45 PM, R @ 2 PM, Sa-Se @ 2:15 PM, Sh-Si @ 2:30 PM, Sm-Su @ 2:45 PM, T and U @ 3 PM, V @ 3:15 PM, W @ 3:30 PM and X, Y, and Z @ 3:45 PM.

We will have a line snaking thru the parking lot and when your car gets to the front nearest to the Bistro, students may get out and stand in line to go into the Bistro and have their phot taken. TK, Kinders and 1st, one parent may get out go with their student for their comfort. Mrs. Harris will be out helping with the car line, directing and keeping things organized. 

After picture day you will receive an email from us with a photo code to order pictures. There will be no pictre make-up day, and no group photos at this time. We will revisit the topic of group/class photos in the spring if possible. Questions can be directed to Michelle Valine in the Welcome Center or by email at mvaline [at] campbellusd.org.

Smile!

CSI PTO Howler

Attached is the most recent Howler from our fabulous PTO dated October 20th. 

CSI PTO Boo Bags!

Happy Halloween from our fabulous PTO. Boo your student, your neighbor, or your friend. Each Boo Bag will contain a variety of festive goodies, including crafts, a treat and a "mini" surprise. Buy one for your student and gift one to another student.

Limited quantities available so place your order early. Flyer attached.

Questions email CSIPTO.INFO [at] gmail.com with subject 'Boo Bags'.

Sitting in Discomfort

Transformation is difficult. How do we sit in discomfort and emerge as butterflies?

I was recently listening to a short video about school and the changes that we are all experiencing. One of the questions that was asked was, "What is this moment telling us about the future?"  That was a sticky question that caused me to pause. Here are some thoughts that ran through my head.

  • We must learn to live in ambiguity - For many, this is probably the most difficult challenge. We like to see ahead and unfortunately, everything that seemed stable now seems to be shifting. Even the things that have been unchangeable for generations, such as school, have become something new. So while difficult, it can also be freeing. We are no longer stuck in habits or routines that might not have been serving us well. Ambiguity allows possiblity. What can we create? What might our road look like? We get to influence the design of how we move forward. 
  • Transformation is uncomfortable - When I think of transformation, I think of butterflies. I'm guessing that when a caterpillar sews itself up into a cocoon, the changes that occur are probably a little uncomfortable, maybe even painful. So the challenge here is to learn how to sit in discomfort until transformation happens. I feel that there are many areas of transformation currently happening in our world at the moment. It's not a small puddle of discomfort but an entire lake. So now is a perfect time to practice mindfulness. How might we be kind to those around us? How might we improve our listening skills? How might we be kind to ourselves and allow our empathy and humility to take lead? Transformation requires support, that cocoon is a hard shell for a reason, however it is still soft enough to break open when required. Remember this time as it is our story of "during." These are the moments that will define what we transform into.
  • We have some decisions to make about what we carry forward - Another education leader, Will Richardson, has called this time a "portal," and he poses the question,  "What do we want to take through the portal to the other side?" I love this question! As we look at school, this is a defining moment. Our educational institutions are so entrenched in their habits and mindsets that it takes a large event to cause disruption. Guess what just happened!  Now is our time to be very intentional in what we bring to the other side. It is our moment of transformation. What stories will we tell and celebrate of our time of "during?" 

So while we sit in discomfort, let's be mindful of who we want to be when we emerge. Yes, the road is not clear and timelines are fuzzy, but when the skies clear and we see the next stop on the road, I hope we are butterflies.

How Can Parents Support Students In Distance Learning?

Here are some ideas for how you can best support students during distance learning.

One of the most common questions we are hearing at the moment is "How can we support our student(s) at home?" Many parents are currently juggling many challenges and the addition of now supporting their child or children with learning is an added anxiety. Students are also feeling that anxiety and are hearing and seeing many world events that may be adding to that worried feeling, not to mention the new routines and learning habits that they are trying to master through a constrained digital format. It's a lot. 

So one of the most important places to start is finding some ways of reducing that anxiety as much as possible. Focus on creating a learning space that is consistent, offers some degree of quiet, and has all of their learning tools near at hand. We also want to slowly grow a student's independence, so while it's great for you to be nearby (think fly on the wall), allow your student to learn through their mistakes and also learn to listen to their teacher's instruction.  We are slowly increasing our learning times as we build stamina for longer sessions, especially with our youngest learners. 

When students transistion to independent learning, practice letting them take lead on what work they should be starting with. Continue to guide them through questions. "What was your teachers instruction?" "What are you supposed to start with?" "What work needs finishing first?" "Where can you find out the answer to that question?"  The more we let students solve their problems, the more self-directed they become. If you are having trouble getting your student to take ownership of their learning, it may be time to connect with their teacher to arrange for a conference with you, the student, and the teacher and create a plan that outlines some consistent practices and expectations.  Taking on "the teacher" role for your own child is hard and sometimes your support may need to look different. 

Finally, while we want to lower anxiety, it's OK to ask our kids to step up. The expectation is that they attend school and this is currently what school looks like. Kids wouldn't show up for school in their pajamas with a blanket over their head. (I'm guessing most of you don't go to work that way either, even on Zoom.) Sometimes the world hands us things that are hard. This is one of them. But we don't give up, we don't turn away from the challenge, we walk forward and give it our best. We build resilience for things to come and we look for opportunities to find joy and improve our current circumstance. 

We look forward to the day we can bring students back on campus and discover new things together. That day is sometime is in our future and we will forge ahead, most times with a smile, until we get there.